Austin’s F1 Race Weekend Saw The Largest Attendance Ever

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Perhaps Taylor Swift saved Formula One in America after all. Or great weather did. Either way, this weekend’s United States Grand Prix in Austin was a smash success, the most attended race yet in the event’s now four-year history.

Moonlighting over at Autoweek, our own Alanis King reported from the scene 269,889 people attended the festivities over a three-day period. That’s about 4,000 more than even the race’s inaugural weekend in 2012, and considerably more than the flood-soaked disaster of 2015, which only drew 224,011 fans and cast serious doubt on the race’s future.

New F1 chairman Chase Carey has expressed a desire to grow the American fanbase, leading to questions about holding multiple races in the United States.

However, Ecclestone is unsure that getting another race in the USA would be possible, having tried to get the Grand Prix of the America in New Jersey off the ground in recent years.

“I think it will be difficult to get more races [in the U.S.]” Ecclestone told Reuters.

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20 Great Bets for Fried Chicken in Austin

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The birds works for all occasions

Austin’s fried chicken game is strong, despite being the home of really amazing barbecue. The comfort food works well for dinner, a quick snack, or even outdoor picnic. It even inspires other dishes, like chicken and waffles.

The city’s fried chicken styles range from the traditional, like from homegrown Lucy’s Fried Chicken (which comes hot or cold) or Memphis-born chain Gus’s Fried Chicken, the Korean crunchy versions at Jenna’s Asian Kitchen, elegant takes from Uchiko, to even a gluten-free one at Thai FreshSoon enough, there’s the return of beloved Texas chain J.T. Youngblood’s Fried Chicken to look forward to later this year.

This update includes The Townsend’s hot chicken. For now, we say farewell to the now-shuttered Kin & Comfort until it comes back in brick and mortar form somewhere.

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$10,000 Women’s Pro Open Doubles Final Results, Singles Final

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Women’s Pro Open of Austin

Congratulations to Doubles #1 finishers Lorraine M. Guillermo and Catherine Harrison!

Lorraine and Catherine defeated Madison Harrison and Stephanie Nauta 6-3 6-3.

Singles final match is at tomorrow Sunday July 31 at 10 am right here at Polo Tennis Club! Don’t miss it!

#1 seed Marcela Zacarias (MEX) advances, will play Qualifier Ronit Yurovsky (USA) in semis Saturday

Local favorite Jayci Goldsmith (USA) will be back to fight another day soon after Marcela Zacarias (MEX) managed to win the match 6-2, 6-0

Marcela Zacarias has won three singles titles and one doubles title on the ITF circuit, and played for the Mexico Fed Cup team in 2012. Also in 2012  Marcela ranked 7th in the world on the junior circuit. She has played in two grand slams, reaching the second qualifying round in 2015 US Open. At year end 2015 Marcela was ranked 190 world-wide.

Tomorrow Marcela will be meet the gutsy and determined qualifier University of Michigan’s Ronit Yorovsky who has fought her way through every round from the first day of qualifiers to make it to the semifinals of the $10,000 Women’s Pro Open. Today 22yo Ronit managed to edge out #8 seed 17yo Katherine Sebov (CAN) in a hard fought match with two tie breaks – 4-6, 7-6(5), 7-5

Wild Card Josie Kuhlman defeats #6 seed and advances once again, will take on Ashley Kratzer in semifinals tomorrow

Florida Gator and Women’s Pro Open of Austin Wild Card entry Josie Kuhlman (USA) defeated Alexa Graham (USA) in three sets 6-7(6,) 6-3, 6-2 to advance to the semifinals tomorrow. Josie is the last wild card left standing, and is planning on going all the way!

Tomorrow Josie is set to duke it out with Ashley Kratzer, who prevailed today over Qualifier Felicity Maltby 6-2, 6-4.

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Samsung plans to double the size of its Austin center with move to larger office

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Samsung to double R&D space in Austin. plans to double the size of its Austin R&D center with move to larger office: 

This is great news for Austin, besides staying in alignment with what Austin is best known for as a tech town, the new facility will be over 3 square miles in size and the new jobs are a great boon to our town and economy!

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Texas-born app finds big investor support Austin

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kim-shrum-Key-Travel-ConciergeKey Travel Concierge Inc., a provider of on-demand personal assistants for travelers, raised $3.7 million of a planned $4.7 million series A round of funding.

The Austin startup plans to use the capital for product development and continued market expansion. It received the capital from 19 investors, according to a Tuesday filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Investors included California-based Wildcat Venture Partners and ATX Seed Ventures, the company said in a statement.

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25 New Restaurant Openings to Try In Austin

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West 6th rooftop bar, downtown cafe, Teen Mom’s frozen yogurt spot, and many more certified open

1. East SideKitty Cohen’s exudes a retro, easy vibe (flamingo wallpaper, grand piano, shallow outdoor pool where swimsuits are encouraged) and drinks to match, including punches. It will host pop-up events and dinners with rotating chefs.

2. Far North AustinAll-you-can-eat sushi comes to Austin with Sushi Bang Bang, just on the other side of 183 from Lakeline Mall. Just for $22.99, you can take your pick from all sorts of rolls, cooked and raw, nigiri, sashimi, and much more. The price rises up to $25.99 on weekends and holidays.

3. Sweetbriar — Far south Austin gets a new bar with The Little Darlin’ Bar, which made its first appearance quietly during spring. Booze and hearty food are on deck, with small plates like chili cheese corn dogs, and entrees like pork po-boys.

Green Light Social. [Photo: <A href="">Green Light Social/Facebook</a>]
Green Light Social. [Photo: Green Light Social/Facebook]

4. West Sixth — Rooftop bar Green Light Social opened in the end of May right above Benji’s Cantina, serving frozen and non cocktails and beers paired with bar snacks.

5. Rock Rose — The last bar of Union Venture Group’s Domain Northside collection is dance club The Rose Room which opened this month. It holds three different bars, access to next-door patio at newly-opened 77 Degrees, and bottle service.

6. Arboretum — Fast casual chain Modern Market, catering to all sorts of healthy fare and diets, opened its first Austin location in early June up at Great Hills Trailer. Look out for the second one at the base of the Frost Bank Tower, and a third out in Westlake.

[Photo: <a href="">T.D./Yelp</a>]
[Photo: T.D./Yelp]

7. Emerald Point — Rusty Rudder’s lake bar slings beer, burgers, and seafood fare, with a great view of the water.

8. Downtown — Just on the side of the Four Seasons Hotel is downtown’s latest cafe Forthright, which comes bearing easygoing and solid breakfast, lunch, and brunch staples, ranging from eggs, waffles, sandwiches, and salads, plus actual cocktails.

9. Wells BranchSouth Indian chain Godavari Austin storms Wells Branch with with weekend and lunch buffets and regular dinners.

Toss Pizzeria. [Photo: <A href="">Angie L./Yelp</a>]
Toss Pizzeria. [Photo: Angie L./Yelp]

10. South First — New pizzeria Toss focuses on with New York-style pies (including a brisket-topped one) from pizza veteran John Pennington, who cut his teeth at Southside Flying Pizza. The cocktail program comes courtesy of mixologist master Jason Kosmas.

11. DowntownAlong with the impending roastery and cafe out on Springdale, Caffe Medici quietly opened a second location on Congress Avenue, though it’s only a window counter.

12. Greystone Center — The Musashino-Chinatown switcheroo led to owner Ronald Cheng’s exploration of Asian street food with Street, where the menu features city tributes in lunchbox form like Tokyo and Jong Kong, plus sushi and yakitori during the evenings.

Venezia Gelato. [Photo: <a href="">Sarah S./Yelp</a>]
Venezia Gelato. [Photo: Sarah S./Yelp]

13. South Lamar — Italian owners of gelato contender Venezia, Alice and Nicola Morello, studied the craft in Italy and came to Austin to open up the shop, where flavors run from vanilla to mint. Indulge in the fun frozen doughnuts, filled with gelato.

14. West Austin — From La Traviata chef Marion Gillcrist, along with sister-in-law Joan, arrives another Italian restaurant in the form of 68 Degrees, which took over Stinton’s Deep Eddy Grill location out on Lake Austin Boulevard. The menu includes a rotating ravioli special and other pastas.

15. Far South Austin — For southern Vietnamese fare, go to Me Con Bistro along West William Cannon Drive, where where the dishes range from stir fry, pho, and vermicelli bun bowls.

Clearport. [Photo: Clearport/Official]
Clearport. [Photo: Clearport/Official]

16. Dirty SixthAirport-themed bar Clearport finally opened with bottle service where you clarify the number of male or female guests, music, and DJ sets.

17. ArboretumHanabi’s northern location opened in May serving the same loved sushi and entrees like the Burnet Road location.

18. Hudson BendSeafood Shack brings grilled lobsters, and other water-dwelling fare to Hudson Bend.

La Patisserie on Burnet. [Photo: <A href="">La Patisserie/Yelp</a>]
La Patisserie on Burnet. [Photo: La Patisserie/Yelp]

19. Crestview — South First bakery La Patisserie’s twice as sweet now with a second location with macarons, coffee, and daily pastries.

20. Crestview — Micro-grocery and deli Dia’s Market quickly opened with drinks and speciality foods.

21. LakewayTeen Mom star Farrah Abraham stretched her entrepreneurial skills by opening Froco, the quick-service frozen yogurt shop, out in Lakeway. Look out for a second location headed to South Congress somewhere.

[Photo: <a href="">Delicious/Facebook</a>]
[Photo: Delicious/Facebook]

22. South Lamar — For multitasking eating and shopping purposes, Delicious is a good bet for creative sandwiches, breakfast tacos, and a hearty brunch, plus the market is filled with take-home goods.

23. Lake Creek — Fast casual Mediterranean/American wrap spot Pita Fusion debuted its second location last month.

24. Far North — Trailer OneTaco added a brick and mortar restaurant to its family, where flour, corn, or wheat tacos are accompanied with beer.

25. East Riverside — Campus eatery Taco Joint spread the tortilla-filled love with a second location right off South Congress, which opened in May, with weekend tortas.

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Californians are moving to Austin — where they live will surprise you

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Californians are moving to Austin — where they live will surprise youCalifornians: It’s easy to blame them for everything bad in Austin, from traffic to UN-affordable housing. Although we already know that most new Austinites actually come from other parts of Texas, one California city is exporting more folks to Central Texas than ever before. According to a new report from Redfin, Austin is a particularly attractive destination for people leaving San Francisco. The real estate firm asserts that there is an ongoing Bay Area exodus…

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New luxury ride-hailing service rolls into Austin with elite offerings

in Austin, Local by Greg Mikesell Leave a comment was only a matter of time before a fresh new car service rolled into Austin. The latest offers luxury, executive-level service for business travelers, the hospitality industry, and savvy locals alike.

A mix between Uber and your own personal chauffeur, iCars launched in San Francisco earlier this year and debuted in Austin this month. The innovative service allows individuals to book immediate and future rides, while also providing third parties (think hotel concierge or…

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Then theres always the luxury ride rentals that you dream about and maybe you know a guy who knows a guy who rented a Ferrari for $1000 a day. Well, that’s sounded fun.

Save up and do it for yourself.  It will change your freaking life.. Greg

Then there’s Ride Austin about to roll out the summer of 2016.. wait, that’s now. lets go check them out.

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Weekend Plans: Ice Cream Specials, Rogness Brewing’s Last Day, Pig Roast

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Plus, Banger’s Smoke Out, beer class, and cocktail party

RAINEY STREETBanger’s Smoke Out Saturday is back on July 16 from 11 a.m. to midnight with plates of smoked pig and all of the good stuff for $15. [EaterWire]

LAST BEER DAYAs noted earlier today, Rogness Brewing Company is taking a break, but the brewery needs to get rid of its booze, so of course it’s hosting a party on its last day on Saturday from 1 to 10 p.m. [EATX]

DIRTY SIXTH — California chain Eureka celebrates its first year on Saturday with beer tappings and music. The restaurant is even donating partial proceeds from the day to the Central Texas Food Bank, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. [EaterWire]

SOUTH AUSTINWhip In‘s second pig roast takes place on Saturday with other dishes and $2 off beer and wine for those donning Hawaiian-themed apparel. The festivities are from 3 to 10 p.m. [EaterWire]

BEER HERE — Microbrew chain Growler USA will hold free beer classes every Saturday this summer, with the first one taking place tomorrow from 2 to 4 p.m. The educational experience will include tastings and snacks. [EaterWire]

BOOZE NEWS — Before landing in New Orleans for Tales of the Cocktail, cocktail team Wandering Spirits is making a pitstop at Half Step on Saturday. From 6 to 8 p.m., bartenders like Sean Kenyon and Chris Bostick will serve up drinks. [EaterWire]

POP-UP DINNER — If you’ve missed Janina O’Leary’s sweet doughnuts, book tickets to her and husband Sean’s pop-up dinner at Swoop House on Saturday beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $55. [EATX]

ICE CREAM WIRE — For National Ice Cream Day on Sunday, July 17, Lick Honest Ice Creams is donating 5 percent of its proceeds from all three shops (two in Austin, one in San Antonio) to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas/San Antonio. The ice cream shop is also accepting donations for the charities for the rest of the month. Also new for Lick is sundaes available just for the month. [EaterWire]

DAY OFF — All Parkside Projects restaurants (Parkside, The Backspace, Olive & June, Bullfight) will be closed on Sunday for staff appreciation day. [EaterWire]

BRUNCH WIREPeached Tortilla is hosting a $3 drink brunch on Sunday, where brunch cocktails (mimosas, mulemosas, and peach bellinis) are just $3, which will be offered with new dishes like brisket eggs benedict and smoked shiitake and kale toast. Brunching hour is from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. [EaterWire]

ICE CREAM WIRE PART TWO Also for that fake ice cream holiday, Moojo‘s ice cream cart is coming to Craftsman for $5 sandwiches from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, alongside $6 boozy root beer floats made with Nada Moo’s vegan ice cream. [EaterWire]

CHEESE WIREAntonelli’s is hosting a cheese and wine tasting over at Prelog’s on Sunday, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., featuring mostly European cheese and wines. Tickets are $39. [EaterWire]

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5 Unusual Austin Jobs you didn’t even know Existed

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austin jobs mermaidAustin is home to the weird and wonderful, and that includes occupations. Thumbtack, an online platform that links people with service professionals, combed through a variety of jobs in Austin to find the five most unusual. And unusual they are. Despite being a landlocked city, Austin has quite a few professional mermaids. Thumbtack estimates that there are about 1,000 folks around town who work in the mermaid industry by crafting — and performing with –…

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11 Food and Drink Events to Check Out This Week in Austin

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Barbecue specials, Bastille Day treats, and more

ZOMG BBQTexas Monthly‘s barbecue week is back and several Austin spots are offering a special plate until Saturday, July 16. This includes Micklethwait Craft Meats‘ ode to ZZ Top in Frito pie form, Valentina’s Tex-Mex BBQ‘s smoked brisket taco, and others. [Texas Monthly]

OPENING ALERTSweet Ritual debuts its new location on Airport Boulevard by serving ice cream cone-doughnut hybrid conenuts today, July 11 until 10 p.m. [EaterWire]

HIRING ALERT — Fresa’s Chicken al Carbon deux on South First is eyeing an August opening and to help things move along, the restaurant is hosting an on-site job fair this week from Tuesday through Thursday, July 12 through 14 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.. [EaterWire]

WINE DINNERInfinite Monkey Theorem is coming to Counter 3.Five.VII for two dinners on Tuesday, one at 6 p.m., and the second at 8 p.m. The five-course meal will be paired with the Colorado-based winery’s drinks for $100. Reservations made online or via phone are required. [EaterWire]

MUSIC AND BEER WIRE — The next edition of Shake Shack‘s Live Music Series takes place on Tuesday in the Domain with Shivery Shakes and half-off beers from Hops & Grain from 7 to 8 p.m. [EaterWire]

LUNCH ALERTOlamaie is adding a new summer-only midday meal option starting this week with the introduction of a three-course prix fixe menu for $25. It comes with the lauded biscuit, along with options like salads, Gulf shrimp and sweet corn grits, grilled pimento cheese sandwiches, and more. Lunch is available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday through Friday. [EaterWire]

EDIBLE INSECTS — The second iteration of the Bug Eating Festival will be held at In.gredients on Wednesday, July 13. There’s a $10 suggested donation. [EaterWire]

BASTILLE DAY — Thursday, July 14 marks Bastille Day, the anniversary of the French Revolution, and several Austin restaurants and bars are observing the holiday. Keep an eye out on what Justine’s Brasserie will have in store. Whisler’s is throwing a party starting at 4 p.m. with cocktails and music. Over at Peche, the absinthe bar is offering selected $5 of the green liquor. Texas French Bread will serve $7 mussels, frites, and glasses of rose all night. [EaterWire]

WINE WIRE — Continuing the summer of riesling is Lenoir‘s wine tasting on Thursday in the garden from 6 to 9 p.m. [EaterWire]

CIDER DINNERJacoby’s is teaming up with Austin Eastciders for a meal on the restaurant’s pretty grassy area, paired with ciders. Dishes from the four-course dinner, on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m., will include curried chicken fried steak and almond cake. Tickets are $65. [EaterWire]

ANNIVERSARY WIRE — Italian restaurant Juliet is celebrating its first birthday with a free glass of prosecco and take-home bags of biscotti starting on Thursday through Saturday, July 16. [EaterWire]

CHARITY WIRECraftsman is hosting a fundraising auction for The Gatsby owner Scott Cook, who was hospitalized after a motorcycle accident. Auction items include restaurant and bar gift certificates, Banger’s gift basket, and a Hops & Grain party. Everything takes place on from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Thursday, with free drinks available from 7 to 8 p.m. [EaterWire]

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FRIED CHICKEN WIRE — One lucky fried chicken lover could win a year’s worth of the browned bird with Max’s Wine Dive’s Willy Wonka-style contest. Participants have until Wednesday, July 6 to enter online. The winner of the golden ticket will be unveiled on Thursday. The restaurant is offering buy-one-get-one-free fried chicken until Wednesday, too. [EaterWire]

MORE FRIED CHICKEN — Line up early for free chicken and waffle breakfast tacos from Flyrite Chicken on Wednesday starting at 7 a.m. Only the first 100 guests will receive the complimentary dish. [EaterWire]

CHARITY WIRENightcap is raising money for victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting on Thursday, July 7 from 7 to 10 p.m. The ticket sales ($10 per person) and some of the overall food and drink sales will go towards OneOrlando Fund. [EaterWire]

ANNIVERSARY WIREEl Alma turns five on Thursday with $5 margaritas and rooftop music from 7 to 10 p.m. [EaterWire]

CAFFEINE NATION — Taste Little City and Casa Brasil’s coffee with a free tasting on Friday, July 8 from 8 to 11 a.m. at the roastery on 415 East St. Elmo Street. [EaterWire]

OPENING ALERT — The final piece of Union Venture Group’s Rock Rose block, The Rose Room, debuts on Friday with a big party. The nightclub’s festivities run from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. with two floors of drinking and dancing. [EaterWire]

Week of June 27-July 1

CHARITY WIREPinthouse Pizza is donating all sales of Sam Houston’s Revolution Ale at the South Lamar location to the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando today. The pizzeria brewery is open until 11 p.m. [EaterWire]

DOWNTOWNToday is Roosevelt Room’s first birthday, and to celebrate, the cocktail bar is offering drink specials and free champagne at 10 p.m. The drinking festivities, with music, last from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. [EaterWire]

WINE DINNERDai Due is hosting Texas winery Lewis Wines for dinner tonight starting at 7 p.m. The five-course meal will span vegetables, seafood, duck, and wild game, all paired with wine. Tickets are $130. [EaterWire]

ART & DRINKS — To welcome the return of El Chile Group’s El Chile Girl painting, El Chile Cafe y Cantina is hosting a meet and greet with artist Fedrico Archuleta with $5 margaritas, beginning at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28. [EaterWire]

CHEESE & BEER — Indulge in cheese, beer, and a movie (Killer Klowns From Outer Space) over at 4th Tap Brewing Co-op on Wednesday, June 29. The $15 ticket comes with three paired tastings from Antonelli’s Cheese Shop and the brewery. Food begins at 6 p.m., with the movie at 7 p.m. [EaterWire]

WHISKEY HERE — It’s time for whiskey from Medley Bros. at Easy Tiger on Wednesday from the owner himself at 6 p.m. $12 flights will be available starting 4:30 p.m. [EaterWire]

MEALS ON WHEELSVegan Nom celebrates the debut of its second trailer on East Cesar Chavez with taco giveaways and free beer on Friday, July 1. [EaterWire]

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Unbelievable job growth propels Austin to the top of this list

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austinAustin just keeps gaining cred in the tech industry. Our latest accolade? The No. 5 spot on the 2016 Tech Talent Scorecard from CBRE Group, Inc. The global real estate firm analyzed 50 cities across the U.S. and Canada to determine their ability to nurture local tech industries. Based on 13 factors — ranging from job opportunities and education to population and housing costs —

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Austin’s best neighborhood pocket parks fit big fun into small spaces

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Willowbrook-Reach-AustinZilker is known to many as Austin’s most-loved park, but it can also be the most crowded. Why not try something a little closer to home? Over the past decade or so, a number of neighborhood parks have popped up or received a face-lift as part of the city’s ongoing effort to provide more accessible green space. Trek down to a pocket park in your neighborhood for a little summer fun in the sun. Don’t…

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Matthew McConaughey returns to UT Austin to teach once-in-a-lifetime class

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Matthew-McConaughey-Greg-Mikesell-BlogAlright, alright, alright! Thursday morning, University of Texas casually announced a surprising new instructor for fall 2016. Meet Professor McConaughey — yes, Matthew McConaughey — who will teach an advanced filmmaking class in the Moody College of Communication.

McConaughey graduated from UT’s College of Communication in 1993, so it’s more than fitting for the Longhorn to return to his alma mater to teach this exclusive class.

We’re a little dazed (and confused) by this news, wishing we were attending UT right about now. Are they still accepting applications for the fall?

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See how dramatically Austin rents and incomes have changed sine 1980

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Rents are rising in Austin, but are incomes keeping up? Surprisingly, yes, according to a new national study. Apartment List analyzed U.S. Census data from 1960-2014 and found that inflation-adjusted rents have risen by 64 percent nationally, but real household incomes only increased by 19 percent.

During the particularly grim first decade of the 21st century, household incomes actually fell by 9 percent, while rents rose by 18 percent. For the total duration of the…See the original story here

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