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Earlier this year Austin prematurely lost her unofficial mascot. Albert Leslie Cochran radiated such a passion for life and Austin that he left a permanent panty line on the city. He was always there to creep out visitors, crack you up, or to fight for the rights of his homeless brethren. To him, being homeless meant pure freedom, and he used every free minute he had to make a difference, whether it was turning a frown into a smile, charming that $20 bill out of your pocket, or running for mayor thrice. He is a shining example of how to live without fear. It is up to us to keep his legacy glowing forever. Shine on you crazy diamond. Rest in peace, dear friend.

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