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The Common Law
Mask up, Austin (and stop bridge jumping into Lady Bird Lake)
"...Water Safety Act provides general water laws across the state; however, the city of Austin created several more specific..."

Aug. 7, 2020 Column by Luke Ellis

The Case of Michael Hickson Highlights Legal and Ethical Issues Around Who Receives Treatment During a Pandemic
Who makes end-of-life decisions?
"...COVID-19 has raised the profile of hospitals across the nation. They are crucial to our fight..."

July 24, 2020 News Feature by Margaret Nicklas

APD’s Secret Informants Eyeing Neighbors for “Suspicious” Activity, Leaked Documents Reveal
APD intel center puts spies among us
"...DHS-recognized fusion centers, with at least one in each state. Texas currently has eight...."

July 24, 2020 News Feature by John Anderson

The first lady of Southern Gothic letters on the cusp of the modern era
"...Southern culture, growing up in the shadow of the State Hospital in her home town of Milledgeville, Ga., in..."

July 17, 2020 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

COVID-19 CODE RED: Austin Moves Into Crisis Mode
Austin Public Health: "We are in a very dangerous situation in Texas"
"...As the miscalculations of the state's GOP leaders and their vocal liberty-luvin' constituents – following..."

July 10, 2020 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Nursing-Home Families Want Answers as COVID Comes Back
Still seeking safety as the data remains unclear
"...27 facilities where transmission was not previously identified, the statement said. Seventeen facilities had no cases, although 180 test..."

July 3, 2020 News Feature by Margaret Nicklas

Right Now, COVID-19 Is “Spreading Quickly in an Uncontrolled Fashion”
All of a sudden, is it too late?
"...leader Dr. Deborah Birx) and the Texas Department of State Health Services – all of whom "had some agreement..."

July 3, 2020 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

ACC Is Almost Entirely Online and Students Are Enrolling in Droves
Start here. Stay home?
"...including hands-on skills labs, with virtual interactions, including online hospital simulations...."

July 3, 2020 News Feature by Clara Ence Morse

City, County Officials Warn COVID-19 Is Surging
Austin Public Health: "We have the ability to change this"
"...deliver sobering, if expected news: COVID-19 infection rates and hospitalizations in Travis County are surging, and the window is..."

June 11, 2020 News Post by Kimberley Jones

Council Hears Emotional Pleas for Change in Austin Police Leadership at Emergency Hearings
CMs join community in denouncing police violence at protests
"...of uncertainty he and his family endured following the hospitalization of Brad Levi Ayala, the 16-year-old Austinite an APD..."

June 5, 2020 News Post by Austin Sanders

Day Trips & Beyond: Daytripping in the Age of a Pandemic
Get ready for summer with Texas beaches and Texas peaches
"...water quality at selected recreational beaches from Sea Rim State Park near Sabine Pass to Boca Chica State Park..."

May 29, 2020 Travel Post by Gerald E. McLeod

What Will Local Shows Look Like in the Future?
What will shows look like in the live music capital? That's all local club owners can think about.
"...anathema. That will change this Friday as economically anxious state leaders compel bars to reopen, followed by musicians and..."

May 22, 2020 Music Feature by Kevin Curtin

Coronavirus and the Threat to Those Recovering From Addiction
Maintaining connections – at a distance – to stay sober during the pandemic
"...staff and clients. (As a tenant of the Austin State Hospital, CFR's closure was first mandated by the state,..."

May 15, 2020 News Feature by Austin Sanders

COVID-19 Is Still Here, but Texas Wants Us to Move On
That's not an order
"...few Texas counties and cities ... have grossly exceeded state law to impose their own will on private citizens..."

May 15, 2020 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Even as Cases Climb, the COVID-19 Rules Begin Unraveling
The state opens businesses up and Austin tries to keep some controls in place
"...asserted – of the "Open Texas" plan that the state began to disregard within hours of announcing it. A..."

May 8, 2020 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Austin Restaurateurs Discuss Plans to Reopen (or Not)
Local restaurants on how they made the tough decision
"...Greg Abbott “reopened” a slate of businesses around the state, by way of Executive Order GA-18, including retail stores,..."

May 6, 2020 Food Post by Jessi Cape

After a Month of Chaos, Abortion Care Returns to Texas
Clinics, patients, and the law get put through the ringer over care
"...In late March, staff at the Planned Par­ent­hood clinic..."

May 1, 2020 News Feature by Mary Tuma

Health Care Experts Urge Us to Maintain Our Discipline
Are we ready to rock & roll?
"...Texas is weathering the COVID-19 pandemic well – our hospitalizations have been relatively low, and our regional hospital systems..."

May 1, 2020 News Feature by Margaret Nicklas

Texas, Abortion, and COVID-19: The Chaos Timeline
Charting 30 days of legal back-and-forth
"...the COVID-19 pandemic to ostensibly conserve medical supplies and hospital space. The only exception is when a woman's life..."

May 1, 2020 News Feature by Mary Tuma

Abortion Resumes in Texas After COVID-19 Ban
Local providers express anxiety state may halt services again
"...been forced to either delay or travel out of state to access time-sensitive, essential abortion care,” said Ken Lambrecht,..."

April 23, 2020 News Post by Mary Tuma

Austin Slowly Gets the COVID-19 Testing Data It Needs
Knowledge is power
"...tested for COVID-19. By Feb. 1, a handful of state and local labs were also conducting tests, but CDC..."

April 17, 2020 News Feature by Margaret Nicklas

5th Circuit Restores Medication Abortion (For Now)
Latest twist in legal battle offers partial victory to providers
"...a series of dizzying legal twists and turns over state officials’ draconian decision to ban abortion amid the COVID-19..."

April 14, 2020 News Post by Mary Tuma

Now Streaming in Austin: "Pepito"
Award-winning comedy short takes us back to childhood
"...comedy short "Pepito" sums up all the emotions that state of affairs induces – starting with a terrible haircut...."

April 10, 2020 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Post-war Russian drama reappraises the position of women veterans through a strange compact
"...which opens with a women locked in a catatonic state. She is Iya (Miroshnichenko), the titular Beanpole. In happier..."

April 10, 2020 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

On the COVID-19 Front Lines, Providers Feel Exposed
Seeking protection
"...first in Asia and Europe, now closer to home. Hospitals, clinics and private practices have assessed their own readiness,..."

April 3, 2020 News Feature by Margaret Nicklas

Austin at Large: Everything’s Different Now
The new normal requires a lot of willpower, but also the chance to do things better
" distancing seriously enough. I can also see the hospital and hear the ambulance sirens, which I hope will..."

April 3, 2020 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

Paxton Gets 5th Circuit to Reinstate His Abortion Ban
Even during a pandemic, anti-choice politics take precedence
"...judge granted abortion providers a temporary restraining order to reinstate abortion care in Texas following Attorney General Ken Paxton’s..."

March 31, 2020 News Post by Mary Tuma

UT Modeling Shows Stark Future Without Social Distancing
Without strict shelter-in-place, local hospitals overwhelmed by May
" 90% over pre-COVID-19 levels, we'll be out of hospital space by May...."

March 27, 2020 News Post by Mike Clark-Madison

Abortion Providers Sue Abbott, Paxton Over Pandemic Ban
Procedures are time-sensitive and essential, suit argues
"...Texas abortion providers struck back at state officials with a lawsuit on Wednesday, March 25 after..."

March 26, 2020 News Post by Mary Tuma

Opinion: Coronavirus Is Exposing the Threat the Texas GOP Poses to Public Health
Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez explains why a government that takes care of its people builds a healthier and safer country
"...supported slashing funding for public health programs at the state and federal level. Additionally, both oppose universal healthcare, and..."

March 27, 2020 Column by Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez

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