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Beto O’Rourke Leads Ted Cruz by Two Among Likely Voters in U.S. Senate Race, New Poll Finds

Beto O’Rourke Leads Ted Cruz by Two Among Likely Voters in U.S. Senate Race, New Poll Finds

September 20, 2018

U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, leads Republican incumbent Ted Cruz by 2 percentage points among likely voters, according to an Ipsos online poll released Wednesday in conjunction with Reuters and the University of...

Willie Nelson Scheduled to Play First Political Benefit Concert for Beto O’Rourke

Willie Nelson Scheduled to Play First Political Benefit Concert for Beto O’Rourke

By CJ Groom, Reporter

September 18, 2018

Filed under Community & World

On Wednesday, Sept. 12, praised country musician Willie Nelson announced that he will be performing at an Austin rally for Texas Senate nominee Beto O’Rourke. The show is scheduled for Sept. 29 and w...

Nike Releases New Advertisement Featuring Colin Kaepernick

Nike Releases New Advertisement Featuring Colin Kaepernick

By Vikram Joshi, Reporter

September 16, 2018

Filed under Community & World

On Thursday, Sept. 6, Nike released a new advertisement featuring many athletes who have overcome hardship to become among the top of their sport. The advertisement is narrated by Colin Kaepernick, the former...

Apple Unveils New Upgrades to their Products

Apple Unveils New Upgrades to their Products

September 13, 2018

Apple hosted their annual launch event showcasing a variety of new products, upgrades, and intel on Sept. 12, 2018.  The release was held at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple HQ, where around 1,000 people w...

UT-Austin, A&M, SMU and UH Rise; Rice and Baylor Slip in U.S. News Rankings

UT-Austin, A&M, SMU and UH Rise; Rice and Baylor Slip in U.S. News Rankings

September 12, 2018

Rice University and the University of Texas at Austin are the only Texas schools to rank in the top 50 nationwide, according to rankings released today from U.S. News & World report that placed the Houston private school in the...

How School and District Rankings Impact Westwood

How School and District Rankings Impact Westwood

September 7, 2018

On Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, Texas released a new grading system for all school districts. This system rates districts on an A-F scale based on three categories: student achievement, school progress, a...

Texas School Districts Receive Official A-F Grades

Texas School Districts Receive Official A-F Grades

August 20, 2018

Texas gave its school districts their first official grades Wednesday, fueling the fire of a years-long political debate over whether an A-F rating system will help parents determine the best options for...

#RebootBangladesh Movement Sparks Brutal Violence Against Students

#RebootBangladesh Movement Sparks Brutal Violence Against Students

August 19, 2018

The illuminating glow of LED light bulbs guards the streets where the teens are chanting. The group then splits up, some holding signs, others cleaning up the trash on the street. A somber mood soon...

President Trump Announces Space Force

President Trump Announces Space Force

By Connor Cowman, Community & World Editor

June 27, 2018

Filed under Community & World, News

On June 18, 2018, President Donald Trump officially announced the formal creation of the sixth branch of the American armed forces: the Space Force. “We are going to have the Air Force, and we are going...

Kilauea Volcano Erupts, Displacing Hawaiians

Kilauea Volcano Erupts, Displacing Hawaiians

May 17, 2018

Two weeks ago, Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupted, sending residents fleeing for safety as the molten lava flowed towards residential areas. The known active volcano last erupted in 2014. The most recen...

North Korea Takes Steps Toward Peace

North Korea Takes Steps Toward Peace

May 11, 2018

Since 1950, the beginning of the Korean War, North and South Korea have officially been at war. An armistice was signed in 1953 that ended the armed conflict that claimed the lives of 2.5 million people, but this was merely a cease fire, not a peace treaty. Over th...

Local Sex Trafficking Relief Center Finishes Up Construction

Local Sex Trafficking Relief Center Finishes Up Construction

By Sara Momin, Assistant Editor

April 9, 2018

Filed under Community & World, News

Almost six months after breaking ground in Bastrop, The Refuge, a therapeutic center for victims of child sex trafficking announced their progress, with the goal of completing the center in May. With ove...