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Hell on wheels: The athletes behind the Texas Roller Girls
The Austin Convention Center was filled with aggressive derby girls and fans for the fourth night of the season. The Honky Tonk Heartbreakers beat the Hustlers 146 to 108 in the first match, and the Hell Mary's held on to their winning title in the second match. They now own a four match winning streak. Read More

Fighting cancer in baby steps
For lunch Tuesday, 5-year-old Maddie Higgins had macaroni and cheese and chicken nuggets, but she didn’t have ketchup with her nuggets.“I used to really like ketchup, but now I can’t eat it with my chicken nuggets,” she said as she started to spin around in her living room. She said her doctors said chemotherapy treatments will make her stop liking tomatoes and tomato-based foods. Read More

The ceiling’s the limit for interior design project on public transportation
As the 14 students in Norma Figeroa’s interior design studio class struggled to hang the installation they made, she tried to direct them to avoid damaging the structure. “We have to recreate how it was in the studio,” the interior design assistant professor said. “Everyone lift it up, and let’s move it down.” Read More


Davis Street Group rocks as a fenceless family
Fourteen duplexes, one pool, one fire pit, one sauna, one stage, countless tree houses and hammocks — one backyard. At the corner of Davis Drive and Mitchell Street sits a small community of duplexes where people removed the fences and opened up each other’s backyard spaces to share with each other. “It’s our own hippie commune,” resident Josh Green said. “It’s a playground you can never grow out of.” Read More

Adopted SE students finds birth mother
Before SE student Eric Peterson knew about the world, before he knew about the “birds and the bees,” before he knew how to ride a bike, before he knew how to spell his own name, he knew he was adopted. He would later find out that his name could have been Alma Gentry. Read More

Graduate students hope to revive heart of Arlington
For the first time, Urban and Public Affairs graduate students are putting together an event to bring an atmosphere to downtown Arlington that other large cities such as Dallas, Fort Worth and Austin have. “The idea is taking an under-utilized space and turning it into something that is aesthetically pleasing,” said Megan O’Neal, a city regional planning graduate student. “We want to show what downtown Arlington could be like.” Read More

Theater student Brittany King doesn't let her visual impairment steal the spotlight
Brittany King never wants people to feel sorry for her. Her priority isn’t for people to realize their lives could be worse. Instead, because she plays a main role, she wants to shed more light on The Theatre Departments’ The School for Scandal. Read More


Nancy Upton speaks to English and Women's and Gender Studies classes about American Apparel controversy
Nancy Upton was reading a women’s online magazine and saw an article about a contest American Apparel was having, “The Next Big Thing.” The contest asked plus-sized women to send in pictures of themselves, and the person with the most votes would become a model for the clothing company. The Dallas resident talked on Wednesday about how her photos were the most voted for, but she didn’t win the contest. The Women’s and Gender Studies and English departments invited her to discuss the media’s portrayal of body image through this incident. Read More

American Heart Association changes CPR steps to C-A-B
The American Heart Association changed its guidelines Monday for cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, to increase survival rates. CPR was conducted using the ABC method, which stands for Airway, Breathing and Compressions. The responder would check the airway for breathing, tilt the chin back and do chest compressions. The new method uses the same techniques, but in a different order — CAB. The new method puts the most important step, compressions, first. Read More

Volunteers at Arlington Archosaur site dig for new dinosaur species
The Arlington Archosaur site crew is working to find one specific thing ­— a dinosaur skull that may belong to a new dinosaur species. Derek Main, Arlington Archosaur site director, said finding the skull would prove if recent discoveries belong to a new species. Read More