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MAP: Road closures, available parking for UT Commencement weekend

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www.kxan.com – Kelsey Thompson – 2024-05-09 11:01:29

SUMMARY: Thousands of University of Texas at Austin students will graduate this weekend, leading to increased traffic in the area. Road closures and traffic changes are planned for the celebrations. The University of Texas at Austin Police Department and Austin Police Department will be on-site to help with traffic control. University parking garages will be free from Thursday morning until Saturday night, except for Conference Center and Nueces Garage. A map of available garages is provided. More information on the commencement ceremonies can be found online.

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Houston weather: ABC13 identifies tornado, straight-line wind differences through damage in Spring Branch, Cypress, Waller Co.

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abc13.com – Elyse Smith – 2024-05-17 19:53:25

SUMMARY: A recent storm in southeast Texas caused confusion between straight-line winds and tornadoes. Both types of winds impacted Houston and surrounding areas. Straight-line winds can be just as dangerous as tornadoes, with 100 mph winds causing extensive damage in downtown Houston. Meteorologists use indicators like tree damage to distinguish between straight-line wind and tornado damage. Signs of a tornado include stripped trees with shredded appearances and debris embedded in them. Unfortunately, the storms resulted in five fatalities in the Houston area. For more information, follow ABC13 Meteorologist Elyse Smith on social media.

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Daisy Ridley makes waves with new film, ‘Young Woman and the Sea’

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abc13.com – OTRC – 2024-05-17 18:26:43

SUMMARY: Daisy Ridley stars in the new film “Young Woman and the Sea,” based on the true story of Trudy Ederle, the first woman to swim across the English Channel in 1926. The movie showcases Ederle’s groundbreaking achievement at a time when women were discouraged from participating in such a male-dominated sport. Ridley found the role challenging, particularly the swimming scenes, but was drawn to the strong family dynamic portrayed in the film. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer believes Ederle’s story deserves recognition, and director Joachim Rønning praises Ridley’s dedication to the physical role. The film aims to inspire audiences with its message of empowerment and determination.

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AISD artificial turf fields delayed

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www.kxan.com – Nabil Remadna – 2024-05-17 17:39:13

SUMMARY: Austin voters approved a $2.4 billion AISD bond package in 2022 for school modernization, safety improvements, technology, and athletic facilities. While some projects are in progress, parents are wondering why turf fields are not yet installed, citing safety issues and a competitive disadvantage. AISD did not set a deadline for turf field installation, with setbacks including complex permitting processes and environmental considerations. Despite delays, AISD is prioritizing safety and HVAC system upgrades, aiming to complete projects in 5-6 years. Concerns about project delays impacting the district’s appeal to parents and fueling charter school interest are raised. Work on 9 larger projects is set to begin soon.

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