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Trump vows to commute sentence of Silk Road founder

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www.kxan.com – Nabil Remadna – 2024-05-26 16:17:37

SUMMARY: During the Libertarian National Convention in Austin, former President Donald Trump announced his intention to commute Ross Ulbricht's life sentence if re-elected. Ulbricht, a 2002 Westlake High School graduate from Austin, created the Silk Road online drug marketplace, which he operated from 2011 until his arrest in 2013. Prosecutors revealed that Ulbricht earned $18 million in bitcoin from drug sales worth $183 million and was convicted of crimes leading to six deaths and five attempted murders. Sentenced to life in prison in 2015, Ulbricht has garnered support from libertarians advocating for his release, evident by “Free Ross” signs at the convention.

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Houston traffic delays: I-45 North Freeway bridge repairs begin Friday night, prompting major closures until Monday morning

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abc13.com – KTRK – 2024-06-21 14:21:30

SUMMARY: HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Repairs on the I-45/North Freeway bridge will cause multiple lane closures between Spring Cypress Road and Cypresswood Drive from Friday at 9 p.m. to Monday at 5 a.m., impacting weekend plans. The Texas Department of Transportation Houston District advises finding alternate routes due to expected delays. The Diamond Lane (HOV) will reopen on Sunday at 4 a.m., and at least one lane will remain open during the initial work. The entrance ramp from Louetta Road will also close during this period. More information is available on Houston TranStar. Closures may change due to adverse weather.

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Austin IKEA store opens at the Domain, with a twist

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www.kxan.com – Jackson Evans – 2024-06-21 13:42:33

SUMMARY: IKEA has opened a new store in Austin's The Domain, marking its second location in the area. Unlike traditional IKEA stores, it features a “Plan & Order” format where customers can sit with experts to design, plan, and order products, which are then delivered or picked up locally. This approach aims to reduce overstocking and shipping, thus enhancing sustainability. The store is part of IKEA's broader expansion into Texas and will not accept returns. The “Plan & Order” format is also being introduced in other U.S. cities including Los Angeles and Atlanta. The store operates daily with varying hours.

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Mother and son killed when Missouri City officer T-boned their car while responding to robbery call, police say

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abc13.com – Lileana Pearson – 2024-06-21 12:45:59

SUMMARY: In Missouri City, Texas, a mother and son, identified as 53-year-old Angela Stewart and 16-year-old Mason Stewart, were killed when their car was hit by a police officer responding to a robbery call. The accident occurred on Mason’s 16th birthday. The officer, called to an ATM robbery, collided with the Stewarts’ vehicle. Mason had recently obtained his driver’s license. Witnesses reported a loud crash and the police cruiser catching fire. A person was found in the back of the police car hours later, raising questions as it goes against protocol. The officer was briefly hospitalized, and an investigation continues.

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