• Corner of 29th Street and Guadalupe Street is really hipster, according to Yelp

    According to maps by Yelp, the corner of 29th Street and Guadalupe Street is a hotspot for hipsters in Austin.

    On Monday, Yelp released “Yelp Worldmaps,” which are “heatmaps” that shows the density of certain keywords used in Yelp reviews of restaurants and businesses in 14 different cities. These words included “hipster,” “frat,” “bacon” and more.

    The corner of 29th and Guadalupe Street is one of the hipster hotspots in Austin. Manor Road, near I-35, is another place that hipsters seem to frequent. So is the entire downtown area, and the Sixth Street district.  

    Downtown is also a hotspot for the word “frat.”  According to Yelp, the word “frat” is used commonly in reviews of businesses in that area. West Campus also is an area that has this word used commonly in reviews.

    To check out all of the maps, click here.

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  • APD counters July 4 drunk driving with "No Refusal"

    This weekend Austin Police Department will be cracking down on drunk drivers celebrating July 4, with a “no refusal” initiative.

    No refusal allows APD to conduct blood search warrants on drivers who refuse to give a breath or blood sample when pulled over. The patrol against drunk drivers will last from 9 p.m. Wednesday to 5 a.m. Sunday.

    Texas law states those found to have a blood alcohol concentration of .15 or above will be charged with a Class A Misdemeanor with a sentence of one year in jail and up to a $4,000 fine for the first time offenders.

  • Austin police have no new information regarding West Campus sexual assault

    Officials at the Austin Police Department said the department has not received any new information regarding the kidnapping and sexual assault of a UT student in the West Campus area early Monday morning.

    According to an APD press release on Tuesday, the female was approached from behind by at least two unidentified males who forced her to the ground, blindfolded her, placed her in a vehicle and sexually assaulted her. The victim was taken to an unknown location and was released at approximately 6 a.m. near the 2200 block of Stephen F. Austin Blvd. On Tuesday, UT-Austin sent out a safety alert email, confirming the victim was a UT student.

    At approximately 3 p.m. July 2, a campus-wide safety alert stating that the University would receive media attention for the incident was mistakenly sent out. According to UTPD spokesperson Cynthia Posey, that message was meant for campus leadership.

    Our intent was to send two messages: One to leadership only, and one to the campus,” Posey said in an email. “The message intended for leadership, because of an email system error, was sent to the entire campus (including leadership).”

    Posey said the message intended for the campus community was sent and delivered to the intended audience as planned. 

    APD detectives are seeking public assistance in identifying the as yet unknown suspects who assaulted a UT student near the 900 block of West 26th street.

    Senior officer Jermaine Kilgore, an APD public information officer, said he cannot remember the last time a similar incident occurred in the West Campus area.

    “I don't know the exact number,” Kilgore said about sexual crimes in the area. “There hasn't been many. [Monday's] sexual assault is definitely an isolated incident.”

    Anyone with more information about the incident is asked to call the APD Sex Crimes Unit at (512)-974-5095 or Crime Stoppers at (512)-472-TIPS. The public can also text information by typing “Tips 103” before their message and sending it to C R I M E S.  

  • The Morning Texan: Abortion bill passes committee and more

    According to the National Weather Service, the high on Wednesday is only 93 degrees. However, temperatures are expected to increase to 97 degrees tomorrow.

    Here is some morning reading:

    Yesterday’s most read article online: The Austin Police Department is seeking help in an investigation of a sexual assault that happened in West Campus Monday morning. Persons with information should call 512-974-5095 or Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS.

    In case you missed it: Jester will be shutting down its dining options for a few days this week, in order to repair a steam pipe.

    What you have to read: In the early hours of Wednesday morning, the House State Affairs Committee passed HB2, an abortion related bill. The committee stopped hearing public and personal testimony on HB2 at 12:01, leaving more than a 1,000 people who registered to testify without the opportunity to do so.