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Two rounds through and junior standout Bertine Strauss has continued to impress, leading the Texas women’s golf team throughout a jam-packed two rounds of golf at the All-State Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate tournament in New Orleans.

Strauss finished 3-over-par in Monday's second round, with five birdies and an eagle landing her 37th overall on the individual leaderboard.

Freshman Laura Weinstien trailed closely behind Strauss, finishing round two just four strokes back with 7-over-par to put her in 63rd place.

Freshmen Julia Beck and Anne Hakula, finished the 36 holes for a combined score of 152 and 153 and 64th and 71st places, respectively.  Rounding out the team was sophomore Natalie Karcher, who ended the second round in 83rd place with a score of 156 after two rounds.

Combined, the longhorns head into tomorrow’s third round at plus 25, sitting at 16th place in the tournament.  The team will tee off at 8 a.m. alongside Mississippi State and UTSA. 

A storm blew into New Orleans early Sunday morning, delaying the first round of the All-State Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate tournament. Rain resulted in unplayable conditions at the English Turn Golf & Country Club, postponing the start of the tournament. 

The Women’s Golf Team, one of 17 teams competing in the tournament, will attempt to play 36 holes Monday, teeing off at 8 a.m. The final round remains scheduled for Tuesday.

Texas, currently ranked 66, will face No. 18 Florida and No. 73 Ole Miss throughout the first and second rounds.

Last time out, Texas finished at a season-best 11th in the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge.

DALLAS (Spl.) — Lee Harvey Oswald, 24, was charged for murder with malice in the slaying of President John F. Kennedy at 11:56 p.m. Friday night.

Henry Wade, the district attorney making the announcement in Dallas City Jail, said the charge was made on “physical evidence.”

“It was no one else but him.”

Oswald denies killing the president. He said, “The only thing I knew about it was when reporters asked me.”

The slightly built brown-haired man defected to Russia in 1959. He returned to the United States in 1962 after denying the alien status offered by Russia.

Earlier, he was charged with the Friday murder of a Dallas policeman. The officer, J. W. Tippett, was shot in Oak Cliff about 40 minutes after the president was killed.

Six witnesses identified Oswald as the officer’s murderer. Wade said it is a capital offense, and he would seek the death penalty on both charges.

Oswald was arraigned for the murder of Tippett in David L. Johnson’s Precinct 2 Justice Court.


The Italian-made gun believed to have been the assassination weapon was sent

 to Washington for a ballistics check.

Oswald’s Russian wife Marianne said she thought she had seen a rifle of this type in her husband’s possession, Jesse Curry, Dallas chief of police, said.

“I do not think so,” Curry said when asked if Dallas police thought the man had a Communist background.

Oswald is said to be pro-Castro and chairman of a “Fair Play for Cuba Committee.” He has been arrested in New Orleans for his Committee demonstrations, a Dallas policeman said.

Oswald said he is not a Communist but a Marxist.

He will be arraigned for the presidential killing at City Hall tomorrow. The prisoner will stay at Dallas City Jail until Monday, and, then, be taken to the county jail.

Murder is not a federal charge, and if brought to trial, he will be tried in a Texas district court, presumably in Dallas. “He offers no alibis,” Wade said, “but denies both killings.”

“You are against me because I like Russia,” he said as policemen escorted him to an elevator.

Newsmen from all over the world jammed the hall.

The small blue-eyed man wore a brown shirt, a white tee shirt and dark pants.

Over his left eye was a gash. His right eye was bruised and cut. Police said he got both from a scuffle, when officer M. N. McDonald arrested him for Tippett’s murder. He had a .88 caliber pistol stuffed in his belt.

Officer McDonald apprehended him in the downstairs middle section of the Texas Oak Cliff Theater.

Oswald ran into the theater, witnesses said, after shooting Tippett. The theater was one and a half blocks from where Tippett was believed to have been shot.

“War is Hell” and “Cry of Battle” are playing at the theater which was filled with school children observing a holiday due to the President’s visit.

Lt. Carl Day, head of the Dallas Crime Laboratory, said the rifle was found on the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository Building.


Will Fritz, captain of the Dallas homicide bureau, told newsmen that Oswald was definitely in the building when the President was shot.

The gun was found lying on a carton of books about six feet from the back stairs. Chicken bones and other pieces of food were on the floor surrounding the window. The end window on the building’s south side was the site used by the slayer.

Cardboard cartons were stacked in a semi-circle in a shield-like manner around the window. Three smaller cartons were stacked directly in front of the window. Lt. Day said the dent on the top carton is where he thought the man rested the gun.

Oswald’s mother, wife and brother spent most of the afternoon at the jail. Oswald said he did not have an attorney and was being denied legal counsel. Wade said he didn’t know if he had legal counsel, but he thought his family was taking care of it.

His wife, a small brown-haired woman, barely speaks English.

She and his mother walked through the crowd of newsmen without commenting on the situation. The wife held a small baby wrapped in a white blanket.

City Detective Ed Hicks said Oswald’s wife lived in Irving, but he did not know if the couple were separated.


Oswald’s mother lives in Fort Worth and his brother in Denton. He has been in Dallas about two months, Curry said.

He has been living in a rooming house in Oak Cliff.

Mrs. Erlene Roberts, who manages the house Oswald lives in, said he would leave about 7:30 or 8 a.m. returning in the evening. He lived there under an assumed name, O. L. Lee.

“He did not know anybody and didn’t have much to say,” Mrs. Roberts said. “If you got a good grunt out of him, it would be a miracle.”

Oswald is believed to have been originally from New Orleans. He attended Ridlega Elementary School in Fort Worth.

His mother told a Fort Worth Star-Telegram reporter that he had always been persecuted. She said he did not have a father and suffered from it. The father died when Oswald was a child.

The grand jury will not convene until next Wednesday.

It is believed he was an expert marksman in the Marines.

Native Austinite Angeliska Polachek reads tarot and uses it as a physical medium to help her visitors identify and clarify issues in their lives. A self-described witch, Polachek inherited her tarot deck from her mother and has been reading since she was 11 years old.

Photo Credit: Charlie Pearce | Daily Texan Staff

Angeliska Polacheck might be the nicest witch in Austin.

Polacheck opened Sister Temperance Tarot in 2011. The native Austinite inherited her first deck of cards from her mother and began working with the cards at age 11. After moving to New Orleans in 1999, Polacheck began reading for the public at Esoterica, an occult shop in the French Quarter.

Polacheck describes herself as a witch, but not the green-skinned character of popular imagination.

“In my mind, a witch is someone who does spiritual work for [her] community,” Polacheck said. “We only work in service. We’re there to help others.”

Tarot card reading is more than picking a few cards out of a deck and predicting the future. Polacheck said the cards work as a physical means to identify issues within her clients’ lives.

“The reality is that the future is not written in stone,” Polacheck said. “It’s not predetermined what is going to happen. I believe that there are no accidents, but I also believe that we create and manifest our own future. So it can work positively or negatively.”

Olivia Pepper, another local tarot reader, agreed that this misconception couldn’t be further from the truth.

“The biggest challenge that I face is the idea that the cards illuminate definite futures,” Pepper said. “This is a misconception that is played up by media and popular culture. Really, the cards tell a universal story, that when arranged in a specific way for a specific person cast an illuminating light on their possible choices.”

Polacheck uses one of the most commonly used decks, known as the Rider-Waite deck. The deck has 78 cards depicting the major and minor arcana. Major arcana represent major life events or long-term issues. Minor arcana represent everyday ups and downs. The cards are symbols and archetypes, which change in meaning when applied to someone’s life.

“It’s going to be a lot more accurate and a lot more detailed of a reading than saying, ‘That looks like a dog in your teacup, shaped out of tea leaves,’” Polacheck said.

Working in the divination business means encountering the occasional skeptic, but these tarot readers do not feel intimidated in the least. 

“Skepticism doesn’t bother me,” Pepper said. “In fact, I believe it is essential to being a human being.”

Polacheck is convinced that her ability to make a living is dependent on open-minded communities such as Austin.

“The reality is that if I wanted to live in a small town in Texas, I would be run out of town on a rail,” Polacheck said. “I could not do what I do for a living, which is really helping people, without probably suffering a lot of persecution.”

This fear of the occult and divination is due in part to a mistrust of tarot readers and psychics just looking to make a buck, according to Polacheck. 

Megan Lane, a tarot reader who recently moved from Austin to Burbank, Calif., said it is the popular representation of tarot readers and divinators that makes this career difficult.

“It’s dealing with the reputation of psychics being gypsies or being fakes and taking advantage of people,” Lane said. “The ones who are very good have to deal with the reputation of ones who aren’t.”

Polacheck worked in New Orleans up until Hurricane Katrina. After witnessing the destruction, she decided it was time to return to her native Austin. Little by little, Polacheck began reading again in 2011 and has not stopped since. 

“If you told me as a little kid that I’d be doing this as an adult, making my living and doing this full time, I would not believe you,” Polacheck said. “It’s incredibly humbling for me, that people are willing to be present with me and be so vulnerable with me. It’s mind-blowing work.” 

What started as a tradition passed from mother to daughter has developed into Polacheck’s passion. Those who wander over to her little vintage trailer in East Austin will leave mesmerized and more in tune with their universe, thanks to Polacheck and her tarot deck.

2013 NBA Mock Draft - Staff Picks

A few sports reporters compiled lists of who they think will be drafted in tonight's NBA draft. Here are their top ten and where they project Texas' Myck Kabongo will end up.


Sara Beth Purdy, Sports Editor

1. Cleveland: Nerlens Noel, C, Kentucky

2. Orlando: Ben McLemore, SG, Kansas

3. Washington: Otto Porter, SF, Georgetown

4. Charlotte: Anthony Bennett, PF, UNLV

5. Phoenix: Victor Oladipo, SG, Indiana

6. New Orleans: Alex Len, C, Maryland

7. Sacramento: C.J. McCollum, SG, Lehigh

8. Detroit: Trey Burke, PG, Michigan

9. Minnestoa: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG, Georgia

10. Portland: Michael Carter-Williams, PG, Syracuse


51. Orlando: Myck Kabongo, PG, Texas


Christian Corona, Sports Permanent Staff

1. Cleveland: Nerlens Noel, C, Kentucky

2. Orlando: Ben McLemore, SG, Kansas

3. Washington: Otto Porter, SF, Georgetown

4. Charlotte: Alex Len, C, Maryland

5. Phoenix: Victor Oladipo, SG, Indiana

6. New Orleans: Trey Burke, PG, Michigan

7. Sacramento: Michael Carter-Williams, PG, Syracuse

8. Detroit: C.J. McCollum, PG, Lehigh

9. Minnesota: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG, Georgia

10. Portland: Cody Zeller, C, Indiana


46. Utah: Myck Kabongo, PG, Texas


Diego Esteban Contreras, Sports Issue Staff

1. Cleveland: Nerlins Noel, C, Kentucky

2. Orlando: Ben McLemore, SG, Kansas

3. Washington: Otto Porter Jr., SF, Georgetown

4. Charlotte: Victor Oladipo, SG, Indiana

5. Phoenix: Alex Len, C, Maryland

6. New Orleans: Anthony Bernnett, PF, UNLV

7. Sacramento: Trey Burke, PG, Michigan

8. Detroit: Michael Carter-Williams, PG, Syracuse

9. Minnesota: Steven Adams, C, Pittsburgh

10. Portland: CJ McCollum, PG, Lehigh


38. Washington: Myck Kabongo, PG, Texas

New Orleans Saints select Kenny Vaccaro with No. 15 pick in 2013 NFL Draft

It may have taken a little longer than he would have hoped, but Kenny Vaccaro was drafted by the New Orleans Saints with the No. 15 pick of the 2013 NFL Draft on Thursday night.

Vaccaro shared an embrace with his former defensive backs coach Duane Akina before offering his younger brother Kevin a warm hug. Vaccaro then made the short walk from the draft green room to the podium where NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was there to greet him.

He wasn’t the first defensive back drafted, than honor went to Alabama’s Dee Milliner at No. 9. Vaccaro was the third defensive back selected and he lands in New Orleans, who had the 31st ranked pass defense a year ago. New Orleans needed help defensively, and Vaccaro meets a lot of the Saints’ needs.

Vaccaro is the first Longhorn to be drafted in the first round since Earl Thomas was taken 14th overall by Seattle in 2010. Vaccaro joins an aging Saints secondary and should push for playing time immediately.


Florida’s vaunted defensive tackle Shariff Floyd was still on the board at No. 15, but New Orleans decided to patch up its atrocious secondary first and foremost. Vaccaro will make things easier for the Saints’ secondary as long as he wraps up when tackling. Vacarro brings an intensity to the Saints that has been lacking since the likes of Kyle Turley and Jonathan Vilma were at their best in intimidating opposing offenses.

Vaccaro could very well find himself closer to the line of scrimmage in nickel packages, much like he became accustomed to in his senior year at Texas. The bottom line is Vaccaro brings a heavy-hitting mentality to New Orleans and he is a nice fit for a team looking for a replenished defensive mindset. Expect Vaccaro to make some noise at some point during the upcoming season for the Saints.

Stacy Head is a white woman in a majority black New Orleans City Council district, which makes her a bit of a rarity in New Orleans politics. In a city still trying to rebuild after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, race has moved to the forefront of New Orleans’ struggles to return to normal, or rather abnormal. 

Attempting to capture the vibrant and often volatile nature of the city, filmmakers Louis Alvarez, Andrew Kolker, Paul Stekler and Peter Odabashian created “Getting Back to Abnormal.” The film, premiering at South By Southwest on March 11, interweaves the tumultuous battle for public housing with the re-election campaign of the contentious Head and her outspoken black political adviser Barbara Lacen-Keller. 

“We wanted to make a film about the real New Orleans, and when you make a documentary you have to have a reason to be there, but you also have to be open to what the best stories are and what the best characters are. And we looked into a bunch of different things, but by far the best characters were Barbara and Stacy,” Stekler said. “They were a fabulously interesting couple. It made sense as time went on that they would be the main characters and also the idea of ‘Will New Orleans change? Will it become less dysfunctional after Katrina?’”

Alvarez, Kolker, Stekler and Odabashian wanted to create a film that accurately portrayed life in New Orleans post-Katrina. 

“It’s an amazing, crazy place, but it’s also frustrating, corrupt and ignorant. It has horrible poverty, but there’s this joy in the streets,” Stekler said. “So many people made films after Katrina that I think at a certain point we just thought since every other documentary filmmaker in America seems to have made a film about New Orleans, isn’t it about time for filmmakers who have actually lived there and know something about the city?”

The city is struggling to redevelop both physical structures and ingrained societal norms because of the complex and often contradictory nature of New Orleans. This battle centers on the Columbia Parc inner-city housing development. After tearing down existing public housing, the new developments were built in an attempt to spread out the concentrated urban poor. Residents like Stephanie Mingo took charge against restrictions enacted on residents. 

“The bottom line for all this is race. And New Orleans has always been a complex place racially. As Henry Irving said in the beginning of the film, ‘New Orleans has some of the blackest white people and whitest black people,’” Stekler said. 

Race has factored into New Orleans politics for decades, but Head’s no-nonsense and often abrasive attitude toward council members has caused backlash within her own voter base. In the film, members of District B who accuse Head of prejudice rally behind Corey Watson, a local black minister.

The film attempts to capture the evolving nature of New Orleans culture. 

“The totality of the work makes you feel like you’re in New Orleans. It makes you feel, in that magic way that film does, that you’re in a different world. So it’s not just a film about an election,” Stekler said. “It’s a film about a place, a place that’s gone through this major disaster that it’s now past. It’s not past for the people who don’t live there, but it’s past for the people that do live there.”

Joking that this was in fact their attempt at a funny film about race in America, Stekler explained that the film attempted to do more than depict an unraveling council race and a dispute over public housing. The issues New Orleans faces in rebuilding now will forever alter the population dynamic. 

“If we were to tie it up into a nice package, there would be some problems, then a crisis, then it would be resolved. But that’s not the way it is. We knew this was a complicated situation, and we wanted to make a movie that strayed from that principal way of making a story,” Alvarez said. “We had strong stories and had strong characters. We are touching on a lot of things, but not necessarily resolving things. But we didn’t really want to because that’s not the way life is. It’s an evolving story, and this is our contribution.”

With spring football still to come, one Texas team will head to New Orleans to participate in Sunday’s Allstate Sugar Bowl. That team is the No. 24-ranked women’s golf squad. 

In its third year, this version of the Allstate Sugar Bowl is one of the premier women’s intercollegiate golf tournaments in the nation. Hosted by Tulane University, this year’s Allstate Sugar Bowl tournament will feature some of the toughest competition in the nation.  

Out of the 18 teams participating in the Allstate Sugar Bowl, 10 are ranked in the Top 25. This includes the top-ranked University of Southern California Trojans, the No. 2 Duke Blue Devils, the defending team champions of the Allstate Sugar Bowl, and the defending national champion, now ranked No. 4, Alabama Crimson Tide.

The English Turn Golf & Country Club is a challenge in itself. The designer of the Par 72, 7,078-yard course, was none other than Jack Nicklaus. Many of the holes are guarded by sand and waste bunkers and have huge tiered greens. Water comes into play on all 18 holes.

Despite challenging conditions and teams, the Longhorns will seek to improve on their fourth place finish from last week’s Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge. 

The team still seeks more consistency as head coach Martha Richards talked about before entering the spring season. In three of the four tournaments they participated in this 2012-13 season, the Longhorns, as a team, have scored their lowest rounds in the final round of competition.

Although the Longhorns’ season is still young, this tournament will play a significant role in the team’s progression toward the Big 12 and NCAA Championships in April and May, respectively.

More than six years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city of New Orleans, UT is joining with Emory University to make stories of the storm’s human impact easily accessible to the general public.

Southern Spaces, an online journal on Southern culture at Emory University, is teaming up with UT Press to compile stories and information about Hurricane Katrina. The organizations will use the data to create a free online publication for the public. The team is collecting and rewriting articles, essays and audio recordings that will then be made available on UT Press’ online archives. UT Press already maintains the Katrina Bookshelf Series, a collection of digitized documents about Hurricane Katrina. This collection will serve as a starting point for the new project.

Allen Tullos, editor of Southern Spaces and head of Emory’s involvement in the project, said the team plans to continue archiving as long as they have unrecorded documents. He said that until UT and Emory began digitizing their collections of literature about the storm, none of it was presented in an accessible, easy-to-read format.

“All of the information about Hurricane Katrina was interesting, but it was presented entirely in print,” Tullos said. “What we are publishing contains images and multimedia pieces so that everyone can understand.”

The project will feature maps, charts and interactive multimedia components that could not be portrayed in a print-only journal.

Although Hurricane Katrina hit six years ago, the effects of its destruction are still present, Lynn Weber, psychology professor at the University of Southern Carolina, said. Weber, who co-authored essays and novels in UT’s Katrina Bookshelf Series, said close to 1,000 families are still displaced from the storm. Weber travels to New Orleans with a team of six colleagues three times a year to research Katrina’s continued impact on the city.

“One of the great things in working on documenting this momentous storm was talking to the people who lost their homes and knowing we could help them if this ever happened again,” Weber said.

Monica Johnson, an electrical engineering sophomore from New Orleans, said that this archive will help prepare people for the next hurricane because computers are capable of so much more than printed material.

“Just knowing that if we ever needed to know something about that storm it would be there, that definitely makes the whole thing more real,” Johnson said.

NEW ORLEANS — Finally a hurricane, the unwieldy and wobbly Isaac bore down on New Orleans Tuesday, almost seven years to the day that Hurricane Katrina transformed this city and became a symbol of government ineptitude, and a defining moment for leaders from City Hall to the White House.

While Isaac was far less powerful than the 2005 storm, it posed some of the same political challenges. President Barack Obama sought to demonstrate his ability to guide the nation through a natural disaster and Republicans reassured residents they were prepared, all the while readying for the coronation of Mitt Romney.

In New Orleans, the mood was calm as the first wave of rain bands and wind gusts rolled ashore, and these battle-tested residents took the storm in stride, knowing they’ve been through a lot worse. Tens of thousands of people, mostly in southeastern Louisiana, were ordered to evacuate ahead of Isaac, which was set to make landfall Tuesday night as a Category 1 hurricane with winds of at least 74 mph — much lower than the 135 mph winds Katrina packed in 2005.

About 13,000 homes and businesses had already lost power Tuesday afternoon. The storm’s winds increased slightly to 80 mph as it closed in on the coast.

Many residents along the Gulf Coast opted to ride it out in shelters or at home and officials, while sounding alarm about the dangers of the powerful storm, decided not to call for mass evacuations. Still, there was a threat of storm surge and the possibility of nearly two feet of rain as it slowly trudges inland.

“We don’t expect a Katrina-like event, but remember there are things about a Category 1 storm that can kill you,” Mayor Mitch Landrieu said, urging people to use common sense and to stay off any streets that may flood.

There was already simmering political fallout. Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal, who canceled his trip to the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., said the Obama administration’s disaster declaration fell short of the federal help he had requested. Jindal said he wanted a promise from the federal government to be reimbursed for storm preparation costs.

“We learned from past experiences, you can’t just wait. You’ve got to push the federal bureaucracy,” Jindal said.

FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate said such requests would be addressed after the storm.

“We wanted to make sure direct federal assistance got out first,” Fugate said.

Obama, during a campaign stop in Iowa, attempted to stay above the fray.

“America will be there to help folks recover no matter what this storm brings. Because when disaster strikes, we’re not Democrats or Republicans first, we are Americans first,” the president said.

Isaac became a hurricane Tuesday, a massive storm that reached more than 200 miles from its center, threatening to flood the coasts of four states with storm surge and heavy rains on its way to New Orleans.

At businesses near the French Quarter, windows were boarded up and sandbags were stacked a few feet high in front of doors.

Some tourists said they would ride out the storm near the city’s famed Bourbon Street, and there was little to suggest a sense of worry.

“We made it through Katrina, we can definitely make it through this. It’s going to take a lot more to run me, I know how to survive,” he said.

Obama said Gulf Coast residents should listen to local authorities and follow their directions as Isaac approached.

“Now is not the time to tempt fate. Now is not the time to dismiss official warnings. You need to take this seriously,” Obama said.

In Houma, a city southwest of New Orleans, people filled a municipal auditorium-turned-shelter. However, in the bayou country of Terrebonne Parish off Highway 24, storms pose a perennial dilemma for those living a hardscrabble life.

While some of the homes along Bayou Terrebonne and other nearby waterways show signs of affluence, this section of Louisiana 24 is mostly lined with trailer homes or small, often run-down houses. Staying could be dangerous, but many here who could be in harm’s way have nowhere to go and little money to get there, especially given the high price of gasoline.

Monica Boudreaux lives in a trailer on low-lying land but was talking Tuesday morning with a cousin who lived closer to the bayou. They and two friends chatted as the storm approached. Boudreaux laughed when asked what she’ll do if the storm hits.

“I’m surrounded by all family,” she said, referring to her friends as well as her cousin. “I’ll just pick up my little fat feet and run, I guess.”

Water may be worse than wind because the storm could push walls of water while dumping rain to flood the low-lying coast in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle.

New Orleans is in much better shape than it was before Katrina with an injection of about $14 billion in federal funds to fix damage done by Katrina and upgrade the system.