Businessweek Explores the Phenomenon of People Moving To "Second Tier" Cities Like Austin and San Antonio

It’s not really news that Texas’ biggest cities are among the fastest-growing in the country. In fact, it seems like about once a month, a new study that finds a new way of measuring growth finds that the four largest metro areas in the state are also among the ten fastest-growing metro areas in the U.S. 

The latest outlet to discover that is Bloomberg Businessweek, which manages to couch their findings in breathtakingly condescending terms, running its report under the headline, “Austin or Bust: America’s Biggest Cities Lose People to the Urban B-List.” 

Open Carry Advocates Rallied After a Man Was Tased By Police For Carrying a Long-Arm Rifle

In late March, nineteen-year-old Henry Vichique was stopped by police while walking down the street with his rifle over his shoulder. The stop—the full details of which are clear, as Vichique recorded the entire encounter and put it on YouTube—involved the teenager behaving very politely as a pair of San Antonio police officers asked him to relinquish his gun. Vichique says “sir” a lot and insists that “I’m not doing anything wrong,” while one of the two officers tells him that neighbors had complained that Vichique had been pointing his rifle at people. Vichique, who says that he has video evidence that he was not doing that, asks if he’s free to go, and the officer tells him that he is free to walk home, and the police will happen to drive alongside him as he does so.

The encounter turns ugly when the second officer starts telling Vichique that “we’re going to take that gun.” When Vichique insists again that he’s not breaking the law, the officer uses his taser to bring him down, at which point he’s arrested. 

Four of the Ten U.S. Cities With the Highest Levels of Income Segregation Are in Texas

Congratulations, Texas. We’ve received a dubious distinction: In this list published yesterday by Richard Florida of The Atlantic’s Cities blog and his team at the Martin Prosperity Institute of the U.S. cities with the highest levels of income segregation, a staggering four of ours landed on the top-ten list, including claiming the top spot. 

That top spot goes to San Antonio, while Houston clocks in at number four. Dallas lands in eighth place, while Austin rounds out the list at number ten. 

Man, There Are A Lot Of Brands To Interact With At SXSW, Y'all

Pretty much everyone in Austin this week is either doing SXSW things, or really, really tired of hearing about SXSW things. Either way, there’s a question about the festival that’s gotten harder and harder to answer over the past few years: What exactly is SXSW? 

It’s a film, music, and technology conference and festival—but describing it like that doesn’t really summarize the experience of rushing from the Spotify House to the Mophie Hangar to the FADER FORT Presented By Converse to the SXSubway Square, or taking in a performance at the Doritos #BoldStage, or walking past a pedicab adorned like the Iron Throne from HBO’s Game of Thrones. It doesn’t explain why this dude jumped from thirty feet up to snatch a ticket for Lady Gaga out of the air, thanking Doritos all the way down. It doesn’t cover the line that started at 2am on Tuesday morning for Samsung Galaxy owners to receive a free ticket to see Jay-Z and Kanye West play an intimate show at an as-yet-undisclosed location. It doesn’t cover exactly what occurs at HBO’s Game Of Thrones: The Exhibition at the Austin Music Hall, or the live-action Mario Kart racing that Pennzoil set up over the weekend at the Palmer Events Center. 

Someone Paid $7,250 For a License Plate That Says "DALLAS"

What’s your license plate say? Probably just a nonsensical combination of letters and numbers in random sequence, huh? Boooring—and lacking in hometown spirit. 

Capitalizing on hometown spirit is something that MyPlates.com, which is licensed through the state to provide vanity plates in a truly staggering array of design options to Texas motorists, made a lot of money on this week. The website auctioned off plates with the names of various cities throughout Texas and the United States, revealing the affection—or lack thereof—among Texans for their hometowns.

Revenge Porn Isn't Illegal In Texas, But It Can Cost You Half a Million Dollars

Let’s get this out of the way: “Revenge porn,” or the act of sharing private, nude images of a person without their consent, is an odious, vile thing. It’s not the fault of the person who allowed the photos to be taken, it’s the fault of the person who chooses to share the photos. And, as courts found last month, it’s not something that should go unpunished. A Houston woman was awarded $500,000 in damages after photos that she had shared with her ex-boyfriend ended up posted, maliciously and with ill-intent, on a number of websites. ABC 13-KTRK in Houston explains

Did We Just Witness the End of Ted Nugent's Political Relevance?

When you think about it, the fact that Ted Nugent has somehow remained a relevant cultural figure is bizarre. The last time he released a single that charted on the Billboard Hot 100 was in 1980, when he dropped “Wango Tango” upon an unsuspecting populace, which rode the guitar solo and girl-as-car metaphor to the number-86 spot. His recording career effectively petered out in 1988 with the more-whimper-than-bang album If You Can’t Lick ‘Em… Lick ‘Em, which featured cover art that would make you sneak it home in a plain brown wrapper if you brought the record home to your parents’ house. 

Are We Over-Celebrating the Kid Who Returned a Lost Wedding Ring?

Let’s be clear about this from the beginning: This story from the Houston Chronicle about a Waco teenager who found someone else’s wedding ring inside of a baseball glove he purchased at Academy Sports and Outdoors is a nice little story about a young person who exhibited a basic sort of human decency. Here are the details, from the Chronicle

Ryan Alexander and his mother, Holly Alexander, bought the glove on Feb. 15 at an Academy Sports + Outdoors store in Waco, near their home in Mart, Holly Alexander said.

Ryan, a 16-year-old sophomore at Riesel High School near Waco, was trying out his new glove the next afternoon and realized there was a ring inside it, his mother said.

The Alexanders told the store about the find, and Academy began trying to locate the original owner, said spokesman Eric Herrera, who works at the company’s headquarters in Katy.

Both Academy and Louisville Slugger, the glove manufacturer, put the search out on their Twitter accounts and contacted the Texas-based James Avery jewelry company, which made the ring, inscribed with “I (heart symbol) my Marine.”

Texas, We Should Talk About Your License Plate Addiction

Listen, Texas, we should talk about this license plate problem that you have. We get it. Custom license plates are fun, and they’re a source of revenue for the state, and what’s the harm in allowing a given company/school/organization/etc that wants to demonstrate its Texas-ness by placing its logo on an official state license plate—especially if they’re going to pay for the privilege? 

But, look: You’ve got nearly four hundred options now, and some of them are ugly. They crowd the actual content the plate is supposed to contain—namely, an alphanumeric that makes a car identifiable—in favor of a picture of a hamburger or a dolphin or something. Plus, not to get all design snobby here, but some of them use comic sans. Have a little self-respect. 

Banana-Suited Man Arrested In Beaumont While Brandishing an AK-47

We’ve covered the clashes between open carry advocates and their opponents before, and we’re pretty confident that the two sides’ entrenched positions are clear to everyone—advocates say that they have the legal right to carry long arms in Texas and that people should feel safer knowing that stable, law-abiding people are armed in public to protect them from potential criminals, while opponents argue that the sight of weapons in public makes people feel unsafe. 

Of course, nothing says “stable” and “safe” like a guy in a banana suit, which is probably why Derek Poe, the owner of Beaumont’s Golden Triangle Tactical (who himself was charged with disorderly conduct for carrying an AR-15 on his back while walking through Parkdale Mall, where his shop was located) hired someone to don a bright yellow banana costume and stand at the Eastex Freeway by Highway 105 on Saturday with an AK-47 loaded with a fifty-clip magazine. 

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