Abu Dhabi Grand Prix gives Austin a glitzy glimpse

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November 14th, 2010

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – As the day ends, pit crews soap and scrub down tires at the paddock. Rad Weaver of San Antonio pauses, smiles and takes a look around him. “When you think about all they have accomplished here in just three years,” he said on a balmy evening Friday at the [...]

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At Ferrari World, F1 fans can experience the rush of the race

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November 11th, 2010

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES — The sounds coming out of him as his body traveled 150 mph were unreal. “It was just weird, but I just couldn’t help it,” said Cory Ryan, a Canadian engineer who works for Schlumberger. “I’m sure people around me thought I was getting sick.” The world’s fastest coaster: 150 [...]

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A new home, renewed hope; Cultures of the East take root on North Lamar

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March 26th, 2000

How We Live: Third in a monthly series profiling Central Texas neighborhoods. Step inside a grocery store on North Lamar Boulevard and the sights, sounds and smells of Asia come to life. A Chinese chanteuse, singing to a bright beat, is piped in overhead. Grandmothers poke bok choy. Restaurateurs heft basmati rice, coconut milk and [...]

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A journey of heartache, high hopes

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September 5th, 1999

Obstacles, opportunity mark adjustment to adulthood Nidia Mena is in the Experimental Science Building, and she is lost. The building is hushed, like a chapel or a bunker, blocking out the University of Texas campus rushing to life outside. The halls are empty. The stupefying August heat doesn’t even provoke a disgruntled hum from an [...]

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Solitary stands start an anti-crime wave

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August 17th, 1998

An outraged few lead neighbors to reclaim areas Angela Shah and Dave Harmon Second of three parts Synora Coe clearly remembers her first day as manager of the Capitol Steps Apartments — a gray day in January when she watched cars drive slowly through the parking lot. One by one, they wound around the back [...]

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Innovative efforts start to pay off for residents, police

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August 16th, 1998

Series: “United Against Crime” Dave Harmon and Angela Shah First of three parts The surrender starts at a street corner, a convenience store, maybe one of those big low-rent apartment complexes or small rental houses. Criminals move in. Neighbors call 911 but never see any results. In time, the neighbors make an uneasy, unspoken deal [...]

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Writer finds crime a first-person story

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April 22nd, 1998

Texas Monthly writer shot in Mexico robbery regains feeling in extremities, doctors say The robbery’s execution was inept, the Austin victims said, a strange combination of Keystone Kops meets Pulp Fiction in Mexico City. Two gunmen crammed into the small taxicab sedan and sat on the laps of two of the four American passengers. One [...]

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