Police chief blames Austin for Houston unrest and more popular stories

Publisher’s Note: It’s that time again – time to deal with our top stories. Here are the stories that got our collective attention over the past seven days.

1. Former Police Chief Art Acevedo apparently blames Austin for rioting in Houston. The former police chief, who is now the best brains in Houston, was caught on video telling some tough things about his old hometown. After targeting Austin’s lack of racial diversity, he accused the city of causing riot in Houston – something he has not yet addressed.

2. Austin lands the first new non-stop flight since the COVID-19 shutdown. Southwest Airlines released its fall flight schedule last week, adding a new non-stop flight from Austin. This is the first new direct route for the city since the pandemic began.

3. This trendy Austin neighborhood has the most expensive rents in Texas. A global recession cannot curb Austin’s rents. New data from Apartments.com says one neighborhood in Austin has the highest median rents in the state.

4th Austin cyclists can now ride COTA’s iconic route during weekly bike nights. It’s not often that you run on a world-class Formula 1 circuit, let alone on your own bike. Circuit of The Americas gives the community the opportunity to do just that with its weekly Tuesday bike nights.

5. Austin’s 3 days of tumultuous protests in the city center spark riots across the city. Last weekend there were major protests in cities across the United States in response to the death of Minneapolis-based George Floyd. In downtown Austin, thousands of protesters took to the streets for three days to protest, some of which were peaceful while others were violent. This is a report on these protests.

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