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Has there ever been a league more perfect for rankings, than the NBA? There's no NBA Debate that can't be settled by a good old fashioned ranking. This is a podcast that ranks our favourite NBA players, teams, games and more. There's 7.9 billion people on earth and getting two to agree is hard enough, with that in mind I created the Hoops Rank_Top_10 Sub Reddit and will be running weekly polls on twitter to debate Basketball biggest questions. Join me every Tuesday and Friday for a new episode.
 
The Playlist is an entertainment podcast from SBS Australia, in which hosts Fiona Williams and Ben Nguyen explore the movies and TV shows that are worth your time. Join them as they canvas the week in culture and highlight the best of what’s streaming at SBS On Demand.
 
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New England Sports Network betting analyst Sam Panayotovich joins John Williams to talk about what the heck happened at the end of the White Sox game Wednesday. And what will Justin Fields add to the Chicago Bears? https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3835263/New_England_Sports_Network_What_happened_Tony_LaRussa__2021-05-06-193103.64kmono.mp3 More Whit…
 
The Austin City Council authorized a proposal to begin the process of opening sanctioned campsites for those experiencing homelessness — a potentially expensive and difficult-to-manage plan it rejected two years ago. In a separate vote, the City Council agreed to relaunch the beleaguered Austin Police Department's training academy on June 7, earlie…
 
Authorities have charged one of the state's most influential lobbyists and a top political consultant to Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller with theft after investigators said he stole money from possible investors in the state's hemp industry. An arrest warrant was issued for Todd M. Smith, 59, by a Travis County judge April 14, but Smith w…
 
The Texas House on Friday approved a bill that would penalize cities that cut police spending, inspired by the Austin City Council's move last year to trim the Police Department budget. Last-minute attempts by Democrats to add amendments and delay the measure through procedural moves failed. House Bill 1900, which passed in a 90-49 vote, next heads…
 
After a bitter partisan fight over a sweeping Republican election bill consumed most of Thursday night, the Texas House gave initial approval to Senate Bill 7 shortly after 3 a.m. Friday after adopting a series of agreed-upon amendments in rapid-fire fashion with little or no explanation provided. Many of the changes, negotiated in the early-mornin…
 
Kerry Peck of Peck Ritchey, LLC joins John Williams to talk about who takes over assets of older people as they age, and how it is decided who should file for power of attorney. Kerry also talks about the flaws in how “I Care A Lot” depicted caregiving, and about Britney Spears’ conservatorship. https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3835668/Elder_Law_At…
 
Joni Hirsch Blackman is the author of This Used to be Chicago. She wrote an op-ed in the Chicago Tribune, describing how you can give your mom the simple gift of communication as you and she get older. She breaks that down for John Williams. https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3835664/Joni_Hirsch_Blackman_knows_the_best_and_easiest_gift_you_can_give_f…
 
Supervising WGN Radio Producer Ashley Bihun joins John Williams to explain what she had to fill out before being admitted to the United Center for the first Bulls game with fans this year. https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3835663/Ashley_Bihun_is_going_to_the_Bulls_game_but_first__2021-05-07-180703.64kmono.mp3…
 
After a relatively quiet month, the political fight over GOP voting measures resumed in a big way Thursday when the Texas House began debate on a sweeping bill that would create new election-related crimes, boost penalties for existing crimes and raise the profile of partisan poll watchers. House Bill 6, which has been waiting in the wings since ea…
 
Adoption fees will be waived and no appointments will be necessary this weekend at Austin Animal Center as the shelter needs to get animals out the door after hitting capacity on Tuesday. From Thursday to Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., adopters can visit the shelter without an appointment, the center said. It will mark the first time the shelte…
 
The Texas House on Wednesday gave initial approval to a bill that would effectively ban most abortions by outlawing the procedure once a fetal heartbeat is detected, typically before a woman is aware she is pregnant. Abortion rights advocates have called the bill one of the most extreme abortion restrictions proposed in the state to date, and emoti…
 
Education advocates worry bills targeting discussions of racism and sexism in Texas public schools will hinder teachers' ability to discuss current events, history and ethnic studies with students. The Republican authors of the bills moving forward in the Legislature say their goal is to prevent the federal government and educators from pushing a p…
 
Austin FC’s Q2 Stadium will open three days earlier than planned to host the reigning world champion United States women's national team in an Olympics warmup against Nigeria. The June 16 match, slated for an 8 p.m. kickoff, will be the last match of the summer series featuring the United States, Nigeria, Portugal and Jamaica. Details on tickets fo…
 
The Williamson County and Cities Health District is hoping to see an increased demand for coronavirus vaccines when the Federal Drug Administration starts approving them for children. The FDA is expected to approve the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 12 and older in the coming days. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
St. Michael’s Catholic Academy, a high school in the Barton Creek neighborhood, announced that Heidi Sloan will take on the position as the new head of school starting in July. Sloan has worked at the school for eight years, most recently as director of academics, and she has worked closely with the outgoing head of school, Dr. Dawn Nichols, accord…
 
The St. David’s Foundation, Austin Community Foundation and the United Way for Greater Austin have awarded $415,000 in grants to 19 organizations in Central Texas to help boost the COVID-19 vaccination rates for disproportionately affected populations. The funding will help increase vaccination rates in the region, including in Bastrop County, by s…
 
Continuing down the path of loosening limits on Texas gun owners, a divided state Senate approved legislation to allow holstered handguns to be carried in public, openly or concealed, without a state-issued permit known as a license to carry. House Bill 1927 next returns to the Texas House to consider changes that senators made during almost seven …
 
The Texas House, split largely along party lines, voted Thursday to make it a crime to camp in public areas across the state. House Bill 1925, filed largely in response to Austin's struggle with people experiencing homelessness since the City Council lifted a local camping ban in 2019, next goes to the Texas Senate, where a similar bill has not got…
 
The Texas House has approved a bill that paves the way for the construction of tunnels for light-rail trains under two state-owned parks in downtown Austin. House Bill 3893 grants Capital Metro a 99-year lease to the underground rights of Republic Square Park and Brush Square. Both parks are set to have tunnels constructed under them as part of Pro…
 
A reconstituted Public Utility Commission met for the first time Thursday with two new board members taking over for the previous board, the entirety of which resigned in the aftermath of February's weeklong freeze that gripped the state. Governor Greg Abbott appointed Chairman Peter Lake and Commissioner Will McAdams to be the state's top power re…
 
With Micheal Porter JR looking like a legit offensive superstar in the making and Trae Young and SGA looking like stars of the future. I've redrafted my top 10 players from the 2018 class. We know where Luka ranks but what about Trae, SGA, Micheal Porter JR, JJJ and Ayton? To get in touch drop your list on my sub-Reddit, or follow me on social medi…
 
DePaul economics professor Michael Miller joins John Williams to explain what would entice people to return to work after receiving unemployment benefits for a long time due to the pandemic. And he describes what those people can do to make those offers worth their while. https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3835271/DePaul_Economics_Professor_Michael_M…
 
Mark Kelly, Commissioner for the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, joins John Williams to talk about “Open Culture,” the term being used to describe the reopening of events and spaces in Chicago. And he explains how events can remain safe as the city fully reopens. Visit choosechicago.com/events for more information. https://serve.…
 
Bastrop school board incumbent Kellye Seekatz fended off a challenge by Joseph Thompson for the Place 2 seat, according to Saturday’s election results.Seekatz received 2,239 votes, or 60% of the vote, for her reelection. Thompson received 1,512 votes, or 40%. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
Like many parts of the country, metro Austin has been hit hard by COVID-19. And just like other areas of the country, the community has relied on medical professionals who have put their lives on the line throughout the pandemic. Among them are the community’s nurses who have been on the front lines, working tirelessly during the COVID-19 pandemic.…
 
Dell Medical School at the University of Texas has received a $2.26 million gift from Eric and Shanna Bass to study the impact of its health care approach on patient outcomes and costs. The gift to Dell Medical School will pay for resources to conduct a three-year study on the "360-degree care" model developed by the Musculoskeletal Institute at UT…
 
Austin Diaper Bank has expanded its Bright Spot Program to include a partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area. The program, which started in 2019 as a pilot to provide feminine hygiene products to kids at Navarro Early College High School and Burnet Middle School, now provides tampons and pads to all 35 of Austin Diaper Bank's partner…
 
The San Marcos City Council on Tuesday approved an adjustment of wastewater rate calculations for residential customers to minimize the impact of February's historic freeze. The council approved a temporary change in the formula used to calculate residential wastewater rates to ensure customers are not overcharged in the upcoming year. See omnystud…
 
Education advocates worry bills targeting discussions of racism and sexism in Texas public schools will hinder teachers' ability to discuss current events, history and ethnic studies with students. The Republican authors of the bills moving forward in the Legislature say their goal is to prevent the federal government and educators from pushing a p…
 
Nine months after being acquired by a New York private equity firm, Waterloo Sparkling Water is making a splash at thousands of new stores. The Austin-based maker of carbonated water is adding 3,000 stores to its distribution, which brings its reach to 15,500 locations in all 50 states. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
Two more federal lawsuits alleging excessive use of force in arrests have been filed in the past week against former Williamson County sheriff Robert Chody and Williamson County. Ramsey Mitchell, a Midland resident, filed a lawsuit on Monday saying that Williamson County deputies beat him until he was unconscious and left him with lasting injuries …
 
The CIA's effort to recruit a new generation of more diverse spies has faced unexpected pushback from some prominent Republicans. The agency's latest ad, which features a young Latina officer who describes herself as a "daughter of immigrants" and a "cisgender millennial," is meant to add transparency to the agency, but has attracted ridicule from …
 
An effort to ban transgender student athletes from competing in sports within their gender identity was dealt a significant setback Tuesday after a Texas House committee voted not to advance a Senate-approved bill to the full House. With a 6-5 vote in favor of the legislation, Senate Bill 29 was one vote short of the seven needed for a majority of …
 
The release of Austin police video footage from a February shooting, in which an officer fatally shot a 21-year-old Jordan Walton in East Austin, will be delayed until June 4, authorities said Tuesday. Austin police said they had to push back the release date because of delays related to releasing video from a different police shooting on Jan. 5, w…
 
Northwestern Medicine licensed clinical social worker Mia Rusev joins John Williams to discuss languishing, a feeling of indifference 13 months into the COVID pandemic. She offers suggestions to keep the mind busy and motivated day-to-day, to prevent days from looking the same. https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3834881/Northwestern_Medicine_Languish…
 
Stephanie Bonin started a petition on Change.org to pass a stimulus bill for checks of $2,000 a month to all Americans. So far, more than two million people have signed the petition, and she joins John Williams to explain why she thinks Americans need the money. https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3834875/Stephanie_Bonin_wants_Americans_to_receive_2_0…
 
Jill Schlesinger is the news business analyst for CBS and the host of the “Jill on Money” podcast. She joins John Williams to explain what a non-fungible token is. She also outlines how cryptocurrency trading works, especially as Dogecoin takes off. https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3834871/_Jill_on_Money_Host_Jill_Schlesinger_on_what_part_of_NFT_we…
 
WellMed is taking appointments online for the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Thursday. The clinics will be at both WellMed’s South Austin location on West Ben White Boulevard, and its Pflugerville location on West Pecan Street. If slots do not fill, same-day walk-ins will be accepted. See omnystudio.com/listener for privac…
 
The somewhat deflating news from the U.S. Census Bureau on Monday that Texas picked up two new seats in Congress, instead of a widely projected three, left some questioning whether politics or the pandemic might have created an undercount. Texas came up about 190,000 people short of earning a 39th seat in the U.S. House, according to state populati…
 
Incumbent Joanna Morgan handily defeated Jerry Callaghan for the mayor's office with 66 percent of support pushing her over the finish line Saturday, according to the unofficial election results. Morgan was appointed to the mayor’s office earlier this year — after Scott Saunders abruptly resigned effective Jan. 11 — until a special election could b…
 
Voters in northeastern Travis County overwhelmingly approved the creation of an emergency services district to support medics and emergency services. Final election results show Proposition A collected 1,022 votes or 73.6 percent on Saturday. The new district, ESD No. 17, will overlay the exact boundaries of ESD No. 2, which supports fire services,…
 
After failing to respond to friends and neighbors, Austin rock 'n' roll critic and historian Ed Ward was found dead by police on a welfare check at his South Austin home late Monday afternoon, his friend Jon Lebkowsky has confirmed. Ward was 72. Among the first staff music critics for the American-Statesman, Ward wrote or co-wrote four books, inclu…
 
Lakeway City Manager Julie Oakley introduced the city’s new emergency management coordinator, Paul Harvey, to the City Council on Monday night. Harvey started the job last week, and was hired out of a pool of 35 applicants. In his role, he will serve Lakeway, Bee Cave and The Hills, and each jurisdiction will pay a portion of his salary based on po…
 
Austin-based National Instruments is making big investments in autonomous vehicle and safety technology as demand grows for assisted driver innovation. The company, which recently rebranded as NI, said Tuesday that it has acquired Austin-based monoDrive, a startup that specializes in autonomous vehicle simulations. NI did not disclose financial ter…
 
Since mid-April, India has reported alarming numbers of new coronavirus cases and deaths. In response to the crisis, people in the Austin area — some of whom said they have been affected personally — have started working to do what they can to send aid to family and friends overseas. Others are trying to find ways to cope with the feeling of helple…
 
As the U.S. Food and Drug Administration prepares to authorize the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine for younger children in the coming days, Austin and Travis County health leaders said they are bracing for an increase in vaccine demand by parents seeking to return their youngsters' lives back to normal. Parents and guardians of children 12 and older wil…
 
Austin City Council Member Kathie Tovo authored a proposal to create city-authorized encampments that could be used lawfully by people experiencing homelessness. Tovo published the proposal Monday morning, earning praise on social media from voters who had called for a plan like that one ever since the City Council canceled camping penalties in 201…
 
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