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2 dead, 7 possible Fentanyl overdoses within hours in downtown Austin


The Austin Police Department is investigating a series of Fentanyl overdoses that occurred Friday morning, resulting in two deaths.

Between midnight and 7 a.m. Friday, there were seven overdoses Austin-Travis County EMS responded to, in which 12 patients were transported to a hospital. While police have not confirmed all the exact drugs involved, they believe Fentanyl to be involved based on the side effects of the patients.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opiate similar but cheaper than heroin and can be taken in a pill, powder, patch, solid, or liquid form; it is lethal even in small amounts.

The seven overdoses occurred in three major multi-patient incidents:

  • At 7th and Sabine streets, one was transported to the hospital and another person was declared dead on the scene.
  • At 5th and Trinity streets, there were eight total people involved; there were five ambulances needed and one was declared dead on the scene.
  • At 8th and Red River streets, two patients were transported to the hospital, one was in cardiac arrest but was resuscitated.

Information on the groups or the deceased has not been released, but police said some could have been homeless. ATCEMS said they believe the instances could have been linked due to the Fentanyl side effects seen, but are not directly connected.

An APD spokesperson said the instances are in line with an ongoing fentanyl crisis. In the past week, APD had administered Narcan, a treatment for overdose emergencies, at least three times and saved those people's lives. Additionally, last weekend, two juveniles overdosed on the drug.

In 2021, up until November, there were 170 overdoses to Fentanyl, up from 132 the year before. There have been 25-30 overdoses since the start of the year.


With deposition and trial looming, Elon Musk has offered $44B for Twitter, again

Elon Musk has proposed once again to buy Twitter for $54.20 a share.

The news that Musk is offering to carry on with the $44 billion buyout was first reported by Bloomberg. Now, a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission shows Musk made the proposal in a letter to the tech giant on Monday.

The New York Stock Exchange temporarily halted trading in Twitter stock twice Tuesday, first because of a big price move and the second time for a news event, presumably the announcement of Musk's renewed offer.

While the per share offer price on this latest proposal remains the same as the original offer, it’s unclear if Musk has made other term changes or if Twitter would reject it. According to other reports, a deal could be reached this week.

The stock closed at $52.00/share Tuesday, indicating market uncertainty around the $54.20 offer.

After Musk informed Twitter of plans to terminate the original agreement in July, Twitter sued. A trial has been expected in Delaware Chancery Court on Oct. 17.

With the proposition of a buyout on the table again, it revives the question of whether Musk might move Twitter from San Francisco to Central Texas.

He’s done so with some of his other companies. Tesla’s headquarters in southeast Travis County had its grand opening earlier this year and tunneling business The Boring Company moved to Pflugerville. At least two other Musk companies, SpaceX and Neuralink, have a Central Texas presence without being headquartered here.

Technology journalist Nilay Patel this afternoon voiced concerns that owning Twitter and Tesla together could be problematic for Musk, as his Tesla manufacturing facilities in Germany and China are both in countries that have disputes with Twitter over content moderation and censorship.

Telsa shares fell after the Twitter news became public, before rallying to close up, at $249.44.

Austin rents nearly double in a year and are now in the top 5 nationwide

While searching for a place to live, Austin renters will face monthly rates of nearly $3,000, a recent guide from rental marketplace Dwellsy shows.

The median rent in August this year was $2,930, a more than 86% increase since August 2021. That’s $820 more than the nationwide median asking rent in August and puts Austin just below the Bay Area, Boston and New York for large cities with the most expensive asking rent.

“Within this group, Austin, TX stands out for the highest increases in asking rent, which has nearly doubled since this time last year,” the study notes.

Outside of those large cities, however, others are seeing even higher rent spikes. Metro areas that ranked above Austin in one-year increases include those like Kansas City, MO with a 112% change in rent since last August and Tucson, AZ with a 124% change.

The data reflects large apartment communities, single-family homes and 2-6 unit buildings.