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APD investigating two separate homicides near Austin parks


Austin police are searching for the suspects behind a homicide that occurred near Zilker Park and Barton Springs Pool on Thursday morning.

Police responded to a call about a suspicious vehicle at 7:15 a.m. in the 2200 block of Barton Springs Rd., in which the caller said they saw shots fired through a car window. Police found a blood trail near the vehicle and a man's body on the Barton Springs Pool grounds. Austin-Travis County EMS responded to the scene for a gunshot wound and pronounced the person dead on the scene.

The identity of the victim has not been revealed by police, along with any potential suspects. No one is in custody at this time, but police believe this is an isolated incident.

This comes after a separate homicide at Auditorium Shores that occurred Wednesday.

Police said they received a call before 7 a.m. saying a passerby found an unresponsive man at the West Riverside park. Police found trauma to his head and ATCEMS pronounced him dead on the scene.

They believe the homicide may have occurred hours earlier around 2 a.m.

A person of interest has been detained, but no further information on the suspect has been released by police.

Parts of both Zilker Park and Auditorium Shores have been closed due to investigations.


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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.