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What we know about the Texas State student, 16-year-old and pregnant woman injured by Austin police during protests
(Austonia staff)

Texas State student Justin Howell is the 20-year-old black man who was critically injured at protests last weekend and remains hospitalized, his older brother Joshua Howell wrote in The Battalion, Texas A&M University's student newspaper.


Howell is one of two young men Austin Police Department officers shot and injured with bean bag ammunition, leading them to be hospitalized, Chief Brian Manley said Monday.



"He has a fractured skull. He has brain damage. Doctors anticipate that when he wakes up, he will have difficulty telling his left from his right," Joshua wrote.

The second victim—Brad Levi Ayala, a Latino 16-year-old—is in stable condition but remains hospitalized, according to updates his siblings posted to a GoFund Me page. Since it was created on Monday, the fundraiser has received $132,716 from around 5,000 donors.



"This is the first time we've seen him not in pain and resting," Ayala's older brother Edwin wrote yesterday. "[His] muscles have been hurting him and he is being transferred to a special room for neurological testing."

APD also shot Saraneka "Nemo" Martin, a pregnant black woman, in the stomach and back, according to a GoFundMe page created by her husband Kenneth Martin. "Our baby is miraculously okay, as far as we know, but we will definitely need another check up," he wrote.

The page, also created on Monday, has raised $22,047 from 856 donors. Martin said donations would be used for medical and recovery expenses as well as legal counsel.

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Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.

Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
Waterloo Greenway, Good Vibrations Installation


🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway