Global racing entity Formula 1, which holds its U.S. Grand Prix at Austin's Circuit of the Americas each year, has terminated a contract with the promoter behind the Russian Grand Prix amid the country's invasion of Ukraine.
The racing contract, which held an annual race at Sochi Autodom since 2014, was permanently canceled a week after the luxury racing league said it would cancel this year's Sept. 25 Russian Grand Prix.
"Formula One can confirm it has terminated its contract with the Russian Grand Prix promoter, meaning Russia will not have a race in the future," the statement said.
The original contract was first struck between former F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone and Russian President Vladimir Putin himself and was expected to run through 2025.
With the announcement, F1 became the latest sports entity to pressure Russia for its actions against Ukraine.
Prominent Russian city Saint Petersburg was stripped of hosting the UEFA Champions League final, which pits Europe's top soccer teams against one another, on May 28 as world soccer league FIFA banned Russian teams from competitions "until further notice. As a black belt in judo, Putin himself is seeing consequences—the International Judo Federation suspended his title as its honorary president amid the conflict.
The latest F1 hit is expected to have a significant impact on the local economy–well over 150,000 members from around the world were expected to be in attendance.
Meanwhile, F1 secured another five-year contract with Austin's COTA on Feb. 18 as the track gears up for another action-packed U.S. Grand Prix race weekend in October 2022.
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Austin police are investigating the killing of Moriah "Mo" Wilson after she was found with gunshot wounds inside an Austin home.
Wilson, a gravel and mountain bike racer, was visiting Austin from Colorado in preparation for the Gravel Locos race on Saturday taking place in Hico, a small town 2 hours from Austin.
On Wednesday, her roommate came home and found Wilson unresponsive with "a lot of blood near her,” police said. It is now being investigated as a suspicious death. No further information on the suspect or motive behind the killing are available at this time.
Wilson recently had become a full-time biker after winning a slew of races in the past year.
Some of your favorite Instagram filters can’t be used in Texas anymore and Austinites are sounding off on social media.
Meta, Facebook and Instagram’s parent company, announced on Wednesday that certain filters would no longer be available in Texas.
The change is a result of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s lawsuit against Meta, alleging the company uses facial recognition technology that violates laws in Texas. A release from Meta says it stopped using facial recognition tech in November 2021 and denies Paxton’s allegations.
Some Austinites bemoaned the shift, saying some of their favorite filters were now unavailable.
This was my FAVORITE filter on @instagram and they done removed it cause I’m in Texas ! Like wowwwwww pic.twitter.com/uX60hdIC0Q
— Pinkyy Montana (@inkstar_pinkyy) May 11, 2022
i heard that instagram filters got banned in texas? what the actual fuck y’all better give me my favorite filter back
— lia 🤍 (@liatootrill) May 11, 2022
loved this stupid filter sm i hate texas pic.twitter.com/DXr9mmUc64
— birthday boy jeno 🎂 (@beabtox) May 12, 2022
But more often than not, locals joked about the ban.
Texas women seeing the filter ban on IG pic.twitter.com/yDMcP3Qtsr
— Christian (Anabolic) Flores (@christian_flo24) May 11, 2022
So, the state of Texas has banned filter use on IG? THE END IS NEAR. 😂
— THE FRANCHISE! Франшиза (@NYCFranchise718) May 12, 2022
And some in-between chose to show off some natural beauty.
I live in Texas, but no filter needed. 😉 pic.twitter.com/A6teRgYMKn
— bad and bruja (@starseedmami) May 11, 2022
filter, no filter..texas women still reign supreme.
— 🎍 (@_sixile) May 11, 2022
Finally, some are trying to cash in on the opportunity.
Texas IG users- if you want to filter your picture cashapp me $1.50 $ErvnYng
— Gemini (@ervn_y) May 11, 2022
Meta said it plans to create an opt-in system for both Texas and Illinois residents, who are facing the same issues.