'Does Pence have a bug on his head?' Austin confirms the star of the vice presidential debate was the fly
Wednesday's vice presidential debate brought the usual show to the screens of Americans across the nation, but what really stirred up social media was what appeared to be a fly on Vice President Mike Pence's head.
Hashtags with "Pence" and "the fly" took over Twitter, Americans astounded at the landing of a fly on the vice presidents head during the debate with Senator Kamala Harris. In Austin alone, more than 1 million tweets were about Pence with popular hashtags being #flygate and #FLY2020.
Local celebrities joined in on the fun, including former Longhorn and current sports analyst Emmanuel Acho, who like many, was confused if his eyes were clearly seeing a bug on the vice presidents's head.
Does Pence have a bug on his head? #VicePresidentialDebate2020 https://t.co/o84bV0uiTT— Emmanuel Acho (@Emmanuel Acho) 1602123525.0
Maaaan I thought I was tripping! Pence got a whole fly on his head. #VPDebate https://t.co/MaD1BzGQFN— Emmanuel Acho (@Emmanuel Acho) 1602123590.0
Lucky for anyone confused, the Twitterverse confirmed Acho's and others speculation that a fly had made a grand landing on the white hair of Pence.
Austin couple, tennis star Andy Roddick and model and actor Brooklyn Decker, also took to Twitter to discuss the star of the show—the fly. They both tweeted a series of tweets. Decker's first fly tweet made up of two words, "A FLY" and Roddick's a one worder, "#fly."
https://t.co/xNBjLFV1lv— andyroddick (@andyroddick) 1602123726.0
Omg... did the fly die..— Brooklyn Decker (@Brooklyn Decker) 1602123578.0
While not tweeting, actor Elijah Wood retweeted Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's tweet, "flywillvote.com" and another tweet with #thefly.
#thefly https://t.co/38fYxseOUT— SpectreVision (@SpectreVision) 1602137758.0
The debate was the first and last vice presidential debate for 2020, with the next presidential debate scheduled for a later date than the previously planned Oct. 15 date due to Trump not wanting to participate in a virtual debate after contracting COVID-19.
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Despite a 2-0 deficit, there was a pot of gold for Austin FC after all as it celebrated its annual Pride Night with rainbows and a 2-2 comeback draw to FC Dallas Saturday night.
After three FC Dallas losses last season, the Dallas derby draw marks the first time Austin FC has tied against its Copa Texas rival. Austin continues to edge over FC Dallas as it sits at 3rd in the MLS West.
Here are the biggest takeaways from the match:
A somber start
Decked out in colorful hues for LBGTQ+ Pride, Verde fans started the match on a somber note as they held up banners to take a stand against gun violence before the match.
As the national anthem began, fans held up banners with the names of each child that was killed in the Uvalde school shooting and a plea to "end gun violence."
The supporters' section was also dotted with Pride flags and a "Bans off Our Bodies" banner in protest of the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
FC Dallas earns a 2-0 lead
That sober tone continued onto the pitch. With midfielder Daniel Pereira's absence due to a red card, the Verde and Black lost two goals to FC Dallas by the 70th minute of play.
FC Dallas played it sneaky for the first half of the match, giving Austin FC plenty of room to hold possession as it waited to strike on a Verde error. That mentality proved dangerous for Austin as Dallas' Paul Arriola took advantage of Brad Stuver's deflection to score the first goal of the night in the 57th minute of play.
Dallas struck once more as Brandon Servant pushed past the Verde line to score the second goal of the match.
Austin FC strikes back
But energy quickly returned to Austin's favor thanks to Designated Player Sebastian Driussi, who scooted past several FC Dallas defenders alongside Moussa Djitte to snag an unlikely first goal for Austin.
A full Verde comeback
Austin's subs proved deadly as momentum returned to the home team toward the end of the match. A well-placed cross from Nick Lima—and a diving header from a fresh-legged Danny Hoesen—helped the team secure the draw with a second Verde goal in the 84th minute of play.
Hoesen, who was Austin's first starting striker last season, has now scored two goals with the team after a yearlong injury stuck him on the bench.
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Hours following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark ruling that guaranteed a constitutional right to an abortion, on Friday, about 1,000 people gathered in Republic Square with signs calling for change.
The rally, organized by the group Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights Texas, started at the federal courthouse on Republic Square on Friday at 5 p.m. before the crowd marched to the Texas Capitol. More protests are expected to ensue over the weekend.
People showed up with all types of signs like Mindy Moffa holding up, "Keep your filthy laws off my silky drawers."
Austin joined cities across the country that saw protests for a women's right to an abortion after the ruling.
According to a recent UT poll, 78% of Texas voters support abortion access in most cases.
Sabrina Talghade and Sofia Pellegrini held up signs directed at Texas laws. A Texas trigger law will ban all abortions from the moment of fertilization, starting 30 days after the ruling. When state legislators passed the trigger law last summer, it also passed laws for more protection of firearms, including the right to open carry without a permit.
Lili Enthal of Austin yells as around 1,000 Texans marched to the Texas Capitol.
From the Texas Capitol, Zoe Webb lets her voice be heard against the Supreme Court ruling.
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