With some Austinites entering day five with either no electricity, and possibly no water or natural gas, the winter storm has been a struggle, to say the least, for nearly all Texans.
Austonia asked our readers to tell us about what they have gone through. Between some reporting having power since the beginning, offering what they can to help their neighbors, and others just trying to keep warm, everyone in the city has kept going in the best ways they know how.
Colton Katzen said he had been surviving off of bags of chips from 7-Eleven and sleeping outside by a fire to keep warm, so it was disheartening to see his downtown office building lit up.
"This is embarrassing on the city/state! Luckily I'm young and healthy so can survive but for the young/old people out there in this, just makes me worry," Katzen said.
Others, like Mark Ritter, said his family is running low on supplies as of Thursday morning but they are still trying their best to keep up a good attitude.
"We are in good spirits, giving it the old Texas can-do attitude," Ritter said.
The situation is improving, now with 96% of Austin with energy restored, but with water, broken pipes and natural gas issues still looming, the crisis isn't over yet.
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Here are some stories from your fellow neighbors.
"Leaning on friends, melting snow to flush toilets, watching Netflix, getting out of the house for short ventures, wearing a heated vest, doing yoga in my living room, finding one thing good in each piece of shit experience our so-called leaders have dumped on us through their incompetence and lack of concern."
"We live in Jester Estates (78750) and the entire subdivision lost water Wednesday afternoon. We are unable to get down either hill to go anywhere. Everyone is melting ice/snow for flushing and we are boiling some to wash hands. We see on the news that when we are able to get down the hill, there will not be any water available to purchase."
"We have had no water for four days and are in a dire situation."
"Feb 18 (Thurs): high 20s (still need to get above freezing...) City shut our water off last night, water plant pumps froze, no power either (?). they're trying to replace equipment. No idea when we'll get water back. Will start grabbing water from the pool to fill toilets and boil water and snow as needed. Ugh. With four 15-year-olds here, we're starting to go through our food reserves. Quickly feeling in survival mode... Able to drive but snowing again this morning. At 9:45 a.m., decided to venture out driving/sliding my way to HEB near us (closed, no water). Randall's was just opening—yes! Fairly long line of 40+ people but went smoothly. Was able to get basics, eggs, milk, TP, passer towels and some food to last a few more days with the girls. Produce shelves barren but plenty of options nonetheless. Grateful to get basics before they sold out. We can survive a few more days! The parents of the 15-year-olds will be pleased that I kept their daughters alive... ;-) My wife's flight home canceled today, 90 minutes before take off. Try again tomorrow. Temperatures hit 30 degrees, not quite enough. Another long day trying to work and get by. Powered down and drained our water heater to ensure it didn't freeze up with no water flow and damage it. Hoping water comes back soon. Tired of schlepping water to fill toilet tanks to flush. Grateful we at least have power/heat when many don't.
Feb 19: woke up and checked faucets (cue a different take on Tom Hanks character, Chuck Nolan, in Castaway): "Waterrrrrrrrr!!!!" Water's back on this morning! Thank you Travis Co. Water District 10! Hard to describe the relief, and the burden of not knowing how many days we'd be without it. As we pull out of survival mode today/tomorrow, thinking about how we can help others, as we're not through this ordeal yet, as a city and state. Hope my wife makes it back today! Takeaways (even though the state is still going through it...) This week has been a reminder of how quickly one's reality and stability of civilization is a thin veneer that can be taken away quickly. Let's all remember and appreciate that. This article captures my sentiment of the leaders who never took action to ensure Texas citizens would be protected through a predicted severe weather condition... https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/02/..."
"Lots of sweatshirts, a little TV, loads of anger over the ERCOT corporate greed model and embarrassment over Ted Cruz. I am 72 and grew up in the northeast. This is the first time I have ever had power cut due to snow and cold, despite way more and way worse weather."
"Power was out for 48 hours. Kept blinds closed. Have gas stove and could cook. Everything in freezer melted and am not sure if it's safe to eat. Survived by putting on several layers of clothing and lots of blankets. Stayed in bed most of the time. My pets huddled with me. I am 83 years old."
"We have been without power since Sunday afternoon, Feb.14. We are lucky to have old fashioned gas space heaters in bathrooms. Main irritant (aside from not being able to keep phone charged for long) is trying to inform city a transformer exploded two doors away. If power comes on, I am thinking it still can't here because of transformer. Reported it to 311. I'm curious to see when it gets fixed."
"No power for over 77 hours! Im disabled. I have Lupus, Huntington's Disease, RSD, Arthritis, Neuropathy, high blood pressure—just to name a few. Since it was never said this would last days there was no reason for us to anticipate the extended outage. By the time we realized that my health was in great jeopardy we had NO OPTIONS! All open hotels were booked solid! I called the Red Cross, Tuesday night, crying and scared. I explained my medical conditions AND my concern that my 22 medications weren't supposed to be stored in 42-51 degrees! To replace them will now cost ME upwards of 10 THOUSAND dollars! Insurance companies do not care about WHY they were improperly stored! I explained that I COULD NOT risk exposure to COVID (very susceptible, due to health issues), but could no longer tolerate the cold, with no power, no heat since Monday at 2:07am. I honestly thought I'd die if I didn't warm up! She told me to Shelter-in-Place! I was mortified! Therefore, we were forced to stay home! Luckily, though I'm in horrific pain... I survived. Our condo has stayed in the 40s, but it'll still take me months, years, a lifetime, to "recover.” My boyfriend missed three days of work because he couldn't power his computers, had no internet, etc. Since he's in a contract-position, he lost three days of pay. He is our sole source of income! I understand this was an unprecedented storm and therefore, I don't "blame" Austin for lack of readiness. WHO WOULDA THOUGHT THIS COULD EVER HAPPEN!? HOWEVER... It's the RIDICULOUS LACK OF COMMUNICATION , that absolutely infuriated me! Being in a "technical malfunction" area? THEY HAD TO KNOW THIS, from early on. And yet we couldn't even get through to a live person until yesterday! I'm outraged, and would like Austin Energy to compensate us! Him/us for lost wages and me, for cold related health issues, flare ups, pain, medications and ongoing concerns due to lack of resources! Our lives were in jeopardy and NO ONE CARED! I don't know if I'll EVER get back to pre-storm health (which was already questionable!). I have a TELEMED appointment with my doc, later today. Many have frozen pipes. We ALL have $1000 wasted in our fridge and freezers and so on... It's going to be expensive, for us all. HOWEVER—The negligence through all of this has caused me extensive long term damage that NO AMOUNT OF MONEY can repair! It's cost me THE LITTLE "QUALITY OF LIFE" I DID HAVE, and, quite probably, YEARS OF MY LIFE! We are OWED for the ignorance, neglect and lack of life saving resources!
"We have been boiling snow to use in the toilet tank. I also pass some boiled snow through a coffee filter and use that to rinse hands."
"Staying bundled up with layers and blankets. Keeping faith, just wish that were going to get out of this alive."
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"I live on a small family ranch. We've had very sporadic times with power and I consider us lucky for the short bursts we got. The inside of my home got so cold that it froze the water inside of my animals' water bowls. We weren't able to keep our pipes warm, so they froze and broke and we've been without running water for days—no showers, no washing our hands, and we're trying to melt snow in buckets to be able to flush our toilets, but without power and thus no heat, that gets pretty difficult. The only time we have connection to anyone is the times when we do have power because we live in an area that does not have cellular service and without internet. We can't contact anyone. We can't water our animals outside because the pipes froze and we can't even get more water for them so we've just been hoping there was enough in their trough. We are lucky to have a furnace we can put firewood in but the heat still isn't great. Everyone is okay, thankfully, no injuries or major sickness to take care of, but it's been rough. I consider us to be lucky to be alright but I can't imagine how bad it got for others."
"Have had power outages of 10, 27 and 33 continuous hours along with brief on and offs. Coping by wearing silk long johns, multiple layers, gas stove for heating soup, a heavy comforter and two loving cats. Charging phone in car. Have a shopping list for next time."
No name provided
"A major water line in the Balcones/Spicewood Estates neighborhood on Spicewwod Parkway 78750. Crews left equipment on the road because they couldn't get to the place to repair it because of iced road."
"Coping with limited heat and no water for several days—I've dressed with four layers all over, lots of contact daily with several groups of friends, offering to help others when and where I can, exercising via dvds, attempting to drive for water but now melting snow. Complaining to friends about the total lack of competence that comes when Republicans are in charge."
Carolyn M. Appleton
"Both our Lakeway and Bee Cave mayors have been sharing helpful updates on Facebook, proving yet again how important the platform has become when disaster strikes. Our water at 3501 RR 620 S did not go out until Wednesday at noon. It did return to the taps later that evening. Thursday morning, it is still on (fingers crossed). So far no electrical outages but last night, I did notice a light at home flickering, suggesting weak power. AT&T Internet has kept going with a few low moments (sadly, during a mid-morning video meeting) on Wednesday, but all seems fine as of Thursday morning."
"It has been difficult. We live in Travis Country West and most of our subdivision has not had power since it went down a few days ago. We are kinda running out of options here...we have been hoping Austin Energy would cycle us back on, even if for a little bit, but that has not happened. We are in good spirits, giving it the old Texas can do attitude, but again, are a bit discouraged with Austin Energy. This status update is as of Thursday morning. Thanks for asking about us. We would like to get word out to Austin Energy. All we can reach is the automated line.”
"We are on our late 70s and our power went out Sunday morning at 5:00 a.m. We have been without power since. It's been an experience but thanks to our Dear Lord we have so survive it."
No name provided
"We woke up to no power on Monday morning, like most of the city! After it seemed clear that is was not going to be a "rolling blackout" we opted for a hotel room downtown. Feel very lucky that we made that decision early because many friends were not able to find an empty room later in the day. My husband drives back to the house each day to make sure it's still standing! Power came back on sometime Wednesday but our pipes are frozen so we had to shut the water off. We lost an oak tree—very sad about that. Pool may not survive... four days in sub freezing temps without power is not good! We feel very fortunate overall. We are well insured and have been safe, warm and fed. So concerned for the people of Austin who don't have equal resources. Epic fail by the state of Texas to protect it's citizens."
"Melting snow and ice. No bathing or cleaning allowed. Cooking is minimal, due to can’t wash dishes. Little water would be better than none at all."
"In Kyle—Pedernales coop. Power was on all night for first time. May have frozen hose bibs even though they were covered—ticking time bomb waiting for unfreeze and backed up plumber "schedule.” Got boil water notice from Kyle—some in Kyle already have no water."
"I'm doing alright. Wish I could just go back home and have electricity back to be warm."
"I live just off of South Congress and we lost power on Sunday but luckily have one working pipe for water. We had a lot of firewood that we burned to stay warm (even sleeping outside by the fire) but that has finally run out after 72+ hours without electricity. We have a gas stove so have resorted to constantly boiling water to get the house up to closer to 45-50 degrees. Food is running low and surviving off 7-11 chips... My office building downtown remains lit up (absolutely terrible they are lit up) so I can walk there for hot showers if need be. This is embarrassing on the city/state! Luckily I'm young and healthy so can survive but for the young/old people out there in this just makes me worry."
No name provided
"No power since Monday evening 6 p.m., don’t have gas connection, no water. Our apartment is very cold."
"It's been absolutely awful. I have a husband and two kids ages 8 and 10. We have been without power since Sunday morning! We ran out of food. Luckily we have a gas fireplace but as a precaution we had to monitor it, turning it off periodically. Some of our food expired. We suffered in ways I feel was absolutely unnecessary. We camped in our living room huddled up to try to stay warm. Our water went out. Thursday afternoon and things went downhill from there. Four days like this in the worst ice storm to hit Texas?!"
"I'm one of the lucky ones. My parents in Jollyville have been without power since Sunday night but they have water, a fireplace and good camping gear, so they're okay. I'm Central-East and I still have power and water. I also have a four-wheel-drive and have been giving rides and doing what I can."
"It is a real struggle. Had power out early in the storm for 48 hours. I had my neighbors across the street with power while I didn't. No water now going on two days but have power. Apartments 50 yards away has been without power now on four days."
"Just found out I have stage three breast cancer and all my appointments have been cancelled. I'm beyond overwhelmed and depressed. But it seems like everyone I know is feeling sick and scared at the moment. :("
No name provided
"No water no electricity, very cold, terrible."
No name provided
"We are much luckier than so many others, but at 74 years old, my husband and I had no power from 3 a.m. on Monday until 9 p.m. last night and our house was about 45 degrees for the entire time. We could not leave our house. We did not freeze but it has been brutal. It did not help that the people who have been in charge of the state for the last 20 years made statements like Rick Perry's saying that Texans are willing to live for three days without power to keep the feds out of our lives. This said from his home probably with a whole house generator and his own water well. He does not speak for us. And, every time we heard from the governor, he was trying to find someone else to blame. Please, governor, just take some responsibility and do something to make things better."
No name provided
"We have been out of power since the beginning. Our food most all ruined. Now no water. I cannot say it has been fun but we have been trying to support our neighbors and help where we can. We are still out of power today, Thursday. Our pipes are frozen. We tried to find a hotel with power and water that would take pets with no luck. Historic episode or not, Austin Energy has grossly mismanaged this situation. I hope some lessons are learned from this and changes made."
Stories submitted were slightly edited for typos and clarity.
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Just weeks after music fest Austin City Limits, Austin will be host to another global event as the Circuit of the Americas hosts Formula 1's United States Grand Prix race for the first time since the onset of the pandemic.
The weekend-long fest will have events stretching from Friday, Oct. 29 through Sunday, Oct. 31 for North America's premier Formula 1 race.
With three days of races, parades and more, it can be hard to know what to expect for an event that COTA chairman Bobby Epstein said would be "the biggest event on the planet this year."
Don't miss a beat:
But have no fear. Here's Austonia's complete guide to make sure your trip to the U.S. Grand Prix is out of this world:
What to bring
While some may have bought tickets just for the big race, others are planning for a three-day fest of constant outdoor activity. For the foreigners and out-of-towners, October weather in Austin may not be quite what you expect—many joke that a Texas "fall" is near-nonexistent. Check the weather often to see what's in store.
Our prediction is that shorts or flowy pants/skirts, a short-sleeve shirt and a light jacket may suffice. If it looks like rain is on the horizon, don't forget a poncho and/or small umbrella as there isn't much coverage from the elements once you're there.
Regardless of weather, it's a safe bet to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat and some bug spray as well. Other not-so-typical items to pack in your bag—which should be smaller than 12x12x20 inches—include earplugs for the big race, binoculars and your phone camera to capture those Ferraris at full-speed.
Depending on your seats, don't forget a folding chair, and to pack a sealed plastic water bottle if you can—it's the only type of food or drink that's permitted on the property.
Keep all tents/canopies, coolers and large umbrellas at home. Check out more on what not to bring here.
Make sure you've got your tickets and you're all set!
trying to get from your parking spot to your seat 15 minutes before the race starts pic.twitter.com/2ly2DDcUVU— Circuit of The Americas (@COTA) February 8, 2021
COTA's notorious parking can be a doozy—F1 1 fan Kevin Andrew said he's spent two and a half hours in line for the venue's sprawling paved and grass lots.
If you're of the impatient sort, it may be smart to look for some early-bird treatment even before gates open at 7 a.m. Friday, 8 a.m. Saturday and 6:25 a.m. Sunday. Show up well before your first desired event starts, especially on Sunday.
For those looking to beat the crowd and keep some change, shuttles will pick up from five locations around the city for $15 a day. An additional Park-N-Ride lot, Lot Q, will also allow guests to drop their cars off and take the shuttle to COTA. Click here for shuttle information.
Additional transportation amenities include a drop-off spot for limos, taxis and rideshare apps. Bicyclists will have access to showers in the GEICO Premium RV Lot.
Food, music and more
COTA will become a "World Fair"-esque fest full of local eats, live music and out-of-the-ordinary activities as part of the U.S. Grand Prix. (Circuit of the Americas)
Once you've entered those gates, the actual event will be a lot to take in. Anywhere from 300-350K people are expected to attend the big race, and fans are more excited than ever after nearly two years with no F1 in North America.
But just as fun as the big race—at least for more casual viewers—are the many attractions leading up to it.
Some highlights include performances from Twenty One Pilots and Billy Joel on Friday and Saturday, respectively, two races for the all-women's racing championship W Series and junior championship FIA Formula 4, NASCAR demos and a driver's parade on Sunday just before the race.
This is also a chance for Austin to entertain guests from far and wide—like a "World's Fair," as Andrews put it—and COTA will ensure that Austin remains on the map.
The "Live Music Capital of the World" will earn its rep with over 20 concerts across multiple stages on Saturday and Sunday. Highlights include Kool and the Gang and 15 Austin ensembles including The Ghost Wolves, Mobley and three-time Best of Austin winner DJ Chorizo Funk.
That Austin flair is well-represented in cuisine as well—expect over 30 dining options including local favorites Bao'd Up, Easy Tiger, Amy's Ice Cream and Tiny Pies scattered across the grounds. Check out the Taste of Texas section for local eats, the Biergarten for Bavarian beer, food and polka dancing, Lone Star Land for Austin's classic Chicken Shit Bingo and line dancing, and La Cantina for some Tex-Mex and a Selena tribute.
Still not satisfied? COTA's Onederland claims to host the best F1 General Admission lawn in the world and is packed with more than just amusement park rides. Expect the annual SPAMARAMA (yes, a Spam-themed festival,) axe throwing, the Major League Eating Championship and plenty of performers on stilts. Don't forget to ink a COTA-themed tattoo with an on-site tattoo artist as well.
Formula 1—a breakdown
New to Formula 1? You're not alone—the sport has exploded in popularity in North America after gaining recognition from Netflix series "Drive To Survive." With a new track set to open in Miami, that growth will only continue.
Here's what you need to know to get caught up:
Formula 1 vehicles are arguably the fastest road-racing cars in the world. The open-wheeled single-seaters can reach top speeds around 215 miles per hour and all adhere to a "formula" set by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile.
Formula 1 is the top formula racing league in the world and consists of 20 drivers across 10 teams who compete in venues across North and South America, Central Asia and its native continent, Europe. F1 has existed in some form for over 70 years and features races on closed city streets as well as purpose-built racetracks like COTA.
The league is massively popular in Europe but has seen intermittent success in North America. The U.S. Grand Prix was first held in 1908 and flip-flopped across 10 different locales for 49 appearances over the next century, last spending seven years in Indianapolis from 2000-2007 before making a home in Austin in 2012.
This U.S. Grand Prix will be its 50th race and will be the 17th race of the season.
The Big Race—Hamilton v. Verstappen
Defending champion Lewis Hamilton is in for some stiff competition from a young Max Verstappen as they fight for the F1 Championship. (Mercedes-AFG Petronas F1 Team/Twitter) (Red Bull Racing/Twitter)
The league's 20 drivers have crisscrossed across the map through the season, adapting to locales across four continents with vastly different terrains. But one factor has remained constant—standouts Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen have rarely left the leaderboard.
Just six points differentiate the two-star drivers with over a dozen races in—a margin low enough that the true winner may not be evident until the very end. With 262.5 points, Dutchman Verstappen holds the slight lead over Great Britain's Hamilton and both have over 1.5X the points of the next runner-up, Hamilton's teammate Valtteri Bottas.
Hamilton and Bottas make up Team Mercedes, the No.1 team in the league, while Verstappen and fifth-place Sergio Perez constitute second-place team Red Bull Racing Honda.
The evenly matched team, evenly-matched cars and neck-and-neck standings have brought forth a fan-fueled rivalry that F1 hasn't seen for quite some time.
This U.S. Grand Prix, much like the rest of the season, will be a testament of old vs. new. A 36-year-old Hamilton has taken home seven F1 championships, including a four-year dominance in the sport from 2017-2020, and has won on U.S. turf at COTA five times. Meanwhile, the 24-year-old Verstappen was once the youngest F1 driver and youngest Grand Prix race winner ever and has since finished third for two consecutive years.
The heated rivalry has culminated in three dangerous crashes throughout the season, including one at the Italian Grand Prix Sept. 13. Grand Prix Drivers' Association chairman Alex Wurz said it is "very likely" that they will again.
That next crash site may or may not be at COTA, but the U.S. Grand Prix will still see the two titans clash once more as the season nears its end. Expect either or both to end at the top of the leaderboard, and make sure to bring up either name to a committed fan if you're looking for some sideline banter.
Other racers to look out for include Bottas as a likely third-place contender and some mid-race fun from Perez and fourth-place rival Lando Norris.
For a full weekend schedule click here. Happy COTA days!
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With two weeks of rest, a dream team lineup and nearly 20 scoring attempts in the match, Austin FC could have come away with a three-match home win streak against Minnesota United on Saturday.
Instead, missed opportunities and an equally boisterous opponent forced Austin to leave Q2 with a 1-0 loss to Minnesota.
Austin FC brought what appeared to be their strongest lineup to date to the pitch after their two-week break, including breakout stars Sebastian Driussi and Moussa Djitte. But even with dozens of shots between the two teams, the home team couldn't find their footing in the back-and-forth match.
After landing a brace in the team's 2-1 win against Real Salt Lake, Austin's Cecilio Dominguez struck first in the match with a shot on goal in the eighth minute of play. The scoring attempt opened the floodgates—in just three minutes, teammates Moussa Djitte and Sebastian Driussi would follow suit with their own looks at goal.
Just seconds later, Minnesota bounced back with a shot that forced Austin keeper Brad Stuver to jump for his first save, but a bad sendoff from the Verde and Black left Stuver unable to block another as the Loons' Franco Fragapone scored from close range in the 16th minute.
Despite a wide array of scoring attempts—from Djitte's blocked high-fliers to Tomas Pochettino's many near misses—Minnesota would stay on top for the remainder of the match.
A few flops from Minnesota, including a poorly-acted fall from the Loons' Emmanuel Arriaga (which was unrewarded and resulted in an Arriaga yellow card) and a controversial foul given to Moussa Djitte as he nearly made a solo drive to goal added to Austin's woes.
The Verde and Black's final attempt came as Austin center back Julio Cascante placed a close-range header in the final seconds of regulation, but the home team was unable to capitalize on their many attempts.
Both teams shared over 30 shots in the match, with Austin making eight shots on target. Austin FC held over 65% possession and received 12 fouls to Minnesota's nine.
It could soon be impossible for Austin FC to reach the playoffs, but Verde fans still have two chances to catch their team at home. Austin's first season will wrap up with five final matches, including a 4 p.m. Sunday game against the Houston Dynamo on October 24 and an 8 p.m. Wednesday match against Sporting KC on Nov. 4.
Here's a live blog of the match:
80' Austin makes first subs
With just over 10 minutes left in regulation ,Austin FC made some late-game subs, swapping Diego Fagundez for Austinite McKinze Gaines and Sebastian Driussi for forward Jon Gallagher. Both have a history of clutch performances for the team: Gaines scored just 10 minutes in to his first match of the game back in September, while Gallagher was Austin's first scorer at Q2 Stadium.
It's looking more like a draw at best for Austin as the time continues to tick down on the match.
61' Djitte loses chance after controversial call
In the 61st minute of a less-cohesive half for Austin, Moussa Djitte found himself alone near the goal with a good chance at making the home team's first goal. But referees had another ideas, making another controversial call on the Senegalese striker.Refs stopped Djitte's menacing drive after Minnesota's Michael Boxall appeared to flop in a run-in with the striker, curbing Djitte's attempt to boos from the crowd. It's Djitte's second foul of the night and the team's ninth foul in the match. Both clubs host a yellow card, with center back Julio Cascante holding the home team's sole warning call. Minnesota's Emmanuel Reynoso holds the away team's yellow after an obvious flop that left him rolling on the ground for minutes, waiting on a call.
Blown whistles for both sides have slowed the match's tempo and left both clubs reeling as Austin looks for its first goal.
At the half: Austin still can't finish
45' still left to play. pic.twitter.com/39J1XnvvOc— Austin FC (@AustinFC) October 17, 2021
With minutes-long shooting sprees and more shots on goal than Minnesota, Austin could easily have the lead in the match. But each crowd-raising attempt has still been slightly skewed as the home team ends the half with nothing on the board.
In just 45 minutes, both Austin and Minnesota have reached the double-digits in scoring attempts, but Minnesota's ability to infiltrate Austin's penalty box has given them the leg up in the match. The Loons have sometimes found themselves nearly alone alarmingly close to goal, and they've capitalized on their chances with a 16thb minute goal by Franco Fragapane.
Austin FC, however, has not. The club has seen close calls from Dominguez and Driussi, headers from Djitte and near-misses from Tomas Pochettino, but missed opportunities and a few strokes of bad luck have left them scoreless. The team will need to shake their age-old scoring issues if they hope to get back into tonight's game.
16' Minnesota nabs 1-0 lead
Austin may have struck first, but Minnesota won the first points on the board as Franco Fragapane got one past keeper Brad Stuver from a close range in the 16th minute to make it 1-0. The Loons tested Stuver just as Austin did Miller, making two anxiety-inducing shots before Fragapane struck gold.
This goalie-vs.-goalie match has already seen three shots on goal from each team and a relatively quiet midfield as each team dukes it out in the box.
11' Austin tests Minnesota first
Austin FC has taken no time to threaten goal. In a three-minute span, the home team has racked up three shots, two of which are on goal, as the ball bounces between Austin attackers but can't quite find the net.
Dominguez strikes first as he looks to find his third goal in three matches in the eights minute, but Minnesota's Tyler Miller fights back with a clutch save. Djitte then tests Miller just seconds later, while Driussi takes a final shot from farther back that just misses the top left corner.
Austin's Fagundez and Pochettino were the playmakers of the three-minute shooting spree, but the club still came out scoreless. Minnesota soon rebounded with a shot of their own that was blocked by keeper Brad Stuver.
This may be Austin FC's most popular lineup— even the crankiest fans are commending the strong starting XI on Twitter. Tonight's starters are the same as in their win against Salt Lake.
New standouts Moussa Djitte and Sebastian Driussi are in alongside double-scorer Cecilio Dominguez up front, while fan favorite Diego Fagundez, Captain Alex Ring and Designated Player Tomas Pochettino take the midfield.
With Matt Besler still out on concussion protocol, Zan Kolmanic, Jhohan Romana and Julio Cascante take the back along with Hector Jimenez, who is in for right back Nick Lima. As (almost) always, Brad Stuver holds it down in goal.
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An Austin-based program manager for Apple Maps and one of two leaders for the #AppleToo activist movement said she has been fired after a suspension.
According to the New York Times, Janneke Parrish said she was put on suspension for several days while the company investigated her activities before she was fired by a human resources employee via phone call on Thursday.
Parrish was under investigation for allegedly leaking a recording of an Apple staff meeting to the media, which she said she didn't do.
The report said the company told Parrish, who is 30, that she was being fired for having deleted files off her company-issued phone and computer before handing them in for examination. Parrish said the files she deleted contained her personal and financial information.
Among the files she deleted were the Robinhood app, which she said was to keep Apple from seeing "how much money I lost investing in GameStop," the Pokemon Go app and screenshots of programming bugs she was fixing.
Parrish said she believes Apple was retaliating against her efforts in organizing #AppleToo, a group of employees working to expose the company's "culture of secrecy" that has been "faced disproportionately by our Black, Indigenous, and other colleagues from minoritized racial, gender and historically marginalized groups of people."
Parrish had been publishing weekly accounts of workplace problems that had been shared anonymously with her from other employees, though she did not verify employment on all of them. The accounts she received were in the hundreds, so Parrish said she was hopeful her termination would lead to some justice within the company.
Employees at tech giants have been more outspoken than usual in recent months—with former Facebook data scientist Frances Haugen speaking out against her former employer—and Parrish said the company's desire to keep under wraps has eroded trust by discouraging employees to come forward with issues like harassment or wage disparity.
Apple spokesman Josh Rosenstock commented on the matter: "We are and have always been deeply committed to creating and maintaining a positive and inclusive workplace. We take all concerns seriously and we thoroughly investigate whenever a concern is raised and, out of respect for the privacy of any individuals involved, we do not discuss specific employee matters."
Additionally, the email detailing her termination, which was obtained by the New York Times, said Apple had determined that Parrish "engaged in conduct in violation of Apple policies including, but not limited to, interfering with an investigation by deleting files on your company provided equipment after being specifically instructed not to do so."
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