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More than 200 people paddled 21 miles Monday to raise funds for the mental health therapy of those impacted by cancer. The target: $1.2 million.

The TYLER’s Dam That Cancer event is an annual fundraiser held by Austin-based nonprofit Flatwater Foundation and involves a trek from Lake Austin's Mansfield Dam to Tom Miller Dam.

Some Austinites like Michelle Beaver Gilliland have been participating for years.

“We’ve spent all day crying and laughing and talking because we're all sharing our stories about people that are fighting and have lost the battle or are still going through battle,” Beaver told Austonia while taking a break near the 360 bridge.

"We paddled out here one day when our grandfather was in ICU. But the water is very therapeutic. And our mantra is as long as cancer exists and this event exists, we’ll paddle.”

Paddlers in this year’s race have pledged to raise a minimum of $3,000 each, and the public can make a financial contribution through the paddlers’ individual fundraising pages

In its 13th year, the event has supported millions of dollars worth of care. Flatwater founder Mark Garza says Monday’s efforts can support 14,000 hours of therapy.


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With major entertainment events slated for October, the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is gearing up for a busy month.

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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.