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You would be hard pressed to find a college or pro team that has had more drama this year than the Texas Longhorns football team. Between addressing a racist history, having overtime losses and a head coach that could be fired any day according to rumors, the Texas Longhorns have played an almost complete football season.
Coming off a week where former national champion Urban Meyer's wife is looking at real estate in Ausitn, the Longhorns hit the road to face 4-5 Kansas State in Manhattan, Kansas.
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The Wildcats have been spiraling. Kansas State lost their last four games and are coming off a tough loss to Baylor last week that ended in a 30-yard game-winning field goal.
And at home, Texas led #13 Iowa State for three quarters before surrendering 10 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, letting their Big 12 title hopes slip down the drain while adding more chatter about a potential coaching change at the end of the season.
For Texas, the Longhorns are already down one offensive linemen as junior offensive linemen Samuel Cosmi opted out of the season earlier this week to prepare for the 2021 NFL draft. Add in that senior center Derek Kerstetter has been dealing with an ankle injury, and the Longhorns offense is going to have some struggles.
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Against the Cyclones last week, Texas was able to use quarterback Sam Ehlinger the way that many fans have thought he should be used all season, with the senior quarterback throwing and running for two total touchdowns.
Other than Ehlinger, it's been difficult for the Longhorns to have any consistency from their receiving and running back corps. Junior wide receiver Brennan Eagles had a big game against Iowa State last week, but it's going to take players like freshman running back Bijan Robinson to step up for the Longhorns to win.
Kansas State has one of the most disruptive defensive lines in the conference lead by junior defensive end Wyatt Hubert .
The Texas defense might be in for an easier weekend. Kansas State has struggled the past month scoring points with freshmen quarterback Will Howard under center. Big 12 defenses have been able to get to the young starter, pressuring Howard into costly turnovers. Howard leads the conference in interceptions with eight so far this season. Texas does give up the most yards per game in the passing game, but with a front line that includes linebacker Joseph Ossai, Texas fans should be able to sleep easy knowing that K-State should not score many points against Texas.
Rarely does a team that is 5-3 have a "must-win" game this late in the season. The chances for Texas to make the Big 12 Championship are down the drain, but if Head Coach Tom Herman wants to continue coaching he needs a win on his side.
The Longhorns kick off from Manhattan, Kansas at 11 a.m., and can be viewed on FOX.
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced a record-setting second quarter during an earnings call broadcasted from the Giga Texas construction site in Southeast Travis County on Monday.
The electric carmaker reported more than $1 billion in quarterly net income and the production of more than 200,000 vehicles for the first time despite challenges such as a global semiconductor shortage.
"It … seems that public sentiment towards electric vehicles is at an inflection point, and at this point, I think, almost everyone agrees electric vehicles are the only way forward," Musk said.
Exterior shots taken just a while ago of Giga Texas (while @elonmusk is reportedly at the Gigafactory!) during today's earnings call!
Hope @peterdog15 got to catch the technoking in his video! #fastestinhistory #Tesla pic.twitter.com/WqeDlb5wU3
— Austin Tesla Club (@AustinTeslaClub) July 26, 2021
Despite rising consumer demand and adequate factory capacity, Tesla faces what Musk described as a "quite serious" global semiconductor shortage, which will determine the company's growth rate for the rest of the year.
With increased revenue and production, Tesla is investing in new factories, Chief Financial Officer Zachary Kirkhorn said. These include Giga Texas, the $1.1 billion manufacturing plant that broke ground last summer and is slated to open later this year.
The Giga Texas factory in Southeast Travis County has rapidly increased in size since ground broke last August. (Tesla)
Musk commended the construction team for "incredible progress," transforming what was basically a vacant site into "a mostly complete large factory a year later."
I was at Giga Texas yesterday. Team is making excellent progress. Building will be almost a mile long when complete.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 25, 2021
Giga Texas will produce the highly anticipated Cybertruck, along with other models, but Musk said scaling its production will be difficult, especially given the supply chain delays caused by the pandemic. "It's going to move as fast as the slowest of its up to 10,000 unique parts," he said.
In other news, Musk said Monday's earnings call would likely be his last regular appearance, only jumping on future quarterly calls when big announcements warrant it.
Tesla Solar recently made news when it announced plans to build the nation's most sustainable residential community in Southeast Austin earlier this month. The newly built homes will feature Tesla solar roof tiles and Powerwall battery storage as well as electric vehicle charging stations.
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The city of Austin released a shortlist of seven candidates for the police chief position left vacant when Brian Manley retired in March.
City Manager Spencer Cronk hopes to announce an appointment by the end of August, which will require City Council approval.
The finalists, chosen from a field of 46 applicants, include:
- APD Interim Chief Joseph Chacon, who previously served as an assistant chief in the department for almost five years
- Anne Kirkpatrick, former police chief in Oakland, California, who was fired last year after a federal monitor criticized her handling of a fatal 2018 police shooting of a homeless man
- Dallas Police Department Assistant Chief Avery L. Moore, who is a 30-year veteran of the department
- Atlanta Police Department Deputy Chief Celeste Murphy, who manages the department's community services division
- Dekalb County Police Chief Mirtha V. Ramos, who previously served as division chief in the Miami-Dade Police Department
- Wichita Police Department Chief Gordon Ramsay, who is a former president of the Minnesota Police Chief's Association as well as one of the first police chiefs of a major U.S. City to call George Floyd's death a murder, as reported by the Wichita Eagle
- Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Emada E. Tingirides, who is also commanding officer of the department's newly formed Community Safety Partnership Bureau, which serves L.A.'s underserved communities
City staff will interview the finalists in the coming weeks, with several community input opportunities to come, according to a Monday press release.
The city conducted a public survey in March and hosted community input meetings in April to learn more about what residents are looking for in their next police chief, which helped shape the selection criteria for the position.
"They want to see the Chief be reform-minded and transparent and have a track record of fostering community involvement and accountability," Cronk said in the release. "The candidates selected show these characteristics in various ways."
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Days after Austin began once again recommending masks in public spaces, Austin ISD announced Monday that kindergarten through sixth-grade classes will have virtual options this fall.
The district will discuss the move in a special board meeting Monday evening starting at 5 p.m., while full details will be released Friday.
Teachers will not have to fret about the new option—no educators will have to juggle both virtual and in-person learning. Instead, certain teachers will specialize in virtual education, according to a press release.
The news comes after a recent spike in COVID cases in Travis County and across the nation. Children typically suffer fewer symptoms of COVID when contracted, but they are now catching the virus more often than their older counterparts without a vaccine available to them and as the more contagious Delta variant is quickly being spread.
While local health officials are recommending everyone wear masks, public school districts are unable to mandate masks due to an executive order issued by Gov. Greg Abbott in May.
Parents have expressed concern about classrooms with masks unenforceable and children under the age of 12 ineligible for a vaccine. Some have even said they would look for alternative schooling if AISD did not offer a virtual option for students.
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