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Women's Saturday march in downtown Austin attracts hundreds among other protests
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Hundreds gathered Saturday for the Women's March in downtown Austin from Wooldridge Square to the Texas Capitol.


The event was part of a national movement for women to march against President Donald Trump's nomination for Supreme Court to fill the late Ruth Bader Ginsberg's seat. The Austin march was organized on Facebook.

Prior to the march, the event featured multiple speakers, including Democratic House of Representative candidates, Wendy Davis and Julie Oliver.

"Four years ago we were on the precipice of electing the first woman president," Davis said referring to Hillary Clinton's candidacy. "Little did we know at the time that a nightmare was about to begin," she added.

According to the national Women's March Facebook page, the organization planned to host over 425 in-person and virtual events on Saturday. This is the second Women's March that the group has hosted in 2020. Similar marches took place in other central Texas locations, including Georgetown and Bastrop.

The Women's March coincided with a dynamic day of activism in Austin, as the March for Trump and the Climate of Hope and Peace for Armenia events also descended on the Texas Capitol throughout the day.

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Inside the Longhorns' $280,000 June recruiting weekend for marquee QB Arch Manning and eight other players.
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💰 A shocking report Friday from Sam Khan Jr. at The Athletic (paywall), based on Freedom of Information Act requests filed with the University of Texas at Austin, documented a $280,000 football recruiting weekend for nine players, including NFL quarterback royal family scion Arch Manning. Of the nine prized potential recruits, five, including Manning, have committed to the Longhorns.

The next weekend, The Athletic reports, UT spent another $350,00 on 14 more recruits, for a total of $630,000.

Here's where the money went for weekend one. This is a partial list of expenses, totaling $221,808. The Athletic reported that the entire weekend cost "nearly $280,000."

  • $21,000 airfare, car service, other travel expenses.
  • $1,814 candy, cookies, and other snacks for recruits and family members.
  • $46,696 34 rooms at the Four Season, for recruits, family members, and selected UT coaches and staff.
  • $17,320 Friday lunch buffet.
  • $3,359 rented audio system for afternoon Instagram photoshoots.
  • $29,129 Friday dinner buffet at DKR club area for 100+ people: recruits/families, coaches/spouses, recruiters.
  • $11,880 J.W. Marriott pool bar tab for Friday night parent social, while recruits "hit the town."
  • $10,226 Saturday breakfast at the UT Club.
  • $9,498 Saturday afternoon parent social while recruits were at Top Golf.
  • $36,900 Saturday dinner at III Forks steakhouse
  • $2,357 sunset cruise on Lady Bird Lake
  • $31,629 Saturday night parent social at the W Austin hotel.
  • ? Sunday breakfast at the Sarkisians' Rollingwood home.

The result? After what one recruit parent described as a "five-star visit," Texas sits with the nation's #2 recruiting class, according to 247Sports Composite, with Alabama at #1.

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