RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Who could have imagined Virginia's conservative 50th governor whose political machine ruled Virginia for much of the 20th Century would be a Bolshevik?
Obviously, Gov. Harry F. Byrd Sr. was as far from a Communist as it gets. He pioneered Virginia's debt-averse pay-as-you-go fiscal legacy, and his organization fought public school desegregation.
But his bronze in the northwestern corner of Capitol Square got a cameo Friday as the statue of some unnamed Soviet in filming for the movie "Killing Kennedy." It was tinged with white to appear frosted, the surrounding lawn was covered in white plastic foam, and lush green foliage was sprayed white in an attempt to simulate midwinter Russia.
Extras clad in heavy wool coats and hats sweltered in midday temperatures above 90 degrees and 60 percent humidity.
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More than 100 trees covered in lights now shine bright throughout Zilker Park. The Trail of Lights is open for another season.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside of a vehicle which lost control during the icy conditions, DPS said.
Travis County non-profit Center for Child Protection will benefit next March from an all day fundraiser at the Circuit of the Americas that will see plenty of donors racing on the track.
Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg heads to court this week as a defendant in a civil trial that could oust her from office.
Santa visited Austin early on Sunday, joining hundreds of motorcyclists for their annual Toy Run.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.