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https://avalanches.com/us/austin_after_reaching_capacity_travis_county_parks_close_for_the_daynbsp320500_26_05_2020

After reaching capacity, Travis County Parks close for the day 

Pace Bend Park, Milton Reimers Ranch Park, Arkansas Bend Park and Mansfield Dam Park closed on Saturday because of a large number of park visitors, according to a tweet from Travis County Parks.


In a tweet the department said, the parks will re-open again tomorrow with limited capacity.


Pace Bend Park closed at around 10 a.m. and Milton Reimers Ranch Park closed at around 12 p.m. Arkansas Bend Park and Mansfield Dam Park closed at nearly 1 p.m.

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https://avalanches.com/us/austin__san_marcos_discovery_center_starting_online_sale_of_plants_from_satur320035_25_05_2020

San Marcos Discovery Center starting online sale of plants from Saturday


According to a press release, the San Marcos Discovery Center is starting a new Online Store and offering curbside pickup for plants from Saturday. It is a limited-period sale and will wrap up till June.


The sale will go live weekly from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday at the Discovery Center, located at 430 Riverside Drive, and willing customers can schedule plant pickups.

Conrad Chappell, Discovery Center Specialist, said, “Spring is a great time to plant more natives, and the Discovery Center wants to help people connect with nature while at home.”


According to the spokesperson for the Center, the online store has a great variety of plants for sale, including trees, grasses, milkweed, and herbs. The plant prices are based on their pot sizes and starting from $2.50 for a four-inch pot.


“By growing these plants in their yards or at their businesses, our customers are sustaining pollinators, conserving water, and providing habitats to birds and other species,” said Chappell. “We have curated our inventory and kept it as affordable as possible to help nurture a healthy, diverse ecosystem in our region.”

Customers can also buy t-shirts and make donations for the partnership-based San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District monarch butterfly waystations.


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https://avalanches.com/us/austin__a_man_from_austin_texas_found_dead_in_rochester_on_tuesday_night_316381_25_05_2020

A man from Austin, Texas found dead in Rochester on Tuesday night


A man from Austin, Texas, was found dead on the southeast side of Rochester, New York, and police are searching for the suspect.


According to Police officers, policemen responded at around 8:45 p.m. to Boardman Street off Monroe Avenue on Tuesday.

During the investigation, a large portion of the residential street was closed for traffic.

The victim as 56-year-old Todd Hamilton and Hamilton belonged to Texas on Friday morning. Police are unable to find his connection with Rochester.


According to police, it was not a random act of violence.


If you have any information about the murder or anything related to the incident, you should call the Rochester Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit at (585) 428-7157 or Crime Stoppers at (585) 423-9300.


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https://avalanches.com/us/houston_russia_expands_blacklist_by_adding_us_and_canadian_deputies1929000_14_04_2022

398 US congressmen and 87 Canadian senators have been added to the Russian sanctions list.


This was reported by Evropeyskaya Pravda with reference to two reports from the Russian Foreign Ministry: for Canada and for the United States.


This is far from the first inclusion in the sanctions list of US and Canadian legislators.


As for the US congressmen, the Russian Foreign Ministry notes that this step was a response to the imposition of sanctions on March 24 against 328 deputies of the Russian State Duma.


"These persons, including the leadership and heads of committees of the lower house of the US Congress, are included in the Russian "stop list" on an ongoing basis. Together with other current legislators, who, like Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was previously denied entry to the Russian Federation," correspondence " on the basis of reciprocity, all US congressmen are subjected," the Russian ministry says about restrictions against the United States.


Similarly, they described the sanctions against Canada. All Canadian senators fall under the sanctions - this is revenge for a similar step by Canada on March 24 against all members of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation.


"These individuals are permanently included in the Russian" stop list "in response to the hostile steps taken by Ottawa, which, contrary to national interests, is trying to be at the forefront of the Russophobic course of the current US administration," the Russian statement says.


At the same time, the Russian Foreign Ministry has already announced new "countermeasures" against the US and Canada - a new expansion of the "stop list", as well as the adoption of other "retaliatory measures".


It is worth recalling that earlier the Russian Federation imposed sanctions against Canadian officials, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Foreign Minister Melanie Joly, Defense Minister Aniti Anand, as well as 313 deputies, calling them "pro-Bandera elements."

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https://avalanches.com/us/houston__ukrainian_politician_and_oligarch_viktor_medvedchuk_who_is_the_godfa1928999_14_04_2022

Ukrainian politician and oligarch Viktor Medvedchuk, who is the godfather of Russian President Vladimir Putin, appeared in an American investigation into Russian interference in the US presidential election due to links with Paul Manafort


Source: The New York Times


Details: Accused of treason and captured in Ukraine after escaping from house arrest, Medvedchuk emerged in a US publication as "an influential figure in Ukraine with potential knowledge of Russian interference in the United States elections, although for years he strongly denied this ".


Medvedchuk is a close confidant of Russian President Vladimir Putin and was also a client of Republican political consultant Paul Manafort.


The New York Times notes that in Ukraine, Medvedchuk is accused of buying coal from "pro-Russian separatists" and treason, but "more broadly, he is associated with a whirlwind of financial and political intrigues around Moscow's operations to influence politics in foreign countries" .


Medvedchuk is linked to Russian interference in US elections due to ties to Manafort. He did not play a major role in the special counsel's report or in the two federal trials of Manafort.


Manafort worked for ten years as a consultant for Ukrainian politicians committed to Russia, including Medvedchuk's party, before becoming head of Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

Medvedchuk said in 2017 that Manafort advised the party on its poll-based election strategy, attended a party conference ahead of parliamentary elections, and allegedly approved the party's pro-Russian policies for elections in southern and eastern Ukraine.


At the time, Medvedchuk said that Manafort supported the need to adhere to positions of "economic integration with Russia" in order to get votes in Russian-speaking regions.


Manafort resigned from the Trump campaign in August 2016 after Ukrainian authorities released black-book entries from the Party of Regions showing that the American consultant received $12.7 million from pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine in an illegal scheme.


In 2017, an investigation into Russian interference began in the United States - and Medvedchuk's name emerged as one of several pro-Russian Ukrainian politicians close to both Manafort and Putin.


Reuters reported that year that the FBI and investigators were investigating 18 phone calls and text messages between people close to Trump and people associated with Putin, including Medvedchuk.


Medvedchuk denied wrongdoing.


The publication notes that if Medvedchuk is extradited to Russia for the return of Ukrainian prisoners, it is not known whether he will testify and whether the investigation will be interested in his role in American politics, or the investigators will focus on his role in Ukrainian politics.


Background:


Since May 2021, Medvedchuk has been under house arrest on suspicion of treason and attempted plunder of national resources (oil and gas) in the occupied Crimea, since October also on suspicion of treason and facilitating the activities of a terrorist organization through coal purchase schemes in ORDLO.

5 days before Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Medvedchuk's wife Oksana Marchenko left for Belarus, then posted a video from Moscow. On February 21, property was taken out of Medvedchuk's mansion in Kyiv. On February 27, it became known that Medvedchuk had escaped from house arrest.

The search for the fugitive deputy was carried out by a special group of the Security Service together with prosecutors. The Office of the Prosecutor General assured that Medvedchuk had not fled abroad.

On March 18, 2022, the court allowed Medvedchuk to be arrested in absentia.

On April 12, it became known about the detention in Ukraine of Viktor Medvedchuk, who escaped from house arrest in February and tried to leave Ukraine in April. First, a photograph of Medvedchuk in military uniform and handcuffed appeared on the telegram channel of President Volodymyr Zelensky. Then the details of the SBU special operation appeared.

Zelensky offered Russia to exchange Medvedchuk for Ukrainian citizens who are held captive by the Russian military, and Ukrainian law enforcement agencies to consider such a possibility.

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https://avalanches.com/us/houston__us_treasury_secretary_janet_yellen_warned_of_the_economic_and_financi1928998_14_04_2022

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen warned of the economic and financial consequences for China and other countries that try to help Russia circumvent sanctions.


This is reported by the Financial Times with reference to the words of the minister.


She noted that the United States is ready to take action if countries close to the aggressor try to blow up a large-scale package of sanctions imposed by Western allies.


In her speech, the official singled out China and other countries that avoid decision-making "and perhaps see an opportunity to benefit by maintaining their relationship with Russia and filling the void left by others."


"The coalition of countries imposing sanctions will not be indifferent to actions that undermine them," Yellen said. "China cannot expect the international community to respect its calls for the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity in the future if it does not respect those principles now, when it matters," she warned.


"The attitude of the world towards China and its further economic integration may be affected by China's reaction to our call for decisive action against Russia."


Reminder:


The United States for the first time introduced secondary sanctions against companies that are not registered in the Russian Federation, but can help the aggressor evade sanctions.

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https://avalanches.com/us/fort_worth_fort_worth_based_pier_one_is_going_out_of_business_and_closing_all_its307627_21_05_2020

FORT WORTH BASED PIER ONE IS GOING OUT OF BUSINESS AND CLOSING ALL ITS 540 OUTLETS


Pier One, the retailer of chairs and tables, announced that they are closing their business and shutting every 540 of its outlets.


After organizing insolvency insurance early this year, the Fort-worth based company stated on Tues that it could not locate a buyer for their business.


Pier One has competition with online-stores such as Wayfair & Amazon, which offer less price couches and tables that are easily shipped to doors.

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https://avalanches.com/us/fort_worth_1_killed_in_north_east_fort_worth_street_race294766_19_05_2020

1 KILLED IN NORTHEAST FORT WORTH STREET RACE


1 individual is killed in a street race accident on Sunday in Northeastern Fort-Worth.


Cops and Rescue reacted briefly after 9:00 p.m. to a site in the Northern University Drive 301 block.


The accident occurred as 2 cars were racing at high-velocity rates, Cop added.


At the site, the passenger of the car was declared dead whereas the driver was charged and taken to the medical facility for checkup.


That crash is now under inquiry, according to the officials.

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