The explosion of online child predators amid COVID-19’s virtual world

By Frank Leal On a February afternoon just outside of San Diego, California,  police officers raided an apartment to rescue an 11-year-old girl from her alleged abductor. 20-year-old Jose Melena, her captor, barricaded himself in a bathroom as officers surrounded him and retrieved the girl (Link). Melena was cornered, and unsuccessfully attempted to take his […]


Playing through a pandemic

By Arrion Ellis In a time of uncertainty, the YMCA, a non-profit organization, worked to create a regimen that would put many minds at ease and continue normal operation for children, parents, and staff within their communities. Although COVID-19 placed the Y in an awkward position where physical activity thrives, the organization crafted a plan […]


A Jab… or a Job? Tension Over Vaccine Requirements at Work

By Erin Jones          More than two thirds of Americans (69%) intend to get vaccinated against COVID-19, or already have, according to a March survey from Pew Research. Federal and state governments can’t require citizens to get the vaccine. Private employers can’t require it, either.          But they can fire you if you don’t.          […]


Empty Performance Spaces During a Global Pandemic

           Before COVID 19, there was not a time of the year that the Scottish Rite Theater was not occupied in some way by theater, or art, or individuals.            Austin Scottish Rite Theater’s mission has always been to share and preserve the historic Masonic facility, serving the greater community through high-quality performing arts, educational programs, and […]