aka Uncle Fred, by day a mild-mannered TV reporter fcantu@cbsaustin.com 📺 and local icon in #ATX. Off the clock I program Swingin' Hits🎙️ FabulousFredFM.com
It started off innocently enough back in March. Who knew? #coronavirus https://t.co/y52cZCN7bb
Not being a political party person I’ve often wondered why we have primary elections. Couldn’t the various parties have conventions or online polls or rasslin’ matches and then just announce who they’ve picked to run? twitter.com/statesman/stat…
It doesn't take long for the state to step in when it doesn't like something Austin wants to try. They're not even going to wait to see if it works. twitter.com/TxDPS/status/1…
#TBT-- The day I actually reached the end of the rainbow... and there was no stinking pot of gold. Anyone else ever see the end of rainbow this upclose? I remember the traffic was driving through it! https://t.co/w3FO1vWXRh
THANKFUL THURSDAY-- Remembering all those HOT summer days when I would be stuck inside a nice cool courthouse all day covering a trial. What are you thankful for today? https://t.co/bJJO7xng4W
125 million masks sounds like a lot until you learn there are 50 million USA school children. That’s 2.5 masks per child. Good thing they’re reusable. twitter.com/CBSThisMorning…
Austin billionaire Robert Smith says corporate America should consider slavery reparations. The right thing to do? abcnews.go.com/Business/natio…
I’m thinking of raising money for some TIFF’s Treats for the high school kids in Leander ISD. They must be heartbroken that the first day of school has been pushed back to Monday. Who’s in? https://t.co/r8LGLE8Tn0
Trump lipsyncher Sarah Cooper is getting her own Netflix comedy special this fall. Her expressive face with the president’s voice is some really funny stuff. variety.com/2020/tv/news/s…
NOT ON MY BUCKET LIST. YOURS? In just 15 years, we may see the Arctic Ocean ice-free in the summer. cbsnews.com/news/arctic-oc…
Big 12 moves ahead with fall UPDATE— Big 12 confirms college sports 🏈 a go for September. #Hookem cbsaustin.com/sports/college…
Okay. So this school called the cops on a special needs child who was too small for the handcuffs??? C’mon. twitter.com/CNN/status/129…
BREAKING-- Big 12 presidents "will allow" conference football season to proceed.. twitter.com/SoonerScoop/st…
SO YOU WANT TO RETURN TO WORK AFTER COVID-19? No, you don't need multiple negative tests first. check out the photo below and follow the link to learn more. cdc.gov/coronavirus/20… https://t.co/d9RtqPN9e6
Wow. UT’s grown A LOT since I graduated. https://t.co/IqG0pJwx19
Boy, if you have a Sam’s card today’s the day to get your gas there. At least at South Park Meadows. https://t.co/UuA813IXip
UNCLE FRED’s LIFE HACKS— Nipping an argument in the bud. This actually worked. My wife: “You don’t believe me!” Me: “Let’s just say we have different belief systems.” My wife: “OK, I can accept that.” https://t.co/LTQJ5GlQzL
COLUMBINE— The gift that keeps on giving. Sigh. twitter.com/nypost/status/…
This is a fun account to follow but they tweet a little too often for my liking. twitter.com/GlitchTVBot/st…
RUSSIA REGISTERS NEW VACCINE BUT-- "Many scientists in the country and abroad have been skeptical, however, questioning the decision to register the vaccine before Phase 3 trials that normally last for months and involve thousands of people." twitter.com/AP/status/1293…
Probably higher but report says Texas only provided age distribution data for 8% of covid cases. twitter.com/CNN/status/129…
RT @PfChiefRobledo: .@Pf_Police & I send deepest condolences to @beaumont_police & the family of Ofc. Sheena Yarbrough Powell. A DWI drivin…
RT @EanesISD: Eanes ISD is hiring substitute teachers! https://t.co/f6Vx1VySL9
We've never done this before. Why is it acceptable now? "Harassment of public health officials must stop." twitter.com/JohnsHopkinsSP…
A Republican stronghold in South Texas? No, this Duval County is in Florida. Thought I'd save you the click. twitter.com/NPR/status/129…
The vast majority see USPS as a historic, necessary public service and view its deficit not as losses but underfunding. It’s despised by those who only look at the bottom line and not the mission. twitter.com/TheEconomist/s…
When you live paycheck to paycheck there is no safety net. twitter.com/NPR/status/129…
Young'uns discover Phil Collins is cool. Wait until they hear the record is 40 years old. twitter.com/tprstly/status…
SHOCKING PHOTO shows obituary section in The McAllen Monitor overflowing with covid cases. Stop the spread! twitter.com/PhotogDina/sta…
OH IT’S ON. Sturgis Biker Rally expecting 250k. Town says they can’t stop it. usnews.com/news/us/articl…
AUSTIN ISD voted around 3:15 AM to delay start of school year by three weeks. My story on CBS Austin This Morning. cbsaustin.com
Lights out in large parts of NYC this morning. twitter.com/nypost/status/…
BREAKING— AUSTIN ISD TRUSTEES VOTE TO DELAY SCHOOL START TO SEPT 8.
UPDATE— 1:50 AM Public testimony finally ends at Austin ISD board meeting . Trustees commenting about what they’ve heard. Vote on pushing back school start date still to come.
BREAKING-- Two admit to fencing $1 million in military gear stolen from Austin's Camp Mabry. The pair took a lot of small items to sell on eBay and elsewhere. apnews.com/68924416e57797… https://t.co/m27A1OZffd
When you take the money to become a pitchman you gotta be prepared to take the heat when things go wrong. But who would have seen coronavirus coming? buzzfeednews.com/article/rosieg…
CAN IT BE TRUE??? Work from home means longer workdays and more meetings??? #Zoom washingtonpost.com/business/2020/… https://t.co/3f38WVow4Z
ICYMI-- From Austin Congressman Lloyd Doggett twitter.com/RepLloydDogget…
SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT in Corpus Christi suburb of Flour Bluff dies after battle with COVID-19. caller.com/story/news/loc…
BREAKING-- New York AG seeks to dissolve NRA. Longtime leadership accused of operating non-profit for personal gain. twitter.com/NewYorkStateAG…
Fun fact about that day. We were working on a story in Bastrop and it rained all day. Got back to Austin and it hadn't rained A DROP. Talk about scattered showers.
IT'S THANKFUL THURSDAY-- I'm thankful for rain whenever we get it. What are you thankful for? https://t.co/8XKUeDNdul
JUST TO BE CLEAR-- The new Mulan movie coming to Disney+ is a rental/pay per view/on demand offer for $29.99 for subscribers of the Disney+ service. adweek.com/tv-video/disne…
GOOD MORNING from TA Brown Elementary in North Austin. Fun fact— This brand new school building was open to students for only two weeks back in Spring before the pandemic shut it down. #GentlyUsed https://t.co/W7R1xTX3Qh
FOR SOME PERSPECTIVE-- The explosion in Beirut yesterday involved 270 times the amount of fertilizer that blew up in the town of West near Waco in 2013 killing 15 people. cbsnews.com/video/more-tha…
COVID-19 claims another good one: Mission Funeral Homes co-founder Lois Peña Villaseñor leaves East Austin legacy. bizjournals.com/austin/news/20… https://t.co/SwDYrpWehk
New building going up on Barton Springs Rd where Treehouse restaurant used to be. https://t.co/Q3uXmSF2bH
GOOD MORNING view of downtown from South Austin. https://t.co/qet5VwygV1
TRAVIS COUNTY slides to #19 in rank of TX counties with highest number of active COVID-19 cases. We’re doing something right. https://t.co/mnqWOsdgqm
NO HALFTIME SHOWS at UT home games??? I’m out. https://t.co/NJulMKrAjR
A couple of desk lamps clamped to my stepladder cast just enough light for my first solo live shot from my kitchen corner this morning. I was smart to hide the wiring when I put that TV up on the wall years ago. https://t.co/WriHRlcNzC
The new head of the postal service doesn't understand its core mission: timely service to everyone everywhere. USPS did okay until the feds stripped it of the part that made money-- It used to have an exclusive on residential package delivery. washingtonpost.com/politics/posta…
FLYING CARS are now street legal in New Hampshire... not that anybody is making any. #visionaries twitter.com/CNET/status/12…
Gorgeous stuff over Austin after the rain blew through today! https://t.co/AZxToD2O7S
REMEMBERING WILFORD BRIMLEY — A familiar face from great movies like "Cocoon" and "The Firm" has died at age 85. People have said I look like him. Same rugged good looks? https://t.co/m4iQfOD0k7
Asylum seekers got flooded by Hurricane Hanna as they camp out by the Rio Grande waiting for their hearing. twitter.com/enrevolucion_3…
ALMOST FORGOT-- It's a new month. All the best to you if you celebrate your birthday in August. Have a socially distant celebration. https://t.co/tz66m2Ml8V
REMEMBERING BILL MACK-- Radio legend and talented songwriter dead at 88, COVID-19 with "underlying issues." Coast to coast on WBAP 820 and later on satellite radio. Willie knows what I'm talking about. youtube.com/watch?v=_sywVU…
Watching the rain blow up and over the neighbor’s house. Be careful out there. https://t.co/fqfXdO6SRV
WELL, THAT DIDN’T TAKE LONG. Big bright Black Lives Matter letters painted on Congress Ave. already fading into the pavement. https://t.co/xV71poqil7
As I cruise up and down Mopac at highway speed during rush hour I wonder just how many of the Work From Home crowd will ever come back. WFH has its pluses. twitter.com/statesman/stat…
#TBT-- Viewer asked where we stand on replacing Zilker train. Previous vendor was allowed to collect their tracks. Austin Parks Foundation posts it's working on a new master plan for the park and how the train will fit in. twitter.com/amyhajdu/statu…
DALLAS COWBOYS say no season tickets available for 2020 as COVID-19 seating restrictions can't guarantee season holders their usual seats. https://t.co/9sjzluvr7i
#TBT-- There was a time you could actually see the Texas Capitol from Zilker Park. That was 1961 when Austin area population was about 10 times smaller. https://t.co/Npe83UkPfU
REPLACE APD HQ? I’ve talked to APD higherups in the past who would love a do-over. IIRC- The bldg was a new hotel the city bought in the 1980s real estate bust. An atrium? What a waste of space for a police bldg. https://t.co/7dkBMW1355
UT thinks it can maintain social distancing with 25,000 people in Darrell K Royal Texas Memorial Stadium. Social distancing the Longhorn Band at halftime would probably spillover into the bleachers. twitter.com/cbsaustin/stat… https://t.co/veDhfyD5aQ
Aww. Composer Bent Fabric has died at age 95. Anyone who has ever attended a child’s first dance recital will recognize his one HUGE hit. 1-2-3-4-5-6-7 and... youtu.be/-eTHNaBbRYw
FINGER DANCE? I admire their dexterity... and their costumes. twitter.com/YouTube/status…
The national hurricane center has decided that the next storm Isaias will be pronounced ees -ah-EE-ahs. But don’t be surprised if you hear Spanish speakers pronounce it ee-SIGH-ahs. The ai in Isaias blends together as in Thai or Mai Tai. https://t.co/aYN4tjdMe7
WHO WAS THAT (UN)MASKED MAN who failed his health assessment this morning? twitter.com/JakeSherman/st…
@ToddandDon Here's the text to the council's proposed public health crisis resolution. It explains how racism and discrimination has led to poor health care for minorities. austintexas.gov/edims/document…
I was laughing yesterday because FujiFilm was awarded a contract to produce possible COVID-19 vaccines. Turns out their long-time rival Kodak has diversified into medical manufacturing, too. twitter.com/i/events/12880…
CBS Evening News mentioned Revel offers their scooters in Austin, too. twitter.com/cbsaustin/stat…
Texas AG joins those pressuring schools to reopen, countering Texas Education Agency directives. twitter.com/DonnaHowardTX/…
One of the last big conventions before the pandemic announces it will be be online next year. twitter.com/ABC/status/128…
FUJIFILM? Who knew? The College Station biotech facility that could soon manufacture hundreds of millions of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine is owned by FUJIFILM. That's what you call diversification. texastribune.org/2020/07/27/nov…
What does Google know that we don't? Extends work from home til Summer 2021. cbsnews.com/news/google-em…
RT @ArtAcevedo: African American mayors lay out plan for police reform without ‘defunding’ washingtonpost.com/crime-law/2020…
I believe this ATX skyscraper is really scraping the sky. If you’re up that high are you still downtown? https://t.co/1T90TWTjhy
I blame the barrel. Everybody knows wood swells up when it gets wet. twitter.com/PDChina/status…
A memorial for fallen Black Lives Matter marcher Garrett Foster has sprung up downtown near where he was fatally shot Saturday night. https://t.co/xeSS2Duakz
#SELENA Statue in Corpus Christi survives hurricane. Priorities, people. twitter.com/meaganfalcon/s…
WOW. GoFundMe memorial fund setup for last night's shooting victim #GarrettFoster has already met its goal. gofundme.com/f/official-gar…
Somebody missed a perfectly good opportunity to use the "Hair today, gone tomorrow" pun. twitter.com/hbecerraLATime…
Looks like rioters outside Denver are using the same playbook we saw here in Austin. twitter.com/AuroraPD/statu…
VIRTUAL HUGS is nothing new. Manly men in South Texas have been doing social distancing hugs for generations. https://t.co/37d5fOaTlf
NOOOOO. Regis Philbin, beloved longtime TV host, has died at 88, family says. https://t.co/Uh8jopPSEJ
HURRICANE HANA? Gov giving Hurricane Hanna the Hawaiian pronunciation. Maybe he's never seen any Hanna-Barbera cartoons or visited Hanna High School in Brownsville.
HURRICANE WARNING along much of South Texas coast. Sustained winds 80 MPH. Governor to address state's response at 3PM from Austin. Follow @ChikageWeather @cbsaustin https://t.co/LEuw49oSGX
Regardless of where we live now... folks who grow up in The Valley continue to follow any tropical storms and hurricanes that threaten the Texas coast. #rgv #spi twitter.com/JimDannerWX/st… https://t.co/zLYJk0GoNY
Now is not the time to be driving across the King Ranch. Let the first responders focus on Hurricane Hanna, sustained winds 80 mph at 10:00 AM. https://t.co/7daMM44JVL
Talk about a #karmakiller: shortly after I snapped this serene photo at my favorite swimming spot today, my air bud popped out and plummeted to the bottom of the lake 😩🤣. https://t.co/KuVGydq0gw
 
Apple set you up by removing the earphone jack from the iPhone. All part of their evil plan.
People keep talking about Hanna missing populated areas. But come Sunday it will be drenching Monterrey Mexico, a metro of more than 4.6 million people. https://t.co/8bVPqe9tXC
I know my @FabulousFredFM listeners will enjoy this pun: RT @AlbzSFC: When the jaws open wide and there’s more jaws inside, that’s a Moray https://t.co/jPGf5q8yry
I'm working on some back-to-school stories and want to interview stakeholders about Hays CISD's decision to move their start date to after Labor Day. No hard questions, just interested in honest insight from all sides. Email me: fcantu@cbsaustin.com https://t.co/r3i2X3ef6R
Oooh. My Kristin Chenoweth post was liked by Kristin Chenoweth!
ICYMI-- 15 confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Austin ISD result in 578 staffers being asked to quarantine. cbsaustin.com/news/local/hun…
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Kristin Chenoweth, famous for being popuLAR. youtube.com/watch?v=15fdf_…
 
 
 
 
 
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