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Duke nixes plan for Muslim prayer call from chapel tower CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Duke University in Raleigh, N.C., canceled Thursday its plan to use the tower of its chapel for a weekly, amplified call to prayer for Muslims. But on Thursday evening university officials said they had reconsidered the plan. The prayer will no longer come from the chapel bell tower, but will instead be chanted on the quadrangle outside the chapel — a frequent site for student group gatherings. ‘Duke remains committed to fostering an inclusive, tolerant and welcoming campus for all of its students’
The FDA just approved a device that tricks the brain into thinking the stomach is full
Austin Water will hold a meeting Feb. 19 for public input on a proposed stage 3.5 drought restriction. May be in effect by March. If the capacity of lakes Travis and Buchanan falls to 30 percent, water customers would be required to reduce their usage by 20 percent.
Entrepreneur says Texas is the leading contender for a five-mile-long test track for his conceptual Hyperloop project. The Hyperloop project involves shooting capsules full of people through elevated tubes at the speed of sound.
House fire shuts down blocks of Mesa Drive–Firefighters say a home in Northwest Austin was “fully engulfed” in flames when they arrived. Austin police have blocked off Mesa Drive, from Dry Creek to Firstview drives and may expand that closure to allow more room for fire crews to operate. Neighbors are waking up to streets full of trucks and hoses. No one has been hurt.