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Catherine Vo, Wheatsville, Long Center and more

Michael Barnes
mbarnes@statesman.com

HEALTH: Making sense out of health, food and life. My story in today’s Statesman: “In a field where gauzy New Age concepts often bump up against the dense language of Western science, Austin health coach Catherine Vo speaks and writes with a refreshing mix of breezy prudence and carefully vetted research.“Yes, I love yoga, and I firmly believe meditation can rewire your brain,” she says. “I’m all about neuroplasticity. But I’m not this typical health guru. I want to help people like me, who love food and health but don’t want a coach who is judgmental.” At the same time calm and animated, Vo, 32, chats about her nutritional quest over a peppery avocado quinoa salad. “I totally believe in Western medicine,” says the writer of the well-regarded Savory Wellness blog (savorywellness.com). “All the quinoa in the world is not going to cure that brain tumor. Take that sucker out. Need antibiotics? Get antibiotics. But I also emphasize that preventative medicine can go a long way.” http://shar.es/Ktoli(She’s a firecracker.)

FOOD: Wheatsville opens long-awaited second store: Reported by Addie Broyles in the Statesman: “Wheatsville Food Co-op general manager Dan Gillotte says that Austinites have been asking about a second location of the Central Austin grocery store since, oh, 1982. The co-op opened on 29th Street and Lamar Boulevard in 1976, but not long after it moved to its home at 3101 Guadalupe St. five years later, customers, especially those who lived south of what was then Town Lake, started inquiring about when the co-op might add another location. Last week, longtime Wheatsville fans finally got what they’ve been asking for and more: a second location in South Austin at 4001 S. Lamar Blvd. that Gillotte and others in the co-op say is a stepping stone for more stores in Austin. The new store has almost twice as much retail space as the Guadalupe location and a new 2,500-square-foot bakery, which will eventually provide baked goods for the existing stores and any future co-ops, says Wheatsville brand manager Raquel Dadomo. http://shar.es/KtWXT(Can’t wait to try all the new grocery stores in town!)

ARTS: Long Center seeks financial help from the city. Reported by Sarah Coppola in the Statesman: “The Long Center for the Performing Arts is seeking hundreds of thousands of dollars from the city of Austin to help pay for traffic control on performance nights, maintain the building and keep open a small theater used by local arts groups. The 5-year-old center on the south shore of Lady Bird Lake is a premier performance venue that was built with private donations but is owned by the city. The nonprofit that runs the Long Center isn’t in imminent financial danger, executive director Jamie Grant said. However, the private money that the nonprofit raises to help operate the center has steadily declined over the past few years, and it needs the city’s help to stay financially solvent long-term, he said. http://shar.es/KtW8k(Guess this was inevitable, though good to hear it operated with a profit last year.)

SCHOOL: Fisher v. UT placed on appellate schedule. Reported by Jacob Kerr in the Daily Texan. “Hearings for Fisher v. University of Texas are scheduled to be given for the second time on Nov. 13 in the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. The case was initiated by Abigail Fisher, who sued UT in 2008 after she was denied admission into the University. Fisher, who has since graduated from Louisiana State University and currently lives in Austin, claimed the University violated her right to equal protection because its admissions policy considers race as a factor for students who do not automatically qualify under the Top 10 Percent Law. Judges Carolyn King, Patrick Higginbotham and Emilio Garza will hear oral arguments from both sides. The judges heard the case when it last reached the Fifth Circuit Court in 2009 and the appeals court originally determined the University could use race as a factor in its admissions policy. After hearing the case in October 2012, the Supreme Court ruled in June that the Fifth Circuit Court did not apply strict scrutiny to UT’s admissions policy when it ruled in the University’s favor. In the 7-1 decision to relegate the case to a lower court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg provided the only dissent. Applying strict scrutiny will require the court to look into whether the University’s diversity goals can be achieved without using race as a factor in admission decisions, according to Gregory Vincent, UT law professor and vice president for diversity and community engagement.” http://www.dailytexanonline.com(Worth following.)