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Dead man’s sperm to be taken by court order

On the Austin American-Statesman website, there’s a story about a man, age 20,  who was killed over the weekend whose mother has won a court order requiring sperm to be taken from the deceased to be used with a surrogate mother for a future child.

While intending no disrespect for the deceased or his family, this is officially a bit weird in my opinion. I would never want something like to be to be done to me if I had found an untimely end to my life.

If the man’s wife wanted this done, I would still be weirded out a bit and wouldn’t want it for myself, but I could understand it a bit more. But, for someone’s mother to want their son’s sperm leaves me a bit speechless.

Now, I’ve heard it all.

Whale Beached on South 1st

Today, I was planning to pick up a friend on South 1st (anĀ arterial route south from downtown) near Barton Springs when he called telling me to “look out for the beached whale on South 1st”. Since Austin, much less South 1st, is 200 miles away from the Gulf of Mexico, yet he told me to trust him and I’d understand later.

Sure enough, as I’m driving to pick him up, at about 800 South 1st Street at a steep driveway, there was a Blue Whale Moving Company truck stuck, partly blocking the southbound lanes of South 1st. The driveway was too steep for them to make it up, but the back grill of the truck prevented them from reversing out of the driveway.
From the time my friend told me about it until the last time I drove by the beached whale was three hours and it didn’t seem like it was going to be moving anytime soon.

Prayers Requested – Fr. Jesse Euresti

Details are sketchy, but pray for Fr. Jesse Euresti, pastor of Cristo Rey parish in Austin, who is scheduled to retire in May.

His family via KXAN are reporting that his home in Nuevo Laredo (newly purchased and where he plans to live in retirement) was found with his alarm off, garage door open, knife in view, mattress missing and blood throughout the home. While those details do not sound too good, let’s pray first that he’s alive and well.

Please keep Cristo Rey, his family and Fr. Jesse Euresti in your prayers.

UPDATE: 3:02 pm CDT
– The Diocese via the Statesman confirm that Fr. Euresti is missing and reports that Mexican authorities are treating this as a missing-persons case currently. (Thanks to the Montopolis Neighborhood Association newsfeed for the tip).

UPDATE: 4:45 pm CDT: KXAN is now reporting that Mexican authorities are now treating this as a murder investigation and is looking for the home’s caretaker to learn more. APD and Laredo police are investigating as well.

UPDATE: 12:30 pm CDT 4/6/2009: The Diocese of Austin announced that Mexican authorities confirmed that the body found last night was Fr. Jesse Euresti. Please keep his soul, his family and his parish in your prayers. Former San Juan Diego President and Cristo Rey’s current Associate Pastor, Fr. Jayme Mathias, will be appointed pastor later today.

Bp. Aymond on Obama @ Notre Dame

From my ordinary, Bishop Gregory Aymond of Austin:

Statement regarding the University of Notre Dame

As was
announced recently, the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind.,
is presenting President Barack Obama with an honorary degree and have
asked him to give the commencement address.

I, along with many other Catholics, express great disappointment and
sadness that a Catholic university would honor someone who is
pro-choice and who holds many values contrary to our Catholic belief.

In the midst of such a sad situation, as Catholics we must continue to
be pro-life and to proclaim with even greater strength the values of
Christ and the teachings of the Catholic Church.

In my opinion, it is very clear that in this case the University of
Notre Dame does not live up to its Catholic identity in giving this
award and their leadership needs our prayerful support.

Capital Metro’s Red Line

Capital Metro, the transit agency for Austin, is gearing up for a launch of the first rail-based mass transit solution in near a century at the end of this month. The line, running from the Austin Convention Center to Leander, will save the sanity of folks who normally drive U.S. 183.

I visited the Plaza Satillo station during an open house and it’s… nice. There really isn’t much to write home to mom about on this one if you’ve seen any other light rail station. The train itself is nice, room for six bikes, Wi-Fi enabled, a few “VIP” seats that form into a conference table (no, there’s no VIP ticket, first-come, first-serve). I do want to take a round-trip on it and see if I can get any work done while using the conference table. It’s like a coffee shop, except no coffee.

I hope people who will actually use the line are receptive to it. Living near Congress/Oltorf means I’ll never ride the Red Line (except whatever day I choose to kill a morning riding it and back and forth once), but I’m encouraged at this direction for mass transit in Austin.

Green Line (Manor-Elgin), here we come!