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For the mystery fanatic

Blindspot

Network: NBC

When an unknown woman is found naked and covered in fresh tattoos in the middle of Times Square, a group of FBI agents must work to piece together her past. The agents use the tattoos as a road map to decode the mystery surrounding her true identity, but as they get closer to the truth they begin to uncover an even larger plot. According to NBC, the cast includes Sullivan Stapleton, Jaimie Alexander, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Rob Brown and more.

 

For the Crime Solver

The Catch

Network: ABC

10 things to do as a freshman at Texas State

Texas State students know how to have a good time. As if having a river in our backyard wasn’t enough, these 10 can’t-miss events will give you plenty of reasons to celebrate how truly great it is to be a Bobcat.

 

10. Tour Wonder World Park

Wonder World is home to the one of the nation’s only true examples of an earthquake-formed cave, according to the theme park’s website. Complete guided tours take place year-round and include a chance to see the Balcones Fault Line, Tejas 110-Foot Observation Tower, an anti-gravity house and the waterfalls of Mystery Mountain.

 

9. Explore Aquarena Springs

School supply shopping guide

Whether you are an incoming freshman or a senior returning for your final year, it can be challenging to figure out how to save money on back-to-school supplies.

Lindsey Lowry, psychology junior, said there are three specific things students should consider when purchasing supplies.

“My best advice is to look for something that will keep you organized, something that is fairly accessible and something that is efficient and will consolidate the semester’s information,” Lowry said.

Lowry said students can ease their shopping burden by thinking logically about what they need before each new semester.

“For me, my selections regarding school supply shopping revolve around which method of organization I plan to use during the semester,” Lowry said.

Picks of the Weekend

For the Student

The City of San Marcos will welcome students back to campus Friday, Aug. 21 at Passport to San Marcos on The Square. The block party will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and will feature live music and a variety of interactive activities. According to the event’s Facebook page, several restaurants from around the city will gather in a food court on The Square to provide students with free samples.

 

For the Athlete

Picks of the Weekend

For the history enthusiast

The Lyndon B. Johnson Museum of San Marcos and the Texas State University Political Science Department will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act with a free event at the museum Thursday, August 6. The event, which is open to the public, will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a showing of President Johnson’s speech at the signing ceremony.

 

For the shopper on a budget

Texas State graduate shares hitchhiking journey

One Texas State graduate turned his dream to travel into a reality after realizing he could hitchhike across the United States.

Hoang-Chau Nguyen, better known as Woncho, the man behind the "Where's Woncho?" Facebook account chronicling his journey across the country, said he never really knew what career he wanted to focus on throughout college.

“During my freshman and sophomore years I enrolled in classes and dropped them to get financial aid or grant money to fuel my travels,” Woncho said.

Woncho said the idea of obtaining a public relations degree began to grow on him after a chance meeting with a group of event marketers on campus.

Candy shop to bring sweet treats to San Marcos

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Downtown San Marcos is about to get a whole lot sweeter.

Candy, Sweets and Treats, a new shop opening, complete with a ribbon cutting, will be held on North LBJ Drive at the store’s downtown location August 1 at 11 a.m. The store will provide San Martians with a variety of unique confections.

Leanne Latham, owner of the store, said visiting candy shops was her favorite thing to do as a child.

“It was always something I thought I could expand on,” Latham said.

Professor uses geographic profiling to fight crime, disease

A partnership between two professors led to the recently uncovered new tool to combat infectious disease and terrorism.

Kim Rossmo, Texas State criminology professor, and Steven Le Comber, Queen Mary University of London mathematical biologist, recently discovered geographic profiling can be used to catch more than just criminals.

Geographic profiling is a method originally developed by Rossmo to help locate suspects in serial crimes such as rape and murder.

The model uses statistics to piece together the locations of crime scenes to help identify a criminal’s home or workplace. The system is now being applied to disease control and terrorist attacks, and is being used by law enforcement nationwide.

Pineapples dominate summer clothing

Summer styles this year have been filled with bright color blocking, Birkenstock obsessions and body jewelry fads, but one of the biggest hits can be found at the local grocery store.

Pineapple prints are appearing everywhere this season. Whether you are wearing the fruit on dresses, crop tops, swimwear or jewelry, you are guaranteed to be right on trend this summer.

Mandy Mayekawa, fashion retail enthusiast and account executive for POM Public Relations, said the pineapple phenomenon was easy to spot.

“I’ve seen how it is slowly taking over all of the boutiques and retail stores,” Mayekawa said.

Mayekawa said the style appears to be increasingly trendy as the summer goes on.

Professor solves photo mystery, again

A recent discovery made by a group of physics professors has many people talking about Alfred Eisenstaedt’s iconic photograph, “V-J Day in Times Square.”

Steven Kawaler, Iowa State University astrophysicist, and Donald Olson and Russell Doescher, Texas State physics professors, conducted extensive research to determine the photo was taken at exactly 5:51 p.m.

Eisenstaedt, photographer for Life magazine, captured the famous photo of a couple celebrating after Japan’s surrender at the end of World War II.

Since the photo was taken, Olson said many people have stepped forward and claimed to be the kissing pair.

By uncovering the exact time the photo was taken, Kawaler said the researchers were able to disprove many of the accounts.

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