MEANWHILE, IN TEXAS . ..

MEANWHILE, IN TEXAS . ..

ICE Cold
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents hit Texas with another massive raid, scooping up 95 undocumented immigrants living near Houston last week, according to the Houston Chronicle. Thirteen of those arrested in the raids had no prior criminal record. “The importance is to secure our communities,” Bret Bradford, acting field office director for Houston, told the Chronicle. “There’s bipartisan support for getting these folks off the street.” Similar large-scale raids have hit Austin and Dallas–Fort Worth in the past few months, but this is the first big one in Houston since President Donald Trump’s executive actions enabling immigration enforcement agencies to crack down on people living here without documentation. According to the Chronicle, ICE failed to provide many details about this latest raid, which went down in a five-day period beginning April 17. People were arrested in Brazoria, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, and Wharton counties.

Whole Sale
Prepare for the Whole Foods apocalypse: the popular chain may soon be sold to another grocery store chain. Citing anonymous sources, Financial Times reported on Monday that the supermarket chain Albertsons is exploring taking over Whole Foods, and the company is so smitten with the Austin-based chain that it has already had preliminary talks with bankers about making a bid. Albertsons became the third-largest supermarket chain in the country after it bought Safeway for $9 billion last year, so it’s a big enough player to make a move on Whole Foods. The Boise, Idaho-based Albertsons, of course, doesn’t quite cater to the same uppity and hip corner of the market that Whole Foods has laid claim to, meaning the steady kombucha supply could be in flux.

Just Desserts
Austinite and Infowars host Alex Jones can’t catch a break. Jones has made headlines since last week amid a contentious child custody battle in Travis County, and now he appears to have found himself yet another enemy: big yogurt. Greek yogurt giant Chobani filed a defamation lawsuit against Jones in Idaho state court on Monday, stemming from articles and videos published by Jones and Infowars that falsely linked Chobani to child rape and a tuberculosis outbreak near its plant in Twin Falls, according to the Washington Post. The complaint alleges Jones’s website ran a series of stories that claimed Chobani and owner Hamdi Ulukaya hired refugee workers who brought crime and disease to Twin Falls, and suggested the yogurt company was responsible for a “500% increase in tuberculosis” in the Idaho town. That’s obviously false, but a court will determine whether it’s also defamatory. Meanwhile, Jones bragged in his latest Infowars video over the weekend that he’d slept with “probably 150 women, or more” before he’d turned sixteen, according to the Austin American-Statesman. Sure you did, Jonesy.