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Showdown bartender Violet Shrock pours Dripping Springs Artisan Gin into a glass during the 2017 Mer-tini Shakedown competition. Daily Record file photo by Denise Cathey

Mer-tini Shakedown: A high-spirited competition

Local bars and restaurants are gearing up for the third annual Mermaid Society SMTX’s Mer-tini Shakedown, a friendly – yet fierce – competition among local mixologists to create the best  Mer-tini

Contiguous United States, Census 2010. One dot for each 500 residents of the U.S. Red represents the White population, Blue represents the Black population, Green represents the Asian population, Orange represents the Hispanic population and yellow represents others. Graphic by Eric Fischer/ Flickr

Census: 2030 may mark demographic tipping point

The year 2030 marks an important demographic turning point in U.S. history, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2017 National Population Projections.