5 Lunchtime Links: Selena killed 21 years ago today

** FILE ** Selena performs at Hemisfair Plaza in San Antonio, TX, April 24, 1994.  Photo by Sung Park / The Austin American-Statesman. ORG XMIT:

Selena performs at Hemisfair Plaza in San Antonio, TX, April 24, 1994. Photo by Sung Park / The Austin American-Statesman. ORG XMIT:

1. The 21st anniversary of the killing of beloved Tejano superstar Selena is today.

“On March 31, 1995, Selena’s former fan club president Yolanda Saldivar fatally shot Selena at a Days Inn motel in Corpus Christi. For many Mexican-Americans, Latinos and people who followed her music, the memory of hearing this news resonates as much as the moment when President John F. Kennedy was shot did for an older generation.”

For the American-Statesman’s Nancy Flores’ and many fans like her, Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, the renowned “Queen of Tejano,” served as a beacon of “hope to young Mexican-American girls.” Read Flores’ account of how the singer shaped her here. In April the singer would have celebrated her 45th birthday.

2. Ramen Tatsu-ya named America’s No. 1 ramen restaurant.

It seems Ramen Tatsu-ya is right to recommend customers “never share” their prized noodles. The restaurant has been named the No. 1 spot for ramen in the U.S. by Time Out, the American-Statesman’s Jackie Wang reports. Originally opened in 2012 by two former DJs, Ramen Tatsu-ya began drawing its infamously long line early on. Currently, the restaurant boasts two locations and now offers veggie options all day. The American-Statesman originally gave the creamy broth and noodles a glowing review.

3. Karlie Kloss to offer codingsummer program for young girls.

As a 23-year-old retired Victoria’s Secrets Angel Karlie Kloss is doing alright for herself. However, the supermodel is now learning to code, and wants a few select young women to join her in the endeavor. Kode with Klossy is a free summer program for girls between the ages of 13-18, which will focus on back end engineering and teach several programming languages, Wang reports. Last year’s program selected 21 girls (two of which were from Austin) out of hundreds of applicants. You can visit http://www.kodewithklossy.com/ to get more information about applying.

4. Ted Cruz admits new “Star Wars” movie made him cry.

What brings tears to Ted Cruz’s eyes? During his appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” the U.S. senator admitted that the last movie he cried in was “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” saying, “Han Solo was my hero.” Kimmel, who wasn’t the least bit surprised that the Republican presidential candidate’s favorite cereal is Mueslix, admitted that he experienced the same emotional reaction to the film. Let’s not forget Cruz’s real favorite movie, “The Princess Bride,” and the time Mandy Patinkin, who starred in the film, asked him directly to stop quoting it.

5. Cap10K scavenger hunt.

You’re going to have to keep your eyes open during next week’s Statesman Capitol 10K regardless. So why not see how many of the commonly seen race sights you can spot on your way to the finish line? Keep your eyes peeled for runners dressed as centipedes, neon shoes by the hundreds, live performers and, of course, signs equally intended to make you laugh and cheer you on. Some of the item’s included on the hunt serve as their own reward. We’re talking donuts, people.

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