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Armstrong Comes Clean … Sort Of
Lance Armstrong sits down for an interview with Oprah
DAILY Sports  January 17, 2013, by Anne Harris
"...If you've been a naughty public figure in America, and all attempts at damage control are failing, you will inevitably be called to the principal's office. You can almost hear it over the nation's P.A..."

Three Guys, a Girl, and a Dog Named Friday
Austin film collective Jollyville Pictures on its ingredients for success
Screens Story  December 18, 2009, by Marc Savlov
"...If you haven't heard of Jollyville Pictures, well, that's probably going to change pretty soon. Right now though, chances are you've at least seen something that involved a member of the loosely knit, four-person film and animation collective in one way or another...."

Film News
Paranoia runs deep-fried; plus, 'Elvis and Annabelle,' Troublemaker's future, and more
Screens Column  April 21, 2006, by Joe O'Connell
"...Have It Their Way Turns out Richard Linklater wasn't so paranoid after all when it came to filming his fictional adaptation of the Eric Schlosser's nonfiction book Fast Food Nation. Sure, the film crew slinked around, lensing under such pseudonyms as Travels With Nutmeg and Coyote, and even quietly shooting some in Mexico..."

Film News
Austin picks up a 'Hitcher'; Linklater's Cannes deux attitude; and the rest
Screens Column  May 5, 2006, by Joe O'Connell
"...'Hitcher' remakes rides into Austin Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes, the company that puts the re- in horror remake, is in preproduction for an Austin shoot of The Hitcher. Remember the Eighties flick in which driver C..."

Smart Enough to Die
In 2002, the Supreme Court banned the death penalty for mentally retarded defendants. Still, Texas finds a way.
News Story  April 19, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...He then made each of the girls perform oral sex on him. When the girls' uncle, Willie Ryman, a local firefighter, stopped by, Chester shot him and ran out of the home..."

Letters at 3AM
The institution of marriage has been undone by the changes brought about by modern technology and therefore has nothing to fear from the legalization of gay marriages.
Columns  November 28, 2003, by Michael Ventura
"...Say you're married, and, somewhere, two people whom you don't even know are also married -- how does that threaten your marriage? If you have kids, how do those two unknown people threaten the possible future marriages of your kids? How are you being harmed by the actions of these other two unknown people who are, after all, only doing what you're doing and only wish to enjoy what you claim to enjoy? Say you're a heterosexual married couple and, five minutes ago, somewhere, two gay people got married -- how, exactly, does that undermine your marriage?..."

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Our readers talk back.
Columns  December 24, 1999
"...It would be a multipurpose celebration not only of school spirit but of the wonderful qualities of North American housing. The students could live in the structures for the year prior to bonfire and get another round for the following year's blaze..."

Dive Into the Great 'Unknown'
Errol Morris and Don Rumsfeld take us on a tour of U.S. history
DAILY Screens  September 22, 2013, by Monica Riese
"..."There are known knowns; there are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns; that is to say, there are things that we now know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns – there are things we do not know we don't know...."

How to Speak Geek
SXSW Interactive has landed. Can you talk the talk?
Screens Story  March 6, 2009, by Mike Kanin
"...With economic contraction and its closely associated specter of protectionism currently haunting the globe, there is at least one world that is still relatively expanding. That would be the binary one – specifically that of those Internets, where, judging by some of the titles of the panels at this year's South by Southwest Interactive Conference, terms unfamiliar to at least this n00b (and his editor) seem to indicate the sort of growth that might have otherwise disappeared with the concept of moral hazard..."

Aloha
Cameron Crowe parks this rom-com in Hawaii
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Film Review  June 5, 2015, by Steve Davis


Letters at 3AM
What does this so-called "boom" mean to most Americans?
Columns  October 29, 1999, by Michael Ventura
"...If you pay attention, the numbers make you sick. The numbers are about a ruling elite (they are not populous enough to be called a "class") that doesn't care whether or not we know the numbers because they are convinced both of their power and our helplessness -- or rather, our consent, every day, to be helpless..."

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Turner Is Worthy
Columns  September 25, 1998
"...Mike Clark-Madison's article about Dorothy Turner ["Corner to Corner," Vol. 18, No..."

Council: Meet Denialism Don
Council considers resilience, and other things
News Story  April 30, 2015, by Michael King
"...There's no regular City Council meeting this week (next is May 7, agenda still in progress) but the week wasn't entirely lost for civic entertainment. Monday morning featured the last of the scheduled policy reviews – "We made the mistake of calling them 'deep dives,'" said Mayor Steve Adler, "and there's nothing deep about them at all." Henceforth the "policy conversations" are meant to take place in Council committees – this final one before the dais concerned civic "resilience," broadly defined as community responses to "disruptions": natural disasters, extreme weather events, economic distress, or social crises..."

Can AISD Enable "Equity"?
School board makes another attempt to define and create equitable schools
News Story  April 9, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...Now that framework passes responsibility to the newly minted AISD Board Oversight Committee on Excel­lence Through Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Consisting of four board members – plan creators Ted Gordon and Paul Saldaña, board Secretary Jayme Mathias, and At-Large Trustee Kendall Pace – the committee's job is to work out the next step..."

Council: Labor Protections and Job Evaluations
Marc Ott's job performance goes up for debate this week
News Story  March 31, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...At their March 24 meeting, City Council approved a number of labor-friendly measures, including Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo's resolution to review and help strengthen the city's discrimination complaint policies, Council Member Greg Casar's initiatives to extend the city's living wage of $13.03 to city-funded positions for construction workers and employees of subcontractors, and Casar's Fair Chance Hiring ordinance...."

The 'T' Word
Politicians and media dance around what to call the plane crash
DAILY News  February 19, 2010, by Richard Whittaker
"...So what to call yesterday's kamikaze attack on the IRS? The FBI has referred to it as "an assault." Police Chief Art Acevedo called it a criminal act. The media response (collated by Charles Apple at his blog) has used terms like "anger" and "railing" and "enraged."..."

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Our readers talk back.
Columns  December 27, 2002
"...The article about Austin Art in Public Places ["Transforming a Neighborhood Near You," Dec. 20] states that AIPP's 2% budget increase would pave the way for "more professional development among local artists." Yet, I was disappointed to read that two of the projects mentioned as "coming soon" were actually awarded by AIPP to well-established architectural firms instead of upcoming local artists..."

The Winter Classic
South by Southwest 1998
Music Story  March 27, 1998
"...Johnny Winter on the outdoor stage at Stubb's Saturday, March 21 photograph by John Carrico..."

Yates Conviction Overturned
False testimony taints sentence for mom who killed her kids
News Story  January 14, 2005, by Jordan Smith
"...On Jan. 6, a three-judge panel of Texas' 1st Court of Appeals in Houston overturned the conviction of Andrea Yates after finding that false testimony by a prosecution witness violated Yates' rights, a ruling that once again raises questions about Texas' insanity defense..."

Why Is Doil Lane Still on Death Row?
Despite a Supreme Court ban on the execution of the mentally retarded, those prisoners remain on Texas' death row.
News Story  October 17, 2003, by Rita Radostitz
"...When he looks up, his eyes are red, his cheeks splotchy and wet. He crinkles up his face, picks up the telephone that allows him to talk with the visitors on the other side of the window, and says, "It's hard to talk about." So hard, in fact, that Lane sets down the phone, puts his face in his hands, and cries...."

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