"...The news from Sundance just keeps getting better and better for locals: In addition to terrific reviews for Margaret Brown's The Order of Myths and a distribution deal for former Austinites the Duplass brothers' Baghead, Katrina doc Trouble the Water, which was shot by local dynamo PJ Raval, won the Grand Jury Prize for documentary. Nice work, team..."
"...A couple of new developments came down the pike from our friends and neighbors at SXSW Film. (Seriously -- they live on the other side of our volleyball court..."
"...More often than not, the evidence hasn't actually been removed from a law enforcement storage facility – though scandals involving stolen evidence are unnervingly common, as officials with the Houston PD can readily affirm. Instead, says Vasquez, missing evidence is generally misplaced evidence – logged into one area of a storage facility and then moved without anyone noting the new location, or overlooked when a department's evidence-tracking system is upgraded...."
"...Signs can be broken, rained on, confiscated, stolen, defaced, burned, or simply fade away, so here, on the eve of this new year, I record for posterity as many as will fit. (Yes, some are on the Internet, but believe me, print lasts longer.) The signs here are mostly from Occupy Austin, with additions from occupiers in Lubbock; Vancouver, Canada; Asheville, N.C.; Anchorage, Alaska; Boston; and New York..."
"...That followed last week's explicit rejection of an increase by Mayor Lee Leffingwell, and although the mayor was the most adamant, he was joined on Monday by Council Member Bill Spelman, who amplified his earlier complaints of rising city costs with a brief chart that showed expenditures in the last decade rising faster than residential income – most of which he attributed to unnecessary and unjustified added spending for the Austin Police Department, despite what he described as a decreasing workload. He argued that "small steps" over time had led to this disjunction, and, "It's time we stepped in another direction." Accordingly, he said, he would not be voting for any new expenditures...."
"...Sitting in his office, shortly after first coffee, News 8 Austin news director Kevin Benz is attempting to explain why his 24-hour news channel is different from the other local TV news operations. He pulls up a rundown of his competitor's newscasts from the previous night, a hodgepodge of reports on scams, assorted mayhem, and national news..."
"...Moreno makes due with his condition, hardly even acknowledging it as he focuses on his own active, humor-filled pursuits. In the same spirit that marks former Austinite Arthur Bradford's remarkable How's Your News? (apparently still in limbo despite Trey Parker and Matt Stone's involvement), Graves refuses to coddle his friend's disability, instead supporting him wherever possible..."
"...Your Friday edition of News of the Day is packed full of useful information. Boost your news IQ and impress your friends with the latest stories from around the world..."
"...When you think of money-grubbing TV personalities, chances are Jenny Hansson isn't the first person who pops into your mind. Chances are you haven't even heard of Hansson, an ambitious young reporter who left her job covering business news at News 8 Austin last month..."
"...K-EYE delivers autographed Terri Chappell photos, but not hard news. Last Wednesday, no less than eight PR flacks from local CBS affiliate K-EYE lighted on the Chronicle offices to inform me of a week-long news special on K-EYEWitness News..."
"...Hamilton's favored media outlets made it certain that his mysterious list had the desired dramatic effect. KVUE-TV News took the bait, appropriating the booking sheet for its own breathless reporting, unquestioning and given a sheen of exclusivity..."
"...This week's LGBT news round-up includes a slice of GOP primary with a side of Santorum sauce. But there's also some deliciously gay wedding cake, a newly out cele-sbian and music from the Scissor Sisters for dessert..."
"...David Barton backs down from the fight, Dan Patrick gets crafty, and Pete Sessions stays on message. Pomposity is on the News Ticker...."
"...Ratcheting up his wee-hours fretting is the Austin Climate Protection Plan, adopted by City Council last March. That plan raised the bar on an already challenging 2003 council mandate to make Austin the “clean energy capital of the world.” Among other ambitious goals, the Climate Protection Plan pledges that by 2020, Austin Energy will get 30% of its power from renewable sources, while reducing energy consumption enough to eliminate the need for a 700-megawatt power plant..."
"...Bill Cotter's new novel, The Parallel Apartments, should come with one of those Government Warning Labels...."
"...Newsdesk previously mentioned Capital Metro's budget workshops being held around town. Well, based on last night's very poor attendance (four) at the workshop held at the Little Walnut Creek Library, not many of you are jumping on the chance...."
"...Sarah Bird is coming over for lunch and she's promised to bring her latest production -- the soundtrack to her new novel, The Yokota Officers Club. Her e-mail had said: "You'll get my Napster when you pry the mouse from my cold, dead hand."..."
"...Channel 6, your one-stop cable destination for City Council meetings, boards and commissions ephemera, and the best in PowerPoint programming, is stepping up their broadcast game. On the second and fourth Friday of each month, they'll begin airing "CityView," a news digest recapping developments at City Hall...."
"...Dan Patrick gets tough on immigration, Jerry Patterson gets tough on Dan Patrick, and Lisa Fritsch decides to tough it out. Sinew is on the News Ticker...."
"...The only positive news is that outrage over these incidents has sparked a huge wave of anti-bullying awareness...."
"...Boone Pickens makes it rain. Modesty is on the News Ticker...."
"...SXSW Film first tipped its hand last month by unveiling a brand-spanking-new award for excellence in Title Design. Eyeing the latest batch of 2010 panels to be announced, I think it's safe to say it: SXSW Film has a serious jones for the visual arts...."
"...The Statesman's loss may yet turn out to be a gain for Garcia, if his new entrepreneurial venture pans out. Last September, Garcia, 38, launched Politico, a weekly newsletter devoted to Latino politics..."
"...The Texas Water Development Board has an axe to grind, Ted Cruz says his eight bits, and the Westboro Baptist Church stages a love-in. Dubiousness is on the News Ticker...."
"...It's the News of the Day! It may not be the best, but it's certainly not the worst collection of news stories you'll find online today. Plus, we need your help! Yes, you, the reader! Read more to find out how...."
"...Dan Patrick comes to Jesus, Julián Castro starves the trolls, and Greg Abbott blows some hot air. Appearances are on the News Ticker...."
"...If you follow movie news at all, you've already heard about the continued fallout from Prop. 8, in which contributors to the "Yes on Prop..."
"...Articles on Shell Oil and the Environmental Protection Agency published by The Texas Observer made project Censored's top overlooked news stories of 1996. This year's version of the annual yearbook of Project Censored, Censored 1997: The News That Didn't Make the News, is now available, and the Austin-based Texas Observer has two stories listed among the prestigious volume's top 25 overlooked news stories of 1996...."
"...In this week's News Roundup: Rangers arrest Austin's car arsonist in Iowa; Council approves a temporary ban on fire and smoking; UT's Confederate statue problem isn't resolved quite yet; and more...."
"...In this week's news roundup, we ask, among other questions, what does it matter what a Council candidate thinks about 9/11, as long as she supports a 20% homestead exemption? Will Larry Jackson's killer ever go to trial? How many different ways can Donna Campbell think of to try to discriminate against gay people?..."
"...We're taking a different approach with the column this week, with some news about a few different crowdfunding campaigns with local ties instead of spotlighting one in particular...."
"...John Cornyn hires a snot-nosed punk, David Dewhurst tries to break out of the friend zone, and Rick Santorum clogs up Austin's pipes. Euphemism is on the News Ticker...."
"...Thank your lucky stars, young unicorns, because not only did Austin make the list of lesbianiest cities, but there's good same-sex marriage news, a push for trans-rights in the military, and a queer-friendly guide to this week's hyper-masculine celebration of heteronormative violence… (or for those who just really wanna see Madonna's half-time show)...."
"...Because, thank the Lord, Fox is here to explain it to you. And that’s good news...."
"...In a "Newsdesk" posting a few days ago, I touched lightly on Tuesday’s dishonest and contradictory anti-evolution editorial in the San Antonio Express-News by Ken Mercer, the representative of State Board of Education District 5 (which includes Travis County south of the Colorado River), and said I’d expand on it in the print edition. Duh – with the unlimited space afforded by the Internet, “Newsdesk” is the better place for piece-by-piece dissection of Mercer’s op-ed..."
"...In hindsight, I may have been a little too self-conscious. I made sure the saleswoman knew I was working in television news..."
"...However, Austin continued to be an attractive business zone, and several technology companies hung in and eventually thrived, especially Dell, which has been phenomenally successful in the Nineties. In its November 23 issue, Fortune called Austin the number one best city for business, and cited Dell as "the region's largest private employer." Austin's reputation as a hotbed of Internet action promises to pay off, too, as Net-based industries begin to thrive, such as Deja News, Acuity, Hoover's, etc..."
"...illustration by Doug Potter For the fourth year in a row, Rocky Mountain Media Watch (RMMW) has passed judgment on local television news in the United States. And the verdict, unfortunately, is a rerun of previous years: It's bad...."
"...Louie Gohmert chooses his own adventure, Rick Perry makes a catty remark, and Cathie Adams prepares for end times. Catastrophe is on the News Ticker...."
"...Its YouTube channel, with over a million subscribers and almost half a billion views, has its own dedicated behind-the-scenes shows. Through them, established stars build their brands, and new wrestlers become household names before they ever see TV time..."
"...In 1900 we were hit, and Galveston looked in 1900 like New Orleans did after Katrina, but because of the history that's been written about the 1900 storm, some of us – as the leaders did then – we looked back at the 1900 response and recovery, and we used what happened financially to the city and the recovery of 1900 to recover again. And that has to do with the fact that the financial leadership of this city at that time used their own good faith and credit to borrow money and to collateralize bonds so that the city could keep operating..."
"...Authors Dubose, a former Austin Chronicle politics editor, and Reid have been longtime observers of Texas politics, and have followed DeLay throughout his career, but this has been an extraordinary year for DeLay-watchers indeed. Their subject has been much in the news lately, for ethics "admonitions" from his fellow House members and for campaign finance scandals involving his close associates in Texas and D.C..."
"...But then, you've already read those stories, haven't you? Maybe that's why there is a very real and justified perception by many Austin musicians that certain local acts will always get press, and get it whether or not there's even something newsworthy to report. So if you're one of the hundreds of acts floating around town who is not Alejandro Escovedo, how do you get into the remaining few inches of page space that weren't used writing about Al's new coffee grinder? How do you get press?..."
"...Edie Brickell always seemed harmless enough. What she and the New Bohemians may have lacked in soul, they seemed to make up for with charm..."
"...Of course I was OK with that. And to her credit, managing ed (the first name of that god forsaken title, is, after all, "managing") testified to being a bit blindsided by the news herself...."
"...In this week's News Roundup: In opposition to Gov. Abbot's threat to block Syrian refugees from coming into Texas, Mayor Adler says all are welcome in the city; APD plans to announce information on the body cameras for the force; Texans respond to the Planned Parenthood attacks in Colorado; and more...."
"...In this week's News Roundup: Don Zimmerman and others continue their last-minute campaign against the proposed courthouse location; early voting this past weekend showed embarrassingly low turnout rates; Ken Paxton is suing the federal government (again); and more...."
"...In this week's news roundup, the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade brings the topic of reproductive rights back to the Capitol (not that it ever really leaves); City Council gets ready for its first meeting and at least some debate; and Laura Pressley isn't ready to say goodbye just yet...."
"...No mass layoffs from local gaming studios! That's not really news, but it is nice to hear. Read on for links to local AAA trailers, news on the hibernating Game On Austin event, a primer on the tech-industry love connection, and Kevin Pereira's LeetUp event coming to the Paramount...."