DAILY News January 27, 2011, by Wells Dunbar
"...Item 20: Fire Department item increasing the number of Battalion Chiefs by one while decreasing Firefighter positions by one to make room for Guy Groomer. Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr passed Groomer over for promotion, but a hearing examiner disagreed, necessitating the position...."
The Whole Truce
Gary Bradley ponders the significance of his proposed settlement agreement with the city of Austin.
News Story February 25, 2000, by Robert Bryce
"...Now, after nearly 15 years of fighting the city with a battalion of lawyers and lobbyists, Bradley, the flamboyant 51-year-old developer, says he is ready to make peace. And the city appears to want the same thing..."
The Color of Fire
The Austin Fire Department is making another attempt at staff diversity – will it do any better this time?
News Story May 13, 2011, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...One aide of Leffingwell's told me that the mayor had been advised by lawyers not to speak to anyone on Fire Department matters. Not only because of the union's ongoing grievance, but because the mayor had recently given his deposition on a complaint filed in late 2009 with the EEOC by Assistant Fire Marshal Don Smith and Battalion Chief Greg Nye, two white firefighters who claim they were passed over for promotions "in order to accommodate a race-based political agenda." So when I went looking for him, Leffingwell was busy getting burned by both sides of the diversity debate, and he was sufficiently lawyered-up enough to know not to talk to any reporter about anything having to do with fires or the people who put them out for a living...."
The Race and Gender Breakdown
News Story May 13, 2011
"...The disparities go up in the higher ranks; of the 281 officers between lieutenant and battalion chief, there are just five African-Americans and four women.
Etiquette for the End of the World
March 11, 1999, by Meredith Phillips
"...Now is the time to channel my controlling nature and combative energy into a position of power. My new goal is to become the first battalion commander for my neighborhood...."
The Prisoner or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair
Film Review March 30, 2007, by Marrit Ingman
Documentary from the
filmmakers who made Gunner Palace details the
story of Yunis Abbas, an Iraqi journalist falsely detained for nine months at Abu Ghraib.
"...The very concept of such an assassination isn't so absurd as to be wacky – at least not since somebody fired a rocket at UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last Thursday. Yet the film makes clear its point about the profound failures of justice caused by aggressive attempts at arrests and detention, balancing Yunis’ account with that of Specialist Benjamin Thompson, 391st MP Battalion..."
The Fire at AFD
Fire Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr leads a department flaming with labor, race, and gender politics
News Story October 16, 2009, by Wells Dunbar
"...At the time, Kerr was fire chief of Little Rock, Ark., having spent some 25 years in public safety. In 1983, after working for more than a decade as a coach and teacher, she joined the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Fire-Rescue Department, where she steadily rose in the ranks – engine driver, lieutenant, battalion chief, division chief, and ultimately deputy fire chief..."
Weak at the Knee?
Chief Stan Knee's tenure at the APD has had many external successes, and several internal failures.
News Story October 25, 2002, by Jordan Smith
"...As an example of the chief's "out-of-the-box" thinking, Futrell cites his organization of a Civil Defense Battalion. The group of about 200 community volunteers was organized after 9/11 to help with a host of ancillary departmental functions, thereby freeing officers for more direct police work..."
From 'Night Parachute Battalion,' Stadium Devildare
Arts Story May 7, 2004
Off the Record
Music Column September 7, 2007, by Austin Powell
"...• The final lineup for the second annual Fun Fun Fun Fest has been secured. Among the new additions are Cat Power & Dirty Delta Blues, Battles, Mates of State, Cave Singers, Battalion of Saints, and locals Okkervil River, Brothers & Sisters, Iron Age, and Brownout..."
Had Fun at the Fest
Postmarks November 24, 2007
"...I went home and uploaded the footage and went to the Beerland show. It just so happens that Battalion of Saints also played that day..."
The Hightower Report
Firefighters put to work as FEMA publicity agents; and poor, desperate Bushites look to the American people to pay for their mess in Iraq
News Column October 7, 2005, by Jim Hightower
"...The answer quickly became apparent. They were not to be used as emergency workers, but as PR agents for FEMA! This skilled battalion was being trained to go into evacuation centers wearing FEMA T-shirts and hand out to victims community-relations fliers promoting the agency's phone number..."
The Hightower Report
Come On, Congress, Get Some Gumption; and No Punishment for Exxon Malfeasance?
News Column March 28, 2008, by Jim Hightower
"...Meanwhile, ExxonMobil has deployed a battalion of $600-an-hour lawyers to stiff the locals, keeping the people's lawsuit stalled in America's corporate-biased court system. Nearly two decades ago, a jury awarded $5 billion in punitive damages to some 33,000 victims of Exxon's spill, yet the oil giant has not paid a penny of it..."
Rafting the Great Waller
Outdoorsman envisions converting sluggish creek into hardcore white-water rafting rapids
News Story April 19, 2007, by Wells Dunbar
"...The creek's urban environment is a far cry from the Savage River's surroundings in western Maryland in the late 1980s, Stuart had a hand in organizing the world white-water rafting championships there, a planning catastrophe akin to crossing the Alps. Bringing in thousands of contestants and spectators by train, amassing caravans to the lake, and arranging a battalion of Porta-Potties provided "huge logistical problems," he says..."
The Hightower Lowdown
Hypocritical corporate "patriotism"; Congress declares war on civil liberties; Congressmen spend for our country.
News Column November 16, 2001, by Jim Hightower
"...These two are members of Congress, and while neither of them did anything rash, like volunteering to go to the front in Afghanistan, both did arm themselves with fully loaded gold Visa cards and position themselves on the front lines of a shopping mall in suburban Washington, D.C. They didn't undertake this search-and-buy mission alone, but in the company of corporate lobbyists, congressional aides, and a battalion of media types..."