A defense attorney claims a police detective held a gun near his client's head to coerce a confession from him in the yogurt shop
murder case; a tree in Town Lake Park will be spared the axe; Austin Energy hits record-breaking energy use.
Whether you've got a taste for dishy back-of-the-house gossip from the world of upscale New York restaurants or you're curious about the spice trade in the 16th and 17th centuries, the Chronicle's food writers have you covered in their roundup of books about food that would make for good summer reading.
Earlier this month, Michael Jackson, a well-rounded Englishman who travels the globe sampling local brews and entertaining faithful beer geeks with educational tastings and deadpan jokes about pop-star pedophilia, made his annual trek to Austin for a beer-tasting dinner at the Bitter End.
The assertion of the individual is at the heart of the Austin Museum of Art's new show, "Liberated Voices: Contemporary Art From South Africa," which makes it fresh and full of surprises; it resonates with the hungry energy of a country emerging from oppression and brims with experimentation and unique, original perspectives.