City Council will decide whether to pay money for hotel venture; Pflugerville is considering building an airport; Jerry Weissberg resigns as CEO from ibooks.com; City Council to decide whether civilians or police should handle junk car enforcement.
TDHCA board chair Michael E. Jones says he's found a way to keep indicted board member Florita Bell Griffin from participating in official business; the fate of millions of dollars in federal tax-credit housing subsidies depends on whether Griffin agrees to recuse herself.
In the ongoing trial in Waco, the Branch Davidians’ attorney is arguing that the FBI was too quick to resort to massive weaponry during its siege on the Davidians’ compound, endangering the lives of women and children inside.
The council approves on first reading an East Austin apartment complex 500 feet away from a plant where toxic chemicals are stored, but some council members are promising to scuttle the project if it comes back for final approval.
City Grill hasn't lost its stride, Barbara Chisholm writes. In its early days, it was one of a few spots in Austin that offered good dining in a sophisticated atmosphere. These days, the competition in that arena is considerably more intense, and yet it remains popular and perfectly in style. It's not an easy trick.
Comedy isn't the funny business it was in the Eighties, what with fewer clubs and audiences burned out by comedy on cable and hack comics. Seven Austin comics discuss the current state of stand-up in a round-table discussion.
The mid-summer drought in traditional sports is on (the Olympics don't count). Also, Monday Night Football will try not to suck so bad; Mike Tyson's a bore, and Sampras and Agassi may be getting too old.
It used to be a commonplace of moralists that man was the only creature in the animal kingdom to slaughter his own kind. But as Chronicle writer Roger Gathman points out, kind is slaughtered by kind routinely among ants, salamanders, and, as any child can tell you, guppies. The golden rule, in nature, is not "do unto others" -- it is "why waste the protein?"
The rest of the world may be pondering new publishing technologies like e-books and on-demand printing, but Books editor Clay Smith is still stuck on paperbacks. LSU Press' Voices of the South series is one reason why.