Fri., March 28, 2014
› City Council meets today (March 27) with a fairly light spring agenda, although the morning briefing on Project Connect might generate some rumblings, and the dais is also expected to initiate a "post-event evaluation" of the SXSW Festival. See "Council: Have Ears, Will Hear."
› More traffic headaches on the way: Starting April 12, Red River Street, from 15th to MLK, will be closed so the roadway can be realigned to make room for the new Dell Medical School. According to UT, the new road should be reopened by the end of the year.
› At press time, three persons injured in the March 13 tragedy on Red River remain hospitalized, including 18-year-old DeAndre Tatum, who is still in critical condition. Rashad Owens, currently in jail on a charge of capital murder, will have his first appearance in court on April 9.
› Acting on an informant's tip, Austin Police on Tuesday found 28 adults being held, allegedly against their will, in a mobile home in Southeast Austin. Police are investigating, but reportedly suspect the adults, from Central America, were being smuggled into the U.S. and not trafficked.
› The Enchanted Forest, one of Austin's most famous homes for art collectives and creative expression, is up for sale. The 3-acre wood off Oltorf is on the market for $3.3 million: Owner Albert Deloach has said he is forced to sell the property because of crippling property tax bills.
› Texas House members heard testimony Tuesday morning on whether 17-year-old offenders should be considered juveniles. Since 1918, Texas law has processed these youth through the adult criminal justice system, regardless of the severity of their crime.
› Gov. Rick Perry has called the issue of pay disparity between men and women "nonsense" and a distraction from "substantive issues." He adds that the sole reason Democrats brought HB 950, the state version of the federal Lilly Ledbetter Act, to the floor in 2013 was a partisan effort to make him look bad by vetoing it (ignoring the 35 Republicans who helped pass the bill.)
› The Texas House stumbled into the 21st century with the announcement that the antiquated live video feed from the floor will be updated and mobile-compliant. The current system only supports 2,500 concurrent users, which meant many viewers depended on the Texas Tribune's live feed during last session's reproductive rights debate.
› Ted Nugent's politically toxic comments about President Obama have finally caught up with him. The city of Longview, Texas, has pulled him from their Fourth of July Festival, paying a roughly $16,000 cancellation fee to have him not perform.
› Controversial former WilCo sheriff John Maspero has died at 69. As a federal agent, Maspero was accused of attempting to thwart an investigation into connections between APD cops and drug dealers. As sheriff, he was investigated for misconduct, including an incident where he allegedly bit a Penthouse Men's Club dancer in the leg while acting like a dog.