Clarification: Last week's "Point Austin" ("Expiation Day
," March 11) identified Debbie Russell as associated with the ACLU, based on her then-posted online bio as a board member of Better Austin Today. ACLU of Texas Public Education Director Dotty Griffith has since informed us: "Debbie does not speak for the ACLU or the ACLU of Texas. ... The ACLU of Texas (we are the state affiliate of the national organization) has not made any statements on this [City Hall e-mail] issue nor do we intend to at this time. Debbie is not now and never has she been on the staff of the ACLU of Texas. Her words and actions relating to this issue are hers and hers alone."
Also in "Point Austin," an e-mail comment made by Council Member Randi Shade was mistakenly attributed to Council Member Sheryl Cole; the error has been corrected online.
In "Council E-mails Prompt Ethics Complaint, Lawsuit," News, we erred in reporting, without confirmation, Nelson Linder's assertion that it is "public knowledge" that Austin Fire Department Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr is gay. Kerr has since genially informed us, "I am not a gay woman." For a complete explanation, see "Department of Strange Clarifications."