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Federal Judge Hears Oral Arguments in Sexual Assault Class Action
U.S. Judge Lee Yeakel will not make a decision until after the holidays regarding the City of Austin’s and Travis County’s motions to dismiss the sexual assault class action suit brought against both entities by eight local rape survivors.

3:50PM Mon. Dec. 17, 2018, Sarah Marloff Read More | Comment »

Turn Out the Lights, the Election's Over
With all votes counted, newcomers Natasha Harper-Madison and Paige Ellis and incumbent Sabino "Pio" Renteria have triumphed in the last remaining Austin City Council races, while Arati Singh and Stephanie Gharakhanian will be joining the Austin ISD and Austin Community College boards of trustees.

10:42PM Tue. Dec. 11, 2018, Mike Clark-Madison Read More | Comment »

Run-Off Results: Early Votes Come In
It's already a good night for Natasha Harper-Madison and Sabino "Pio" Renteria, as the Austin City Council District 1 and 3 contests looked pretty well settled as soon as early-vote results were released at 7pm. In District 8, Paige Ellis isn't quite out of the woods, but still has a substantial lead.

8:00PM Tue. Dec. 11, 2018, Mike Clark-Madison Read More | Comment »

D.A. / C.A. Merger Proposal Fails
The lingering proposal to add to the Travis County legislative agenda the request to create a Criminal District Attorney office – merging the D.A. and County Attorney offices – failed today at Commissioners Court. Court will instead consider moving all criminal prosecutions under the D.A., leaving civil matters with the County Attorney.

1:15PM Tue. Dec. 11, 2018 Read More | Comment »

State to Appeal Decision in Van Boven Case
Yesterday, state lawyers for the Texas Medical Board said they will appeal a Dec. 4 decision by District Judge Dustin Howell allowing a lawsuit by Dr. Robert Van Boven to proceed against certain TMB officials. The suit charges the officials exceeded their legal authority in disciplinary actions against the doctor.

9:21AM Tue. Dec. 11, 2018, Michael King Read More | Comment »

2018 Run-off Election Watch Parties
It's that time of the year again when we sit down in front of our flat screens, have a few drinks, and watch the run-off numbers come in. Seems like just a few weeks ago we were doing this. Oh, wait, it was! Join your favorite candidate and cheer on their victory and console them in defeat.

5:00PM Mon. Dec. 10, 2018, Bonny Chu Read More | Comment »

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Commissioners Ponder D.A. / C.A. Merger
“It’s taken me a long time to be reminded,” Travis County Attorney David Escamilla told the Chronicle this week. “Almost to the end of my career, of something I learned at the beginning: Change is hard and people are afraid of change.”

1:00PM Mon. Dec. 10, 2018, Michael King Read More | Comment »

Bill Leissner: I Shot the Eighties
With so much recycling of the Eighties going on – Stranger Things, Ready Player One, the Go-Gos musical on Broadway, Murphy Brown, She-Ra, I Want My All ATX, to scrape just the tip of the iceberg – we sure could use a look at the real deal. Well, one's coming in a book of images by Austin photographer Bill Leissner.

2:45PM Fri. Dec. 7, 2018, Robert Faires Read More | Comment »

Bill Leissner: I Shot the Eighties
 
Grassroots Leadership Responds to Abuse Accusations
An outpouring of support flooded reproductive rights and immigration activist Nancy Cárdenas Peña’s Facebook page following a lengthy post detailing the emotional, sexual, and verbal abuse she says she received from Alejandro Caceres of Grassroots Leadership – enough to land her in the hospital on suicide watch.

12:13PM Wed. Dec. 5, 2018, Mary Tuma Read More | Comment »

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