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A Dog’s Purpose
Reincarnated dog film is full of cliches

Film Review  January 27, 2017, by Josh Kupecki
"...Take a deep breath and try to forget – if only for a moment – the controversy swirling around A Dog’s Purpose: the alleged abuse, the canceled premiere, the subsequent damage control. Clear that from your mind, because the actual movie? This thing we call A Dog’s Purpose? Well, it might be one of the most cloying and aggressively irritating films that I have ever been subjected to..."

It's a Dog's Life
The Toe Tactic's existential angst and animated canines
Screens Story  March 7, 2008, by Yvonne Georgina Puig
"...And that pushes you. Insecurity is not necessarily a bad thing; you just have to make it serve your purpose..."

Yard Dog Turns 20
Dream Syndicate and Mekons frontmen art – rock
DAILY Music  September 4, 2015, by William Harries Graham
"...“You have to have a reasonably good knowledge of the history of art, an understanding of what’s come before and what’s possible – a sense of self. I don’t think one could do this without having a strong sense of purpose...."

Q: What’s That Smell? A: Sailor Poon
Austin garage-punk broads are hungry for stink
DAILY Music  August 1, 2016, by Kevin Curtin
"...BB: And it’s on Jon Chamberlain’s new thing Giveaway Records. I think the purpose is to do recordings that are affordable enough for the artist that you can donate proceeds to good stuff..."

Spike & Mike's Festival of Animation '94
Art and dogs. They're the saving graces in this latest toon-fest from California's Spike Decker and Mike Gribble. The duo has assembled another hodgepodge of animated shorts, and this time,...
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Film Review  February 18, 1994, by Robert Faires
"...The duo has assembled another hodgepodge of animated shorts, and this time, the most entertaining and thought-provoking involve canines or culture. It's not that the producers have any thematic purpose..."

To Dog or Not to Dog
The leash-law controversy continues in Old West Austin
News Story  August 23, 2002, by Lauri Apple
"..."It seems so silly for such a silly little issue," says Dale Detwiler, who supports the plan. He had expected the process to last just four or five weeks, but the two sides never agreed on the committee's essential purpose: pilot supporters believed the goal was to plan a trial off-leash period, but opponents insisted the pilot should never occur..."

A Quarrel With the Status Quo
Charlie Baird on criminal justice, equity, and the Travis County D.A.
News Story  January 20, 2012
"...Austin Chronicle: Why don't we start with a general question: Why did you decide to run? And what's your purpose in doing so?..."

Book Expo America: Essentials for Father's Day
More outposts from Book Expo America
DAILY Books  June 4, 2008, by Joe O'Connell
"...If you haven't heard of Shannon, aka Diaper David, then you don't have a young child. In the diaper through kindergarten set, Shannon's series of crudely drawn (on purpose) Diaper David books has the cult-like status of Harry Potter..."

Point Austin: A Bridge Too Far
Doggett and Castro face off in a battle imposed by the GOP
News Column  July 15, 2011, by Michael King
"...It would be a travesty to not use this opportunity to improve the under-representation of Hispanics in Congress. District 35 was drawn for just this purpose."..."

Capital T Theatre's Year of the Rooster
Behind the black comedy of Eric Dufault's cockfighting play is a stunning indictment of hypermasculinity
Arts Review  September 3, 2015, by Shanon Weaver
"...Jason Liebrecht leads the way with fire and fervor as Odysseus Rex, a fighting rooster of legendary lineage. Shirtless and decked out with a punk-rocker mohawk and MMA-style gloves (Cheryl Painter's costumes here tell all the right stories) and a frightening blade courtesy of Julian Whiteley, Liebrecht delivers a wide-eyed, seething portrayal, each tick and twitch timed perfectly, that draws us near the sympathetic warrior as he struggles through a bog of performance-enhancing drugs to understand his rage and purpose..."

July Is Crime Month: Raymond Chandler’s 'The Long Goodbye'
Sleuthing for a childhood relic
DAILY Books  July 11, 2014, by Raoul Hernandez
"...He had a young-looking face but his hair was bone white. You could tell by his eyes that he was plastered to the hairline, but otherwise he looked like any other nice young guy in a dinner jacket who had been spending too much money in a joint that exists for that purpose and no other.”..."

A Republic of Indie in a Netflix Nation
How Austin's homegrown video stores are faring against the big red giant
Screens Story  January 16, 2009, by Marc Savlov
"...There are other subscription services, of course, including Blockbuster's own (Total Access), Amazon's and Apple's streaming download stores, plus a variety of online movie download sites, but for the purposes of this article, we're going to use Netflix as an all-purpose bogeyman representing the trend toward online and downloadable movie rentals, as opposed to its neighborhood flesh 'n' blood counterparts. (Which, on the face of it, might not sound fair to Netflix, but then again they haven't returned our e-mails requesting an interview, and we're pretty sure they can take the heat.)..."

Everybody Loves a Wynn-er
Will Wynn is his own flavor of ice cream -- pure vanilla, but mixed with nuts
News Story  February 14, 2003, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...It was a pretty dramatic change."Smart Civitas By that time, Wynn had parted ways with Faison-Stone, because once Frost Bank Plaza was done, his next project would be Motorola's then-planned campus near Circle C Ranch. "I told my boss that I'd rather spend my time bettering Downtown than building over the aquifer." In June 1997, he founded his own one-man show, Civitas Investments Inc., "for the sole purpose of doing the stuff I was passionate about -- helping Downtown, hopefully making some money, rehabbing some old buildings, and challenging the status quo about mixed use." "Civitas" means "citizenship" in Latin, and "as corny as it sounds, each project I did had to have a civic reason behind it..."

Freeport's Stronghold
Tax Dispute Puts West Texas Town in Financial Limbo
News Story  October 3, 1997, by Robert Bryce
"..."They couldn't show us a legitimate reason to lower the valuation. It was obvious that their sole purpose was to stick it to us."..."

Ms. Veteran America's Mission to End Female Veteran Homelessness
Molly Potter raises awareness for mental health issues
News Story  September 22, 2016, by Annamarya Scaccia
"..."I'd had a hard time getting out of bed in the morning," says Potter, who is District 4 Council Member Greg Casar's appointee on the city's Commission on Veterans Affairs. "I didn't really have a purpose." [inset-1-left]..."

Council: Dog Day Afternoons
After months of punting, council members dive in to city controversies
News Story  August 16, 2013, by Michael King
"...Meanwhile, the anti-fluoride brigade has revealed a sinister new nemesis: Austin Ener­gy's "smart meters" (akin to smartphones), which can be monitored from a central facility (rather than manually read), along with other functions, and which fringe-group opponents accuse of everything from generic electrical interference to New World Order death plots. After a full hour of that sort of thing, to no apparent rational purpose, Council voted to approve AE's 10-year, rollover $60 million contract to install and monitor the things...."

Coach's Corner
Columns  July 18, 1997, by Andy "Coach" Cotton
"...In fact, with the sole exception of not grasping the purpose of the round-card-carrying-babe, in the six-inch stiletto heels, they didn't behave any differently than the rib-swilling men. No complaints about brutality..."

Give It a Rest
Homeless people still get tickets for public sleeping, even though city law no longer bans it.
News Story  September 20, 2002, by Amy Smith
"...Troxell believes police are issuing tickets based on the original ordinance, which then included sleeping as an offense, as such: "Sleeping or making preparations to sleep, including the laying down of bedding for the purpose of sleeping." Officers are apparently still relying on that passage, he says, based on the written descriptions they provide on their tickets. In reviewing a sampling of 453 camping tickets written since the council revised the ordinance, Troxell found that 195 of them were issued to individuals who were sleeping on some form of bedding..."

After a Fashion
Your Style Avatar packs away his trunk
Columns  May 6, 2011, by Stephen MacMillan Moser
"...At the end of the day, after we'd made all our sales, the trunk was still there. I could just wheel it back into the garage, but that defeated the purpose of trying to get rid of unused items..."

What's a Hungry Brit to Eat in Austin?
It may not be Mum's bubble and squeak, but it's close
Food Story  May 7, 2010, by Richard Whittaker
"...The elegant little cafe has hints on its menu of all the great tea-drinking cultures, from Japan to the Middle East, but there's a personal element to the Anglicized authenticity for Morrison. "I lived in England for a while," she explained, "so it's important to me." When there, she said, "I had very bleached scones, but I've also had scones with a little more nuttiness and life to them." So in re-creating the best of the British she uses unbleached all-purpose flours with whole wheat pastry flour mixed in to give it "a fuller flavor..."

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