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Annexation Relief Act
Council Aids Its Newest Citizens
News Column  May 1, 1998, by Kayte VanScoy
"...The tough sell comes this week, when relief for developers comes up for second and third reading. If the city chose not to recognize subdivisions which had been approved by the county, the decision would, for now, affect only Circle C, since all the other annexed areas were already in Austin's extraterritorial jurisdiction and filing final plats with the city..."

World Trade Center
This is not the 9/11 film we expected from Stone, who tells the fact-based story of two individuals who somehow survived the collapse of the World Trade Center and with a remarkable economy of expressionistic detail and bombast.
Film Review  August 11, 2006, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Miniver, Stone's film has given us a story about perseverance during wartime (with an interventional assist from one dedicated Marine). And although the conclusion is heavily sentimentalized, Stone finds the common ground Americans can rally around for relief from the devastation: We are, in the final analysis, good people...."

The Informant
Revolutionary to rat: The uneasy journey of Brandon Darby
News Story  January 23, 2009, by Diana Welch
"...Prior to his latest incarnation, Darby had also acquired a considerable national reputation as a valiant and committed community activist, especially in New Orleans. There, initially in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, he had helped rescue stranded residents and rebuild housing and had been centrally involved in the work of the Common Ground Relief – a community effort focused on restoring neighborhoods, defending residents' rights, and trying to rebuild the community from the ground up..."

Q&A With Scott Crow
Anarchist and community organizer co-founded Common Ground Collective
News Story  August 27, 2015, by Waylon Cunningham
"...In the chaos of Katrina's early aftermath, when relief was still disparate and unorganized, Scott Crow traveled from Austin to New Orleans to look for his missing friend. Robert Hillary King, a former Black Panther released from solitary confinement only a few years earlier, was found alive and well on his front porch, and soon afterward, Crow, along with Sharon Johnson and Malik Rahim, founded the Common Ground Collective with the goal to deliver basic aid to poor and predominantly black neighborhoods that were being neglected by federal response..."

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
News Story  March 3, 2006
"...The report says low-income households "are much less likely than their higher income counterparts to have the resources needed to avoid hardship and, in some cases, homelessness when the erratic federal evacuee housing assistance system fails them." To better meet such evacuees' needs, the report makes several recommendations, which include having the Department of Housing and Urban Development, instead of FEMA, provide ongoing rental assistance. The recommendations are directed toward Congress, whose members will soon consider the Bush administration's new supplemental appropriations request for another $9.4 billion in FEMA disaster relief funds..."

Five Docs To Watch
Screens Story  October 19, 2012, by Michael King
"...Meltzer's documentary covers the ground from Darby's legendary rescue of his friend Robert King Wilkerson (who now denounces him) from the Katrina floods, to his current occupation as a shill for right-wing fantasies about the "terrorist" left. In melodramatic interviews, Darby recounts his version of transition from co-founder of Common Ground Relief to potential recruit by Colombian revolutionaries to eager FBI informant on Riad Hamad, an Austin pro-Palestinian activist who later committed suicide..."

Activists Raise Concerns About FBI Informant
News Story  January 9, 2009, by Diana Welch
"...In an open letter written Dec. 29, Brandon Michael Darby, local activist and former director of the prominent post-Katrina recovery effort Common Ground Relief, revealed that it was in fact he who had supplied the information currently keeping Crowder and McKay behind bars..."

A Stage of Their Own
TexARTS has yet to find its audience in Austin, but outside it is another story
Arts Story  September 26, 2008, by Robert Faires
"...It was also a decision that finally afforded TexARTS' founders their first real measure of relief since launching this enterprise three years ago. "There was no relief in letting go of something that was very dear to us," says Dellinger, "but there was a great sense of relief financially and [from] the emotional pressure of making it through another monster production..."

Song of America
DAILY Music  December 27, 2007, by Raoul Hernandez
"...First wave folk survivor Janis Ian hushes the atmosphere with an a cappella “Johnny I Hardly Knew You,” but she’s sandwiched by Wonder Bread until Jake Shimabukuro rolls a (track) seven on his solo ukulele rendition of John Philip Sousa’s “Stars & Stripes Forever.” Judith Edelman (“Sleep My Child”) and Jen Chapin (“Over There”) tag-team sweet and sweetner to good effect too. Usually stupendable Andrew Bird doubles his vox to the point of Band of Horses, no relief from the following Karen Parks' opera, “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Graciously, Danielson delivers “Happy Days Are Here Again” prior to jazz great Andy Bey and his trio making at least three dozen of the set’s other guests looking poorer for “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime.” Hard for Old Crow Medicine Show to screw up Woody Guthrie’s “Deportee” and they don’t, nor does Folk Family Robison, which keeps it in the family with closing Guthrie/Pete Seeger banjo rattle “Reuben James.” Last platter, “Blue (1946-present),” hues true simply on the half-century of Americana it represents..."

Columns  December 19, 1997
"...He talks from both sides of his mouth. His one liners are perfect sound bytes: "I have instructed our delegation to show increased negotiating flexibility...." Sighs of relief turn to groans as he adds, " long as basic principles of the U.S..."

Shuttle Carnage Looms
Columns  August 22, 1997
"...President, Silverstone Neighborhood Assoc. Roads Aren't Relief..."

Council Watch
Important Council actions in 1999 and what's on the agenda for 2000.
News Column  January 7, 2000, by Jenny Staff Johnson
"...ARA. When dirt actually turns on 11th and 12th streets, which may or not happen within this calendar year, one of Austin's most ambitious urban renewal projects will finally be underway, to the relief of many..."

Natural Born Leader
Mayor Hits the Ground Running His First 100 Days
News Story  October 3, 1997, by Kayte VanScoy
"..."Well," teased Watson, "we'll see," breaking the tense chambers into gales of laughter. Despite the comic relief, though, Blizzard was still sweating...."

CNN Obama-Clinton Debate: The full transcript
Word for word, the whole shebang
DAILY News  February 21, 2008, by Lee Nichols
"... It's a $4,000 tuition credit for every student, every year, in exchange for national service... (APPLAUSE) ... so that college becomes more affordable. OBAMA: I've been talking about making sure that we change our tax code so that working families actually get relief..."

Picks & Sleepers
Music Story  March 20, 1998
"...For better or worse, what started as an intentionally offensive lounge project is now just hopelessly funky and fun. Instant SXSW stress relief? (Antone's, 1am) -Andy Langer..."

Our readers talk back.
Columns  January 31, 2003
"...The problem with taxing poor people to cure poverty is that, when the taxes roll into Austin, the bureaucracy takes a hefty cut before the relief checks go out. Sometimes it's better to just leave people alone and not "help" them..."

Border Violations
What happened to the thousands of unaccompanied children who crossed the U.S. border last year?
News Story  April 2, 2015, by Dina Samir Shehata
"...After being placed in ORR shelters, children are screened and provided with legal representation. The primary forms of relief available to them include asylum "U" visas for victims of serious crimes, and "T" visas for victims of trafficking...."

Q&A: Austin’s Coastal Neighbors
How Galveston looks to its past to prepare for its future – and what that means for Austin
News Story  September 11, 2009, by Kate X Messer
"...AC: Martial law? That's what we experienced while attempting relief work...."

After the Flood, Before the Flood
As the area recovers from the Memorial Day flood, El Niño looms
News Story  August 13, 2015, by Nina Hernandez
"...Property owners affected by the Halloween flood of 2013 finally gained another inch toward buyouts in March, when City Council approved another 240 homes (see "Council Defers on Decker, Approves Onion Creek Buyout," March 10). Even though the volatility of the area isn't in doubt, as the Chronicle reported, "some Council members worried that the action would set a precedent for the city to purchase all homes in 100-year flood plains (city staff estimates about 5,700 such homes)." Haddock noted that while local governments frequently pay up front for disaster relief efforts, they're often reimbursed through federal disaster declarations, like the one signed by President Obama on May 30...."

Claus & Effect
The holiday how-to guide for the perpetually perplexed
Features Story  December 15, 2006, by Meredith Barnhill, Kate X Messer, Stephen MacMillan Moser, Matt Patin and Meghan Ruth Speakerman
"...You needn't invest thousands to approximate the pampering of professionals right in your own home. Their Therapist Select Quad Roller Massaging Cushion ($149.99) and Foot Pleaser Ultra Deep Kneading Foot Massager ($39.99) provide amazing comfort and relief for the price – especially after long days in crappy office chairs, stuck in front of computer screens..."

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