"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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, "...as long as basic principles of the U.S..."
"...President, Silverstone Neighborhood Assoc. Roads Aren't Relief..."
"...We have such a diversity now of media and information dispersal that it's almost like each area has to hit its demographic. In Bill's particular demographic, the comedy circuit, people need gut laughter relief -- especially since comedians themselves are so tortured..."
"...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..."
"..."Well," teased Watson, "we'll see," breaking the tense chambers into gales of laughter. Despite the comic relief, though, Blizzard was still sweating...."
"...Director Kam stages the ultraviolet action sequences with an edgy sense of danger that recalls the hard-boiled crime stories of peers Ringo Lam and Kirk Wong, while Yen delivers a fierce, angry performance appropriate to the vicious goings-on (in addition to kicking some serious butt in the film's numerous hard-hitting fight scenes). In a time when sorry, kiddie trash is dominating the Hong Kong low-budget scene, and the big-budget movies are getting more and more carried away by comic relief, High Voltage Asian Cop proves to be a nice change of pace - a tough, violent, and unapologetic action picture that may not aim high, but at least fully realizes its own modest ambitions by simply "delivering the goods." 2.5 stars (J.O) Riverside..."
"...The senseless plot - which the filmmakers insist on telling us is based on a true story - finds hard-headed Captain Doyle (Liotta) teaming up with a more humanitarian, if equally stubborn, soldier named Sam Cahill (Glover) in order to track down and deliver an elephant to a nearby village. Assisted by a trio of stereotypically wacky comic-relief sidekicks (Denis Leary as the lovable but cold-hearted opportunist, Doug E..."
"... 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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."