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Mansion Fire Leaves Burning Questions
Who was that guy in the cargo pants? And why wasn't he stopped?
News Story  June 20, 2008, by Lee Nichols
"...It's still evidence, and we are still reviewing, studying, and analyzing the video. And we do have other leads." Maldonado is being assisted by the Department of Public Safety, the Texas Rangers, the FBI, and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives...."

News Story  June 20, 2008
"...HOT TALK SPEAKER SERIES: IS AUSTIN A TERROR TARGET? A talk from counterterrorism expert Fred Burton and FBI Special Agent G. Charles Rasner..."

Rock & Roll Summer Reading
Music Story  May 30, 2008, by David Lynch
"...Dunaway's prose is thick but readable, and he doesn't hesitate to call bullshit on the lanky living legend. This new version adds 80 pages – including text on the FBI and CIA spying on artists – and 16 pages of photos..."

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows
Neil Young and model trains, beans and Cokes for the Beatles, and more
Columns  May 23, 2008, by Mr. Smarty Pants
"...According to the FBI, in 2006 there were 17,000 murders and nonnegligent manslaughters in the United States. According to the Institute of Medicine, lack of health insurance causes roughly 18,000 unnecessary deaths every year...."

Bloch'd Investigation
Special Counsel and super-special homophobe Scott Bloch under investigation.
DAILY Qmmunity  May 6, 2008, by Kate X Messer
"...The FBI finally put the mad thump on U.S. Special Counsel Scott Bloch's office today, with a DC grand jury issuing subpoenas for Bloch and a number of OSC employees..."

District Eternity
As Ronnie Earle steps down, he looks back on his life's work
News Story  April 11, 2008, by Michael King and Jordan Smith
"...In 1991 we had 49 murders; last year we had 20-some. And the year before, it was 23 or 24." (Recent FBI statistics posted by the city of Austin show Austin with a violent crime rate below the national average and a property crime rate above the national average.) For 2005 (the most recent figures available), Austin ranked as the third-safest large city, based on the per capita violent crime rate...."

Still a Good Day
Ice Cube's coexisting Gs: gangsta rap and G-rated
Music Story  March 14, 2008, by Thomas Fawcett
"...N.W.A's Straight Outta Compton put 1988 West Coast hip-hop on the map, bringing hood nihilism to white suburbia and making Middle America collectively piss itself. The album sold 3 million copies with zero airplay, boosted by the FBI's stern condemnation of "Fuck tha Police."..."

Naked City
News Story  March 14, 2008
"...• Austin Police say they have arrested the man who "directs" the Austin operations of the infamous prison gang the Mexican Mafia. On March 4, the APD Gang Suppression Unit – working with the FBI, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, and its Office of Inspector General – arrested alleged Mexican Mafia Austin honcho Benny Martinez and alleged underling Richard Salazar, in connection with an ongoing cocaine-trafficking investigation..."

Friday Showcases
Music Story  March 14, 2008
"...8pm, Parish It might not be widely publicized, but Merge Records' 2008 showcase is being sponsored by the FBI's Federal Witness Relocation Program. Maybe the easiest target is opener Portastatic, which is just the nom de rock of label poobah Mac McCaughan of Superchunk..."

When To Cancel That Account
Four easy steps for knowing when your users have gone too far
DAILY SXSW  March 8, 2008, by Richard Whittaker
"...No website administrator wants the police (or FBI, or Homeland Security) to come tapping on their door because of what someone has said on their site. Panelist Mohammed Suleiman Khan of blog aggregator had some pretty sensible advice to when to say 'enough is enough' without compromising free speech. He had some pretty simple advice: keep clear until it's really a problem..."

One Size Does Not Fit All
The international community reacts and adapts to a Westernized Web
Screens Story  February 29, 2008, by Richard Whittaker
"..."He's having problems because every now and then someone comes on and starts posting Jihadi videos. He'll remove them, and then the FBI comes knocking on his door," says Amanullah...."

What You Can Learn From Torture
Civil liberties lawyer tells UT about what the US can learn from torture in Guatemala (hint: it doesn't work.)
DAILY News  February 20, 2008, by Matt Martinez
"...According to Harbury, the federal government is in "grotesque violation" of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which covers civilians and refers to "saboteurs." But undoubtedly there's some way for the ole' feddy gov to get out of that one as well. Harbury also took the time to dissect the ticking bomb theory. She said there were four basic possibilities when the CIA or FBI has a suspect in a situation like this: 1..."

District 52 Republicans Vie to Replace Krusee
Southern Williamson House seat up for grabs
News Story  February 15, 2008, by Richard Whittaker
"...While Vivian Sullivan might not have the cash or the party connections of the other three candidates, she has something on her résumé none of them does: She's actually won an election. The former FBI agent took Place 1 on the Round Rock Independent School District board of trustees in 2005, when she led the charge against a $349 million bond issue..."

Naked City
News Story  February 8, 2008
"...In addition to being immoral, indefinite ICE detention, resulting in in-jail litigation, will lead to costly overcrowding, she warned. Immigration attorney Thomas Esparza blasted the policy as "shoot first; ask questions later." He reported Department of Public Safety and FBI records "do not match," thwarting credible and speedy immigration checks..."

Beside the Point
A look at the CM finalists, and the search
News Column  January 18, 2008, by Wells Dunbar
"...In that position, she focused on housing, development, and revitalization. In 2006, she was promoted to deputy city manager, where she oversees planning and development, public works, economic development, and more; a 2006 FBI probe of the city's urban renewal agency, plus its subsequent defunding and folding into the city bureaucracy, likely created plenty of headaches for Burley. Marc Ott..."

Naked City
News Story  January 18, 2008
"...According to the agency, the number of such investigations rose from 110 in 1997 to 251 in 2007 – although there's no way of telling if that means an increase in real incidents or just rising public attention. Currently, the district is only required to run a statewide search, but under the new program, employees will have their fingerprints entered into an FBI database to detect crimes committed in other states..."

District Begins National Background Checks
DAILY News  January 10, 2008, by Justin Ward
"...According to the agency, the number of sexual misconduct investigations skyrocketed from 110 in 1997 to 251 in 2007. Currently, the district is only required to run a statewide search, but under the new program, employees will have their fingerprints entered into an FBI database to detect crimes committed in other states..."

Top 10 Police Beat Stories
Shades of Blue
News Story  January 4, 2008, by Jordan Smith
"...9) APD Neutralizes Clinic Bomb Twenty-seven-year-old Paul Ross Evans, perhaps delusional, was sentenced to 40 years in the federal pen for planting a nail-packed pipe bomb outside the Austin Women's Health Center in April. Thanks to the quick response and technical abilities of the APD's bomb squad – plus agents with the ATF and FBI – the bomb, inside a soft-sided cooler, was defused without incident..."

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows
Marijuana arrests in the U.S. set all-time record, Louisiana has more bridges than any other state, and more
Columns  November 16, 2007, by Mr. Smarty Pants
"...For the fourth year in a row, marijuana arrests in the U.S. set an all-time record in 2006, according to the FBI Uniform Crime Reports..."

Point Austin: Public Accuracy
Norman Solomon on a life of activism and writing
News Column  October 26, 2007, by Michael King
"...Yet those are some of the most affecting moments. I learned that at age 14, Solomon's picketing of a segregated Maryland housing complex apparently got him an FBI file; and that a little later, he distributed gubernatorial election fliers on behalf of the less-racist Republican "moderate": Spiro Agnew..."

Jury Duty Scam
Thieves posing as court officer try to steal your identity.
DAILY News  October 22, 2007, by Lee Nichols
"...Consumer Alert: Jury Duty Scam Just Another Identification Theft Trick The FBI and other law enforcement agencies around the country have reported the resurgence of an old trick known as the jury duty scam. In this scam, potential victims receive calls from people posing as court officers. The caller informs the victim that he or she failed to appear for jury duty and that a warrant has been issued for his or her arrest..."

Toke 'Em If You Got 'Em: Pot Prohibition Turns 70 ... and Pot Arrests Keep Adding Up
That’s right, 70 years ago this week, the federal Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 took effect, giving life to the federal pot prohibition we’ve all come to know and love.
DAILY News  October 2, 2007, by Jordan Smith
"...Pierre. According to annual crime stats compiled by the FBI, pot arrests reached a record high in 2006, with nearly 830,000 people popped on pot charges, 89% for possession only..."

Austinites Mobilize in Support of the Jena 6
Local march part of one of largest civil rights demonstrations in recent history
News Story  September 28, 2007, by Justin Ward
"...The students who were responsible for hanging the nooses in the tree were given three days of in-school suspension, despite their actions, which FBI investigators said "had all the markings of a hate crime." And on the weekend prior to the beating, Robert Bailey, one of the six, was beaten severely after he and other black students attempted to enter a party. The man responsible was charged with battery but immediately released on probation...."

Dexter: The First Season
Moral responsibility extends even to the amoral
Screens Review  September 14, 2007, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Bones, seasons one and two (20th Century Fox): Forensic anthropologist (Emily Deschanel) and FBI agent (David Boreanaz) banter over gleefully gross murders. Chemistry: unrefutable...."

Born Free
Dissecting delectably devious Dexter
DAILY Music  September 7, 2007, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Delightfully demented Dexter dispatched dearly dapper Andy Williams. As etched in entrails by Jeff Lindsay with 2004’s Darkly Dreaming Dexter and 2005’s Dearly Devoted Dexter – and brought to humorous, albeit grisly black light last year by Showtime – the Miami PD blood-splatter “lab geek” turned vigilante descends from a serial-killing landmark in contemporary cinematic dismemberment. Thomas Harris’ terrifying Red Dragon became Michael Mann’s terrific Manhunter in 1986, still the best Hannibal Lecter film of the lot, but better yet, ground zero for forensic sleuthery going mano-a-mano with sociopathic sushi chefs. At least one college-age cable poacher who found himself delightfully bloodied by the teaming thought to himself, “You could milk that forensic stuff forever.” A millennium later, Manhunter’s FBI profiler, actor William L..."

Happy That Gonzales Resigned
Postmarks  August 28, 2007
"...Gonzales needs to be brought to trial (after Bush leaves office) for lying to Congress. If he is not brought to trial, then no person in America should be brought to court for lying to Congress, the FBI, or federal authorities..."

I Prostrate Myself Before God and the State
Postmarks  August 20, 2007
"...Dear Editor, At reading the article "Porn Busters!" [News, Aug. 17] I felt compelled to write and share in text the ticklish swelling sensation I experienced at learning that those blessed agents at the good bureau [FBI] and the attorney general's office had succeeded in laying the collar on another lowlife un-American kid-diddlin' scum..."

Reefer Madness
Feds remain illogically steadfast in opposition to medicinal marijuana
News Column  August 17, 2007, by Jordan Smith
"...Of course, that doesn't mean a career in federal law enforcement isn't for you. Just last week, the FBI announced it is relaxing its policy on past drug use, meaning former pot-smokers are not automatically banned from joining the agency..."

TV Eye
Watch List
Screens Column  July 27, 2007, by Belinda Acosta
"...Wahlberg leads the cops. At the end of the first episode, Wahlberg's character is replaced by an FBI agent, leaving him time to diagram sentences..."

Warren's Woes: FLDS honcho's legal troubles mounting
Jailed polygamist prophet served with two new arrest warrants
News Story  July 20, 2007, by Jordan Smith
"...Jeffs, once an FBI Most Wanted poster boy, was arrested last August outside Las Vegas, bringing to a close his life on the lam, dodging arrest in Utah and Arizona, as well as a federal charge of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. Since then, Jeffs' home has been the aptly named Purgatory Correctional Facility in Washington Co., Utah, where he faces a felony charge of aiding in the eventual rape of a 14-year-old girl forced to marry her 19-year-old cousin in a ceremony over which Jeffs presided..."

He Should Have Smoked Pot Rather Than Drinking
Postmarks  June 15, 2007
"...According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the federal government spends nearly $20 billion, and local/state governments spend roughly the same, totaling $40 billion yearly. Meanwhile, according to the FBI, almost 50% of all drug arrests are for marijuana (800,000 marijuana arrests in 2005)..."

Naked City
News Story  June 15, 2007
"...The crime numbers are collected by DPS from law enforcement agencies across the state – for 2006, slightly more than 1,000 agencies filed crime stats with the agency, representing 99.9% of the state population, DPS reports. (The stats collected by DPS are also collected and tracked by the FBI, which puts out an annual nationwide Uniform Crime Report.) While the overall property crime rate dropped, the number of robberies statewide actually increased, up 4.2% last year..."

The Murder of Fred Hampton
Screens Review  June 8, 2007, by Spencer Parsons
"...After seeing the first half, it can come as no surprise that those in power would want the man dead, but after going on to witness political theatre, evidence of corruption, and outright lying from the Chicago Police and the FBI, the complex appraisal shifts disturbingly. A federal grand jury concluded that only one out of 100 shots fired in the ambush could have come from a Black Panther weapon..."

May 24-30
News Story  May 25, 2007

Guillen Defeats Sims in Art of War 2’s No. 1 Stunner (Wh-What, Wh-What, What?)
DAILY Sports  May 13, 2007, by Jeremy Martin
"...While the spit-flecked profanities and sporadic yells of “Break his arm” get big points for their scary quotient, the night’s best catcall award goes to whatever no-doubt-impressive chemical cocktail that inspired someone to yell, with a rabid intensity, “Come on, punch his ass!” Fight results follow, if you’re keeping track of this stuff at home, maybe for some sort of mixed-martial-arts fantasy league. (I bet the phrase “mixed-martial-arts fantasy league” – not to mention the references of “underground boxing” and ass-punching – will put this blog into an FBI database somewhere.)(Listed in fight card order – winner in bold, local fighters marked with an asterisk.) Daniel Pineda vs..."

Arrest in Clinic Bombing Attempt
Paul Ross Evans, 27, arrested.
DAILY News  April 27, 2007, by Wells Dunbar
"... Paul Ross Evans, 27, has been charged with violations of Title 18 United States Code, Sections 2332(a) Use of Weapons of Mass Destruction; 844(i) Manufacture of Explosive Material; and 248(a)(3) Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances. The Joint Terrorism Task Force is comprised of representatives from the FBI, ATF, U.S..."

Details on Would-Be Bombing of Women's Clinic
APD delivers details of bomb-squad's call to Austin Women’s Health Center.
DAILY News  April 26, 2007, by Wells Dunbar
"...APD patrol officers responded to a suspicious package call at the Austin Women’s Health Center parking lot located at 1902 South I-35. The 9-1-1 call was placed by a clinic employee who also notified ATF and FBI per the clinic protocol..."

Twin Peaks: The Second Season
Twin Peaks: The Second Season, Dog Day Afternoon HD, and Old Joy
Screens Review  April 13, 2007, by Jess Sauer
"...Part of Twin Peaks' beauty is its utter unpredictability: The owls are not what they seem, and neither are the characters. The story gets ever more snarled, and new characters arrive: hermetic orchid tenders, child magicians, David Duchovny as an even foxier FBI agent, and Mr..."

Flight begins with its protagonist, our narrator who calls himself "Zits," lamenting his tragic circumstances.
Books Review  April 6, 2007, by John Razook
"...Things go from bad to worse. He gets shot in the head, but instead of dying, he ends up time-traveling and embodying different people: everyone from an FBI agent who is infiltrating a radical American Indian movement to an American Indian boy during the Battle of the Little Bighorn to a scout tracking American Indians for the U.S..."

No Knock and No Crack, Pt. 2
DAILY News  April 4, 2007, by Jordan Smith
"...According to the CI, the police were willing to pay him to cover for them. (Nice, eh? Hey, I know, lets add more narco cops to the ranks – that’ll fix things!) An FBI investigation into the shooting is still ongoing, and on April 2 the NAACP announced it would be undertaking its own inquiry into the incident..."

Woodward and Bernstein Make 'Statesman' Editor Squirm
Legendary reporters who broke Watergate story question Oppel's role at Statesman, opinion on confidential sources
News Story  March 30, 2007, by Richard Whittaker
"...As part of a public opening for the Harry Ransom Center's files about FBI Assistant Director Mark "Deep Throat" Felt, which UT bought along with other Watergate papers in 2003 for $5 million, the three were part of a Statesman-sponsored panel discussion at UT's McCullough Theatre. The discussion – Watergate and the Media: Did the System Work? – was supposed to be about the impact of Watergate on journalism, but it soon became increasingly uncomfortable for Oppel as the respected journalists questioned his role at the Statesman and his approach to news-gathering...."

Worse Than Watergate?
Which icons of American journalism think the Statesman needs to make some serious changes?
DAILY News  March 26, 2007, by Richard Whittaker
"..."Now you know there's a big difference between a publisher and an editor," he replied. Oppel was then challenged by both Bernstein and Woodward when he said he thought confidential sources damaged journalism. The giants of the printed word, who helped legitimize the practice through their use of leaks from FBI assistant director Mark "Deep Throat" Felt, said they were essential for good journalism..."

Point Austin: Think of the Children!
Health care no match for hot air
News Column  March 16, 2007, by Michael King
"...OK, dozens of extreme sexual predators who mostly populate our TV cop melodramas – and who carefully consult the relevant penal codes before committing their heinous crimes. The FBI reports the national violent crime rate has declined 26% since 1996, but you'd never know that from the grim hysteria pouring from our televisions and our politicians.CHIPping Away..."

Bedtime for Gonzo?
Please, please resign!
DAILY News  March 13, 2007, by Wells Dunbar
"...The significance? Well, if you've been drowning in Festival screenings and such over the last few days, Gonzales is assailed on all sides. He lied to Congress over the FBI's use of the PATRIOT Act, and the purge of U.S..."

Naked City
News Story  March 9, 2007
"...• Scooter Libby, VP Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, was found guilty Monday of four of five felony counts of obstructing justice and perjury for lying to the FBI and a grand jury. A juror told reporters that jurors found themselves asking, "What are we doing with this guy here? Where's [Karl] Rove? Where are these other guys?" Libby's lawyers said they will appeal...."

La Machinista
Honorable mention
Books Story  February 9, 2007, by Lisa Carroll-Lee
"...Spook, he decided, gotta be a Spook. Oscar had lately been reading a great number of detective novels, where the gumshoe got fouled up with the FBI or CIA or some other scary subversive group...."

'Texas Tough' Sex Crime Wave Hits the Dome
Sex-predator hysteria threatens a legal backlash
News Story  February 9, 2007, by Wells Dunbar
"...Jason McLure, a reporter at Legal Times … asked the show about the number. Dateline told him that it had gotten it from a retired FBI agent who consulted with the show..."

Web Predators Aren't the Problem
Dewhurst's plan to get 'Texas tough' on child molesters doomed to fail
DAILY News  January 17, 2007, by Wells Dunbar
"...asked the show about the number. Dateline told him that it had gotten it from a retired FBI agent who consulted with the show..."

Reefer Madness: Top 10 joints
News Story  January 5, 2007, by Jordan Smith
"...1) Record Madness: According to FBI statistics released in September, arrests for marijuana possession reached a record high in 2005, with nearly 800,000 pot-related busts nationwide. The majority – 88% – were for simple possession only; the remaining arrestees, just more than 90,000, were charged with sale and/or manufacturing, a category that includes folks busted for growing medi-pot in compliance with state law..."

The Spirit of the Beehive
"They felt the film was ... simply unendurable. That no one would go see it."
Screens Review  December 22, 2006, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Millennium: Seasons 1-3 (20th Century Fox Home Video, $119.94): The X-Files' dark twin never captured the public like Mulder and Scully; nonetheless, Lance Henriksen's demon-haunted FBI profiler, Frank Black, remains the most nuanced of all of Chris Carter's agency characters. Creepy good fun...."

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