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Old Man River
Once an outlaw, always an outlaw: The Return of Steven Fromholz
Music Story  April 20, 2001, by Andy Langer
"..."There was an old black-and-white television show in the Fifties called I Led Three Lives, where Herbert Philbrick was an FBI agent, a communist, and an insurance salesman. I'm the adventurer, family guy, and singer-songwriter..."

Dick Price Reviewed
Music Story  April 6, 2001, by Margaret Moser
"...Like the Austin Lounge Lizards' lone cousin, Price's wry compositions alternately skewer and praise pop culture with little more than a keyboard for accompaniment. Songs like "I Was a Go-Go Boy for the FBI," "Tiny Little Man," and "The Midnight Ride of Paula Revere" were staples of Price's Eighties repertoire and Nineties Dial-a-Tune service, as was the tune that's arguably his most famous, "Hillbillies in a Haunted House." Even better news, "Hillbillies" is one of 16 songs on Dick Price's CD debut, Dick Price's Theatre of Cruelty..."

Postmarks
Our readers talk back.
Columns  March 2, 2001
"...Afterward, I got sued by the city (strange). I tried unsuccessfully Internal Affairs several times, the FBI, the sheriff..."

Never Content
Salon Editor David Talbot and Inside.com Editor Michael Hirschorn have been on the media frontline throughout their careers. And both are well-versed in the pitfalls of providing a product -- online content -- that, so far at least, has few willing buyers. But the two have taken different approaches to achieving profitability on the Web.
Screens Story  March 2, 2001, by Roger Gathman
"...And we had a reporter -- Murray Waas -- who came to us with a lot of stories, which we ran, about the Starr investigation." In fact, Salon may have made an impact on the Starr report. "An FBI source close to Starr's office told us that when Starr presented his report, he excluded the Whitewater information because Salon had already discredited the sources of it," Talbot says...."

Things They Used to Do
Dick Holland assesses two Texas journalists, Gary Cartwright and Jan Reid, whose new collections of articles possess a cautionary wisdom, the kind you acquire when you court danger and danger provides you with a keen view of what lies beyond.
Books Story  February 23, 2001, by Dick Holland
"...The remainder of Cartwright's homage to Dallas is made up of compelling pieces on Dallas Black Power ("The Bad Brother"), on the Dallas Police Department's handling of the Randall Adams case (Adams was the subject of Errol Morris' documentary "The Thin Blue Line"), a portrait of Dallas gambler Benny Binion and his family, and "I Was Mandarin," an investigation of how Cartwright was led to the family of a Dallas policeman who had confessed to them that he had been a shooter from the grassy knoll on assassination day. It was impossible to verify: The purported shooter's journal was allegedly confiscated by the FBI..."

Naked City
Farewell
News Story  February 9, 2001
"...With extraordinary tenacity and energy, Robert has also covered the Legislature, the Bush campaign, the still-unresolved Bush Funeral Services Commission scandal that has come to be known -- thanks to Robert -- as "Funeralgate," the FBI assault on the Branch Davidian compound at Waco, and the disappearance of Madalyn Murray O'Hair and her family, among other things. He leaves the Chronicle, much to our regret but with our best wishes, to work as a senior writer at Interactive Week...."

The Year That Wasn't
News Story  January 5, 2001
"...5. "Costs Too Much, Does Too Little." About the only thing ROAD (Reclaim Our Allocated Dollars), the main organized anti-rail group, had going for it was a great slogan -- and one dishonest TV spot referring to an FBI investigation that occurred 10 years ago...."

Naked City
Zaffirini and the Senate vote for lieutenant governor, handicapping the recession, and the debate videotape mystery
News Story  January 5, 2001, by Louis Dubose
"...Tom Downey just before the first presidential debate. A source following the investigation said that when the federal grand jury convened at Austin's federal building two weeks before Christmas, local FBI officials were ordered to leave the hearing room as the team from Washington went to work..."

TV Eye
Don't know what gift to get your couch potato? Well, why not buy your spud-butt a book? Yes, a book.
Screens Column  December 22, 2000, by Belinda Acosta
"...Written by Allen Rucker, who wrote the TV documentary Family Values: The Mob and the Movies and co-authored The History of White People in America with Martin Mull, this Sopranos book curiously (and with great skill) manages to maintain the fiction of the series. Unlike the Buffy books, which deal with Buffy as fiction, the Sopranos book carefully pieces together the Sopranos' back story with "interviews" with friends, relatives, and unnamed FBI agents doing surveillance on the Sopranos family..."

Safe Delivery
Books Review  December 1, 2000, by Mark Busby
"...The complications of the plot seem murky on reflection. Why would Mexican assassins set up their political enemies to be murdered in the United States, when they could more easily do so in the comfort of their home country? And in a novel where most of the secondary characters such as Vincent's father, Palo, and Parr's FBI pal, Ollie Nordmarken, are memorably presented, the revolutionary patsy, Angel Martinez, even with his tag name, is too thin to carry the emotional weight he needs to shoulder...."

The Great Escape
Chain Gangs! Cast Aways! Kung Fu! Chocolate! ... It's Time for the Holiday Film Previews
Screens Story  November 24, 2000, by Sarah Hepola
"...Wes Craven Presents: Dracula 2000 finds Bram Stoker's blood-sucker re-released in modern-day society. Directed by Patrick Lussier, the cast includes Jonny Lee Miller, Christopher Plummer, and the screen debut of Colleen Ann Fitzpatrick (graduation ditty popstress Vitamin C).Comic Relief Miss Congeniality, filmed in and around downtown last summer, stars Sandra Bullock (she produced as well) as a frumpy FBI detective who sasses up to go undercover at a beauty pageant..."

Short Cuts
The Austin Film Society announces ticket sales for the locally filmed Miss Congeniality benefiting the Texas Filmmakers' Production Fund, and other news, workshops, and gatherings of interest to the film community.
Screens Column  November 24, 2000, by Marc Savlov
"...Yes, But Will Shatner Be There? Dept: Apparently all settled from their recent move out to new digs/headquarters at the new Austin Studios at the old airport, the Austin Film Society has announced a benefit premiere of the locally shot (at the Austin Studios, natch), Sandra Bullock FBI-cum-beauty-pageant comedy Miss Congeniality on Monday, Dec. 18, at the Paramount Theatre..."

Blue Collar
Screens Review  October 6, 2000, by Jerry Renshaw
"...Zeke and Jerry are both family men, while Smokey is a fast-and-loose bachelor; all three wonder why their lives seem to continually be a matter of one step forward and two steps back. An FBI agent infiltrates the ranks at the bar, posing as a grad student and asking questions about shop management and the union..."

Naked City
Bush and NARAL, GetHeard.org voters Web site, Kay Bailey Hutchison on abortion, Carole Keeton Rylander speaks to Austin Rotary and attacks AISD, Mike Levy for Mayor, Austin Police endorse Ronnie Earle
News Story  September 29, 2000, by Louis Dubose
"...By also including Congressman Pete Sessions, R-Dallas, NARAL makes this the first Worst Choice list with two "favorite sons" from Texas. Sessions' father, William Sessions, is a former director of the FBI..."

Down & Out in Atlanta
The Official Crock of the '96 Summer Olympics
Features Story  September 22, 2000, by Jonathan Hennessey
"..."Me and William are both gonna be in the CIA when we get out of college. Or at least the FBI..."

Naked City
Judge Walter Smith, Jr. gives an unanticipated reprieve to Branch Davidian Livingston Fagan, reducing his sentence for manslaughter and weapons charges to 15 years from 40.
News Story  September 22, 2000, by Robert Bryce
"...Caddell's motion says that Smith also denounced some of the plaintiff's trial materials as "bullcrap," wrongly prevented plaintiffs from using a videotaped deposition of FBI commander Richard Rogers during closing arguments, and prevented the court's advisory jurors from viewing or considering the forward-looking infrared videotape shot by government planes during the government's final assault on Mount Carmel...."

Politics
Best of Austin Story  September 15, 2000
"...Some even cheered. But MacCormack, a reporter with the San Antonio Express-News, Young, a private investigator, Martin, an IRS agent, and Cowling, an FBI agent, wouldn't let the matter die..."

ALSO PLAYING
Screens Story  September 1, 2000
"...But in The Watcher, from debut director Joe Charbanic, Spader is actually chasing the weirdo, not channeling him. Who's the baddie? None other than Keanu Reeves, a serial killer who brings Spader's FBI detective out of retirement...."

A Tale of Two Conspiracies
FLIR tape conspiracy theorists compare notes with the Kennedy assassination theorists
News Story  August 18, 2000, by Robert Bryce
"..."There's a lot of bad luck around the FLIR," says Gordon Novel, a controversial New Orleans-based private investigator who discovered the potential importance of the videotape five years ago. Novel, whose past exploits include efforts to prove the existence of unidentified flying objects and that the FBI was behind the assassination of President Kennedy, believes the Fort Hood tests of the FLIR were rigged and that Vector was part of a government effort to obscure the gunfire shown on the FLIR taken at Waco...."

Postmarks
Raves for Marc Savlov's recent article on Ecstasy.
Columns  June 23, 2000
"...Oh, and integrate airport and UT forces under his orders, and cut loose from standardizing of the law for each arrest, by adopting a deep consequential view. Forget about what the FBI requires..."

Naked City
Florita Bell Griffin is indicted for allegedly conspiring to profit from her position as a governing board member of the state housing agency.
News Story  June 16, 2000, by Kevin Fullerton
"...It was just last month that Florita Bell Griffin, a governing board member of the Texas Dept. of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA), boasted before a commission of state lawmakers that an FBI investigation into her alleged misconduct had hit a dead end..."

Saint Jackie
It was with high expectations of low class that Stephen MacMillan Moser embarked upon the latest crop of books about Jackie O. But shortly into it, he found himself thinking, "Where's the dirt?"
Books Story  June 9, 2000, by Stephen MacMillan Moser
"...The caption has her saying, "Isn't it tragic enough without us gossiping about it under the stars?" It seems too important a historical revelation to not get right. Nevertheless, Taraborrelli's bibliography and source notes are a scrupulous account of his research, and he has done a phenomenal amount of work in documenting for all future researchers the FBI file numbers that pertain to the Kennedys -- a previously unaccomplished feat that will save every future Kennedy chronicler an enormous amount of time and money..."

Shoot for the Stars
Downtown Filming Winds to a Close
Screens Story  June 9, 2000, by Marc Savlov
"...Bullock's FBI caper comedy Miss Congeniality (which also stars William Shatner, Candice Bergen, and Michael Caine) has taken some flack, however, for tying up Austin's arts district at Fourth and Colorado and unavoidably slowing traffic to a crawl as the production spent two days shooting in and around Starbucks Coffee at Sixth and Congress...."

Technically Speaking
The Digital World Turns the Page
Screens Story  June 2, 2000, by Mike Shea
"...She's original and gutsy -- and likable. But she's serving a kind of community service as punishment for hacking on the Internet, so she's made a temporary FBI agent (!) and assigned to the most important anti-terrorism case on the planet..."

What's the Buzz?
Guide to Summer Films
Screens Story  May 26, 2000, by Barry Johnson
"...The Cell marks the feature debut of Tarsem (the one-named director who previously won awards with his beer commercials) and looks to provide, if nothing else, a visual marvel exploring the inner workings of the human mind. Style over substance isn't necessarily a good thing (see Stigmata), but media magnet Lopez, along with Swingers' Vince Vaughn as an FBI agent, should at least raise some eyebrows..."

Mercury Rising The Sixth Sense
Screens Review  April 28, 2000, by Louis Black
"...Agent in charge Nicholas Kudrow (Baldwin) decides the child has to be eliminated. They get his parents, but before they can get to the child, semi-disgraced FBI agent Art Jeffries (Willis) takes him under his wing..."

The Sound of One Psycho Cracking
John Cale talks abut composing the original soundtrack for American Psycho
Screens Story  April 14, 2000, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...It was hysterical. I said, "Well you know, the FBI in Waco used rabbits squealing" [as part of their aural campaign to drive out the Branch Davidians]..."

Postmarks
Quote of the week: "You, my hyphenated friend, are an ambassador of evil."
Columns  March 17, 2000
"...We can barely build enough prisons to keep up the pace. All of this at a time when FBI statistics show the crime rate to be dropping steadily each year...."

SXSW Profiles
Thursday Night
Music Story  March 17, 2000, by Margaret Moser
"...Like mice. So I said, 'What do you want me to do, call up the FBI and ask for those tapes from Waco of the tortured rabbits that were played into the compound?'..."

Straight Shooter
Conversation With Janeane Garofalo and Steve Kessler
Screens Story  March 17, 2000, by Barry Johnson
"...In all her honesty, however, Garofalo emits a radiant glow that complements her vibrant personality and makes her words not jaded and cynical but strangely rewarding and encouraging. Promoting The Independent, Garofalo said, "The ones you do for next to nothing [financially] are the ones you believe in." She expressed admiration for both Romy and Michele's High School Reunion ("I thought it was hilarious") and Clay Pigeons, a noirish thriller she took part in because her role as an FBI agent was originally intended for a man ("I was determined to try to make a difference in that genre")..."

Postmarks
We are wrong, wrong, wrong. So is golf.
Columns  March 10, 2000
"...We can barely build enough prisons to keep up the pace. All of this at a time when FBI statistics show the crime rate to be dropping steadily each year...."

How You Became a Criminal
An interview with Canadian documentary filmmaker Ron Mann about his newest film, Grass.
Screens Story  March 10, 2000, by Nick Barbaro
"...AC: At least Hoover gave us the FBI which then gives him an arguably useful life. Anslinger gave us the Drug Enforcement Administration...."

A Day at the Races
Primary races start heating up in nearby counties, across Texas, and around the nation.
News Story  March 3, 2000, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...Topping the local ballot is a three-way race to succeed retiring sheriff Ed Richards. Former FBI agent John Maspero is favored, but not heavily, over two of Richards' former deputies, Ricki Russell and Rick Faught, the latter of whom was fired after years of alleged incompetence and miscreance..."

Eight Is Enough
News Story  March 3, 2000
"...In the three-way race to succeed retiring sheriff Ed Richards, former FBI agent John Maspero is narrowly favored over two of Richards' former deputies, Ricki Russell and Rick Faught, the latter of whom was fired after years of alleged incompetence...."

TV Eye
Now that the February sweeps are over, take a look what the networks are dragging in for March.
Screens Column  March 3, 2000, by Belinda Acosta
"... Clerks (ABC) is an animated show based on the indie film by Kevin Smith about minimum wage working stiffs doing their best to get by. Falcone (CBS) is based on the 1997 gangster film Donnie Brasco, starring Jason Gedrick as an FBI agent undercover as a mobster named Joe Falcone..."

Naked City
The state agency that hands out tax credits for low-income housing projects changes some provisions of its controversial tax-credit allocation process.
News Story  February 4, 2000, by Kevin Fullerton
"...The debate provoked tax-credit committee member Florita Bell Griffin -- who is under investigation by the FBI for allegedly pushing through projects that benefited her personally -- to openly declare war on certain board members, alleging that Conine and board chair Don Bethel illegally tried to profit from government-sponsored projects in 1998. Tax committee chair Margie Bingham chided board members, all of whom except Bingham, Griffin, and Robert Brewer voted for the change, for instigating a personal attack...."

Mr. Smarty Pants
Mr. Smarty pants knows that he will not die poor and alone.
Columns  January 7, 2000, by Mr. Smarty Pants
"...All CIA and FBI records pertaining to the John F. Kennedy assassination will be released in 2017...."

Wild, Wild Webcasts
Why party in line when you can party online?
Screens Story  December 31, 1999, by Marc Savlov
"...Leave it to the swellheads at Earthcam.net (http://www.earthcam.net) to come up with the Webcast of the Century (conveniently located at http://www.webcastofthecentury.com). Earthcam has been mounting vidcams in so many places of late that I'll bet more than a few conspiracy wingnuts think they're in cahoots with the FBI..."

Naked City
Members of the state Bond Review Board and House Urban Affairs Committee push for changes in the Department of Housing and Community Affairs' tax credit subsidy process.
News Story  December 3, 1999, by Kevin Fullerton
"...15 meeting, board member Florita Bell Griffin announced that she had filed a $25 million claim in an ongoing lawsuit against Fort Worth developer Kenneth Mitchell for making "defamatory statements that suggest Griffin is guilty of criminal action" to a TDHCA board member. The claim, filed in May, says that Mitchell told the board member that Griffin was a "blind shareholder and beneficiary" in a controversial tax-credit development in Bryan for which Griffin has been investigated by the FBI...."

A Necessary Evil: A History of American Distrust of Government
Books Review  November 26, 1999, by Bruce McCandless
"...God knows the feds have committed their share of felonies over the years. And nowhere in the Constitution is there any specific authority for, say, FBI snipers to kill Randy Weaver's wife, for President Nixon to "secretly" bomb Cambodia, for JFK to authorize warfare by proxy against Fidel Castro...."

Postmarks
Readers respond to Zero Tolerance, the Longhorn Pipeline, and Being John Malkovich.
Columns  November 19, 1999
"...In your November 5 issue you use SAMHSA's (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) 1997 report to compare to the "drug" arrest rate through 1995 from the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting System ["Drug Warriors"]. More recent data is available, and is not a pretty picture...."

Postmarks
Warning: blatant use of music knowledge within
Columns  November 12, 1999
"...In your November 5 issue you use SAMHSA's (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) 1997 report to compare to the "drug" arrest rate through 1995 from the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting System ["Drug Warriors"]. More recent data is available, and is not a pretty picture...."

What Did Ann Know?
What did Ann Richards know about helicopters used during Waco siege?
News Story  November 12, 1999, by Robert Bryce
"...However, proving that agents fired from the helicopters will be difficult, if not impossible. And while the question of the gunfire may be addressed in the civil lawsuit against the FBI that goes to trial next May, there are other questions..."

Drug Arrests 1980-95
News Story  November 5, 1999
"...But in fact, standard drug surveys indicate that between 1979 and 1990, the percentage of the population that reported "using drugs in the past month" dropped from 14.1% to 6.7%, falling to 6.1% by 1995, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in its preliminary results from the 1996 Household Survey on Drug Abuse, July 1997. Chart source: FBI data provided to Mark Mauer, Race to Incarcerate, The Sentencing Project, New Press, 1999...."

My Friend Murr
News Story  October 22, 1999, by Robert Bryce
"...The FBI was soon questioning the various players. Morales and Murr -- who have known each other since 1981, when they both began working at Houston law firm Bracewell & Patterson -- were thrust into the spotlight, and Morales' deputies were put on the defensive...."

Naked City
The Death Penalty in Texas' Largest Counties
News Story  October 15, 1999
"...Census Bureau, Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice, FBI..."

Die Hard
Die Hard
Screens Review  September 10, 1999, by Louis Black
"...McClane tackles the enemy singlehandedly. Even when the authorities (first LAPD then the FBI ) show up, he's the only one who knows what's going on..."

Naked City
The city gives a thumbs-down to subsidised housing.
News Story  September 3, 1999, by Kevin Fullerton
"...Less than a month later, TDHCA executive director Larry Paul Manley left his position. Now, board member Florita Bell Griffin, who sits on the agency's tax-credit committee, is under investigation by the FBI, which could release the findings of its probe before the end of the year...."

Book Reviews
Books Review  July 22, 1999
"...Speaking of Dr. Lecter, he's been on the loose these past seven years, having escaped from FBI custody in the wake of Agent Starling's capture of serial killer Buffalo Bill..."

Postmodern P.I.
Books Story  June 10, 1999, by Jesse Sublett
"...DL: I grew up in an area that was a stronghold of the Irish mob. The head of the FBI's most wanted is a Boston Irish gangster, Whitey Balder, a guy who ran the Irish mob for 30 years..."

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