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"...The news from Sundance just keeps getting better and better for locals: In addition to terrific reviews for Margaret Brown's The Order of Myths and a distribution deal for former Austinites the Duplass brothers' Baghead, Katrina doc Trouble the Water, which was shot by local dynamo PJ Raval, won the Grand Jury Prize for documentary. Nice work, team..."
"...That is, perhaps, the good news – though having something and not knowing where it is, or not being able to find it, is hardly less damaging than discovering that an item has been stolen or destroyed outright...."
"...For more news from Huntsville, see this week’s “Headlines,” Oct. 6...."
"..."I read the news today – oh boy"..."
"...But in the end, Council succeeded not only in holding the symbolic 50.29 line, but reducing it ever so slightly to 50.27 – that .02 (two-hundredths of a cent) cut apparently worth about a dollar in the roughly $34 annual increase the owner of a median-priced $185,000 home will still see, because of rising property values. That was immediately the lead in the Statesman and on the TV news, along with the reiterated "$3.3 billion budget," a number that reflects All Funds (including income-generating enterprise departments) rather than the roughly $790 million General Funds, or basic expense budget, where Council did the bulk of its heavy lifting...."
"...Sitting in his office, shortly after first coffee, News 8 Austin news director Kevin Benz is attempting to explain why his 24-hour news channel is different from the other local TV news operations. He pulls up a rundown of his competitor's newscasts from the previous night, a hodgepodge of reports on scams, assorted mayhem, and national news..."
"...Moreno makes due with his condition, hardly even acknowledging it as he focuses on his own active, humor-filled pursuits. In the same spirit that marks former Austinite Arthur Bradford's remarkable How's Your News? (apparently still in limbo despite Trey Parker and Matt Stone's involvement), Graves refuses to coddle his friend's disability, instead supporting him wherever possible..."
"...When you think of money-grubbing TV personalities, chances are Jenny Hansson isn't the first person who pops into your mind. Chances are you haven't even heard of Hansson, an ambitious young reporter who left her job covering business news at News 8 Austin last month..."
"...Your Friday edition of News of the Day is packed full of useful information. Boost your news IQ and impress your friends with the latest stories from around the world..."
"...K-EYE delivers autographed Terri Chappell photos, but not hard news. Last Wednesday, no less than eight PR flacks from local CBS affiliate K-EYE lighted on the Chronicle offices to inform me of a week-long news special on K-EYEWitness News..."
"...Hamilton's favored media outlets made it certain that his mysterious list had the desired dramatic effect. KVUE-TV News took the bait, appropriating the booking sheet for its own breathless reporting, unquestioning and given a sheen of exclusivity..."
"...This week's LGBT news round-up includes a slice of GOP primary with a side of Santorum sauce. But there's also some deliciously gay wedding cake, a newly out cele-sbian and music from the Scissor Sisters for dessert..."
"...David Barton backs down from the fight, Dan Patrick gets crafty, and Pete Sessions stays on message. Pomposity is on the News Ticker...."
"...He gets people to do things that he wants – a lot of those things are illegal – and he intimidates everyone in the town. Now this idea came from – well, I don't know where it came from – but someone told me, later, that there's an actual story, a news story, about a man who was like this in a small town..."
"...The former Austin City Council member (1981-1985) also has been savvy about the policy implications of his efforts. (He is married to Jo Clifton, the editor and publisher of In Fact Daily, an online newsletter covering City Hall and local politics.) He's also an inclusive, wide-ranging thinker; in conversing about the utility's challenges, he draws on the ideas of Buckminster Fuller (how the law of accelerating demands led to nanotechnology), Alvin Toffler (his futurist notion of "proconsumerism," in which consumers are also producers), Wikinomics (for the game he's putting on the new website), and Chicago's Samuel Insull (who created public utilities as we know them in the early 1900s), not to mention recent chats with top energy policy minds in Washington, D.C...."
"...Newsdesk previously mentioned Capital Metro's budget workshops being held around town. Well, based on last night's very poor attendance (four) at the workshop held at the Little Walnut Creek Library, not many of you are jumping on the chance...."
"...And delighted that it landed at Knopf. Kinky Friedman heard the news right away: "Sarah, congratulations," he wrote her..."
"...In a "Newsdesk" posting a few days ago, I touched lightly on Tuesday’s dishonest and contradictory anti-evolution editorial in the San Antonio Express-News by Ken Mercer, the representative of State Board of Education District 5 (which includes Travis County south of the Colorado River), and said I’d expand on it in the print edition. Duh – with the unlimited space afforded by the Internet, “Newsdesk” is the better place for piece-by-piece dissection of Mercer’s op-ed..."
"...Channel 6, your one-stop cable destination for City Council meetings, boards and commissions ephemera, and the best in PowerPoint programming, is stepping up their broadcast game. On the second and fourth Friday of each month, they'll begin airing "CityView," a news digest recapping developments at City Hall...."
"...Dan Patrick gets tough on immigration, Jerry Patterson gets tough on Dan Patrick, and Lisa Fritsch decides to tough it out. Sinew is on the News Ticker...."
"...The only positive news is that outrage over these incidents has sparked a huge wave of anti-bullying awareness...."
"...It’s been a few days now since the release of Beatles Rock Band, and your wrists and knees probably need a break. The good news? A short ergonomic vacation from unlocking new challenges doesn’t have to mean a total halt to your celebration of fine, electronic cover bands..."
"...Boone Pickens makes it rain. Modesty is on the News Ticker...."
"...The Statesman's loss may yet turn out to be a gain for Garcia, if his new entrepreneurial venture pans out. Last September, Garcia, 38, launched Politico, a weekly newsletter devoted to Latino politics..."
"...It's the News of the Day! It may not be the best, but it's certainly not the worst collection of news stories you'll find online today. Plus, we need your help! Yes, you, the reader! Read more to find out how...."
"...Dan Patrick comes to Jesus, Julián Castro starves the trolls, and Greg Abbott blows some hot air. Appearances are on the News Ticker...."
"...The Texas Water Development Board has an axe to grind, Ted Cruz says his eight bits, and the Westboro Baptist Church stages a love-in. Dubiousness is on the News Ticker...."
"...If you follow movie news at all, you've already heard about the continued fallout from Prop. 8, in which contributors to the "Yes on Prop..."
"...In hindsight, I may have been a little too self-conscious. I made sure the saleswoman knew I was working in television news..."
"...However, Austin continued to be an attractive business zone, and several technology companies hung in and eventually thrived, especially Dell, which has been phenomenally successful in the Nineties. In its November 23 issue, Fortune called Austin the number one best city for business, and cited Dell as "the region's largest private employer." Austin's reputation as a hotbed of Internet action promises to pay off, too, as Net-based industries begin to thrive, such as Deja News, Acuity, Hoover's, etc..."
"...Articles on Shell Oil and the Environmental Protection Agency published by The Texas Observer made project Censored's top overlooked news stories of 1996. This year's version of the annual yearbook of Project Censored, Censored 1997: The News That Didn't Make the News, is now available, and the Austin-based Texas Observer has two stories listed among the prestigious volume's top 25 overlooked news stories of 1996...."
"...In this week's News Roundup: Rangers arrest Austin's car arsonist in Iowa; Council approves a temporary ban on fire and smoking; UT's Confederate statue problem isn't resolved quite yet; and more...."
"...In this week's news roundup, we ask, among other questions, what does it matter what a Council candidate thinks about 9/11, as long as she supports a 20% homestead exemption? Will Larry Jackson's killer ever go to trial? How many different ways can Donna Campbell think of to try to discriminate against gay people?..."
"...We're taking a different approach with the column this week, with some news about a few different crowdfunding campaigns with local ties instead of spotlighting one in particular...."
"...John Cornyn hires a snot-nosed punk, David Dewhurst tries to break out of the friend zone, and Rick Santorum clogs up Austin's pipes. Euphemism is on the News Ticker...."
"...Thank your lucky stars, young unicorns, because not only did Austin make the list of lesbianiest cities, but there's good same-sex marriage news, a push for trans-rights in the military, and a queer-friendly guide to this week's hyper-masculine celebration of heteronormative violence… (or for those who just really wanna see Madonna's half-time show)...."
"...Hold up, we’ve got more SXSW related news: Artois the Goat, the charming competition film from Austinites Cliff and Kyle Bogart, premiered on DVD this week from IndiePix. Go here and here and here to read all the love we showed the film back when it played SXSW 09......"
"...illustration by Doug Potter For the fourth year in a row, Rocky Mountain Media Watch (RMMW) has passed judgment on local television news in the United States. And the verdict, unfortunately, is a rerun of previous years: It's bad...."
"...While Dallas' artists are on the charts in the trade publications, Austin artists are more likely to be found in the gossip columns between charts, announcing signings, droppings, and label shake-ups that could affect their releases. And although the influx of signed acts with debuts in 1996 is good news for Austin, of the four major-label records released last year, Ian Moore's Modern Day Folklore, Charlie Sexton's Under the Wishing Tree, Chris Duarte's Texas Sugar/Strat Magik, and Sincola's What the Nothinghead Said, only Duarte's was an unqualified success, selling over 100,000 copies in the comparatively narrow blues-rock field..."
"...For the next hour and a half, the cast of Local on the Eights invented the news in the not-so-sleepy hamlet of DeWitt, then they turned that news into an actual local broadcast, complete with onscreen titles. Absolutely nothing in the show is scripted, and the performers – as well as the camera operators and folks in the light and sound booth – are flying by the seat of their pants...."
"...Of course I was OK with that. And to her credit, managing ed (the first name of that god forsaken title, is, after all, "managing") testified to being a bit blindsided by the news herself...."
"...Louie Gohmert chooses his own adventure, Rick Perry makes a catty remark, and Cathie Adams prepares for end times. Catastrophe is on the News Ticker...."
"...Generally, it has been sports and newscasters making best use of second screens: ESPN ties their apps heavily into their TV content, and vice versa, and Turner Broadcasting acquired sports news website Bleacher Report last August. For Echo CEO Khris Loux, it's no surprise they have been such vehement earlier adopters, since he traces what he calls "this compression of time" in TV back to when CNN started doing real-time news..."
"...In the summer of 1972, when the unlikely duo of Washington Post reporters Woodward and Bernstein stumbled onto what would turn out to be the most important hard news story of the century, investigative journalism and the gritty and laborious, but ultimately necessary, processes it entailed reached a zenith. Public people in positions of great – and presumably unassailable – power went to prison as a result of Woodward and Bernstein's dogged determination not to allow what was initially perceived as a nonstory to die out..."
"...This week, the Chronicle News staff delivers an overview of the municipal ballot you will see on May 10, covering the City Council races, the (rather thin) community college and school board campaigns, and the school district bond propositions. Up front (p.6) we've got our own endorsements, and take them for what they are: the considered (and hard-argued) opinions of about a dozen Chronicle reporters and editors, who have looked closely at the candidates and come to a rough consensus..."