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Is That a Wrap for Incentives?
Amid economic woes and a race-baiting controversy, the future of TV, video game, and film funding in Texas looks shaky
Screens Story  January 28, 2011, by Richard Whittaker
"...According to the national Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, those states are the smart ones. In a heavily publicized report titled "State Film Subsidies: Not Much Bang for Too Many Bucks," former Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Vice President Robert Tannenwald called production incentives "costly" and "ineffective." He lambasted states like Con­nec­ticut and California, which, rather than Texas-style post-production reimbursements, use transferable tax credits: If productions come in under budget, they can sell off the excess credits..."

The Damage Done by SB 4
Court records reveal impact of the "show me your papers" bill on immigrant lives
News Story  July 20, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...The panic around SB 4 is also hurting participation in direct community services targeting low-income residents, from food pantries to housing services. "We have heard, anecdotally, that some people are being deterred from our services because they fear action by ICE at food distribution sites," says Paul Gaither, a spokesperson for the Central Texas Food Bank, which serves 21 counties including Travis, Williamson, and Bastrop..."

Austin Shorts at Sundance
David Lowery and the Zellner Bros. to do the 'Dance
DAILY Screens  December 6, 2010, by Kimberley Jones
"...The camera ventures to Las Vegas and uses the glorious and ambiguous power of the gambling capital to turn everyday life into an exciting crime story."Stopover" / Italy, Romania (Director: Ioana Uricara; Screenwriter: Cristian Mungiu) – Lost and found in between plane rides."The Wind is Blowing on My Street" / Iran, USA (Director and Screenwriter: Saba Riazi) – A young girl in Tehran accidentally gets left on the street with no head scarf. She is forced to interact with a neighbor who keeps her company in an environment where her mishap could equal trouble.INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY SHORTS "Grandpa’s Wet Dream" / Japan, USA (Director: Chihior Amemiya) – A 75-year-old Japanese man has been acting in adult videos for 15 years without telling his family."The High Level Bridge" / Canada (Director and Screenwriter: Trevor Anderson) – Trevor drops his camera from Edmonton's High Level Bridge in memory of those who have jumped."Incident by a Bank" / Sweden (Director and Screenwriter: Ruben Östlund) – A detailed and humorous account of a failed bank robbery."Negativipeg" / Canada (Director and Screenwriter: Matthew Rankin) – Rory Lepine gives a personal account of his fateful and infamous encounter with The Guess Who's legendary lead singer, Burton Cummings, in a Winnipeg 7-Eleven in 1985..."

Humans Being Human
Bad behavior in Ruben Östlund's observational kinda-comedies
Screens Story  January 22, 2015, by Kimberley Jones
"...2pm: Involuntary (with "Incident by a Bank")..."

Behind This Mask, Another Mask (and Armed Robber)
Give up the candy!
DAILY News  November 14, 2007, by Wells Dunbar
"... Plus masks. One go-getter donned what the the Austin Police Department describes as a "Halloween mask, green with fangs" and marched in to the Prosperity Bank on Research Boulevard, brandished a gat, and made off with some money – leaving behind these freaky surveillance photos..."

Lawsuit Alleges Jackson Racially Profiled Before Fatal Shooting
Suit says APD detective executed civilian who fled from him
DAILY News  September 18, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...According to the lawsuit, filed by attorney Adam Loewy on behalf of Jackson's mother and stepfather, Billie and Larry Mercer, Jackson was the victim of an "enraged" Kleinert who pursued and shot Jackson because he was a black man attempting to enter a closed bank in a "predominantly white area" of town. "I think there's no question" that is what actually happened, Loewy told us today...."

Open Questions: Forum on APD Shooting Tonight
Officials discuss shooting of Larry Eugene Jackson, Jr.
DAILY News  August 15, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...Jackson was killed on July 26 by a bullet to the back of the neck, fired from the gun of 19-year department veteran Detective Charles Kleinert during a scuffle under a bridge over Shoal Creek near West 34th Street. Kleinert had been inside a nearby Benchmark Bank conducting a follow-up investigation to an earlier, and unrelated, bank robbery when Jackson came to the bank's locked door and tried to get inside..."

The Short Unhappy Life of Sophia King
The APD shooting death of Sophia King was a tragedy waiting to happen.
News Story  August 2, 2002, by Lucius Lomax
"...Still, there are a few noteworthy moments in Coffey's time with APD. There is John Coffey, for example, on bicycle patrol on the Drag, arriving on the heels of a bank robber and scooping up money that the bandit has dropped on the street..."

Deadly Day for APD
Two shootings within 12 hours; one officer is dead
DAILY News  April 6, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...The 100 Club has set up a trust for Padron's family and donations can be made at any area Chase bank. More information on donations to Padron's family can be found online at the 100 Club of Central Texas and the Greater Austin Crime Commission...."

Festival of Lite
Arts writer Robi Polgar finds the true meaning of Chanukah, if not the true spelling ...
Features Story  December 3, 1999, by Robi Polgar
"...Not a creature was stirring, to steal a phrase. I made my way over to the Eiffel Tower, then doubled back down the Left Bank..."

Reefer Roundup: 6/17/11
Your drug war news, all in one place
DAILY News  June 17, 2011, by Jordan Smith
"...Doing that directly, of course, may prove difficult, since the site can shift from server to server, change its name, and still be accessible by Tor users. That's why lawmakers seem intent on cracking down on the Bitcoin exchange, which functions like a bank and thus has transactions that are traceable..."

Holiday Viewing: TV Christmas Episodes
Celebrate the season in Sunnydale, the Oval Office, and more
DAILY Screens  December 14, 2017, by Kimberley Jones, Sarah Marloff and Richard Whittaker
"...If you’ve never seen Bob’s Burgers, this season 3 standout is a fine place to start: It provides a crash course in what makes each Belcher so particular, and dear: Downer dad Bob (H. Jon Benjamin) is a good man who can’t catch a break – of course he’d attract the attention of a homicidal truck driver; Linda, his counter ballast, so cheery; sensitive, boy-obsessed Tina (Dan Mintz), who asks Santa for a dry erase board so she can write down, and then erase, her most private thoughts (“penis fly swatter”); roly-poly middle child Gene (Eugene Mirman), a dreamer and a tiny bit of a dim bulb; and shifty Louise (Kristen Schaal), pint-sized but with a bright future (most likely to mastermind a bank heist? Or overthrow a small country?)...."

SXSW Film Adds Midnighters and More
Horror lineup announced, plus shorts and more
DAILY Screens  February 9, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...Carnage Park Director/Screenwriter: Mickey Keating The year is 1978. A team of wannabe crooks botch a small-town bank heist and flee with their hostage deep into the California desert, where they find themselves in a harrowing fight for survival against a psychotic ex-military sniper..."

Fables of the Reconstruction
A confidential internal U.S. memo describes a Coalition / Iraqi administration sinking into chaos
News Story  April 16, 2004, by Jason Vest
" for Chalabi, a long-time favorite of Washington hawks. (It bears noting that Chalabi was tried and convicted in absentia by the Jordanian government for bank embezzlement, in 1989, and has come under fire more recently for peddling dubious pre-war intelligence to the U.S.) The author also asserts that "what we have accomplished in Iraq is worth it." When considering specific scenarios, he sometimes hews to an improbably sunny view..."

Managing the Media
As the Bush presidential campaign unravels after Labor Day, a press offices tries to keep the candidate on message and out of trouble.
News Story  September 22, 2000, by Robert Bryce
"...In one small room, a TV crew was setting up lights for a satellite interview with Bush's chief strategist, Karl Rove. A bank of TV monitors in the next room followed the news on every station, ready to pounce on any item that might help the cause..."

SXSW Adds Speakers, Films
Buzz Aldrin, Kesha, Cory Booker, Cecile Richards, and more
DAILY SXSW  February 7, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...American Paradise D: Joe Talbot Folktale meets modern tragedy, American Paradise is the story of a man in Donald Trump's America who attempts to shift his fate with the perfect crime: a bank heist in a "black-guy-mask."..."

Naked City
Off the Desk:
News Story  May 2, 1997
"...-- R.B. Banking on Henderson..."

Life and Debt
Set in Jamaica, this is an eye-opening documentary and primer on why the IMF and the World Bank are not to be trusted by emerging third-world countries.
Film Review  March 8, 2002, by Marc Savlov
"...Stephanie Black is a documentarian whose past efforts include work on the Leonard Peltier film, Incident at Oglala, and a longstanding association with PBS and the Children's Television Workshop. She uses the history of Jamaica and its interactions with the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and U.S.AID and international trade agreements to show how globalization -- initially developed as a means to assist Third World countries in the shoring up of their flagging economies -- has instead had the opposite effect, crippling the once robust Jamaican economy and forcing the island's indigenous workforce and farmers to make ends meet by working at the massive “Free Market Zone” just outside of Kingston, where many come to work in an IMF-sponsored tax-free environment for little more than a dollar a day..."

The Worst Is Yet to Come
Austin's Emergency Operations Center
News Story  April 28, 1995
"...A torrential downpour forces the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) to start releasing water from the lakes, flooding areas along lakes Travis and Austin, as well as Town Lake, while Austin's creeks overflow their banks. The temperature drops sharply as the wind gusts up to 20-30 miles per hour, tearing power and telephone lines from their poles..."

APD Shooting Called 'Accidental'
Officer claims accidental shooting, and DOJ asked to investigate
News Story  August 9, 2013, by Jordan Smith
" the back of the neck, after a pursuit and a struggle under a bridge over Shoal Creek near 34th Street. Police say Kleinert had been at a nearby Benchmark Bank conducting a follow-up investigation on an earlier, and unrelated, bank robbery when Jackson came to the locked front door and twice tried to enter..."

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