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Lincoln
Despite a monumental performance by Daniel Day-Lewis, Spielberg's film has a fussed-over theatricality that's hard to escape.
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Film Review  November 16, 2012, by Kimberley Jones
"...His is an old-fashioned style of moviemaking that can produce soaring entertainment or, alternately, a fussed-over theatricality. Minute to minute, Lincoln moves between these extremes...."

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Who knew our beloved president also worked the graveyard shift? This capable rewrite of American history delivers its splatter with a straight face.
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Film Review  June 22, 2012, by Marc Savlov
"...They err on the side of charming badassness, effectively winning your heart and mind (or, at the very least, what remains of your deep-seated, all-American, Civil War patriotism) through sheer earnestness and some rather spectacular sequences of third-act carnage. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is, in a word, a hoot, and a welcome respite from our current reality of "endless war." (If only our nation's 21st century enemies sported sputum-slathered chompers and glowing red eyes – or failed the famed Dr..."

The Lincoln Lawyer
Matthew McConaughey is the titular lawyer who lands a high-profile case after a career spent defending dirtbags.
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Film Review  March 25, 2011, by Kimberley Jones
"...Macy, John Leguizamo, Josh Lucas, Laurence Mason and Michael Peña. This legal thriller, adapted from the bestselling book by Michael Connelly, takes its name from the Lincoln Town Car that criminal defense attorney Mickey Haller (McConaughey) uses for both transport and office purposes..."

Mayor's Book Club Befriends Lincoln
Our 2016 read is Stephen Harrigan's A Friend of Mr. Lincoln
DAILY Arts  May 2, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...In what may well be called a politic choice for the Mayor's Book Club, Hizzoner Steve Adler has made the annual tradition's 15th selection a tome about the 16th president – or rather, the ambitious young attorney who eventually became the 16th president: A Friend of Mr. Lincoln by Stephen Harrigan...."

ACL Review: Lincoln Durham
Post-blues tug of war between God and the Satan
DAILY Music  October 8, 2016, by Raoul Hernandez
"...“Rumor has it you’re all heathens and sinners, ACL,” cracked Lincoln Durham late into his noontime set in the Tito’s tent Friday. The event’s paradigm having flipped like a flapjack – parent rock traded for digital youth – both quotients have backslid..."

Stephen Harrigan on A Friend of Mr. Lincoln
The Austin writer reveals the vision behind his portrait of the 16th president as a young man in his new novel
Arts Story  January 28, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...Wedded to Mary Todd. The Lincoln-Douglas debates..."

Stephen Harrigan's A Friend of Mr. Lincoln
Stephen Harrigan's A Friend of Mr. Lincoln gives us an ambitious, impetuous president-to-be we grow close to
Arts Review  December 29, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...Oh, Lincoln, what have you done now?..."

Letters at 3AM: Did Abraham Lincoln Deserve a Second Term?
In 1864, Lincoln would have seemed more in favor of war than peace
Columns  December 14, 2012, by Michael Ventura
"...Republican Abraham Lincoln carried 22 of the 25 states loyal to the Union, crushing Democrat George B. McClellan in the electoral count, but the popular vote wasn't so lopsided: 55% to 45%...."

U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln for President
Postmarks  July 19, 2005
"...Sen. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas is not on the radar of most political pundits..."

Republicans No Longer Party of Lincoln
Postmarks  July 26, 2004
"...In general, the modern Democratic Party has fought for black and civil-rights causes while the modern Republican Party is the place where those that hate blacks and oppose civil rights call their home. Today's conservative Republican Party of George W. Bush is not the same progressive Republican Party that Abraham Lincoln led in 1863..."

Lincoln, NEone?
WFTDA announces locations for 2010 regionals, Texies plan for boot camp
DAILY Sports  December 2, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...East Region: Suburbia Roller Derby, White Plains, N.Y. North Central Region: Brewcity Bruisers, Green Bay, Wis. South Central Region: No Coast Derby Girls, Lincoln, Neb. West Region: Sacred City Derby Girls, Sacramento, Calif...."

Need Another Reason to Hate Wal-Mart and Lincoln Property?
Northcross redevelopment knocks out popular early voting site
DAILY News  February 15, 2008, by Lee Nichols
"...Hey, who needs democracy? We're going to have low prices, dammit! (Okay, I'll be fair – this likely would have happened at some point anyway. But I'd be more accepting if Lincoln had proposed a good redevelopment for my neighborhood instead of a Wal-Mart.) Other early voting moves: Rather than continuing their exile to portable buildings in the parking lot of the East Seventh Street H-E-B, county officials have moved that voting location one block north to the Parque ZaragoZa Recreation Center, 2608 Gonzales. Also, after being gone for a few election cycles, early voting will return to Hancock Center (North I-35 & East 41st Street)..."

WWLD (What Would Lincoln Do)?
Postmarks  April 11, 2005
"...Tom DeLay case in point.) This is a complete slap in the face not only to Democrats, but to old-school Republicans. Lincoln must be rolling over in his grave!..."

Goofy Guys, Lonely Ladies, Dangerous Dancers - and Abe Lincoln?
This TFAA screening features four short films by Master's candidates in the University of Texas film production program. Included are "The Interview," an absurd comedy by Courtney Davis; "Dance Club,"...
Film Review  August 13, 2002, by Marjorie Baumgarten


Developer Not Making Good on Wal-Mart Moratorium?
Responsible Growth for Northcross says Lincoln no Honest Abe
DAILY News  January 5, 2007, by Wells Dunbar
"...Last night, Responsible Growth for Northcross sent out a press release, "Lincoln Property Company Breaks Pledge to Suspend Activities at Proposed Wal-Mart Site." No bulldozers are moving earth at the mall, but RG4N feels that Lincoln has reneged on its pledge to work over the moratorium toward a more mutually agreeable outcome. In the release, RG4N vice president Hope Morrison says "the process is still under way despite commitments from Lincoln and the City Council that the project would be put on hold to allow for neighborhood concerns to be addressed." Indeed, in an update to the city's Northcross Web page, an excerpt from Wal-Mart attorney Richard Suttle's letter to Council Member Mike Martinez says the store “would not file applications within the next 60-day period (ending Feb..."

The Delta
Director Ira Sachs clearly has a lot to say, and he seems hell-bent on getting it all into his 85-minute debut feature. Sexual orientation crises, class and racial divisions, cultural...
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Film Review  November 28, 1997, by Russell Smith
"...Sexual orientation crises, class and racial divisions, cultural aftershocks of the Vietnam war, dysfunctional families and teen sociology in the new South are all dealt with willy-nilly in a great-looking but rather unsatisfying movie that's more a display of raw filmmaking tools than a coherent artistic statement. In the center of Sachs' ambitious muddle is Lincoln Bloom (Gray), a well-off Memphis teen with major sexual identity issues..."

The Apparition
A supernatural presence is released during a college experiment.

Film Review  August 31, 2012, by Marc Savlov
"...Directed by: Todd Lincoln. Starring: Ashley Greene, Sebastian Stan, Tom Felton, Julianna Guill, Luke Pasqualino, Rick Gomez and Anna Clark...."

RG4N Questions City's Legal Wisdom
Anti-Wal-Mart group wants to know why city hired outside legal staff in Northcross case.
DAILY News  February 21, 2007, by Wells Dunbar
"...Responsible Growth for Northcross is in high dudgeon over City Council's appropriation of $224,000 to an outside law firm for help on the Northcross Wal-Mart debacle: "Five days after as many as 3,000 Austinites formed a one square mile-long human chain around the Northcross site, the Austin City Council approved an additional $175,000 to an outside counsel contract with Scott, Douglass & McConnico, LLP for legal counsel concerning development at Northcross Mall. The total contract amount is currently $224,000." It's hard to look at the city's description and see anything too nefarious: "assistance related to the filing of a second site plan by Lincoln Properties, as well as the initiation of negotiations with concerned citizens, Lincoln Properties, and Wal-Mart, concerning potential site plan improvements." RG4N counters, "This action, taken upon the advice of city staff, occurred just six days in advance of a meeting scheduled by Assistant City Manager Laura Huffman at the offices of Armbrust & Brown, the law firm retained by Wal-Mart, to present Lincoln Property Company’s response to the vision and priorities of the five neighborhood associations surrounding Northcross and RG4N..."

Record Reviews
Abbey Lincoln
Music Review  April 1, 1999
"...In 1982, when Mississippi-born Cassandra Wilson moved to New York City via New Orleans, she apprenticed with two jazz icons, vocalist Abbey Lincoln and bassist Dave Holland. Nearly two decades later, the 44-year-old Wilson, now both of her mentors' peer, enlists the help of Holland in paying tribute to his onetime employer, Miles Davis, but it's actually Lincoln whose help she should have enlisted..."

RG4N to Sue City Today
Responsible Growth for Northcross files a lawsuit today against the city of Austin and Lincoln Property Co., asserting that the city's Tuesday approval of a second site plan for the redevelopment of Northcross Mall was illegal.
DAILY News  June 28, 2007, by Katherine Gregor
"...Responsible Growth for Northcross is filing its lawsuit today against the city of Austin and Lincoln Property Co., asserting that the city's Tuesday approval of a second site plan for the redevelopment of Northcross Mall was illegal. Grounds for the lawsuit include claims that a conditional use permit process should have been followed, that the city prejudicially failed to enforce a plat note requiring a higher standard for water quality (rainwater runoff) for the redevelopment of the site, and other allegations regarding the city's failure to follow its own ordinances and processes. "We are dismayed that the City once again has approved a site plan for Northcross in violation of several of its own laws," said RG4N President Hope Morrison in a statement. "We have tried for months to resolve this situation without litigation, but the City, the developer and Wal-Mart have made it clear that they won't listen unless someone sues them." "This has been a very tough issue," said Assistant City Manager Laura Huffman, sounding discouraged about the impending lawsuit..."

RG4N's 11th-Hour Gamble
RG4n wants a third party to reconcile their Northcross plans with the developer's.
DAILY News  March 27, 2007, by Wells Dunbar
"...Responsible Growth for Northcross is calling for a third party to facilitate their beef with Wal-Mart developers Lincoln Property to head off the threat of a lawsuit. Taking a cue from the belabored but ultimately successful negotiations for the redevelopment of the Concordia campus, which languished between neighbors and developer until ROMA Design Group worked out mutually agreeable details for the project..."

Breaking: Second Lawsuit Filed Against Northcross Wal-Mart
Allandale Neighborhood Association joins in the legal battle against the supercenter at Northcross.
DAILY News  July 3, 2007, by Katherine Gregor
"...By the time you read this, the Allandale Neighborhood Association will have filed a lawsuit against the city of Austin and Lincoln Property Co. alleging that the city’s site plan approval for the redevelopment of Northcross Mall is illegal..."

Adding Wal-Mart to the Agenda
RG4N wants City Council to put Wal-Mart on the agenda next week
DAILY News  May 10, 2007, by Wells Dunbar
"...Someone's got something they want to see on next week's City Council agenda: "Responsible Growth for Northcross (RG4N) requests that City Council place Lincoln Property Company's second Northcross site plan application on the City Council agenda to review the site plan, information from traffic impact analyses and public testimony. RG4N further requests that the City Council vote to deny approval of the application, pursuant to Land Development Code 25-6-141 (A) and (B), due to the excessive burden this project will place upon local streets and arterials and its potential consequences to public safety." Moreover, the excitable fellows at RG4N breathlessly quote In Fact Daily's reporting that tomorrow, Wal-Mart will release revised square-footage numbers for the Northcross store – will it be something substantial or another PR ploy? If you're so inclined, you can talk about it at RG4N's meeting tonight: May 10, 7pm, at Grace Church of the Nazarene at 1006 W..."

More on RG4N's Northcross Lawsuit
More details on the RG4N suit filed today.
DAILY News  June 28, 2007, by Wells Dunbar
"...Below, the press release just sent out by Responsible Growth for Northcross regarding their lawsuit over the recently approved second site plan for the Northcross Wal-Mart: RG4N STATEMENT ANNOUNCING LAWSUIT AGAINST CITY OF AUSTIN AND LINCOLN PROPERTY COMPANY AUSTIN, Texas, June 28, 2007 – On Tuesday, June 26, the City of Austin approved Lincoln Property Company's second site plan for Northcross Mall. Today, Responsible Growth for Northcross (RG4N) filed a lawsuit in Travis County District Court against our City and Lincoln to invalidate the site plan. RG4N concluded in December 2006 that Lincoln's first site plan was illegally approved by the City..."

Light It Up
Judd Nelson is finally back to his old Breakfast Club stomping ground, but this time around there's guns, a wounded cop, and a media circus to match the angst roiling...
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Film Review  November 12, 1999, by Marc Savlov
"...Nelson plays Mr. Knowles, a teacher of something or other (we're never told, exactly) at distressed Lincoln High School in Queens..."

RG4N Trial: Thursday Morning
"I sue for the trees, for the trees have no lawyers!"
DAILY News  November 15, 2007, by Lee Nichols
"...Testimony in Responsible Growth for Northcross' trial attempting to stop the construction of a Wal-Mart at the former mall property continued this morning with RG4N attorney Brad Rockwell continuing his attempt to show city staff didn't follow proper procedures in approving Lincoln Property's building permit and city staffers continuing to reply that he's misinterpreting city codes...."

RG4N Testimony Continues Today
Northcross neighbors continue to plead their case
DAILY News  November 14, 2007, by Lee Nichols
"...Afternoon action in the Responsible Growth for Northcross trial Tuesday afternoon consisted mostly of testimony on floodwater drainage engineering, which this reporter (and likely anyone in the courtroom who was not a water engineer) admittedly found a bit arcane and difficult to follow, but it could be boiled down (pardon the pun) to this: Dr. Lauren Ross, a drainage engineer for the city of Sunset Valley and frequent player in Barton Springs and other Austin water issues, said that Lincoln Property Co.’s site plan to build a Wal-Mart on the former Northcross Mall property did not meet city floodwater code; Jim Schissler, project manager for the redevelopment, said he had done what city code prescribed; and city of Austin engineer Benny Ho said that different engineers using different data sets can come to different conclusions...."

Ourshelves
Dao Strom and Elvia Padilla-Medal, front women for All Night Lincoln
Books Story  September 12, 2003, by Kate Cantrill
"..."We share the same passions," Elvia says. "Music, kids, writing, and reading." Their band, All Night Lincoln, is named for Dao's son, Lincoln..."

Death of a Nation
Dinesh D'Souza, at it again, in another propaganda exercise

Film Review  August 3, 2018, by Josh Kupecki
"...This latest salvo from D’Souza (you may or may not have the fond remembrances of 2016: Obama’s America, or the sequel, lazily named Hillary’s America) posits a thesis statement that compares Republican president Abraham Lincoln with our current commander in chief, Donald Trump. That thesis often gets bogged down in the many other points and pathways that D’Souza embarks on...."

Nebraska
Woody is a man of few words who might not be all there, but Bruce Dern is all there and that's more than good enough for us.
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Film Review  November 29, 2013, by Kimberley Jones
"...Seventysomething Woody Grant (Dern) has the head-first, quick-step dodder of a toddler, dangerously fast and ever on the edge of a tumble. And a tumble is surely coming: It has to be, with Woody fixing all his hopes on the fantasy payout of a Publisher’s Clearing House-like scam. Is Woody addled by dementia or just clinging to a desperate dream at the end of his life? His exhausted, crabby wife Kate (Squibb) has no patience for her husband, a drunk and a disappointment, but son David (Forte) agrees to drive him from their home in Billings, Mont., to Lincoln, Neb., where Woody is convinced a $1 million prize is waiting for him – a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow...."

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
Johnny Knoxville unleashes jackassery on unsuspecting bystanders while dressed as 86-year-old Irving Zisman and accompanied by his equally brazen 8-year-old grandson.
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Film Review  October 25, 2013, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Johnny Knoxville is truly unrecognizable under tons of makeup and prosthetics as the movie’s titular octogenarian, Irving Zisman, who’s been tasked with driving his grandson Billy (Jackson Nicoll) cross-country for delivery to the boy’s deadbeat dad. Using hidden-camera lensing in the style of Borat and Bruno, Bad Grandpa has the duo inflict their stunts on unsuspecting populaces from Lincoln, Neb., to Raleigh, N.C..."

Runner Runner
A Princeton student and online gambler gets entangled with the operation's devious mastermind in Costa Rica.
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Film Review  October 11, 2013, by Kimberley Jones
"...The acting’s fine, even if Timberlake – who enters every room like he owns it – isn’t hungry enough to play the upstart Richie, and Affleck attacks the role of the hedonistic heavy with about as much bloodlust as a vegan at a pig pull. Director Furman and cinematographer Mauro Fiore make lovely work of the tropical light, but the film has none of the loose-limbed energy of Furman’s stealth hit, The Lincoln Lawyer...."

The Conspirator
Robert Redford directs this historical movie about the trial of Mary Surratt, who was convicted of conspiracy to assassinate Abraham Lincoln.
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Film Review  April 15, 2011, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Handled with the patient deliberateness that is one of the hallmarks of Redford’s directing career, The Conspirator illuminates historical events, if only by the sepia-toned gas lamps of mid-19th century America. The film is devoted to the trial of Mary Surratt (Wright), the owner of the boarding house where John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of Abraham Lincoln, met frequently with his confederates to plan their actions..."

Northcross Wal-Mart Size Cut in Half
Revised plans call for 99,000 square feet; RG4N says it will drop lawsuit
DAILY News  June 24, 2008, by Lee Nichols
"...RG4N announced in response that will drop appeals to the unsuccessful lawsuit it filed against the city of Austin and developer Lincoln Property last year to block the store...."

Nice Timing
Meeker calls on Leffingwell to give back $9,300 from Lincoln Property's lawyers
DAILY News  April 8, 2008, by Lee Nichols
"...Obviously, it's no accident that Austin City Council Place 1 candidate Jason Meeker just issued a press release calling for incumbent Lee Leffingwell to return $9,300 in campaign contributions received from lawyers at Armbrust & Brown, the firm that represented Lincoln Property when it was sued by Responsible Growth for Northcross. The donations were received Nov..."

Won't Somebody Think of the Children?
Skating Rink at Northcross says RG4N's putting them on ice
DAILY News  February 15, 2007, by Wells Dunbar
"...You see, they apparently planned to move into the vacant Bealls department store in Northcross prior to the controversy and now fear if RG4N succeeds, they'll be out. “We want all those who are contributing to RG4N’s litigation against the city of Austin and Lincoln Properties to know that they are helping to fund the possible bankruptcy of at least one of the local businesses they claim to be protecting,” says Collins..."

Johnson Family Vacation
Half-baked comedy is on the road to nowhere.
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Film Review  April 9, 2004, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Nate tries to overtake an 18-wheeler and attempts to romance his disinterested wife (Williams) and picks up a spooky hitchhiker (Elizabeth). His eldest daughter is a boy-crazy fashionista, his middle child (Bow Wow) argues music with Nate and grooves on the pimpmobile makeover mistakenly given to Nate’s Lincoln Navigator when it was brought in to have an 8-track player installed..."

Sunshine State
Having resisted the temptation to make a thoroughly mainstream film in a career spanning three decades, John Sayles is truly the dean of independent moviemakers. (Even the granddaddy renegade filmmaker...
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Film Review  August 2, 2002, by Steve Davis
"...They have their eye on the lucrative beachfront property on Plantation Island, a community where the native wildlife is not the only the endangered species. The push to gentrify this middle-class oceanfront community into a millionaire playground and to displace the locals in the process is not without resistance -- some small business owners resent the intrusion of outsiders on principle, and the blacks in the area view the moneyed interlopers as a threat to the historical significance of Lincoln Beach, the seashore in the area that they used during segregated times..."

Boys Don't Cry
Without resorting to dogma, ideological tracts, or cautionary tales, Boys Don't Cry evocatively tells the true story of a young Nebraska woman who changed her sexual identity and transformed herself (sans surgery) into a young man. Swank won her first Oscar for this role.
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Film Review  December 24, 1999, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Boys Don't Cry speaks to anyone who has ever wondered what would happen if the world were to discover his or her “true” self. What would happen if one of those hidden parts of our identity were to be uncovered? Would it turn out to be the key that unlocks the magic kingdom or would it be exposed as the ugly monster we always feared? The movie is based on the true story of a young Lincoln, Nebraska, woman named Teena Brandon who changed her sexual identity and transformed herself (sans surgery) into a young man named Brandon Teena..."

The Bone Collector
What if Alfred Hitchcock and David Fincher gave a party and nobody came? They'd probably be stuck bandying about script ideas and -- after all the schnapps and canapés had...
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Film Review  November 5, 1999, by Marc Savlov
"...It's hard to quibble about mundane plot machinations and so on when you have lips like Jolie's or Washington's electric smile hovering in front of you. But why not? As Noyce's film opens, we see NYPD forensics expert Lincoln Rhyme (Washington) descending into the shadows beneath the streets of New York City, trying to check on a missing cop..."

Leprechaun 2
Rodman Flender, huh? Yeah, sure, whatever. Do I really need to tell you that Leprechaun 2 stinks on ice? I doubt it, but I will anyway. If you saw the...

Film Review  May 27, 1994, by Marc Savlov
"...Seems it happens every thousand years or so, and since the millennium's just around the corner – and the first film made, oh, $40 or $50 over gross – it's Leprechaun time again. Rodman Flender (yeah, right) has cast his hat into the splatter movie ring with what can only be called stylistic consistency: the sets are apparently left over from some ancient Star Trek episode, the acting, for the most part, is so wooden, Abe Lincoln could have built a cabin out of it, the cinematography is apparently non-union, and the gore effects (what should be the redeeming factor in a film of this genre) are of the Karo Syrup and food color variety..."

Bebe's Kids
Bebe's Kids are the spawn of comedian Robin Harris' fertile imagination. They're miscreant little monsters who are always misbehaving or mouthing off. They're the trouble you never saw coming, a...
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Film Review  August 28, 1992, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...It's here that the story runs adrift. The kids run amok, are chased by secret service-like park goons and by the time there's a courtroom trial with Richard Nixon and Abraham Lincoln acting as the prosecution and defense, you've lost whatever tenuous threads this story holds..."

The Hidden Room Theatre Is Working With a Presidential Assassin
Aside from that, Mrs. Lincoln, we reckon you’ll really enjoy the show
DAILY Arts  June 12, 2018, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Austin’s Hidden Room theatre company is officially in cahoots with John Wilkes Booth, the actor who shot and killed President Abraham Lincoln back in 1865. They’re engaged in a sort of transtemporal collaboration, of course, and the Ransom Center’s Eric Colleary is partly to blame...."

Roller Derby Update[d]: 10/8/10
Texecutioners take to the tourneys
DAILY Sports  October 9, 2010, by Richard Whittaker
"...No, they're not avoiding ACL traffic. The Texas Rollergirls' travel team the Texecutioners are in Lincoln, Neb., for the Womens Flat Track Derby Association's South Central regionals, while the Lonestar Rollergirls are taking a turkey trot to Cuero...."

RG4N Loses In Court
But judge only addresses one aspect of anti-Wal-Mart group's claims
DAILY News  December 21, 2007, by Lee Nichols
"...Responsible Growth for Northcross has lost its lawsuit attempting to stop the construction of a Wal-Mart on the former Northcross Mall property by Lincoln Property. RG4N sued the city, asserting that city staff had improperly approved Lincoln’s site plan for the Wal-Mart Supercenter without considering the project’s impact on public safety, traffic, and flood drainage as required by city ordinance..."

Letters at 3AM: The Lincolns of Hollywood
It is dangerous to view history through the eyes of sentimentality
Columns  November 30, 2012, by Michael Ventura
"...... Then he saw Abraham Lincoln, and his whole feeling suddenly changed..."

Developing Stories
Citizen passion against city-approved site plan for redeveloping Northcross Mall continues to run hot and deep
News Column  February 16, 2007, by Katherine Gregor
"...A fight against the nation's most powerful retailer (fueled in part by Wal-Mart's lack of corporate social responsibility) makes for snappy bumper stickers, T-shirts ("Wal-Mart Isn't Weird") and sound-bite media coverage. Certainly, the advocacy group Responsible Growth for Northcross has articulated one non-negotiable goal to both the city and the developer: "Lincoln Property Company and Wal-Mart need to abandon their plans to build a 225,085 square foot 24-hour Wal-Mart Supercenter with a 300,000 square foot parking garage." (Until that demand is met, RG4N also called on Saturday for a citywide boycott of all Wal-Marts and Sam's Clubs.) But to see only that aspect of the Northcross uprising is to miss the deeper civic issues at stake...."

Making History Personal
History is more than a bound collection of facts; it is something personal, something intimate, something that, even in contradiction, demands to be shared. Robi Polgar gleans that immediate sense of history from two plays currently running in Austin theatres: E Pluribus Unum: Barbara Jordan -- One Voice and The America Play.
Arts Story  February 18, 2000, by Robi Polgar
"...This stage piece is impressionistic and densely poetic, if just as proud and zealous in its ultimate optimism as Hamilton-Lynne's much more naturalistic drama. All signs point to it being a play about Abraham Lincoln with an African-American bent, but that is such an oversimplification of this rich theatrical work...."

Letters @ 3AM
The author offers notes for a poem that tells how the America of our hearts is a forgotten country.
Columns  October 4, 2002, by Michael Ventura
"...Lincoln preferred to read aloud even when alone -- perhaps to be sure that all the conflicted parts of himself would hear. Place that image somewhere in this poem, The Founders -- an ironic title..."

Wal-Mart Case Could Take Several Weeks to Decide
Complexity of Wal-Mart case, not to mention Thanksgiving, could delay judge's decision
News Story  November 23, 2007, by Lee Nichols
"...Responsible Growth for Northcross, an activist group attempting to stop Lincoln Property Co.'s plans to put a Wal-Mart Supercenter on the former Northcross Mall location, focused on legal code language centered around phrases such as "will" and "shall" – words that RG4N says limit the amount of flexibility staff has in interpretations and prove that staff didn't carry out due diligence when it approved Lincoln's site plan in 2006. Travis Co..."

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