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Keeping the Lights on at Casa de Luz
The iconic Austin eating-and-meeting place dearly wants to continue pursuing its macrobiotic mission – but can't quite seem to comply with public safety codes
News Story  June 14, 2013, by Elizabeth Pagano
"...Joe Limon, a battalion chief at the Austin Fire Department, reiterated to the commission that his main concern is public safety, for customers as well as firefighters, should there be a fire. Because Casa is located so far from the street, it is required either to install an approved sprinkler system or remove the vegetation along the path that leads to the building..."

A Steady Rise to the Top 10
UT men's basketball reach No. 7
DAILY Sports  January 28, 2011, by Russ Espinoza
"...Is it too early to entertain lofty visions of what might happen in March? Despite the battalion of stiff competition the Longhorns had faced as of mid-January (Pittsburgh, Illinois, Michigan State, North Carolina, UConn), the ultimate regular-season measure of this team will be learned in their current five-game tour against fellow Big 12 darlings Texas A&M, Kansas, and Missouri. They are 3-0, so far, having steamrolled No..."

Elite Squad: The Enemy Within
This mad, muzzle-flash burst of ultraviolence from Brazil earned the director a shot at helming Hollywood's RoboCop reboot.
Film Review  December 9, 2011, by Marc Savlov
"...Col. Roberto Nascimento of BOPE (Special Police Operations Battalion), who, as this sequel opens, bungles a prison-hostage situation and becomes embroiled in a political feud with his superiors and the media, which denounce Nascimento's prohibitively bloody strategies..."

Rick Noriega's Speech to the Texas Democratic Convention
Blasts Cornyn, calls for end to Iraq War.
DAILY News  June 6, 2008, by Lee Nichols
"...I am truly humbled. Good evening Texas. I’m here, as your Democratic nominee for the United States Senate and the 21st Century----Texas--- Democratic Party. I stand here tonight on the shoulders of so many people, especially all of yours. I’d like to begin by thanking my Maker, my family, my parents, my in-laws, our campaign team and all of our friends, and especially my wife – Houston City Councilmember Melissa Noriega and our children Alex and Ricky. This past week I’ve had the privilege of training with the best soldiers in Texas, the1-141 Infantry Battalion, the Alamo Battalion. As you know I’ve been entrusted with the honor of commanding this unit which is the direct descendant of William B..."

The Daily Hustle: 1/27/11
Agenda highlights from today's council meeting
DAILY News  January 27, 2011, by Wells Dunbar
"...Item 20: Fire Department item increasing the number of Battalion Chiefs by one while decreasing Firefighter positions by one to make room for Guy Groomer. Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr passed Groomer over for promotion, but a hearing examiner disagreed, necessitating the position...."

The Good, the Bad, the English & the Deutsch
DAILY Screens  June 19, 2008, by Marc Savlov
"...Also making the trek to spaghetti western heaven were Nacho Vigalondo, director of Fantastic Fest fave Timecrimes and composer/filmmaker Eugenio Mira, and a battalion of glorious Limey bastards "who had only ever met online."..."

Changes at UT’s Fine Arts Library Cause a Rift in the College of Fine Arts
Showdown on the fifth floor
Arts Story  March 29, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...Fliers posted around campus stated "Please don't take away our books" and "Removing our library is an insult to our study and implies our research doesn't matter." A website,, began collecting statements of protest and news reports about the issue, and promoting opportunities for action, such as signing a petition (it currently boasts more than 6,100 signatures). In March, activity accelerated, with more letters streaming in (from curators and staff of the Blanton Museum of Art, the Undergraduate Art History Association, and many individuals); students picketing Dempster's speech at SXSWedu; artist Sean Ripple creating the FAL-related project Remote Storage; and a battalion of students and faculty members speaking out at a meeting of the UT Faculty Council, which then passed a resolution protesting the removal of materials from the FAL and repurposing of space within the library without "real consultation of the faculty."..."

The Color of Fire
The Austin Fire Department is making another attempt at staff diversity – will it do any better this time?
News Story  May 13, 2011, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...One aide of Leffingwell's told me that the mayor had been advised by lawyers not to speak to anyone on Fire Department matters. Not only because of the union's ongoing grievance, but because the mayor had recently given his deposition on a complaint filed in late 2009 with the EEOC by Assistant Fire Marshal Don Smith and Battalion Chief Greg Nye, two white firefighters who claim they were passed over for promotions "in order to accommodate a race-based political agenda." So when I went looking for him, Leffingwell was busy getting burned by both sides of the diversity debate, and he was sufficiently lawyered-up enough to know not to talk to any reporter about anything having to do with fires or the people who put them out for a living...."

The Whole Truce
Gary Bradley ponders the significance of his proposed settlement agreement with the city of Austin.
News Story  February 25, 2000, by Robert Bryce
"...Now, after nearly 15 years of fighting the city with a battalion of lawyers and lobbyists, Bradley, the flamboyant 51-year-old developer, says he is ready to make peace. And the city appears to want the same thing..."

The Race and Gender Breakdown
News Story  May 13, 2011
"...The disparities go up in the higher ranks; of the 281 officers between lieutenant and battalion chief, there are just five African-Americans and four women. AFD RANKMaleFemaleCaucasianHispanicAfrican-AmericanOther Assistant Chief5-311- Division Chief415--- Battalion Chief35-332-- Captain69-645-- Lieutenant17341541751 Specialist184121632310- Firefighter45335348963212 All Ranks923527721444813..."

The Prisoner or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair
Documentary from the filmmakers who made Gunner Palace details the story of Yunis Abbas, an Iraqi journalist falsely detained for nine months at Abu Ghraib.
Film Review  March 30, 2007, by Marrit Ingman
"...The very concept of such an assassination isn't so absurd as to be wacky – at least not since somebody fired a rocket at UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last Thursday. Yet the film makes clear its point about the profound failures of justice caused by aggressive attempts at arrests and detention, balancing Yunis’ account with that of Specialist Benjamin Thompson, 391st MP Battalion..."

The Fire at AFD
Fire Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr leads a department flaming with labor, race, and gender politics
News Story  October 16, 2009, by Wells Dunbar
"...At the time, Kerr was fire chief of Little Rock, Ark., having spent some 25 years in public safety. In 1983, after working for more than a decade as a coach and teacher, she joined the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Fire-Rescue Department, where she steadily rose in the ranks – engine driver, lieutenant, battalion chief, division chief, and ultimately deputy fire chief..."

Weak at the Knee?
Chief Stan Knee's tenure at the APD has had many external successes, and several internal failures.
News Story  October 25, 2002, by Jordan Smith
"...As an example of the chief's "out-of-the-box" thinking, Futrell cites his organization of a Civil Defense Battalion. The group of about 200 community volunteers was organized after 9/11 to help with a host of ancillary departmental functions, thereby freeing officers for more direct police work..."

From 'Night Parachute Battalion,' Stadium Devildare
Arts Story  May 7, 2004

Off the Record
Music Column  September 7, 2007, by Austin Powell
"...• The final lineup for the second annual Fun Fun Fun Fest has been secured. Among the new additions are Cat Power & Dirty Delta Blues, Battles, Mates of State, Cave Singers, Battalion of Saints, and locals Okkervil River, Brothers & Sisters, Iron Age, and Brownout..."

Had Fun at the Fest
Postmarks  November 24, 2007
"...I went home and uploaded the footage and went to the Beerland show. It just so happens that Battalion of Saints also played that day..."

The Hightower Report
Firefighters put to work as FEMA publicity agents; and poor, desperate Bushites look to the American people to pay for their mess in Iraq
News Column  October 7, 2005, by Jim Hightower
"...The answer quickly became apparent. They were not to be used as emergency workers, but as PR agents for FEMA! This skilled battalion was being trained to go into evacuation centers wearing FEMA T-shirts and hand out to victims community-relations fliers promoting the agency's phone number..."

The Hightower Report
Come On, Congress, Get Some Gumption; and No Punishment for Exxon Malfeasance?
News Column  March 28, 2008, by Jim Hightower
"...Meanwhile, ExxonMobil has deployed a battalion of $600-an-hour lawyers to stiff the locals, keeping the people's lawsuit stalled in America's corporate-biased court system. Nearly two decades ago, a jury awarded $5 billion in punitive damages to some 33,000 victims of Exxon's spill, yet the oil giant has not paid a penny of it..."

Rafting the Great Waller
Outdoorsman envisions converting sluggish creek into hardcore white-water rafting rapids
News Story  April 19, 2007, by Wells Dunbar
"...The creek's urban environment is a far cry from the Savage River's surroundings in western Maryland – in the late 1980s, Stuart had a hand in organizing the world white-water rafting championships there, a planning catastrophe akin to crossing the Alps. Bringing in thousands of contestants and spectators by train, amassing caravans to the lake, and arranging a battalion of Porta-Potties provided "huge logistical problems," he says..."

The Hightower Lowdown
Hypocritical corporate "patriotism"; Congress declares war on civil liberties; Congressmen spend for our country.
News Column  November 16, 2001, by Jim Hightower
"...These two are members of Congress, and while neither of them did anything rash, like volunteering to go to the front in Afghanistan, both did arm themselves with fully loaded gold Visa cards and position themselves on the front lines of a shopping mall in suburban Washington, D.C. They didn't undertake this search-and-buy mission alone, but in the company of corporate lobbyists, congressional aides, and a battalion of media types..."

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