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University High
Community colleges are pushing "college credit" courses for high school students -- but the education is in doubt.
News Story  June 8, 2001, by Kevin Fullerton
"...But the so-called "embedded" dual credit class -- in which high school students get college credit for courses taught by their high school teachers (the colleges prefer to call them "adjunct instructors") -- is a relatively new invention. In 1995, hoping to reverse the state's embarrassingly low rate of college enrollment, the Texas Legislature permitted community colleges to waive tuition for students who attend their classes but are still in high school..."

The Fantastic and Utterly Disreputable History of the Bevy of Sin Known as Guy Town
Before downtown Austin had the Warehouse District, it had the Whorehouse District: a notorious neighborhood of brothels and fandango houses called Guy Town.
Features Story  January 26, 2001, by Ian Quigley
"...Prostitution was everywhere, and migrating troops had brought attendant swarms of loose women wherever they went. The bulk of the nation was thoroughly acquainted with the trade, and Texas was no exception..."

Point of Sale
Books Story  October 9, 1998, by Clay Smith
"...I like calling on TravelFest first because that was my very first, call so I try and always set that up as my first appointment so that I know that the season has begun. The first long drive that I make is a trip to Oklahoma so that after driving eight hours everything else seems like a quick little drive -- just a short dash up to Dallas." Lynn drives back and forth across Texas and Oklahoma, selling books for presses like Harvard, Yale, MIT, Routledge, Ten Speed Press, and LSU..."

Revival of Spirit
University Baptist Grows Despite Controversy
News Story  May 29, 1998, by Kayte VanScoy
"...Austin's University Baptist Church (UBC) has learned all too well that autonomy can be a double-edged sword. In February, the church was unceremoniously abandoned by the Baptist General Convention of Texas for taking an autonomous stance on homosexuality..."

The Natural Center of Gravity
Utter Reading Series at the Austin History Center
Books Story  May 9, 1997, by Phil West
"...from the top-ranked University of Iowa Writers' Workshop program, and Lozano started his graduate work at Columbia before completing his M.A. (and his Michener post-graduate fellowship) at the University of Texas..."

Bill of the Week
Building a Better Texas
News Column  February 8, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...Construction is big business in Texas. But it's also a dangerous and, at times, underhanded industry plagued by worker injuries and widespread tax fraud..."

The Uses of Joy
When Conspire Theatre helps incarcerated women, it's all in the game
Arts Story  November 4, 2011, by Katherine Catmull
"...Even though this story and my own experience told me that Conspire's focus on joy and play was essentially good in itself, I found some science to back me up – and a tragic, close-to-home example, too. In the late 1960s, Texas Gov..."

A Parliament of Experts
Did 'expert testimony' convict an innocent woman of murder?
News Story  February 4, 2011, by Jordan Smith
"...After Mexican documentarians made an award-winning film about Jimenez's case (a sympathetic portrait of the plight of an undocumented immigrant caught up in the Texas justice system), the state of Mexico got involved and, via the municipality that Jimenez is from, is now paying for her legal representation. That means that Benjet and Henricks are far better funded than was Martinez, allowing the lawyers to find experts that Benjet says are leading in the field of pediatric airways and choking..."

Planting the Seeds of the New Cactus
KUT reaches out for ideas on the new Cactus Cafe
News Story  July 23, 2010, by Richard Whittaker
"...This week sees the midpoint in KUT Cactus Cafe Conversations, the latest round of public consultation about the future of the legendary University of Texas music venue and bar. Local author Spike Gillespie, one of the guests invited to take part in the discussions, said: "A change is taking place, a decision has been made, KUT is going to be running the Cactus, and that's a done deal..."

Long Center/Texas Performing Arts
Austin's biggest concert halls team up to present touring Broadway musicals
Arts Story  March 5, 2010, by Robert Faires
"...In the run-up to the opening of the Long Center for the Performing Arts, one big question was: How will the new facility compete for all those big touring Broadway musicals that the University of Texas Performing Arts Center – now Texas Performing Arts – has had a lock on since 1981? Alas, when the Long Center had to cancel the booking of its very first touring musical, The Drowsy Chaperone, over sluggish sales, then watch as the newly renovated Bass Concert Hall roared back to life with hot-ticket runs of Legally Blonde: The Musical, Monty Python's Spamalot, Rent, Avenue Q, and Wicked – with ticket sales for that last show catapulting Bass to No. 7 on Pollstar's list of top 100 Worldwide Theatre Venues between Jan..."

A Campus Full of Well-Armed Students?
Postmarks  May 25, 2009
"...Dear Editor, Re: Guns on campus – Senate Bill 1164 [“When Good Things Happen to Bad Bills – and Vice Versa,” News, May 22]: another hair-brained piece of legislation to address a nonproblem (include the Voter ID bill here). SB 1164 “(b) authorizes a license holder to carry a concealed handgun on or about the license holder's person while the license holder is on the campus of an institution of higher education or private or independent institution of higher education in this state. “To receive a license to carry a concealed handgun in Texas, a person must be a legal resident of Texas, at least 21 years of age …” Using the University of Texas at Austin as an example: UT enrolls 50,000 students each semester (give or take a few thousand). 60% are under the age of 21..."

Recent and Anticipated Texas
From 'Panic' to 'Andrew Jackson'
Books Review  August 19, 2005, by Shawn Badgley
"...FICTIONPanic by Jeff Abbott (Dutton, $23.95): The Austinite and three-time Edgar Award nominee's hardcover debut is a nonstop thrill ride through Central Texas, New Orleans, Miami, and London, as protagonist Evan Casher visits his family home in Austin only to find murder and crippling, catastrophic secrets. Abbott will be at BookPeople on Aug..."

Jewish Life in Morocco, Tunisia and Spain: A Retrospective of Haim Shiran's Films
Jewish Life in Morocco, Tunisia, and Spain: A Retrospective of Haim Shiran's Films is a three-night series of films by this Israeli film and television producer. All films screen with...
Film Review  March 23, 2000, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...All films screen with English subtitles and will be followed by a Q&A. The series is co-sponsored by the University of Texas' Departments of Anthropology, Radio-TV-Film, Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures; the Austin Film Society; Texas Hillel; Jewish Community Association of Austin; and the Israeli Consulate General in Houson..."

Don't Suck, Don't Die: Giving Up Vic Chesnutt
A love song from one Georgian to another
Music Review  October 15, 2015, by Neph Basedow
"...Through beautifully phrased, dark, honest prose, the Rat Girl author paints a poetic portrait of earnest struggle, friendship as significant savior, and learned empathy. (Kristin Hersh has canceled her TBF appearance due to a family illness.) Don't Suck, Don't Die: Giving Up Vic Chesnuttby Kristin Hersh University of Texas Press, 200 pp., $22.95..."

Texas Exonerates 13 in 2013
Nationally, more than 1,300 exonerated since 1989
DAILY News  February 4, 2014, by Jordan Smith
"...Texas counted 13 new exonerations in 2013 – the most of any state in a record-breaking year for the number of wrongful convictions overturned, according to report released today by the National Registry of Exonerations...."

Austin Arts Hall of Fame: Class of 2013
The Austin Critics Table has honored five more pioneers in the Austin arts community
Arts Story  May 3, 2013, by Robert Faires
"...Donald Grantham (University of Texas) – composer, educator..."

Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays
If you think running in circles is boring, well then you've never witnessed the excitement of the Texas Relays
Sports Story  March 23, 2012, by Mark Fagan
"...The 85th running of the Clyde Little­field Texas Relays consumes the Mike A. Myers Stadium – conveniently located on the University of Texas campus – starting Wednesday at 11:30am with the women's heptathlon..."

Texas Performing Arts
A major grant lets UT's arts presenter boost the profile of classical music
Arts Story  July 1, 2011, by Robert Faires
"...The reason for this is a hefty $450,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to Texas Performing Arts, that presenter of concerts, plays, and other performances at the University of Texas..."

A Portrait of the Cheesemonger as a Young Couple
Antonelli's Cheese Shop is an intimate neighborhood shop where curious patrons can taste everything, ask a million questions, and have their selections cut to order
Food Story  March 26, 2010, by MM Pack
"...How do a New Yorker who grew up eating Velveeta and a self-described "4-H rodeo queen" from Mineral Wells, Texas, evolve into passionate cheesemongers? (One early clue: John founded a grilled cheese club in high school.) After they connected at Georgetown University, John became a certified public accountant and Kendall earned a master's degree from the University of Texas with a career as an advocate for human-trafficking victims...."

Muny Isn't Part of UT's Grand Plans
Consultant rolls out two master plans for UT's Brackenridge Tract
News Story  June 26, 2009, by Jacob Cottingham
"...After nearly a year of meetings, listening sessions, and presentations, Cooper, Robert­son & Partners, the master planning firm hired by the University of Texas Board of Regents, last week submitted its two conceptual master plans to the austere university governing body. Most notably, neither plan includes the popular Lions Municipal Golf Course, or Muny – though both plans do include 15 acres for the West Austin Youth Association, or WAYA – and one of the options included moving the Bracken­ridge Field Lab, a research facility headed up by UT professor Larry Gilbert...."

In Remembrance of Raúl
Friends and colleagues of poet/activist Raúl Salinas pay tribute
Books Story  February 22, 2008, by Belinda Acosta
"...Well, with that, I had to give him a big hug because you don't always find other chileros even among Chicanos. His last words to me that day in between squeezes were, "Be cool!" Que viva el mero mero chilero! – Celeste Guzmán, poet and assistant director of development, University of Texas Press, Austin, Texas..."

Texas Zydeco
Music Review  November 3, 2006, by Belinda Acosta
"...Texas Zydeco..."

None of the Hits, All of the Time
Austin's Real "Alternative," KVRX
Music Story  January 24, 1997, by Kate X Messer
"...Garrison is starting her second semester as station manager of KVRX, the University of Texas student radio station and home to some of Austin's finest self-expression -- on and off the wall. The non-commercial, 3,000-watt station, which shares time on the 91.7FM frequency with sister station KOOP, is faced with a rapidly mutating Austin radio market..."

Texas in Bold, Dark Strokes
Artist/Historian Jack Jackson
Books Story  November 15, 1996, by Jesse Sublett
"...Jackson, better known to some by the pen name of Jaxon, should be a household name in Austin. In the early Sixties he was a member of that iconoclastic cadre of artists which included Gilbert Shelton, who worked at the University of Texas humor magazine, Texas Ranger..."

The District of Austin
Another Capital City Gets No Respect
News Story  November 8, 1996, by Robert Bryce
"...Austin is the Washington D.C. of Texas...."

The Ballad of Townes & Blaze
The twisted but not-so-tall tale of Van Zandt and Foley, Lonesome Dove meets Barfly
Features Story  August 16, 2018, by Sybil Rosen
"...The jigsaw of geography in filmmaking is such that one day during the making of Blaze we were in Baton Rouge, La., at a venue called the Texas Club, shooting a scene that takes place in the New York City of the Eighties...."

Fred Lewis, Friends of “the Poor” Go to War on Central Health
Is there a doctor in the house?
News Story  December 1, 2016, by Michael King
"...When Central Health won its bond election in 2012, the vote was widely heralded as a step forward toward improving health care in Travis County and Central Texas, specifically the care of underserved populations and the indigent. Among other things, the proposition promised "improved healthcare in Travis County, including support for a new medical school consistent with the mission of Central Health, a site for a new teaching hospital, trauma services, specialty medicine ....."

In the Name of Ann Richards
AISD's School for Young Women Leaders is a district showcase – does its glittering reputation hide a darker side for teachers and students?
News Story  August 30, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...Ann Richards was no saint. Talk to any veteran reporter and they'll pull out a story about the hard-drinking, hard-talking, silver-haired pit fighter of Texas politics..."

Nevermind the Score, Texas State Beat Tech
Bobcats enjoy Big-Time Football
DAILY Sports  September 14, 2012, by Joe O'Connell
"...Texas State won last week...."

Texas Stars Host Military Appreciation Weekend
So many reasons to see the Texas Stars this weekend
Sports Story  November 11, 2011, by Mark Fagan
"...foreign policy, our fine men and women in the military need all the support we can offer. For both games against the Abbotsford Heat this weekend, Texas Stars players will wear special stars and stripes uniforms which will be sold off in a silent auction (alongside other items) on the concourse of the Cedar Park Center..."

Pride of the Eastside
The movers and shakers behind El Gallo want you to rethink how movies get made
Screens Story  August 19, 2011, by Marc Savlov
"..."Through thirteen, forty minute long episodes that will be released locally in Central Texas and digitally via the internet on a monthly basis, El Gallo will follow the interconnected storylines of seven very peculiar characters. These range from Pepe, a drunkard and good for nothing norteño who happens to be a champion cockfighter, to Harry, a forty-year veteran of the INS whose decadent past haunts his now soon-to-be-retired-life."..."

Preserving a 'Special Kind of Place'
Scott Swearingen on the ‘environmental city’
News Story  April 23, 2010, by Nora Ankrum
"...I don't give a rat's ass about what the people of Austin want. Screw you; I own all this land; I want money." So he and people like him do absolutely everything in their power to make sure that the Austin Tomorrow goals of guiding growth were not in place, and they were very successful, mostly because they lobbied the Texas Legislature...."

Pilgrim in an Unholy Land: Notes of a Lonely Cowboy
DAILY Sports  November 3, 2006, by John Razook
"...The question is who? It could, just maybe, be the high and mighty Longhorns. State has knocked off bigger game: even Texas fans remember the Cowboys’ beatings of the very teams Mack Brown & Co..."

Confederacy of Love
The Sons of Confederate Veterans take a stand for the old dominion at UT
News Story  November 19, 2004, by Rachel Proctor May
"...As he stood before the grave of Confederate Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston in the Texas State Cemetery last week, he explained that his uniform was exactly what his great-great grandfather John Rufus Eddins would have worn while defending his homeland in the Confederate Army...."

Add Restoration of Hogg to List
Postmarks  February 25, 2004


Art of the State '98
Art & Theatre to See Around Texas This Summer
Arts Story  May 29, 1998, by Robert Faires and Rebecca S. Cohen
"...Windows of Remembrance at Josef and Edith Mincberg Gallery, Houston That road trip itch -- it creeps up on me every year about this time. Even though Texas between the days Memorial and Labor is a wretched place to be on the road, that nagging urge to put the pedal to the metal is so deep as to overwhelm the combination of broiling sun, baking asphalt, and blasted brown grass that passes for landscape in a Lone Star summer..."

Out of Reach
Living Wage Eludes the Average Austinite
News Story  March 20, 1998, by Nate Blakeslee
"...illustration by Doug Potter Does anyone remember the last time they heard any bad news about Austin's economy? The Texas Workforce Commission recently announced that regional job growth turned out to be higher than expected for 1997 - about 4.5% - for the Austin-San Marcos metro area. The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce is predicting continued robust growth for 1998, and everyone agrees that the area unemployment rate is around 3.1%, roughly 40% below the national average..."

Femmes Fatales: Rounding up Austin's Women of Mystery
Books Story  May 2, 1997, by Anna Hanks
"...A paperback release of Rueful Death is planned for July but the sixth book in the Bayles series, Love Lies Bleeding, will be released in November. Love Lies Bleeding, takes a different turn, with bad herbs (aka heroin and cocaine), the Texas Rangers, cops gone wrong, and China's love life...."

Behind the Tall Tales of Lester Bangs in Texas
Lester's Last Stand
Books Story  March 7, 1997
"..."Lester's Last Stand: Behind the Tall Tales of Lester Bangs in Texas" is an excerpt from a longer chapter in Let It Blurt: The Life and Times of Lester Bangs. Author Jim DeRogatis describes the book as "an ongoing project and a labor of love." He would like to thank the 30 or so Austinites he interviewed for this piece, including those who were quoted here and the many who were not...."

The Spirit of Giving
A Special Christmas Wish List for the Local Media
News Column  December 20, 1996, by Chris Walters
"...* An annual endowment of $1.5 million to KUT, on the condition that the station move to a new location and cease all but the most perfunctory contact with the University of Texas forever. Freed from the poisonous, intellectually dead atmosphere of the university, KUT management and staff could develop a sense of humor and a taste for adventure..."

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
"...The quiet floor has been like that since the E. William Doty Fine Arts Building opened at the University of Texas in 1979: a repository of books, periodicals, journals, scores, and other collection materials in the UT Fine Arts Library (FAL)..."

Mike Osborne: Man of the Moment
Photographer Mike Osborne is looking for the bigger picture in the world we share
Arts Story  June 9, 2016, by Sean L. Malin
"...If you didn't know, the properties on the Monopoly game board as popularized in the Thirties were named for the streets of Atlantic City, N.J., and it was Osborne's idea to visit the byways from which those names were drawn to see what they might say about the city today. "Atlantic City is this iconic place from the East Coast," says the San Antonio native, "but coming from Texas, I was completely divorced from its historical legacy." He discovered John McPhee's 1972 New Yorker essay, "The Search for Marvin Gardens," which details the unlikely development of America's Favorite Playground, and was struck by the history therein, including such fascinating trivia as the fact that Atlantic City's layout was invented on the back of a napkin..."

Campus-Area Homeless Face Backlash in Wake of Haruka Weiser Murder
Viral petition seeks to relocate Guadalupe's homeless community
News Story  April 21, 2016, by Makeda Easter
"...Five months ago, Tanner Golden, a junior at the University of Texas at Austin, started a petition for an assignment in his government class. The petition, "Keep Guadalupe streets safe for UT Austin students," calls on the city to "protect the students of Austin by lessening the homeless population." Golden based the petition on his and his friends' numerous experiences with harassment around campus..."

Bringers of Joy
20,000 Austin kids are happily learning to make positive change in their lives through Creative Action
Arts Story  November 13, 2014, by Katherine Catmull
"...That took her to New York University's Gallatin School, where she designed her own master's program in community-based art. Back in Austin, she volunteered to help start the first afterschool program for the then-tiny Theatre Action Project, a venture founded in 1997 by four University of Texas graduate students doing theatre-based work on school violence that won nonprofit status in 2001 – just in time for the economy to tank..."

Both Sides of the Tracks
Pro and Con on Rail
News Story  August 7, 2014
"...Independent groups publicly supporting the city of Austin urban rail proposal include: Alliance for Public Transportation Real Estate Council of Austin Downtown Austin Alliance Austin Sierra Club Austin Gets Around Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association Congress for a New Urbanism (Central Texas) ATX Safer Streets Brazos Tech District Let's Go Austin PAC University of Texas-Austin..."

Butler School of Music
Two concerts – one by Harvey Pittel, one for the late Rose Taylor – pay tribute to 'living in a song'
Arts Story  January 24, 2014, by Robert Faires
"...A pair of lives spent living in a song – that's what's being offered in two concerts at the Butler School of Music this weekend, one by pioneering saxophonist Harvey Pittel as he draws to a close his 33 years on the faculty of the University of Texas' music school, the other in memory of mezzo-soprano Rose Taylor, who began teaching voice at UT in 1985 and passed away last September...."

Texas Writer Takes Home Two Lammys
Benjamin Alire Sáenz back in the spotlight
DAILY Books  June 4, 2013, by Monica Riese
"...Sáenz, a faculty member at the University of Texas at El Paso, also won the 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award for Kentucky Club, becoming the first Latino writer to do so...."

From the Eyes of the Abused
Ya'Ke Smith on his feature film debut, 'Wolf'
Screens Story  March 16, 2012, by Belinda Acosta
"..."I had to show the worst of the worst, and unfortunately, sometimes the abused grows so accustomed to his or her abuse that they desire the affections of their abuser. That's real," Smith said in a telephone interview from his office at the University of Texas at Arlington...."

Staying Abreast of Tax Debate
'Titty tax' law hangs in the balance
News Story  March 13, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...They're cautious after calculating that the $5 surcharge would raise $87 million in the first biennium, when it is on track to raise only $19 million. Working on new data on sexually oriented businesses from a University of Texas study, Kelly said he's confident in new estimates that the $3 surcharge will produce $18 million a year...."

UT College of Fine Arts: Dempster named dean
After running UT's College of Fine Arts for a year, interim Dean Doug Dempster has gotten the job for keeps
Arts Story  December 21, 2007, by Robert Faires
"...At last, Doug Dempster can take that pesky "interim" out of his job title. The University of Texas professor has been running the College of Fine Arts over on the 40 Acres since the retirement of previous Dean Robert Freeman in August 2006, but in an acting capacity, while the university undertook a national search for a permanent successor..."

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