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"...Jeff Tweedy’s unconcerned with “dad rock” pigeonholing. If anything, looking scruffy with geek-chic glasses, a stiff cowboy hat, and Big Bill Bronzy t-shirt, the Wilco frontman seems to embrace the term..."
"...Wilco’s take-down last night of the Moody Theater bears no comparison to its Austin City Limits taping there the previous night. Television’s one thing, especially for a band with a disc titled Kicking Television, but rock shows are sacred..."
"...With no new album to promote, Wilco had free rein over its ACL Fest setlist. In fact, the famed Chicago ensemble covered a lot of territory over the course of 60 minutes, from bubbling space rock to alt.country and melodic pop of the finest kind...."
"...As of Jan. 29, the 3rd Court of Appeals took WilCo's appeal under advisement...."
"...At WilCo campaign headquarters, Democrats celebrated Diana Maldonado's victory over Bryan Daniel in the state representative District 52 race as confirmation they can and will win in WilCo. In turn, Maldonado praised other candidates for "making inroads." Indeed, the Democrats – once a party non grata in WilCo – have decided to keep an office open here to prepare for future elections..."
"...As it happens, one inadequately identified contributor was Williamson Co. Commissioner Lisa Birkman, and the WilCo connections raise additional questions about potentially improper influence on a case heard by Law's court..."
"...have mounted a full-bore effort to defeat one of their own Republican Party members – Precinct 1 Constable Gary Griffin, a three-term incumbent who faces former Austin Police Officer Robert Chody in the March 4 primary. While Chody has garnered endorsements from a slew of WilCo officials and law-enforcement groups, Griffin remains undaunted; he says this is not the first time he's stood on the "wrong side" of the WilCo party brass...."
"...“This one’s for you, Austin,” smiled Jeff Tweedy toward the end of Wilco’s two-hour Austin City Limits taping last night at the Moody Theater. No ode to urbanity, new LP cut “Capitol City” nevertheless worked wonders against ACL’s world famous backdrop: “Capitol city skyline photo/Skyscraper shines the sun so.” ...."
"...Another "national expert" has left Williamson Co., after apparently running afoul of WilCo's incestuous power structure. His departure comes nine months after the high-profile resignation of a nationally recruited director of the animal shelter..."
"...Regional Animal Shelter. But WilCo Sheriff Detective John Foster is quick to defend his office's investigation, which effectively found nothing amiss at the shelter despite a series of animal deaths that sparked outcries from animal rights activists across Texas..."
"...Lawyers for Williamson County, Waste Management of Texas Inc., and citizens groups squared off in WilCo District Court Monday to present arguments in a lawsuit WilCo brought late last year against WMI over a contract dispute. The legal question centers on whether the contract is valid; WilCo says it isn't..."
"...The group has been kept in suspense about the particulars of the complaint ever since. At the time, Williams called it "Kafkaesque" – an allusion to The Trial, in which the protagonist is prosecuted for an unspecified crime – and said it was hard to counter as a result (see "WilCo, Texas Fair Defense Project Duke It Out," Feb..."
"...The probe was initially launched out of Precinct 1 Constable Gary Griffin's office, based on a police report stating that conditions at the shelter warranted an investigation. Aleshire's clients suspect a "cover-up of evidence," according to a July 13 public-information request Aleshire filed on their behalf with WilCo officials..."
"...The HSU removed more than 200 animals, and has partnered with the HS of WilCo to help care for them. The Humane Society of WilCo has taken in 30 dogs, many of whom are heartworm positive and are suffering with other medical ailments..."
"...Offering a stranger a hand job may display poor manners and worse judgment – but does it warrant felony imprisonment? In Williamson County, it apparently could – at least if you're gay. That's the issue under consideration in a criminal case now before WilCo District Court Judge Billy Ray Stubblefield...."
"...Immigration and Customs Enforcement and addressed to County Judge Dan Gattis on May 23. The reprimand only came to light in October, when WilCo commissioners began airing concerns about mounting liability..."
"...With a decisive 10-point spread, Williamson County Attorney Jana Duty pulled off an upset in the Republican primary to unseat current incumbent WilCo District Attorney John Bradley, who was seeking another term. Duty hammered Bradley with a campaign that focused on Bradley's role in blocking access to post-conviction DNA testing for Michael Morton, who was exonerated last year after spending nearly a quarter-century in prison for the 1986 murder of his wife, Christine..."
"...Three thousand Williamson County voters need to double-check where they will vote on Election Day after the county's Elections Department gave them the wrong location. After staff made a database error, WilCo residents across nine precincts were sent notification postcards with incorrect info on them: Some put them in the wrong precinct, and others had the wrong polling location..."
"...Dear Editor, In response to the article about the indictment of a 39-year-old male who allegedly asked a 16-year-old male to consent to a sexual act [“In WilCo, Making a Pass Is OK … Unless You're Gay,” News, Sept. 5]: I must say I do not think Williamson County is being too harsh to consider felony imprisonment..."
"...Van Cleve is quick to point out this is just an assist on party-building in WilCo. She explained, "For a county and a district that doesn't have a long history of being a blue dot in a red sea, people are terrifically excited." She's finding previously untapped local resources: When visiting the Austin-based Capital Area Democratic Women, Van Cleve ran into some Round Rock precinct captains..."
"...In the wake of the shooting and now his lawsuit, Graves is also taking a public beating these days from WilCo officials. Recently, Ackley crashed family court proceedings (concerning Graves and Besek's daughter) and circulated photos of Graves, identifying him as a "dangerous person," while presenting himself as simply a "concerned citizen," Graves told the Chronicle..."
"...Perhaps she's offering WilCo's version of a cultural news flash? Or just throwing a self-serving bone to critics? On the East Coast, in fact, in an Associated Press article published at NJ.com, a defeated, but obviously oblivious, Schneider categorically dismissed the whole affair as "just bad timing," and resolved to make future announcements "less specific."..."
"...*Oops! The following correction ran in our April 6, 2007 issue: In last week's issue, a photo caption in "WilCo Budget War Goes to Appeals Court" mistakenly referred to Gary Griffin as a "former" Williamson County Constable. In fact, Griffin is still constable of Precinct 1..."
"...6, Williamson County commissioners approved a settlement of the 2005 lawsuit by former Williamson County Sheriff's Office lieutenants Barry Simmons and Ralph Fisher against Sheriff James Wilson and the county for demoting them to deputies in 2004. (See "WilCo Sheriff's Office Lawsuit," Nov..."
"...The Simmons-Fisher saga began back in December 2003, with the resignation of former WilCo Sheriff John Maspero, who left office under a cloud of allegations of public intoxication and official misconduct including a charge that he bit a dancer on the thigh while drunk and pretending to be a dog at the Penthouse Men's Club. In the wake of Maspero's departure, Williamson Co..."
"...Information on all Election Day voting locations for each precinct can be found on the Elections website at http://www.wilcogov.org/elections...."
"...Directed by: Sam Jones. Starring: Wilco..."
"...George Strait kicked down the brand new doors of the Cedar Park Center last Friday with a typically larger-than-life, but next Thursday, Wilco christens the hockey arena for the Austin indie intelligentsia. Jeff Tweedy laughed often from the road somewhere...."
"...Aside from his numerous improvised acoustic and electric jazz projects, the “Avant Romantic” – as Rolling Stone dubbed him in its list of 20 new guitar gods – has collaborated with Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, was part of the Million Dollar Bashers house band for the I’m Not There soundtrack, and reinterpreted John Coltrane’s Interstellar Space with jazz drummer Gregg Bendian. Most people know Cline, though, as the cerebral force of Wilco, whom he joined in 2004..."
"...Jeff Tweedy's new autobiography encapsulates an early memory of his: "Something that really happened and it's fucking magical." And very funny at times; the author jokes at the start, "There will be no mention of prescription painkillers," as he launches into his days and nights of Vicodin. Wilco's bandleader recounts how he routinely received prescription drugs illegally from a pharmacist who was a fan..."
"...Wilco’s discography opens an unexpected third chapter today with The Whole Love, released through the beloved Chicago sextet’s new dBpm Records. Not until this eighth studio album, in fact, the first Wilco LP bypassing Warner Bros..."
"...Late last month, Max Frost spent two days recording with Jeff Tweedy at the Wilco frontman's Loft studio in Chicago...."