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Wilco’s Flawless First Night at Stubb’s
Jeff Tweedy & Co. air new LP and then some during epic set
DAILY Music  September 30, 2015, by Neph Basedow
"...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 Part Two: Standing O
Wilco, night two at the Moody, reviewed
DAILY Music  December 2, 2011, by Raoul Hernandez
"...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..."

ACL Live Shot: Wilco
Pay attention, Austin – Tweedy & Co. are playing
DAILY Music  October 6, 2013, by Jim Caligiuri
"...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 and melodic pop of the finest kind...."

WilCo, Texas Fair Defense Project Duke It Out
WilCo attempting to discredit TFDP by alleging ethics violations in complaint pending before Texas Supreme Court's Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee
News Story  February 2, 2007, by Patricia J. Ruland
"...As of Jan. 29, the 3rd Court of Appeals took WilCo's appeal under advisement...."

Close calls suggest WilCo is turning, well, purple anyway
News Story  November 7, 2008, by Patricia J. Ruland
"...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..."

TPJ Campaign Complaint Leads Back to WilCo
Texans for Public Justice says Chief Justice Kenneth Law has engaged in illegal fundraising practices – but that's not all
News Story  October 3, 2008, by Patricia J. Ruland
"...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..."

WilCo Officials Close Ranks in Constable Race
Maverick WilCo Republican constable under fire from county officials
News Story  February 29, 2008, by Patricia J. Ruland
"...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...."

Wilco Part One: Capitol City
Previewing tonight's Wilco show with Wednesday's ACL taping
DAILY Music  December 1, 2011, by Raoul Hernandez
"...“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.” ...."

WilCo Sends Another One Packing
There's just no pleasing the Williamson Co. brass
News Story  April 25, 2008, by Patricia J. Ruland
"...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..."

The Cat Did It: WilCo off the Hook in Shelter probe
Animals blamed in abuse case (and for squealing to the pigs)
News Story  June 13, 2008, by Patricia J. Ruland
"...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..."

WilCo, WMI Wrangle Over Waste Deal
News Story  April 11, 2008, by Patricia J. Ruland
"...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..."

Texas Fair Defense Project Prevails Over WilCo in Court
Texas Supreme Court's Unauthorized Practice of Law Com­mit­tee rejects 'secret' complaint filed by William­son County Attorney's Office against Texas Fair Defense Project
News Story  December 7, 2007, by Patricia J. Ruland
"...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..."

WilCo Animal Advocates Hire Bulldog Attorney
Attorney Bill Aleshire hired to press for more vigor in Sheriff's Office animal cruelty and neglect investigation into Williamson County Regional Shelter
News Story  July 20, 2007, by Patricia J. Ruland
"...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..."

WilCo Humane Society Takes in Animals Seized from Uvalde Shelter
Donations needed to care for medically-neglected animals
DAILY News  April 13, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...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..."

In WilCo, Making a Pass Is OK ... Unless You're Gay
Alleged dirty talk in a parking lot could land a WilCo man in prison
News Story  September 5, 2008, by Patricia J. Ruland
"...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...."

WilCo's Latest Snafu
Illegal workers and sexual assault – just another WilCo contract
News Story  November 2, 2007, by Patricia J. Ruland
"...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..."

WilCo D.A.: Duty Upsets Bradley
Incumbent unseated by opponent whose campaign emphasized his role in the Morton case
News Story  June 1, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...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..."

More WilCo Maneuvering in Morton Case
Bradley trying to pull plug on investigation?
DAILY News  October 14, 2011, by Jordan Smith

WilCo Gets Wires Crossed
WilCo gives wrong info to 3,000 voters
News Story  October 31, 2008, by Richard Whittaker
"...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..."

WilCo Case: Orientation Irrelevant
Postmarks  September 9, 2008
"...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..."

WilCo Dems Tap Austin Expertise
Austin Democrats eager to help break GOP stronghold in Williamson County
News Story  August 22, 2008, by Richard Whittaker
"...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..."

WilCo Follies
Was it OK for a deputy to shoot a suicidal man holding a gun to his own head? The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will soon weigh in.
News Story  June 27, 2008, by Patricia J. Ruland
"...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..."

Black Dog Blues: WilCo Shelter Flap Goes National
Before sending it out, perhaps the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter brass should have read aloud its press release advertising “Black is Beautiful” week
DAILY News  June 12, 2008, by Patricia J. Ruland
"...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, a defeated, but obviously oblivious, Schneider categorically dismissed the whole affair as "just bad timing," and resolved to make future announcements "less specific."..."

WilCo Budget War Goes to Appeals Court
Constable, county at odds over timing and legality of funding cuts
News Story  March 30, 2007, by Patricia J. Ruland
"...*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..."

WilCo Lawsuit Settlement: Public Information Politics
County commissioners approve settlement of 2005 lawsuit by former sheriff's office lieutenants against Sheriff James Wilson and county, but why did plaintiffs settle for nothing?
News Story  March 1, 2007, by Patricia J. Ruland
"...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..."

Petty Nastiness in WilCo
After more than a year of legal wrangling, federal judge sets date for jury to decide whether Williamson Co. Sheriff James Wilson demoted former WCSO officers Barry Simmons and Ralph Fisher in retaliation for reporting wrongdoing within department and/or for supporting Wilson's rival, former sheriff Jim Wilson
News Story  August 25, 2006, by Patty Ruland
"...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..."

Noose Found on WilCo Campaign Sign
CD 31 candidate Christine Mann’s sign vandalized by hate crime
News Story  January 11, 2018, by Mary Tuma

WilCo Pot Baker Takes a Plea
Lavoro might avoid jail time
News Story  October 23, 2014, by Chase Hoffberger

Warrant Issued for Former WilCo DA
Judge finds evidence he hid favorable evidence from defense
DAILY News  April 19, 2013, by Jordan Smith

WilCo Humane Society Helps Bell Co Breeder Close Up Shop
This, and more animal welfare news
DAILY News  October 27, 2011, by Jordan Smith

New Evidence Points to Trouble for WilCo D.A.
After 25 years in prison, Michael Morton sees a glimmer of hope
News Story  August 26, 2011, by Jordan Smith

Elections Are 'Go' in Wilco
Republicans enter House and Senate races in Williamson County
DAILY News  September 14, 2009, by Richard Whittaker

Defense Appeal Targets Attorney Minton in WilCo Homicide
Brandon Threet's appeal attorney says Roy Minton dropped the ball
News Story  February 27, 2009, by Kevin Brass

WilCo Election Admin Denies News 8 Report
However, he does not deny that bond issues were missing from ballots
DAILY News  November 4, 2008, by Patricia J. Ruland

WilCo Election Screw-Up
County clerk sends out wrong information to 3,000 voters
DAILY News  October 24, 2008, by Richard Whittaker
"...Information on all Election Day voting locations for each precinct can be found on the Elections website at"

Appeals Court Rules Against WilCo Constable: The fight continues
Constable Gary Griffin's attorney: 'This case is not over.'
News Story  December 21, 2007, by Patricia J. Ruland

Former Vet Tech Files Grievance on WilCo Animal Shelter (Updated)
Kathy (Lopez) Abdella files a formal grievance alleging violation of the Texas Whistleblower’s Act.
DAILY News  July 20, 2007, by Patricia J. Ruland

More Wilco Animal Woes
Williamson County Humane Society shuts down temporarily to contain parvo outbreak that killed five dogs
News Story  July 13, 2007, by Patricia J. Ruland

WilCo Constable Lawsuit: Crying wolf ... and mayhem
Courthouse dogs bark that Constable Gary Griffin may have broken law by including mental-health-call-related 911 logs as evidence in his civil case against county
News Story  December 22, 2006, by Patricia J. Ruland

WilCo 'Snit' Writ Large
Fight over whether county commissioners violated the law when they slashed Precinct 1 Constable Gary Griffin's budget moves to 3rd Court of Appeals
News Story  November 17, 2006, by Patricia J. Ruland

WilCo Sheriff's Office Lawsuit: 'Stuff rolls downhill'
Williamson Co. and its sheriff, James Wilson, could stand trial on civil charges for violating the First Amendment rights of two former deputies and the Texas Whistleblower Act
News Story  November 10, 2006, by Patricia J. Ruland

WilCo Shooting
What took sheriff's office so long to release info on incident?
News Story  July 28, 2006, by Patricia J. Ruland

WilCo Lawsuit
Judge rules for third time in favor of Williamson Co. over Gary Griffin, granting motion for summary judgment in 368th District Court
News Story  July 21, 2006, by Patricia J. Ruland

WilCo Court Fight
Suit claims commissioners gutted constable's budget after it had already been adopted, in order to transfer mental-health duties from constable's precinct to sheriff's office
News Story  July 14, 2006, by Patricia J. Ruland

I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
The title is taken from a song on Wilco's latest album, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, but it might as well be a boldfaced memo from record company Reprise to the critically...
Film Review  October 4, 2002, by Kimberley Jones
"...Directed by: Sam Jones. Starring: Wilco..."

Shouting Across the Void
Jeff Tweedy in mono
DAILY Music  October 1, 2009, by Raoul Hernandez
"...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...."

Kicking Television
Nels Cline sings low
DAILY Music  July 11, 2008, by Austin Powell
"...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..."

Let's Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir of Recording and Discording With Wilco, Etc.
Kids, cancer, and Vicodin: Jeff Tweedy's life in Wilco – first half!
Music Story  December 20, 2018, by William Harries Graham
"...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..."

The Whole Love
Reviewing Wilco's new ‘The Whole Love’
DAILY Music  September 27, 2011, by Raoul Hernandez
"...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..."

Playback: Live Music and Lodging
Hotel Indigo to break ground on Red River as Max Frost breaks the same with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy on his Atlantic Records debut
Music Column  April 4, 2014, by Kevin Curtin
"...Late last month, Max Frost spent two days recording with Jeff Tweedy at the Wilco frontman's Loft studio in Chicago...."

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