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Documenting 'Danger'
Professor with a camera in a warzone
DAILY Screens  June 11, 2008, by Kimberley Jones
"...Filmmakers Steve Metze and Don Swaynos will be in attendance at a special Austin Film Festival sponsored screening of Year at Danger (Danger was the name of Metze's basecamp in Iraq) on Thursday, June 12, 7:30pm at the Regal Arbor Cinema (9828 Great Hills Trail). The event is free for AFF members and $4 for the general public..."

Right Into the Danger Zone With the Danger Gods
Fantastic Fest and AFS present the kings of classic stunts
DAILY Screens  September 16, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...Who are the Danger Gods? They are the gods of hellfire, and they'll teach you to burn. Safely, of course..."

Billy Harvey’s Headed Toward Danger
ATX wordsmith on acting, building mountains, and his inner finger
DAILY Music  July 31, 2015, by William Harries Graham
"...Having released three previous LPs and one EP, plus touring for years, he’s developed a unique sound. Dear Danger, has a pop patina and singer-songwriter essence..."

Hole in the Wall in Danger of Closing
Tenant and landlord offer different accounts on negotiations
DAILY Music  September 11, 2015, by Kevin Curtin
"...Hole in the Wall, a live music venue in the heart of the University of Texas campus providing stomping ground for underground Austin acts and a bar for underdressed patrons, is in danger of closing when its lease expires in December, potentially ending a historic 41-year run...."

The Year It All Went Wrong
Looking back at club closings in Austin in 1999.
Music Story  December 31, 1999, by Michael Bertin
"...And 1999 deserves to die before it kills anything else. Even as these words are being put to page, another vital piece of Austin is in danger of being taken away..."

Transgender Students and Parents Say the State Is Putting Children in Danger
Is Texas' refusal to implement a national mandate state-sponsored bullying?
News Story  September 8, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"..."This absolutely puts transgender children in danger," says Noriega. "The state has to protect transgender children the same way they would other vulnerable students..."

Letters at 3AM
The paradox of possiblities exhibited by the 20th century -- from Auschwitz to Ginger & Fred.
Columns  January 7, 2000, by Michael Ventura
"...Instead of arresting her he arrested her son, who rotted in prison for years only because his mother wrote poetry. She bore all this, not to mention the constant danger and purges and violence all around her, with a dignity and integrity that are a constant tonic to me..."

High Stress at EMS
ATCEMS saves lives every day, but the stresses of the job have high costs
News Story  May 7, 2015, by Chase Hoffberger
"...Celia Israel, D-Austin, to pass HB 3488, which would afford de-accredited medics a chance to have their hearings heard before the State Office of Administrative Hearings. (Hinchey has opposed the bill, saying that it takes the decision out of the medical director's hands and gives SOAH the chance to "render an opinion that could potentially force me to put back into practice someone I think is a danger to the public." On April 22, he introduced a peer review system that would allow an appointed team of medics to anonymously peruse the facts of each credentialing review.)..."

Letters at 3AM
Poetry is an act of faith.
Columns  November 12, 1999, by Michael Ventura
"...And there's trickery in readings, for a good performer can easily make mediocre work sound fine.) Poetry is poor by nature, for there's no money to be made; resistant to media -- there's nothing rarer than a good film about a poet, much less about a poem; a shape-changer, existing in so many forms; without the audience-friendly comforts of a plot; with no recourse to special effects; and requiring, both to compose and to experience, the two qualities hardest to find in modern life, patience and time. A poem exists all on its own, with no strength but the skill with which it's done and the love it comes from and the love it invokes you. In her poem "The Angel of History" Carolyn Forche has written: "Surely all art is the result of one's having been in danger, of having gone through an experience all the way to the end." That is all the secret strength a poem can claim: its defiance of the danger at the heart of being alive..."

Half a World Away, and at War
How one journalist went from a desk job to covering the war in Congo
Books Story  May 16, 2008, by Kimberley Jones
"...AC: Did you know early that you wanted to be a journalist – and not the desk kind? And when you kept returning to Congo, after witnessing terrible atrocities and experiencing close calls with death, how did you rationalize it to your family (and even to yourself)? Do you feel a moral responsibility to report? Is there a danger-seeking compulsion there at all?..."

Letters at 3AM: An Arbitrary Nation, Part 3
The Fifth Amendment no longer exists as a functioning law of the land
Columns  May 17, 2013, by Michael Ventura
"...On to the Fifth Amendment: "No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation."..."

Letters at 3AM: Accidents of Birth and Rebirth
The unacceptable trade-off for a medically extended life
Columns  July 13, 2012, by Michael Ventura
"...The danger isn't what strikes me. Danger is ever-present..."

Letters at 3AM
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein offered a metaphor for the modern age, one in which the monster is the unacknowledged dark side of the inventor or creator.
Columns  October 19, 2001, by Michael Ventura
"...A proud trust in the unassailable worth of our creations generated the world we now live in -- a world that our creations have made more dangerous than even Mary imagined. She tells us we have no right to illusions of innocence, for the danger is not alien; the danger originated in us..."

Letters at 3AM: Katniss Everdeen's Grandmothers
Katniss Everdeen's Grandmothers
Columns  May 4, 2012, by Michael Ventura
"...(The real Clyde and Bonnie were homely, ignorant sociopaths.) The film's fashionable murderers were fashionably murdered – in slow motion, yet. But Dunaway's performance let us all know that Bonnie was more dangerous than Clyde...."

Letters at 3AM
Sometime in the wee hours of September 12, George W. Bush realized that he is the President of United States and rose from his previous ineffectuality to meet the occasion.
Columns  November 2, 2001, by Michael Ventura
"...Not that there aren't the usual political shenanigans and danger signs -- above all, the administration's attempt to control information must be watched and resisted. But even this requires a little perspective: Woodrow Wilson encouraged an utterly senseless pogrom against American socialists and pacifists during the First World War, Franklin Roosevelt signed on to incarcerating Japanese-Americans in the Second World War, and Lincoln suspended habeas corpus when it suited him in the Civil War..."

Letters at 3AM
A visit to Deadwood: The legends show you where to go. Once you get there, you do your best to find out why you came.
Columns  June 24, 2005, by Michael Ventura
"...I don't sit with my back to the door. People who've lived with danger rarely do..."

Kenny Dorham's Backyard in Danger
Music Story  June 12, 2014, by Chase Hoffberger
"...Minutes before midnight on deadline for this report, DiverseArts founder Harold McMillan wrote to tell us of the imminent dangers facing his part-time venue, Kenny Dorham's Backyard...."

Death Watch: Unhappy New Year
Masterson found guilty of capital murder of Shane Honeycutt, set to die Jan. 20
News Story  January 14, 2016, by Chase Hoffberger
"...The jurors didn't think long on Masterson's intentions, finding him guilty of capital murder. During the punishment phase, a litany of witnesses were brought out to testify to Master­son's violent past – including accusations of domestic violence and reported incidents while incarcerated – and the jury ruled that he represented a future danger to society..."

Letters at 3AM
The economic future of the United States is no longer in our hands
Columns  October 24, 2008, by Michael Ventura
"...For more than a decade, derivatives, hailed proudly as an American invention, were hugely profitable (again, no space to cite why). Those – like former Fed Chairman Paul Volcker – who said derivatives were dangerous were shouted down as killjoys who just didn't get it..."

The Year That Wasn't
News Story  January 5, 2001
"...Miguel Flores, November 10. The Mexican-born Flores is one of a series of foreign defendants who were denied consular rights on arrest, and the psychiatrist who ruled him a continuing danger to society never met him..."

Capital T Theatre's Year of the Rooster
Behind the black comedy of Eric Dufault's cockfighting play is a stunning indictment of hypermasculinity
Arts Review  September 3, 2015, by Shanon Weaver
"...Dufault's tale of love, bravado, and cockfighting understands the consequences of its actions. Its deeply damaged characters, both human and avian, seem unable to alter their trajectories toward inevitable demise – knowingly or not, they are a danger to themselves..."

Transportation Budget at The Crossroads
News Story  August 11, 1995
"...Most of the savings will come through 12 job eliminations, nine of them from the "re-engineering" of the Capital Improvements Program. Despite the loss, PWTD expects to complete 80% of its capital projects on time, up from 78% last year. Two of the other jobs slated for elimination will come from the transportation division, and the result, says Kite, will be a slowed response time to public calls for new or repaired signs or signals, and possibly an increased danger to motorists and pedestrians..."

Death Watch: A Future Danger?
Texas' death chamber is only heating up
News Story  January 19, 2017, by Sarah Marloff
"...The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed the sentencing in April 2010. Chan­tha­koum­mane filed both state and federal petitions for relief arguing that because the missing jewelry was never recovered, prosecutors failed to prove the murder resulted from a botched robbery; that the trial court refused to properly define terms of his "future dangerousness"; and that jurors were not briefed on specific laws pertaining to the selection of the death penalty..."

Gay Place: One Queered Up Year
This way a gay, that way a gay: Steer here, queers
Columns  March 19, 2015, by Kate X Messer
"...Girls Rock SX Day Party Danger*Cakes, Tiarra Girls, Brand New Key, Pillow Princess, plus DJ Mahealani. Fri., March 20, 11am-11pm..."

Letters at 3AM: Connectivity/Vulnerability: Part 2
The boundaries of everything are wavering and disappearing
Columns  August 21, 2014, by Michael Ventura
"...Subversive, in part, to that fragile, cherished, and always endangered entity: the individual. But also mightily threatening to the linearity and sense of boundary that every society in history has believed necessary...."

PR Woes at TABC
Tough times for the TABC as agency's Sales to Intoxicated Persons enforcement program comes under increasing fire
News Story  April 28, 2006, by Jordan Smith
"...Since then, Dallas' owners argue, the agency has been on a harassment campaign targeting the club and its Wednesday night 69-cent drink special, which TABC claims leads to excessive drinking. While patrons arrested during SIP stings were charged with PI – in part, defined as intoxicated to the degree that a person is a danger to themselves or others – the ABC does not define "intoxication" at all, Dallas owners argue, thus making it so "no one, including a server, an establishment, a TABC agent, or even a Court can determine which definition of intoxication should be used." TABC's position weathered another blow April 21, when the judge presiding over the agency's bid to revoke Dallas' liquor permits opined that the agency failed to prove that Dallas bartenders had knowingly served alcohol to drunk patrons, or that the 69-cent special was designed to induce excessive consumption..."

Letters at 3AM
With oil in the future rationed to agriculture, essential services, and (inevitably) the military, and personal long-distance driving and passenger flight no longer feasible – then, if the United States is to remain a continental entity, the only answer is trains
Columns  October 28, 2005, by Michael Ventura
"...There is no point minimizing the suffering and danger in store for most of us. During the transition to whatever will be, big cities will have an especially rough time, and nobody will have an easy time anywhere..."

Appalled at Beenie Man Recommended
Postmarks  November 10, 2003
"...This particular artist, although a major star in Jamaica, is a viciously homophobic hatemonger. His song "Damn" begins, "I'm dreaming of a new Jamaica, come to execute all the gays." In his hit song "Bad Man Chi Chi Man," Beenie Man tells his fans to murder gay DJs if they see one onstage. He was awarded a Grammy for a previous album on which he offered to shoot and kill homosexuals. There is a fine line between free speech and speech that incites physical danger..."

Unfinished Business at APD?
A Monday public hearing will review a woman's "official oppression"
News Story  May 16, 2003, by Jordan Smith
"...According to Neyens, the APD's promise was soon broken.Neyens' Story It wasn't long, Neyens says, until her son's status as an informant was leaked to several criminals he was helping the APD pursue -- putting his own life in danger. Her son was frightened, she recalls, and soon became depressed and suicidal..."

The Hightower Report: Florida Police Swat at Barbers
Florida police want to make very sure no one's cutting hair without a license
News Column  November 13, 2014
"...The DBPR/OCSO target in this case was a suspicious enterprise calling itself Strictly Skillz, and the agents spent a month carefully planning a joint sweep operation, including a fully armed SWAT team. On the day of the raid, the team first sealed off the parking lot; next, two undercover cops entered to size up the danger; and then – BAM! – the SWAT team hit the unsuspecting suspects..."

Hilton Full? Stay at Scooter's Place!
Keeping Austin weird, or committing fraud?
News Story  May 25, 2012, by Adam Wasch
"..."I mean, everybody should support local businesses – but he's a nut about it. It wasn't a situation where you felt danger..."

The Spa at Hancock and 41st?
Developer has eye on historic Central Austin property
News Story  July 23, 2010, by Katherine Gregor
"...Under that classification, in principle, it could be redeveloped into lots for at least a dozen new houses. Among Jones' concerns: "We believe Hancock golf course is in danger of being converted to commercial use after this precedent is set."..."

Letters at 3AM: Open Letter to Sharon Doubiago
The reason I can't read Sharon Doubiago's book is that I, like she, was shaped by incest and rape
Columns  February 12, 2010, by Michael Ventura
"...Maybe someday I'll need to go back again to my early years, and your book will be the portal. My favorite line of yours, from Hard Country: "Writing is a physical act, erotic and dangerous." So is reading, when the writer is good enough..."

How Many Cats Did Austin Save Last Year?
By the numbers, shelter and animal advocate efforts show significant progress
News Story  April 3, 2009, by Patricia J. Ruland
"...Some critics, most prominently the activist group FixAustin, relentlessly pound the "pound" – their pejorative term for the Town Lake Animal Center – as a shameful, outmoded "slaughterhouse" that kills, they say, roughly half of the animals taken into the facility. The most-cited numbers in general circulation are 10,000 to 12,000 euthanasias a year – although these gross and variable estimates make no attempt to distinguish between the necessary killing of ill or dangerous animals and the killing of those that (for whatever reason) have not been adopted in a reasonable time..."

Letters at 3AM
Despite the change in inhabitants, the buildings, people, and mood of the old immigrant neighborhoods haven't changed. The streets still whisper the same cautionary advice: Survive and get out.
Columns  December 24, 2004, by Michael Ventura
"...Darker skins, different accents, Spanish instead of Italian, but that's not much of a change (we were fairly dark, and our accents were strange for that time). The buildings, the garbage, the mood, the danger, how people carried themselves –- that was all the same..."

Letters at 3AM
With inaction, inattention, cowardice, and stupidity, Americans are watching tyranny take shape in plain sight before our eyes, while the overwhelming majority say and do nothing.
Columns  June 28, 2002, by Michael Ventura
"...Said Abraham Lincoln, the first great Republican: "When shall we expect the approach of danger? Shall some transatlantic giant step the earth and crush us at a blow? Never. All the armies of Europe and Asia could not by force take a drink from the Ohio River or make a track on the Blue Ridge in the trial of a thousand years..."

Letters at 3AM
Our secret fantasies were made public by Elvis Presley.
Columns  March 16, 2001, by Michael Ventura
"...He couldn't be more alone if he were playing a computer game. But playing a computer game you risk nothing -- and that is the danger of such games, not their enforcement of solitude but their utter absence of risk, for there is no risk without contact..."

Letters at 3AM: Dead and Alive on the Fourth of July
A eulogy spoken over the coffin of our empire
Columns  July 2, 2010, by Michael Ventura
"...America may do the same. We'll listen to eulogies spoken over the coffin of our empire; we'll mourn for ourselves a little or a lot; then (for there is life after empire), forever changed and forever the same, with little worldly power to rant of, we will continue being what at our core we are: vast and always edgy, sometimes disastrous and sometimes astounding – an ever uncertain experiment in the wonder and danger of liberty...."

TYC Shows Little Evidence of 'Reform' at State Schools
Five months after the Texas Youth Commission reform bill was crafted to protect youth inmates, TYC is massively understaffed, with a third of all posts empty
News Story  November 23, 2007, by Richard Whittaker
"...But Love said the TYC figures are inaccurate and the danger much higher, limiting staff's ability to protect themselves or the vulnerable youths they are supposed to guard. Love said staff members feel reporting assaults internally is all but useless, so they don't file the paperwork..."

Letters at 3AM
Robert Bly's new book of poems is a haunting work that evokes all hisotry and culture.
Columns  July 6, 2001, by Michael Ventura
"...For all his evocation of history and culture, for all his joy in beauty, and for all his daring, there is an ever-present and inescapable danger prowling Robert Bly's book. You and I will never have one whole day of light./At three o'clock, a wall will creak, or a hare will die..."

Room at the Inn
Case Marianella homeless shelter provides a badly needed haven for homeless Spanish-speaking immigrants.
News Story  June 16, 2000, by Anna Hanks
"...Since then, Rollin has been working to support his family. Last summer, he made the dangerous trip alone from Honduras to the United States...."

Saturday Night at the Bookstore
The Dicks' Gary Floyd 20 years after Austin's first Punk Prom at the ArmadilloWorld Headquarters
Music Story  May 12, 2000, by Raoul Hernandez
"...The small crowd in front of the stage starts kicking up tension, and suddenly there's something in the air not found at most punk shows these days: danger. When the band segues straight into "Angel Face," some unseen needle pushes into the red..."

Letters at 3AM: A Sicilian on the Mob
We have not seen real Sicilian mobsters onscreen
Columns  October 7, 2011, by Michael Ventura
"...De Sapio and two soldiers faced me and got on the elevator. I was in no danger..."

Run This Letter as Written or Not at All
Postmarks  September 27, 2011
"...All of the plants that I sprayed in the park (with the exception of two catalpas growing in a power line easement) are trees and shrubs that PARD, Watershed Protection, and Austin ISD agreed to have killed. I refuse to take seriously any complaints about my killing these two catalpas in a powerline easement, as my doing so now makes Austin Energy's necessary line-maintenance work easier. Column 1, lines 15-17: "… residents are concerned about the possible effects of the chemicals on the area wildlife, as well as on children and pets." By implication this statement implies that the chemicals I used, Remedy and Garlon 3A, as well as methylated seed oil, are dangerous to human or animal health..."

Letters at 3AM: The Inevitability of the Unexpected
The unexpected always happens
Columns  March 25, 2011, by Michael Ventura
"...Whatever happens, our expectations will be reframed and defined by the unexpected because the unexpected always happens, and, as individuals and as a species, this has always been our greatest danger and our best chance...."

Letters at 3AM: My Top 10 of All Top 10s
A list of the Top 10 cultural artifacts that have shaped my life
Columns  January 1, 2010, by Michael Ventura
"...She was 29-ish, gorgeous, brilliant. Nothing is more beautiful or more fraught with danger than a mother with her firstborn..."

Letters at 3AM
Carnaval literally means 'Goodbye, meat,' but in spirit it's more like 'Farewell to desires of the flesh.' Let's celebrate our desires before we bid them farewell.
Columns  February 4, 2005, by Michael Ventura
"...Does it care whether its experience is happy or tragic? Naw. "Happy" and "tragic," "good" and "bad," "safety" and "danger," are human concerns..."

Letters at 3AM
'My love is an imperfect thing but it sings.' Those are the words to be carved on the tombstone of Michael Ventura's brother Aldo, an unstable soul who died last week.
Columns  December 10, 2004, by Michael Ventura
"...There's cosmic truth – and our petty little honesty. And when you look closely with that so-called honesty, there's the danger that you can magnify distortion..."

Austin @ Large: Austin at Large
For the firefighters, City Hall's rep for putting its people first goes up in smoke
News Column  August 29, 2003, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...Let me say that I am no expert in the operations of a model urban fire department; I have no idea if the union is just, if you will, blowing smoke -- because it's a union, and securing the maximum number of sworn firefighter positions is in its obvious interest -- or if the squad/quint plan really does put firefighters and citizens in danger. (National standards say no fire apparatus should go out with fewer than four people, but the squads are designed to run with two..."

Cellular Towers: At Watt Cost?
News Story  September 10, 1999, by Mike Jasper
"...How dangerous is electromagnetic radiation? At the University of Washington in Seattle, Dr. Henry Lai has been conducting extensive experiments with rats to determine the effect of both thermal and non-thermal radio frequency radiation (RFR) from cellular towers and cellular phones...."

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