"...Solo debut Thawing Dawn coming out in October on his own imprint, Parquet Courts frontman Andrew Savage performs his gentle tongue twisters for his home state. The Denton native makes a sweep through Houston, Dallas, and Austin before launching an extended solo trek in November..."
"...The heat hung low inside the club, caked with dewy sweat from dudes in spikes and stinky leather. Clad and dedicated for a night of wrought-iron punk and metal, they probably spat through their teeth at the collegiate crowd outside for Parquet Courts...."
"...When Parquet Courts asked the mosh pit if they liked smoking weed and whether it should be legal, it was such a leading question they might as well have been called the Narcs...."
"...Internet chatter bristled about Brooklyn/Denton quartet Parquet Courts dipping into the daytime talk show circuit. Rumors of sell-out were also fueled by May’s Danger Mouse-produced LP..."
"...I am an avid Austin tennis player. I can tell you firsthand these extra courts are definitely needed..."
"...Veterans courts are growing in popularity across the state, but the big question is how to secure funding for this newest breed of problem-solving court. That's the upshot of testimony before a July 13 joint hearing on the topic, heard by the Texas House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence and the Defense & Veterans' Affairs Committee...."
"...Like most addictive rock albums, Light Up Gold by Parquet Courts succeeds on ample-but-equal amounts of finger-popping familiarity and just-baked freshness. The quartet's second album ably conjures the canvas-slashing spirit of vintage Lower East Side art-punk, but their stream-of-consciousness lyrics seethe with the nervous energy of modern day post-adolescence...."
"..."If you let these buildings stand and fall apart, no one will remember Rosewood," said Alexis Henderson, Rosewood Courts resident of five years. "It is time for a change."..."
"...With Light Up Gold, New York's Parquet Courts started with a crateload of post-punk touchstones and emerged with a treatise in sync with the anxieties of our time. Exiled Texan guitarist/vocalist Andrew Savage spoke to us from England about the quartet's creative process...."
"...After considerable debate during its Feb. 25 meeting, City Council voted 8-0-3 (Council Members Don Zimmerman, Pio Renteria, and Sheri Gallo abstaining), to initiate historic zoning for East Austin's Rosewood Courts, which was the first African-American public housing project in the nation...."
"...Remember the giddy days of 2000, when politicos would wait until after the election to get the courts to throw the results their way? Sen. Kim Brimer, R-Fort Worth, and a bunch of wholly unrelated groups (ahem!) have been fighting tooth-and-nail to get Democratic candidate Wendy Davis chucked off the ballot for his Senate District 10 seat..."
"...There are seven criminal judges at the county level – handling class A and B misdemeanors. Three attorneys are currently bidding to replace two judges in those courts..."
"...The plan to grant Rosewood Courts historic designation is coming along slowly, residents learned during a community meeting in East Austin last week...."
"...Bible Monument Case Thumps Its Way Through Courts One Saturday in 1995, a handful of Houston-area clergy joined then-Harris Co. District Judge John Devine and his court reporter, Karen Friend, outside the Harris Co..."
"...Dear Editor, A recent column regarding the AISD bond (“Public Notice: Ted Gordon Believes,” News, June 23) references the “tennis courts” of the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders and suggests slashing the $70 million currently proposed for its badly needed campus renovations. The Ann Richards School is a nationally ranked, college-bound school educating middle- and high-school-age girls. Its ethnically and economically diverse student body reflects AISD’s student population..."
"...Travis County's five justices of the peace oversee, essentially, the "people's courts" – they consider, for example, lawsuits involving less than $10,000, property disputes, and car accidents; they consider mental health commitments and handle juvenile truancy cases. This year's primaries include four contested JP races..."
"...Nationally, criminal justice professionals have been trying to establish a different way of doing business, with an emphasis on addressing the root causes of criminal behavior. This has led to the creation of numerous "specialty courts" – also called "problem-solving" or "therapeutic" courts..."
"...Yet despite what appears to be clear and convincing medical evidence that Swearingen could not have killed Trotter, neither prosecutors nor the courts have been persuaded that he could be innocent. Swearingen's defense has been trying for four years to demonstrate to the courts – the trial court and the CCA as well as federal courts – the import of the new scientific findings..."
"...Residents of Rosewood Courts, a public housing complex flanked by Chicon and Salina streets, live in modest conditions. With the aging property becoming increasingly laborious to maintain, the Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA) plans to tear down most of the existing complex, and redevelop the central East Austin site into a mixed-use housing project with modern amenities...."
"...Eighty-four years later, the arguments for a new Travis County Civil & Family Courts Complex – to be constructed, as it happens, on the land originally designated in the city's original "Waller Plan" as the site of a courthouse, and used for that purpose from 1855 to 1874 – sound historically familiar. Arguments for a new civil courthouse have proceeded for at least a decade, and the reasons echo across the century..."
"...Although the measures are now law, whether they'll survive judicial scrutiny and take effect this fall remains unclear. Separate measures that contain each of the restrictions in HB 2 have been passed in other states, and most of those have been enjoined or otherwise blocked by state or federal courts..."
"...The 5th Circuit "is very punitive," said Jim Harrington, director of the Texas Civil Rights Project. "The courts really have moved in the last 10 years to limit access to themselves, especially in prison cases."..."
"...Lazy Nine Municipal Utility District, the Austin-based non-profit conservation group today filed for reorganization in federal bankruptcy court. Save Our Springs Alliance executive director Bill Bunch says, “SOS Alliance will continue to advocate in the court of public opinion and the courts for preserving our Hill Country water and wildlife for today and for future generations..."
"...Faults aside, there’s something truly revolutionary about this big-screen Romeo and Romeo romance, as Simon courts an anonymous closeted schoolmate he’s met online in the hope of one day meeting him. Like Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan before them, Simon and Mr..."
"...Gustav Klimt’s spectacular painting Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I far outshines this pedestrian movie about the legal battle waged by Maria Altmann (Mirren), the niece of the portrait’s subject, to regain possession of the work which was seized from her family by the Nazis during their takeover of Austria. Based on true events, the film recounts the process by which Altmann, long since relocated to California, and her inexperienced lawyer Randy Schoenberg (Reynolds), grandson of the famous Austrian composer, fought in the Austrian and American courts to win back that painting, along with five other Klimts..."
"...At shopping-mall food courts and Friday night football, the title’s interlocking men, women, and children try to connect, but can’t disconnect, or something. A hysterical hand-wringer about the stunting effects of technology, dressed up as a dispenser of unvarnished truths, Men, Women & Children takes good actors and gives them little to do but play out case studies of various scenarios inspired by this, our Internet age. Middle-aged couple with intimacy issues seeks alternate sexual partners online..."
"...Butler turns a perfectly respectable, even riveting performance as Clyde Shelton, the dead family’s husband and father, who seeks a nominal form of justice via fast-rising D.A.'s assistant Nick Rice (Foxx). What he instead receives is a quick-and-dirty lesson in the painful subtleties and Faustian backroom dealings of the Philadelphia courts: Rice, unwilling to risk his near-perfect conviction rate, nails one invader to the cruciform death drip..."
"...Professional documentarian Berlinger (Brother's Keeper, Paradise Lost) fashions a compelling story from a daunting thicket of material that surrounds the epic environmental lawsuit filed in U.S. courts by 30,000 Ecuadorans against the oil company Texaco..."
"..."Until there is a will to put money into public education," says Scott McCown, executive director of the Center for Public Policy Priorities, "there is no solution to this problem." (McCown is also the former state district judge who presided over Edgewood v. Kirby, the Texas school finance system's last trip through the courts, to which Robin Hood was a supposedly temporary and imperfect response.)..."
"...As an antidote to talky American indies involving twentysomething romantic conundrums, Charlotte Sometimes hits just the right note. More a mood piece than a standard relationship drama, Charlotte Sometimes courts a vague and opaque tone which, although part of the movie’s unique charm, also works against the story by creating insistently obtuse mysteries that deliver little, if any, narrative satisfaction..."
"...The direction is generally uninspired, but the script is consistently clever, and Chow, as usual, proves a comic force like no other. One highlight, with Chow realizing that superior bitching skills can be more than a little bit helpful in ancient China's wildly amoral courts, has the star reaching such a level of put-down mastery that when he insults the sea, it simply explodes! While its contents rain down upon him, he stands proudly, with a crab landing neatly on his head..."
"...Its many joys include Rea, whose hangdog look gets a droopy workout -- gravity appears to be pulling at the edges of his face more profoundly than at any other human's; Daniels as the Nunn brothers, the identical twin contractors who fix up Ellie and Gerry's bathroom; Todd's Sophie, Gerry's co-worker who is attracted to him; and of course, the astonishing Cusack, whose complicated blend of fondness and irritation toward Gerry is one of the truest expressions of married love I've ever seen. The look of Bad Behavior courts shabbiness, the film wanders, and its end is modest, but the way it reveals life measured out in coffee spoons and epiphanies found in sugar bowls is rare and sweet...."
"...Tsui Hark -- fast becoming the Roger Corman of Hong Kong cinema -- is back with another of his mystical period pieces featuring still more flashing swordplay and billowing tapestries -- and sheeting, multi-hued rainstorms. Set during the Ming Dynasty, the film opens with the rescue of two young orphans from the dreaded Eunuch Courts by swordsmen Chow (Leung) and Yau (Lin Ching Hsia) and their band of underpaid, not-so-merry men..."
"...First she goes to the village chief himself for redress. When he rebuffs her entreaties, she continues to take it higher -- to the district chief, the town government, the civil courts,....."
"...Then they unleash packs of their hard-nosed, aggressive collectors on the families. If they still can't extract payment, the debt profiteers turn to their meanest dog: the courts...."
"...While she could’ve gone on to appeal the case, again to the Supremes, Raich told Reefer Madness last month that she was done fighting for patient rights in the courts – at least for now. Part of the problem is that in fighting primarily through the judicial system there’s a chance that you’ll end up “making bad law,” she says – that is, setting precedent that will later be hard to ward off, like the Supremes’ wacky 2005 ruling..."
"...Senate that inquiry into the Iraq debacle is being suppressed. British courts are finding their investigations being hog-tied, and the political fallout could be immense..."
"...Senate Dems now look for redress, somewhat wistfully, to the DOJ and the federal courts. Sen..."
"...The short unhappy life of Sophia Chante King came to a sudden end a little after 8:45 on the morning of June 11, when a police officer's bullet entered her left armpit, punctured her left lung, and tore through the upper right chamber of her heart. She died where she fell, on the grass behind her apartment at the Rosewood Courts housing project, where she was known and feared by residents and employees alike..."
"...Although both brothers and their original accuser insist the men are innocent, the courts have disagreed, concluding that Stephanie's recantation is not as credible as her initial allegations – despite the fact that she has steadfastly maintained not only that her cousins are innocent but also that no sexual crime against her ever occurred. No Evidence..."
"...With the advent in the early Nineties of "drug court," some have been given an opportunity to stay out of jail, get into treatment, and, in some cases, have the original charges against them dismissed. Travis County has one of the nation's oldest drug courts, begun in 1993 and presided over by Judge Joel Bennett, a true believer in the model – a program of mandated treatment, strong judicial oversight, and sanctions for noncompliance..."