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Detective Dunn Challenges Firing
Dunn claims to be more than 'damaged goods'
News Story  April 16, 2010, by Jordan Smith
"...At issue in the appeal is Chief Art Acevedo's decision last year to fire Dunn for exhibiting "bias" in the IA investigation into the officer-involved shooting death of Nathaniel Sanders II by Officer Leonardo Quintana on May 11, 2009. In firing Dunn, who was one of three detectives ultimately assigned to the inquiry, Acevedo said that Dunn's bias in favor of Quintana tainted the internal administrative review of the shooting..."

Panel Upholds Olsen Firing, but Case Doesn't End Here
APD officer loses first round of appeal challenging his firing
News Story  March 7, 2008, by Jordan Smith
"...Further, Acevedo said that deadly force should be used only when "absolutely necessary" and that officers have a duty to confirm that a potential threat is real before firing their weapon. In other words, he said, officers need to wait until they see that a suspect is actually carrying a firearm and are actually threatened with that firearm (or other weapon) before pulling the trigger..."

Point Austin: Circle the Firing Squad
When you look for villains, look in the right direction
News Column  November 17, 2016, by Michael King


Officer Wins Firing Appeal
Arbitrator overturns chief's decision to dismiss
News Story  December 23, 2014, by Chase Hoffberger


HD 50: Circular Dem Firing Squad
Rifts deepen among candidates
News Story  November 1, 2013, by Christopher Hooks


Sheffield To Contest Firing
Former APA leader ousted from CLEAT
News Story  July 22, 2011, by Jordan Smith


APD Quintana Firing Upheld
Arbitrator says APD's charges against police officer were 'true'
News Story  May 13, 2011, by Michael King


The Mortars Are Still Firing
Trailer for Casey Porter's next web doc on his time in Iraq
DAILY News  July 3, 2009, by Richard Whittaker


Thumbs-Up on Firing Savlov
Postmarks  August 8, 2008


Democrats Busy Forming a Firing Squad in a Circle
Postmarks  July 16, 2008


Olsen Firing Appeal Under Way
Civil Service Commission hearing testimony in case of APD officer terminated for fatal shooting of Kevin Brown
News Story  February 22, 2008, by Jordan Smith


Unfair Firing at AISD?
In few-month span, Travis Heights Elementary custodian placed on administrative leave, fired, restored, placed on leave again, and finally terminated – stories behind ordeal vary
News Story  June 22, 2007, by Justin Ward


Excessive Force Firing
APD officer fired and three of his supervisors suspended for policy violations in connection with arrest of drunk, possibly mentally retarded man
News Story  January 5, 2007, by Jordan Smith


Tales From the Juice Box: Hickey Firing Sparks Astros' Arms Race
DAILY Sports  October 4, 2006, by Christopher Gray


Censorship Okay, Firing for Wrong Reasons Not
Postmarks  February 21, 2005


Point Austin: A Few Choice Words for Capital Metro
Wyatt firing just the latest in string of management fiascoes
News Column  September 18, 2009, by Michael King
"...But the firing of Jay Wyatt takes the cake...."

Rosey Times for the Texecutioners
Texas/Portland recap before this weekend's Texas Rollergirls bout
DAILY Sports  June 1, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...The Texas Rollergirls had a lot to celebrate for their mid-May match. It was the debut for the new Firing Squad B-team, and the first home bout in new uniforms for the headlining Texecutioners..."

Portland, You Are in Us
Texas Rollergirls prepare for the Hipster City Showdown
DAILY Sports  May 18, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...That's so 2001. The Hipster City Showdown brings Portland's finest to the ATX this weekend, and gives you a chance to see the new Texas B-team, the Firing Squad, before your friends...."

Media Clips
Texas Triangle fires its longtime co-editor, spurring controversy over the direction of its coverage.
News Column  April 7, 2000, by Lee Nichols
"...Hyde says the implications of Underwood's firing are obvious: "Without question, Cunningham coveted MMOW's ... advertising potential and may have even received pressure 'to play' from HRC leaders once the less-than-flattering article appeared nationwide," Hyde says..."

Office Christmas Party
Workplace comedy lacks the laughs
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Film Review  December 9, 2016, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Aniston plays a different kind of horrible boss in this film as compared with the one she plays in the Horrible Bosses comedies, which she also co-stars in with Bateman. Carol is the Scrooge of Office Christmas Party, putting the kibosh on the event in advance of firing 40% of the staff, including her brother...."

Kubo and the Two Strings
Sublime animated movie is disguised as kids' fare
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Film Review  August 19, 2016, by Josh Kupecki
"...And while augmented by a bit of CG magic, the studio prides itself on bringing its characters to life with that tedious, incremental process and endless passion that would make Ray Harryhausen's skeletal corpse smile in his grave. Their new entry, Kubo and the Two Strings, may suffer from a nebulous title, but it is gorgeous animation of the highest order, a small studio firing on all cylinders, and thanks to a nuanced story, it is one of the more rewarding films of the summer, nay the year...."

Star of Texas Preview: Texas Has a New York State of Mind
Texecutioners can still derail the Gotham express
DAILY Sports  July 22, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...It's been a weekend of mixed fortunes for the Texas Rollergirls at the Star of Texas Bowl: The Texecutioners travel team took a double blow of losses, but the new Firing Squad won its first victory. The bigger win is that they have put together a tournament that has gathered skaters and fans from three continents...."

One Missed Call
Takashi Miike's latest is a disappointing, second-rate Japanese horror film.
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Film Review  April 22, 2005, by Marc Savlov
"...His penchant for buckets of gore, sex, and queasy, disturbing storylines has made him an underground sensation here in the U.S., while in Japan his standing veers between genius auteur and direct-to-video hack. Whatever your opinion, pretty much everyone agrees that when he’s firing on all cylinders, there’s no one else exactly like him out there..."

S.W.A.T.
The original ABC television show S.W.A.T., which ran for little over a year back in 1975-76, wasn’t what you would call one of Aaron Spelling’s greatest hits, unless of course...
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Film Review  August 8, 2003, by Marc Savlov
"...Surely something more original than this could have been mined from the history of North America’s largest and most professional police force. As it is, though, Johnson’s film is just firing blanks...."

K-19: The Widowmaker
In the wake of last August's Russian naval disaster -- during which 118 sailors aboard the nuclear submarine Kursk perished in the Barents Sea while the Russian navy refused offers...
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Film Review  July 19, 2002, by Marc Savlov
"...(“Let's watch now as Jim prepares to snare this irradiated mutant baby seal!”) There's none of the dry-as-ice pedantry of the National Geographic many of us grew up with; this is Bigelow's show all the way, and though her output has been rare of late, her skill at creating almost unbearable tension out of simple, escalating situations is profoundly disturbing. Ford, his face a mass of wrinkled culverts that mirror the shifting ice floes above, plays Soviet naval Captain Radtchenko, reassigned at the last moment to the Great Bear's newest super-sub, the K-19, after her original captain, Neeson's Polenin, has failed the Party by refusing to rush his crew and sub into the sea for her first mission: test-firing a missile off the coast of Greenland (the better to spook the Americans)..."

The Art of Dying
Slick and intermittently creepy, The Art of Dying is a sort of I Know What You Did in Spain Last Summer that borrows heavily from both American and Italian genre...
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Film Review  May 24, 2002, by Marc Savlov
"...Fernández Armero cribs liberally from Michele Soavi's palette, investing the frame with saturated colors and turning the film's many night scenes into shadowy, blue-gelled set-pieces which tend to engulf the characters wandering through them. The film looks terrific -- when it's firing on all of its blood-soaked cylinders, it's impossible to take your eyes off the screen..."

Cats & Dogs
The idea behind Cats & Dogs is such an obvious one it's a wonder no one's thought of it before. In the film's clever and virtually irrefutable logic, the two...
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Film Review  July 6, 2001, by Marc Savlov
"...Cats & Dogs never quite jells the way, say, Babe did -- it's all one blur of motion and fur, with Guterman only slowing things down a tad for the requisite touching scene between a boy and his dog. Still, when the film is firing on all four-legged cylinders it's hard not to crack a smile and admit that deep down inside maybe this isn't so much fiction..."

Mumford
Lawrence Kasdan has always done his best work with large, ensemble comedies, and Mumford is no exception. It's an oddball film, full of eccentric characters and situations that harken back...
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Film Review  September 24, 1999, by Marc Savlov
"...Although the Mumford cast is uniformly solid (especially Davis and the cipher-like Dean), it doesn't hold up in the end run, partly because Doc Mumford's core backstory arrives so wildly out of the blue and strikes you as equally improbable, and partly because Kasdan spreads himself a bit thin amongst the nine major characters he's working with. It's not as terrible as, say, 1990's I Love You to Death, but it's also not Kasdan firing on all cylinders...."

Six Ways to Sunday
A coming-of-age mob tale with a uniquely warped take on the traditions of the genre, Six Ways to Sunday (which played Austin last year during SXSW Film '98) spends half...
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Film Review  April 16, 1999, by Marc Savlov
"...Starring: Isaac Hayes, Jerry Adler, Elina Lowehsohn, Peter Appel, Adrien Brody, Deborah Harry and Norman Reedus. A coming-of-age mob tale with a uniquely warped take on the traditions of the genre, Six Ways to Sunday (which played Austin last year during SXSW Film '98) spends half its time strip-mining GoodFellas territory and the rest rapid-firing oddball jokes that seem to belong more than anywhere else to the realm of late Eighties Woody Allen..."

Monument Ave.
If you only know Denis Leary from comic roles such as The Ref (also directed by Demme) or his stand-up routines, this movie may come as a bit of a...
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Film Review  October 30, 1998, by Marc Savlov
"...never feels like a sham; from Bobby's misbegotten cronies on down to his alcoholic, aged mother, the film rings true, and is all the more powerful for it. Demme, as well, is firing on all points..."

Mr. Jealousy
A comedy of obsessive insecurity, Mr. Jealousy dives deep into the foamy green waters of emotional malaise and surfaces with nary a clue, although some fine performances from the likes...
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Film Review  July 10, 1998, by Marc Savlov
"...Likewise Jacott and Jean-Baptiste as a pair of soon-to-be-married friends, and Lehr as their vacuous buddy Lint. As an ensemble comedy that at best is only firing on four cylinders at any given moment, Mr..."

Maximum Risk
When he's firing on all cylinders, Hong Kong's Ringo Lam is one of contemporary cinema's most accomplished (and diversified) action filmmakers, having directed everything from the exhilarating comic-book thrills of...
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Film Review  September 20, 1996, by Joey O'Bryan
"...Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Natasha Henstridge, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Zach Grenier and Stéphane Audran. When he's firing on all cylinders, Hong Kong's Ringo Lam is one of contemporary cinema's most accomplished (and diversified) action filmmakers, having directed everything from the exhilarating comic-book thrills of Full Contact's computer-generated gun battles and Burning Paradise's gory martial-arts action to the dark, streetwise drama of his justly acclaimed “On Fire” crime trilogy (the first of which, City on Fire, is now widely recognized as the blueprint for Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs)..."

Fiorile
As master storytellers of Italian cinema, the Taviani brothers (Padre Padrone and Night of the Shooting Stars) continue to do what they do best -- this time, reaching into the...
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Film Review  April 29, 1994, by Pamela Bruce
"...The innocent Elisabetta (Ranzi) and handsome Jean (Vartan) -- a soldier in the French army -- share the beauty and wonder of a mutual love-at-first-sight until her brother (Bigagli) steals the gold that is left in Jean's charge. Placed under arrest and facing execution unless the gold turns up, Jean pines for Elisabetta -- whom he nicknames “Fiorile” (meaning loosely, “springtime”) -- in a letter while her family, unbeknownst to her, schemes to hold on to their ill-gotten wealth and let the innocent soldier face the firing squad..."

The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg
After numerous documentaries tracing the lively literary exploits of Beat icons William Burroughs and Jack Kerouac, someone has finally brought us full circle with this engaging look at the man...
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Film Review  February 25, 1994, by Marc Savlov
"...Even conservative ideologue William F. Buckley is along for the ride, seen here in a clip from a 1960s edition of Firing Line with guest Ginsberg..."

Crime Story
Chan's most recent film takes him out of his familiar element of goofy mugging and broad slapstick, and returns him to his roots (a la the original Police Story) as...
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Film Review  October 29, 1993, by Marc Savlov
"...Suffice to say, if you enjoyed Police Story, you'll love this one just as much. Hardly any new ground is broken here, with female characters relegated to the background as usual and fearless Hong Kong police firing 10,000 rounds per scene..."

Derby's Hipster City Showdown
Texas Rollergirls' B-Team plan to knock Portland's PBR over
DAILY Sports  May 16, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...Little Roller Derby history: Aside from being the first modern flat track league, the Texas Rollergirls created one of the first all-star travel squads, the Texecutioners. Finally, this weekend, they'll get a little support from new B-Team the Firing Squad in their massive face-off against Portland's Rose City Rollers...."

'Anagenesis': Shaggy Goat-Bears With Rocket-Firing Power!
Anthony Garza fuses animals and man-made structures to make monumental nature paintings
Arts Story  May 22, 2009, by Rachel Koper
"...The work relates to that of other Austin artists – compositionally to Joseph Phillips' delicate floating islands and Sterling Allen's silhouette style, and it gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling of "holy wow," like the first time I saw the naturalist artwork of Jonathan Marshall or Peat Duggins – but Garza's creatures are entirely his own creations. His gorgeous, shaggy goat-bear walks along a barren landscape with building-absorbing and rocket-firing capabilities!..."

Acevedo Stumbles
Chief Acevedo's firing of Larry Oliver raises questions about unequal treatment at APD
News Story  July 11, 2008, by Jordan Smith
"...He acknowledged to investigators that it was wrong not to report Smith's comments, but according to Acevedo and Chief of Staff David Carter, Oliver was insufficiently "contrite" at his dismissal review board hearing in March. Acevedo ultimately gave Oliver a choice: Accept a 30-day suspension, waive his right to appeal, and keep his job, or receive an "indefinite suspension" (the civil service equivalent of termination) and retain the right to appeal the firing to an arbitrator..."

Stomped Out
As Sheffield's case awaits trial, he still wonders why CLEAT took such drastic action against him
News Story  October 15, 2015, by Chase Hoffberger
"...Two months later, in May 2011, as newly seated Police Monitor Margo Frasier was getting comfortable, Sheffield was given a second slap on the wrist for ignoring Vincent's wishes and working with APA Vice President Mike Bowen on a grievance concerning Frasier. The former sheriff had come out firing in her new seat, issuing a series of strongly worded reviews of APD conduct..."

UPDATED: Officer on Stand in Civil Rights Case
APD Officer Nathan Wagner testifies about police shooting
DAILY News  June 4, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...Howell was the third witness to testify on the first day of the civil rights trial of Officer Nathan Wagner, who shot and killed Carter who was a passenger in a car driven by his friend, 16-year-old Leyumba Webb, just more than two years ago. At issue is whether Wagner was justified in firing five rounds into Webb's vehicle as he attempted to pull away from a parallel parking spot on Eighth St..."

The Camera Is Mightier Than the ...
Documentarians Kim Bartley and Donnacha O'Briain were right in the belly of the beast when the Venezuelan coup began -- specifically, in the Presidential Palace, right as the opposition stormed it.
Screens Story  March 7, 2003, by Michael King
"...There is an aspect of that day that we did not expand on in the documentary, and that was the role played by the Metropolitan Police -- a police force controlled by one of the mayors of Caracas, one of the most virulent opponents to Chavez. We were there and witnessed that the opposition march was not and had never been below the bridge where the infamous footage was filmed of the Chavez supporters firing -- supposedly at the crowd below...."

PC Nation
Juan Williams' Muzzled
Books Story  October 21, 2011, by Michael King
"...That's one lesson from his new book, Muzzled: The Assault on Honest Debate (Crown Publishers), which leads with Williams' recounting of his 2010 firing by NPR after he had acknowledged (to Fox News' Bill O'Reilly) his "fears" of Muslim passengers on airplanes. Williams went on to say that people should not let reflexive fears "color our judgment or lead to the violation of another person's constitutional rights." It was an unremarkable opinion – mostly an attempt to counter O'Reilly's own bombast – but the NPR bosses were already nervous about other Williams remarks, indeed about the presence of an NPR "news analyst" on Fox at all, and he was fired (over the phone, followed by NPR cheap shots)..."

Juan Williams: Word for Word
Author of Muzzled speaks up
Books Story  October 21, 2011, by Michael King
"...22, 10am, C-SPAN/Book TV Tent), speaking at the Texas Book Festival about his new book, Muzzled: The Assault on Honest Debate (Crown Publishers, 304 pp., $24). Earlier this month, we spoke to him by phone about the book, his firing last year by National Public Radio, and his belief that honest public debate in the U.S..."

Surface/Depth
'Surface/Depth,' an exhibition of 30-odd wood-fired ceramic vessels by Chris Campbell, is a tantalizing feast of color and form
Arts Review  October 21, 2005
"...Curator Heather Mathews, an art history graduate student, displays 30-odd wood-fired ceramic vessels by Campbell, from large vases to more intimate lidded containers. Campbell draws on the design traditions of East Asian ceramics, especially those of medieval Japanese and Korean pottery, forming and firing some artistically fulfilling vessels..."

A Very Fuzzy Profile
Police officer Tim Enlow's "racial profiling" case may not be open and shut.
News Story  December 28, 2001, by Jordan Smith
"...The August firing of six-year veteran Austin Police Dept. Officer Tim Enlow for "alleged racial profiling" -- as APD Chief Stan Knee termed it -- has raised more questions than answers for law enforcement officials following the case..."

Waco: The Rules of Engagement
It's been just over four years since the fiery deaths of 76 men, women, and children and four law enforcement agents at the Mt. Carmel Branch Davidian compound near Waco,...
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Film Review  May 2, 1997, by Marc Savlov
"...Gazecki then calls in Edward Allard, a former supervisor of the DOD's Night Vision Laboratories to substantiate the blurry footage. Allard's judgment is that Los Federales were indeed firing on the compound, although the government has consistently and vehemently stated things to the contrary..."

The Most Dangerous Man in Austin?
Cody Wilson's day-to-day life is pretty routine. But the product he's selling threatens to make gun control laws obsolete.
News Story  November 19, 2015, by Chase Hoffberger
"...A Jan. 2013 video found Wilson shooting four rounds from a printed magazine at a firing range outside of Austin..."

'The NFL Beat': Raiders in Long Form
Al Davis is watching
DAILY Sports  December 29, 2012, by Alex Dunlap
"...Prior to becoming head coach of the Raiders in 2011, Jackson was offensive coordinator under Tom Cable in 2010. If the Raiders are indeed thinking about firing first-year head coach Dennis Allen on "Black Monday" as is being reported by various outlets, then they never should have fired Hue Jackson in the first place, but we'll get to that...."

Austin Officer Fired for Shooting at Fleeing Suspect
Chief says actions were reckless
DAILY News  October 16, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...To make matters worse, Acevedo wrote, Allen's statements to police investigating the incident "were not supported by the evidence and in many aspects were contradicted by the evidence." Indeed, Allen apparently said first that he backed away from the car as it pulled down the drive and then later that the vehicle was coming toward him, which is what prompted him to fire his weapon. Moreover, Allen told investigators that he didn't recall running down the street while firing his gun..."

The Pride Divide's Aftermath
Wrap-up of 2010 Pride and QueerBomb festivities
News Story  June 18, 2010, by Richard Whittaker
"...The chamber issued a press release to that effect on June 9, 2009, saying that Flannigan had "stepped down" but were forced to retract it after the outgoing president publicly refuted the claim. After Flannigan's firing, Peevy told the Chronicle, "That press release was issued in hopes of saving face for Jimmy." "They lied," said Flannigan, adding that he is still looking for a definitive reason for his firing..."

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