"...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..."
"...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..."
"...But the firing of Jay Wyatt takes the cake...."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...(“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)..."
"...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 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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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)..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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!..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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)..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...A Jan. 2013 video found Wilson shooting four rounds from a printed magazine at a firing range outside of Austin..."
"...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...."
"...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 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..."