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Red Guards and the Modern Face of Protest
Agitators, disrupters, or “anarchists,” these masked protesters represent a new resistance
News Story  February 16, 2017, by Joseph Caterine
"..."They call themselves the Red Guards," he said. "They're anarchists."..."

Page Two: It Is the Worst of Times, It Is the Worst of Times
It is the age of little wisdom, it is the age of foolishness
Columns  February 23, 2017, by Louis Black
"...There is little difference between the overly violent sectarian left (witness last issue's article on the Red Guards) and the equally isolationist reactionary right. Neither care about a democratic republic or have any interest in a society espousing and supporting shared respect, attempted understanding, and an ongoing effort to accommodate the views of others...."

Hard Times in the Land of Plenty
Service nonprofits and their funders face the economic gale
News Story  October 23, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...Those family stresses are also putting an extra burden on family services charities. As one of a network of more than 1,000 Court Appointed Special Advocates groups around the country, CASA of Travis County guards the well-being of kids caught up in Child Protective Services cases..."

Letters From the Women of SAFPF
A small sample of the letters received by Austin attorney Derek Howard; transcribed and minimally edited
News Story  December 12, 2008
"...We, too, experienced the "tighthouse" – although on our unit it was referred to as "shutdown." We were threatened with it for months. A horde of guards burst into our dorm screaming and yelling, cursing and telling us to throw all our precious few belongings into a net bag immediately..."

The Shawshank Redemption
Frank Darabont's debut feature based on the Stephen King novella receives a 10th anniversary reissue. The prison drama features standout performances by Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins.
Film Review  September 23, 1994, by Marc Savlov
"...It's here that he meets Red (Freeman), a grizzled lifer with little hope of parole, and the man who “knows how to get things”: cigarettes, booze, girlie mags, whatnot. Overseen by the dictatorial Warden Norton (Gunton), a bible-thumping hypocrite with a taste for easy money, and his right hand thug Captain Hadley (Brown), the prison is a nightmare factory of midnight beatings, corrupt politics, and desperate hopelessness, where bull queers target the weak “new fish” -- like Andy -- and take what they want by force while the guards look away..."

The Belko Experiment
A gory social experiment gone wrong
Film Review  March 31, 2017, by Marc Savlov
"...It begins as just another day at work inside the shiny steel and glass tower of Belko Industries, a Colombian business whose corporate goals are intentionally left vague, but for the 80 non-local workers in the building, it soon becomes apparent that something is awry. For one thing, the guards outside are only letting the American employees in, leaving the workplace disquietingly empty..."

The Winter Classic
South by Southwest 1998
Music Story  March 27, 1998
"...At that moment, the fun was over for me - I preferred the Pogo - but all those memories came thundering home to me at Choreboy. Trouble was brewing before the band even took the stage, as vocalist Phil Owen taunted the club's security guards while checking the mikes..."

Red River Clubs Grapple With Downtown Homelessness
Beggars, hustlers, and dealers make you wonder how Downtown music keeps from going under
News Story  February 2, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...They're a complex demographic, likely comprised of individualistic homeless campers, victims of Texas' underfunded mental health system, career criminals, and people with addiction issues. The ARCH, which operates on federal and state funding, employs five private security guards during daytime hours, but holds no authority over those camped outside on the street..."

I Saw the Light
Clifford Antone, hardcore to the end
Music Story  May 26, 2006, by Margaret Moser
"...The visitors' room is a sterile room with hard-shell chairs that resemble the waiting room for the principal's office in high school, only with armed guards and vending machines. You bring quarters because visitors can buy treats, soft drinks, and microwavable meals for prisoners..."

South for the Marijuana
The gringo travels to Mexico in search of weed and wisdom.
News Story  September 5, 2003, by Lucius Lomax
"...He never asked for the full six months because he didn't want the Mexicans to think he would linger. Through long practice, the border guards tolerated the comings and goings of gringos, even the unwashed kind, but the unwritten rule was, spend your money and leave..."

On the Inside
Louis Perez interviewed on Death Row
News Story  April 28, 2016, by Chase Hoffberger
"...You get 30 minutes to set up – get your microphones and cameras in working order. Guards shuttle shackled inmates called in for other interviews down a path between the conference cells..."

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
"...Strewn about the shop are bins of raw materials: bearings, couplings, chip guards, and ball-screw blocks. Heat shields sit next to spiral wires along the long end of the shop..."

The Ascension of the Toros; and the Joys of Minor-League Basketball
DAILY Sports  February 6, 2007, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...Thank God coach Dennis Johnson and his team had the good sense to have won a few by the time the moment occurred; one can only wonder what Gervin and the Coyote would have thought of the team if they had come into the game 0-28.From the very beginning of the game, you could sense something was happening with the team, something wonderful. I think we can credit the shift largely to the presence of guards Cheyne Gadson and Troy Bell and center Loren Woods, all of whom were acquired over the last month or so and all of whom have come in and made their teammates better players..."

Off the Record
Surveying the aftermath from the Red River shootout outside Spiros
Music Column  June 5, 2009, by Austin Powell
"..."The closest you could get was 35 feet. We had a barricade of bicycle racks and security guards."..."

Cream of the Crop
Food Story  August 9, 1996
"...The Traditional Category winner was Fresh Lemon ice cream crafted by John Oliphant, a local Air Force retiree. Oliphant's father made ice cream at a small Delaware creamery for many years and taught his son secrets that Oliphant now guards judiciously..."

Off the Record
If a Downtown venue closes down for the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, does it make a sound?
Music Column  April 10, 2009, by Austin Powell
"...According to the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Texas Relays draw about 40,000 people and generate approximately $8 million for the city. Josh Cisneros, general manager of Spiros Amphitheater, says last weekend was the club's most profitable and smoothest Relays weekend in five years, attributable to a higher cover (roughly 30%), the installation of a barricade outside its entrance, and more than 20 security guards..."

The Prison Diaries of the Fabulous Thunderbirds' Preston Hubbard
Music Story  October 20, 2000, by Preston Hubbard
"...Some nights, the dressing room would get overcrowded with irritating "blues nerds" wanting to talk about whether or not Muddy Waters farted while recording "Queen Bee" in 1957 or some such crap. These guys would keep all the girls at bay, and we were definitely not having that shit! All our dressing rooms had big guards, so one night in Malmo, we saw the blues nerd onslaught coming, and told the guards, "Absolutely no guys backstage!" Beautiful Swedish women packed the dressing room when we got offstage! After that, the Malmo Rule was used often...."

The Bush record of 'compassionate conservatism' is amply illustrated by his clemency record in Texas
News Story  June 11, 2004, by Lucius Lomax
"...No one at the prison knew anything about her being there for only 90 days. The sentence the guards read said 10 years..."

Tom Hardy delivers a searing performance as Britain's so-called "most violent prisoner."
Film Review  November 13, 2009, by Kimberley Jones
"...Refn first shoots him in solitary confinement, naked and bathed in a red light that obscures exactly which bodily excretion – blood? feces? – he’s wearing like war paint. Hardy paws the floor like a bull, readying for battle – in this case, with the armed guards about to storm his cage..."

DIY or Die
Red 7's house rules are hardcore, so stop whining
Music Story  June 22, 2007, by Austin Powell
"...Questions? Direct them toward Dutch Welsh of Murder One and Guilty as Charged. Painted black from head to foot with stars tattooed under each eye and issuing a grim hockey player's smile, Welsh guards Red 7's entrance like a minion at the gates of hell..."

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