Oct. 1, 2004

Volume 24, Number 5

ON THE COVER:
features

Best of Austin 2004

Readers' and critics' favorites
news

Will TRMPAC Mess Stick to Baxter and Stick?

The GOP freshmen play defense in the campaign-cash scandal

BY AMY SMITH

TRMPAC Indictments Come Down, 'More Work' Remains

Ronnie Earle and the Travis Co. grand jury announce the initial results of the TRMPAC investigation

BY MICHAEL KING

Texas Joins the Inadequacy Club

School-finance decision consistent with national trends

BY KIMBERLY REEVES

Planned Parenthood – Almost There

Choice supporters cut the ribbon on new facility

BY AMY SMITH

Changing Channel 15: Who's Got the Remote?

The AMN/AMP/ACTV saga goes down to the wire

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Weed Watch: Czar Stumps to Save Oregon

John Walters turns up the heat against medical marijuana initiative

BY JORDAN SMITH

Ashcroft's Porn Wars Come to Texas

Adult-video magnate's bust part of DOJ anti-obscenity effort

BY JORDAN SMITH

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Plead Ignorance

In the wake of the TRMPAC indictments, the big players are scurrying for cover

BY MICHAEL KING

Austin @ Large: The Fall Season

Will the City Council schedule bring breakout hits or fabulous flops?

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

The Hightower Report

Get ready for the sweatshop tsunami; and Congress gives itself a raise

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

music

Rhapsody

Alejandro Escovedo pays tribute to 'Por Vida'

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

screens

The Scenic Route

Bob Smeaton on 'Festival Express'

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

Maddin Comes Alive

'Cowards Bend the Knee': the autobiography of an original in all senses

BY MARC SAVLOV

Film Reviews

The Brown Bunny

Vincent Gallo's notorious film turns out to be an anti-action road trip that has the feeling of a fever dream.

Festival Express

Hurtling across Canada during the summer of 1970 was a trainload of musicians – among them Janis Joplin, Jerry Garcia, and Buddy Guy – who partied and played music ’til the very end of the line.

First Daughter

This movie's tortured young protagonist and clueless dad just happen to be members of the First Family of the United States.

Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry

This nonpartisan documentary seeks to identify the sparks that made John Kerry and so many others of his generation so eager to serve their country.

She Hate Me

Spike Lee strikes out with his new "joint" about an unemployed whistle-blower who makes a living impregnating sperm-deprived lesbians.

Zhou Yu's Train

Chinese romance stars beautiful Gong Li as a modern woman with two male lovers.
arts & culture

Arts Reviews

Austin Symphony Orchestra with Caitlin Tully

Two years after her debut with the Austin Symphony at age 14, Caitlin Tully offered a superb, assured performance, with a cool mastery of a demanding Sibelius concerto
columns

Page Two

State reps Jack Stick and Todd Baxter deserve their very own 'Best of Austin' category

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Strange ranchfellows; and the real king of the Jews?

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

About AIDS

Poz people and staph don't mix!

BY SANDY BARTLETT

Letters at 3AM

In their behavior and beliefs, Ralph Nader and George W. Bush are twins separated at birth: Nader's candidacy is an act of perfidy

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

Day Trips

The best small towns in Texas

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

To Your Health

Are vitamin D supplements necessary for everyone?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

Cash rental payments

BY LUKE ELLIS

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sports

Soccer Watch

UT against the ropes; first Europe, then the World

BY NICK BARBARO

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