Nov. 26, 2004

Volume 24, Number 13

ON THE COVER:
features

Holiday Wish Lists 2004

Presents for Public Service
news

AISD Goes Global

Johnston High School welcomes immigrant students and makes waves in the neighborhood

BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY

'Balancing' the Homeless

Proposed laws would recriminalize the usual suspects

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Diagnosed With Greed?

Drug dealers seek out Downtown homeless – with money and marketing

BY JORDAN SMITH

Under Not So Healthy Texas Skies

Report on Texas health comes up mostly snake eyes

BY AMY SMITH

Trouble on the Longhorn Pipeline?

Pipeline work proceeds in Bastrop Co. following rumors of a leak, extensive reconditioning

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

Will AISD Crack Down on Special Ed?

Advocates decry district's trend from 'disability' to 'discipline'

BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY

Weed Watch: Senate Mulls Med-Mari Defense

Bill would allow medical use claims in drug cases; mandatory sentencing slagged

BY JORDAN SMITH

City Loses Its Mala Sangre Brain

Outside counsel Lowell Denton – both attorney and witness – is disqualified from the case

BY JORDAN SMITH

A Happy Ending for Historic Saga

City staff backs as existing tax exemptions preserved

BY KIMBERLY REEVES

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

The Price of an Education

As the Lege looms, don't bet the house on new money for schools

BY MICHAEL KING

Austin @ Large: Wheels Down

The Great Big Mueller Deal finally hits the runway

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

The Hightower Report

Some elections are clean, but the GOP campaigns dirty

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Iron Chef

By the time Caritas' Velda Melendez finally realized that cooking could mean a career, she realized it also meant 450 lunches five days a week – and not just during the holidays

BY MM PACK

Food-o-File

In memoriam: The Central Texas barbecue family lost one of its most accomplished pit masters on Nov. 6. Laron Morgan, co-owner of Elgin's Cross Town Bar- B-Q, died of an apparent heart attack at the age of 51.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Into the Heart

U2 drops the 'Atomic Bomb'

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Me and My Friends

Walking on the wild side with Red Hot Chili Peppers' guitarist John Frusciante

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

TCB

'Almost Famous,' part two, starring What Made Milwaukee Famous, the Murdocks, the Good Looks, Gibby Haynes & His Problem, and Endochine

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Phases & Stages

Live Aid

Live Aid

Eminem

Encore

Santana, Molotov, Inspector, Enanitos Verdes, Michael Ramos, Omara Portuondo, Hecho en Cuba, Ely Guerra, Julieta Venegas

Santana, Con Todo Respeto, Unidad, Cerveza y Ska, En Vivo, Loteria de la Cumbia Lounge, Flor de Amor, Hecho en Cuba, Sweet & Sour, Hot & Spicy,

Duran Duran

Astronaut

Jimmy Eat World, the Donnas

Futures, Gold Medal

Isis

Panopticon
screens

Just Like Old Times

The Drafthouse's 'Degrassi' marathon is almost as effed up as the show itself

BY JESS SAUER

Film News

Austin movie crews are coming home for the holidays and should quickly unpack for frightful film fun

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

There is someone I would like to thank this holiday season, as she won't be sitting at my Thanksgiving Day table. She is the unnamed senior producer for CBS's overnight broadcast who dared to do something very, very brave – or very, very stupid, depending on your point of view.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

The Fearless Vampire Killers, or: Pardon Me, but Your Teeth Are in My Neck

Period horror comedies were virtually unheard of in 1967, and although all of Roman Polanski's work up to that year had shone a flair for blacker-than-pitch grave-digger humor, this would be the first time he had experimented with outright comedy

Film Reviews

Alexander

Oliver Stone has achieved the impossible: He's made the life of Alexander the Great seem boring.

Christmas With the Kranks

Holiday pap and circumstance.

Kinsey

Kinsey enshrines the scientist at the expense of a more rigorous and more profound scrutiny.

The Machinist

Christian Bale lost 60 lbs. in order to play the unsettling title character, a man who has maybe shed his sanity along with his weight.

Moog

An admiring documentary about Robert Moog, the inventor of the music synthesizer.
arts & culture

New Elf in Town

Flaming Idiot Rob Williams trades his torches for the pointy little slippers of David Sedaris' department-store elf in 'The Santaland Diaries'

BY ROBERT FAIRES

No Art Left Behind

New campaign fights for the arts in Texas schools

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Restoring 'Pastorela'

Five of Austin's Latino theatre companies joining forces to revive one of the community's yuletide traditions: 'La Pastorela'

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Culture Flash!

Stephen Mills makes a dance for ABT, and Elizabeth Crist wins an honor from ASCAP

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Arms and the Man

Different Stages' 'Arms and the Man' is an honest attempt at entertainment with a political edge, but it swallows or ignores the complex interpretation that this script deserves
columns

Page Two

The right's most troubling victory may be its brilliant subversion of the language of political debate

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Letters at 3AM

The numbers tell a different story than the pundits: The next election will again be the Democrats' to lose if party members don't learn to talk plainly and with respect to people who are different culturally, and are uneducated, left out, or left behind

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Advice from Butterball and Thanksgiving history

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

About AIDS

World AIDS Day, Dec. 1

BY SANDY BARTLETT

To Your Health

Is my 'natural' shampoo damaging my hair?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

Directive to physicians and family (living wills)

BY LUKE ELLIS

Day Trips

San Gabriel Gardens Christmas Tree Farm packs a lot into a few acres on the San Gabriel River east of Georgetown

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

BY NICK BARBARO

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