Oct. 13, 2006

Volume 26, Number 6

ON THE COVER:
features

Best of Austin 2006

Readers' and critics' favorites
news

Federal Judge Limits Smoking Ban

Sparks says businesses are not responsible for smoking patrons' conduct

County Doesn't Blink on City's WTP 4 Challenge

City dangles Bull Creek in front of bulldozers, but county won't take the bait

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Developing Stories

Two downtown projects uneasily launched

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Election 2006

Tidbits from the trail

Naked City

Point Austin: Turn the Page

While Iraq burns, official Washington wallows in the Foley scandal

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside the Point

The downtown plan moves forward, but the direction is a little uncertain

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

The Ungodly Pensions of CEOs; and Drinking Liberally

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

Screens

Film Reviews

Employee of the Month

Assorted workers vie for the coveted title of "Employee of the Month."

Infamous

It's another Truman Capote picture about how the author wrote In Cold Blood – and it stands solidly on its own merits.

Keeping Mum

Maggie Smith, Rowan Atkinson, Kristen Scott Thomas, and Patrick Swayze come together for this dark British comedy.

The Last King of Scotland

Forest Whitaker becomes dictator Idi Amin in a ferocious performance that often dwarfs the more ordinary aspects of this picture.

Love's Abiding Joy

A faith-based Western.

Queens

Spanish comedy about same-sex marriages and mothers-in-law.

Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles

Chinese film by veteran Zhang Yimou is a tale about good intentions and missed opportunities.

Shortbus

John Cameron Mitchell's sophomore film effort asserts – with great gusto and even a brass band – our universal right to sexual happiness.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning

In this prequel to the original Chainsaw, we learn how Leatherface grew up to become a monster.

Zen Noir

A hard-boiled detective investigates a murder at a Buddhist monastery.
arts & culture

Arts Reviews

Stillborn: a bedtime story

The title of Monika Bustamante's 'Stillborn' is no pun but a promise of what is to come: two hours of anger, rape, murder, and stillbirth that is upsetting, dark, and, unfortunately, not illuminating

We Are Normal, Cha Cha Chaaa

The dance 'We Are Normal, Cha Cha Chaaa' is such a whirl of motion, bursting with youthful exhilaration, that it suggests nothing so much as five girls hard at play on a long summer's day

'Daniel Bozhkov: Recent Works'

The pieces in 'Daniel Bozhkov: Recent Works' grab our eye with comic incongruities, but behind the visual joke is a story of how everything in our world is connected
columns

Page Two: Feels Like the First Time

On onion rings, barbecue, and the never-ending "Best of Austin" debate

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Letters @ 3AM

On September 28, key rights guaranteed by our Constitution, plus the central tenet of the Magna Carta, were nullified by an act of Congress – specifically, the Military Commissions Act of 2006

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

Day Trips

The Millie Bush Bark Park on the west side of Houston is the best leash-free dog park in Texas

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

To Your Health

Statin drugs reduce serum cholesterol levels, but there is intense controversy over whether this translates into a reduction in deaths from heart attacks

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

My Neighbor's Dog Won't Stop Barking – What Can I Do?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Royal tattoos, and the award for tallest actor goes to ...

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Emily Anderson nets her first career college goal for the Lady Longhorns, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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