Aug. 3, 2012

Volume 31, Number 49

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news

The SOS Ordinance Turns 20

Remembrances of an election that changed Austin's political environment

BY AMY SMITH

Point Austin: Fire 'At Will'

Extending 'just cause' protections to all city workers

BY MICHAEL KING

Then There's This: Longing for the Future

For better or worse, SOS was a political game-changer

BY AMY SMITH

Headlines

Civics 101

Quote of the Week

Will Medicaid Buy a Medical School?

Waiver program could have payoff of hundreds of millions

BY MIKE KANIN

Council: If This Is Thursday, the Public Hearing Is Closed

Short-term rentals may cause quite a stir at today's City Council meeting

BY MICHAEL KING

Short-Term Rentals: Can't We All Live Together?

Publisher Nick Barbaro on the CSTR debate

BY NICK BARBARO

Ricky Williams 'Accesses Consciousness' at AISD

How a football player got entangled with 'mind-healing' organization Access Consciousness

BY ALEX DUNLAP

Texas Executing Inmates at Near-Record Pace

Aug. 7 execution date set for inmate who claims mental retardation

BY JORDAN SMITH

Tea Party Takes Run-offs

Dewhurst and Wentworth lost to Cruz and Campbell

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Austin Formula One Races the Clock

Construction moves at a clip at F1 track

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Lawsuits Filed Against City, Cap 10K for ADA Violations

Parking spaces and annual race inaccessible to people in wheelchairs

BY JORDAN SMITH

City Settles Suit With Deaf Citizen

Jail and several courtrooms will get videophones

BY JORDAN SMITH

Hightower Report: Limiting Rights at the National Conventions

New regulations are intended to suppress protest

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Yes, Chef: A Memoir

Confessions of cosmopolitan chef Marcus Samuelsson

BY KATE THORNBERRY

Wine of the Week

Italy's Collio region creates a distinctive Sauvignon grape

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-File

'Top Chef' champion Paul Qui is on the move

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Events

The Hatch Chile season is here

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Tomodachi Sushi

Steve Riad and Tina Son serve up a seamless sushi experience
music

The Girl Who Met Robert Johnson

Shirley Ratisseau wrote a song with Robert Johnson

BY MARGARET MOSER

Playback: Fit To Perform

Divine Fits debut at Beerland, Willie hops the Railroad, and Ume gets a call from Perry Farrell.

BY KEVIN CURTIN

screens

Not Your Average Joe

William Friedkin on serial killers and 'spandex movies'

BY MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN

The Great Gorge

'Sushi: The Global Catch' examines the ruinous impact of overfishing

BY MARC SAVLOV

Copping Out

World cinema takes a swing at the police procedural

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Film Reviews

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

This third film in the tween series is funny without being in any way condescending to its target audience.

Killer Joe

Matthew McConaughey's Killer Joe is sociopathy incarnate; William Friedkin adds visual punch to the venality within Tracy Letts' screenplay.

The Queen of Versailles

How does 90,000 square feet sound?

Ruby Sparks

Ruby Sparks tries hard, and though it's a likable film she never completely sparks.

Total Recall

This Total Recall is fast, furious, and frequently fun, but it lacks the snappy, weirdo vibe of its predecessor.
arts & culture

Miró Quartet and Jorge Caballero

A toast to exceptional musicians with their namesake cocktails in hand

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Studio Visit: Xochi Solis

Xochi Solis' studio is a homey place that looks like one of her artworks writ large

BY ANDY CAMPBELL

Arts Reviews

Rose Rage

The Bard is rampant and rules this Hidden Room.

Legally Blonde

Summer Stock Austin sparkles with this law-school spectacle

Baroque on the Border

The MACC goes for baroque with the narco corridos
columns

Page Two

BY LOUIS BLACK

Oops

The Common Law: Preempt Fight With Your New Landlord

BY LUKE ELLIS

After a Fashion: Feathers and Beads

Your Style Avatar on the Texas Tease

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place: CHICKENSHIT

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

The Petroglyph National Monument houses mysterious ancient history

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Luv Doc: How Old Is too Old?

Old people creep everyone out - including themselves

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

TXRD

TXRD has dropped the Lonestar from its name, but the rivalries remain

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Soccer Watch

Aztex players named to all-conference team, Hope Solo rips Chastain, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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