July 4, 2014

Volume 33, Number 45

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news

Cold as ICE

Sheriff Greg Hamilton stoutly defends the 'Secure Communities' deportation mill. But growing public and official opposition is working to shut down the line.

BY TONY CANTÚ

Point Austin: ... And Two Steps Back

Firefighters fulfill threat to contest DOJ decree

BY MICHAEL KING

Then There's This: Saving Water From Ourselves

Task force urges 'aggressive' conservation and reuse strategies

Quote of the Week

Headlines

Civics 101

Hamilton Digs In: Won't End 'S-Comm'

Travis County Sheriff bucks opposition

BY TONY CANTÚ

Council: Sweet Summertime

CMs work through full agenda before break

BY MICHAEL KING

An 'Open' Search for AISD Chief

Timetable to allow stakeholder input

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

AISD Board Shake-Up: Torres, Moya Won't Run Again

Torres, Moya won't run again

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Crocodile Goes Head-to-Head With Alligator

Nomadic Notions owner lives to tell the tale

BY SARAH MORTIMER

AE's Solar Deal: 'Game Changer'

Recurrent Energy price could lower energy rates

BY NORA ANKRUM

Morrison to Mayor: 'It's Not Personal, It's Policy'

Leffingwell refuses to give up Balcones Canyonlands Conservation Planning Org. seat

BY AMY SMITH

Is Acevedo Stonewalling Fox TV?

Friction between the two stems from arrest of jaywalking jogger

BY CHASE HOFFBERGER

X Games X-Factors: Heat, Booze, and Meth

EMS almost forced to activate disaster plan

BY CHASE HOFFBERGER

The Hightower Report

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Food Events

July 4-10

Food-o-File

Is bánh mì destined to be Austin's newest food obsession?

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Dining del Lago 2014

Looking for water? Bring your own!

Roadside Fuel

Gas station eats by the lake

BY MICK VANN

music

Down & Dirty

Lone Star guitar great Johnny Winter gets his hands dirty once again

BY JIM CALIGIURI

Playback: Tip Jar Etiquette

See that tip jar? Give.

BY KEVIN CURTIN

Box Sets

Michael Bloomfield

From His Head to His Heart to His Hands

the "5" Royales

Soul & Swagger: The Complete "5" Royales 1951-1967

Slint

Spiderland

Leyland Kirby

Intrigue & Stuff Vol. 1-4

Joe Satriani

The Complete Studio Recordings

Bee Gees

The Warner Bros. Years 1967-1991

Little Feat

Rad Gumbo: The Complete Warner Bros. Years 1971-1990
screens

This Spaceship Runs Adobe Premiere

Joe Nicolosi's workstation is out of this world

BY DAN GENTILE

What a Ride

Annie Silverstein's road to Cannes

BY NEHA AZIZ

At Rooster Teeth's Annual RTX Fest, It's All About the Community

RTX 2014

BY ASHLEY MORENO

Film Reviews

America: Imagine the World Without Her

Another book by conservative political commentator Dinesh D'Souza gets the documentary treatment.

Begin Again

Agreeably phony movie focuses on a pair of unlikely partners drawn together by the promise of making music.

Bobby Jasoos

Adventure-comedy about a female private detective.

Earth to Echo

A trio of suburban kids befriend an alien entity in this Spielberg-influenced family film.

The Grand Seduction

In this Canadian comedy, a down-on-its-luck fishing village spruces up to try to lure a big-city doctor to town.

Lekar Hum Deewana Dil

Two kids elope and discover marriage is tougher than it looks in this Bollywood film.

Tammy

Melissa McCarthy burns through a lot of goodwill in this limp, confused comedy cowritten with her husband, Ben Falcone.

Third Person

Globe-trotting multistory meditation on love, betrayal, and lost/found children from the director of Crash.

Transformers: Age of Extinction

Optimus Prime finds a new pal in franchise addition Mark Wahlberg.
arts & culture

Lone Star (In)Justice

Tales of true crime and made-up mayhem from deep in the heart of Texas

BY ROBERT FAIRES

July Is Crime Month

As summer heats up, the 'Chronicle' runs afoul of the law, in fiction and nonfiction

BY ROBERT FAIRES

The Tesla Project: A Celebration of All Things Tesla

Sure to be the most current event this weekend

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Arts Reviews

Silence! The Musical

The musical send-up of 'The Silence of the Lambs' delivers two hours of nearly nonstop laughter

American Roots: Music of the Moravians

This concert of music from the pacifist community offered a meaningful alternative to the usual July Fourth celebration

'Mariah Dekkenga and Josef Bull: We have never been modern'

The works by these two artists weave an intricate web of times and cultures
columns

The Common Law: Can I Win My Property Tax Protest?

How to appeal to the Appraisal Review Board

BY LUKE ELLIS

Day Trips

Natural Bridge Caverns is home to Buddy the giraffe

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

The Good Eye: Bringing Messy Back

Them other boys don't know how to craft ...

BY AMY GENTRY

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Gay Place: DANDY DOODLE

Go forth and blow it up for the Fourth

BY KATE X MESSER

OOPS

The Luv Doc: Thanks, SCOTUS

Americans should be highly suspicious of people walking around in robes

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

BY NICK BARBARO

World Cup Watch

BY NICK BARBARO

comics

Peppermint Tears

BY RYAN HENNESSEE

This Modern World

BY TOM TOMORROW

Maakies

BY TONY MILLIONAIRE

Eyebeam

BY SAM HURT

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