June 12, 2015

Volume 34, Number 41

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This Is the Box We're In

Council doesn't have a budget, but they're cutting it nonetheless

BY MICHAEL KING

Point Austin: The Appraisal Scam ... Updated

Travis Central Appraisal District responds

BY MICHAEL KING

Public Notice: Planning Is Doing

Eastside wins, Council struggles

BY NICK BARBARO

Headlines

Quote of the Week

Civics 101

Committee Versus Commission

Public Safety Chairmen Rossmo and Zimmerman trade invitations

BY CHASE HOFFBERGER

Council: Zoned Out

Arguing about zoning

BY MICHAEL KING

Meet the New Neighbors

Old Austin and New can't agree on ADUs

BY MICHAEL KING

Is K2 Unstoppable?

Rise in trips to the ER highlights prevalence of synthetic marijuana

BY NINA HERNANDEZ

Pepper-Spray Video Goes Viral

Sixth Street skirmish raises eyebrows

BY CHASE HOFFBERGER

Eastside Hotel Denied

Planning Commission fails to approve permit

BY TONY CANTÚ

In Wake of Flooding, Hays Water Victory Bittersweet

Last-minute reversal revives groundwater protection bill

BY VICKI WOLF

Over Troubled Waters

Eastside bridge destroyed after Memorial Day floods

BY MICHAEL KING

Council Extends Cab Contracts

Council approves cab franchise extension

BY CHASE HOFFBERGER

Fifth Circuit Upholds Anti-Abortion Law

5th Circuit ruling would leave Texas with only eight clinics

BY MARY TUMA

People's Veto

Young activist protests against cancer cuts at guv mansion

BY MARY TUMA

Death Watch: Ninth Execution Slated for June 18

Russeau will be the ninth Texan executed this year

BY CHASE HOFFBERGER

The Hightower Report

Hello Congress: Meet your poverty-wage food servers

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Sea Change

Searching for sustainable shrimp

BY JESSI CAPE

Alcomar

Fresh seafood and an instant vacation

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Texas Honey Ham

Still going strong after arson-robbery

BY MELANIE HAUPT

Food-o-File

Helping hands

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Events

music

Restless One

Heartless Bastards oracle Erika Wennerstrom confronts the moment

BY DOUG FREEMAN

Playback: James Petralli's Constant Bop

Has White Denim become Bop English? Which festival might relocate to the new superstage at Circuit of the Americas? Is LBJ turning over in eternity over the Beatles exhibit at his library? That and other Q&As in this week's music news.

BY KEVIN CURTIN

Live Shots

screens

Moving Mountains

Turk and Christy Pipkin are keeping busy changing the world

BY MARC SAVLOV

Local Tech Roundup

Gadgets and apps to keep you and your electronics healthy

BY JAMES RENOVITCH

Help Desk

Tech-savvy ways to cut expenses

BY MICHAEL AGRESTA

Film Reviews

Beyond the Mask

Christian swashbuckler changes the storytelling mode but not the message

Good Kill

Ethan Hawke pilots drones over Afghanistan from a trailer in the Nevada desert

Insidious: Chapter 3

The original screenwriter of the horror franchise assumes the direction of this supernatural prequel

Jurassic World

Bigger isn’t necessarily better

Live From New York!

Forty years of a landmark show should yield more than an 82-minute doc

Sunshine Superman

BASE-jumping trailblazer Carl Boenish is the subject of this doc tribute
arts & culture

What, Me Wordy?

Recommendations for summer reading that offer getaways from the usual gang of literates

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Summer's Easy Readin'

Writers on their go-to books for when their gray cells need a vacay, too

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

The Strangerer

Bush 43 ponders murder and existentialism while debating Kerry in this ambitious comedy from Capital T

Mothers and Sons

Zach Theatre's exquisite staging of Terrence McNally's drama speaks to families of all kinds

"Elizabeth McDonald: I Only Know Plenty"

McDonald's ambitious solo show targets scapegoating, though some of its power is lost in repetition
columns

Oops!

Gay Place: Music of Your Life

Stretch across the genres this Friday

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips: Old School Leathersmith, Lockhart

Making leather goods that last to customers' specifications

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Luv Doc: Bitter Truths

The Hero gets it. Every time.

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

BY NICK BARBARO

comics

This Modern World

BY TOM TOMORROW

Jen Sorensen Comics

BY JEN SORENSEN

Maakies

BY TONY MILLIONAIRE

Eyebeam

BY SAM HURT

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