Dec. 2, 2016

Volume 36, Number 14

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news

Chronicle Endorsements

Recommendations for the city and school district

BY THE CHRONICLE EDITORIAL BOARD

TROUBLES AT APD’S CRIME LAB

The Future of Austin’s Crime Lab

The backlog of DNA evidence is moving, but is it shrinking?

BY SARAH MARLOFF

What Happens to Rape Victims?

Sixteen months and nothing

BY KATHRYN LUNDSTROM

Point Austin: Hours to Burn

When they promote you to "supervisor," their hands are in your pocket

BY MICHAEL KING

Public Notice: On and Off the Rails

Debating a Downtown rail station, AISD land purchase

BY NICK BARBARO

Headlines

Quote of the Week

Civics 101

New Controversy in District 10 City Council Race

Race for Council continues with high heat

BY ANNAMARYA SCACCIA

Council: Race to the Finish

A light list of Items as two PUD discussions loom

BY MICHAEL KING

NAKED CITY

Grove Mediations Continue

A second reading is expected at Council Dec. 6

BY NINA HERNANDEZ

Rezoning the Champions Tract

Sheri Gallo and her constituents can't seem to get along

BY ANNAMARYA SCACCIA

AISD: The More Things Change

Welcoming in the new class of AISD board members

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

“A New Beginning” for the San Antonio Four

Group exonerated 22 years after their high-profile arrest

BY SARAH MARLOFF

State Health Department Makes Fetal Tissue Rule Final

Anti-choice rule takes effect Dec. 19

BY MARY TUMA

UT Faculty Finds Itself on Conservative Watch List

Watch what you say

BY MICHAEL KING

Democratic House of Non-Representation

It's almost like the Democrats could have run any Joe Schmoe out there

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Under a Texas Rock

Donald Trump got his ideas about voter fraud from where?

BY MICHAEL KING

Death Watch: Matters of Incompetence

How smart must one be to stand for execution? In Texas, not that smart.

BY CHASE HOFFBERGER

Fred Lewis, Friends of “the Poor” Go to War on Central Health

Is there a doctor in the house?

BY MICHAEL KING

How Returning Lightbulbs Turned Into a Run-In With Police

Chiullán said one officer told him this kind of situation is why Yelp reviews were invented

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

The Hightower Report: The New Founder

Why is Greg Abbott messing with our Constitution?

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Review: Sophia’s

Classic Italian eatery needs far less flash

BY BRANDON WATSON

Cheap Eats: Hut’s Hamburgers

Austin classic is still one of the best deals in town

BY MARY BRYCE

Dear Glutton: Healthy for the Holidays

Finding an oasis from family obligations

BY EMILY BEYDA

Food Events

music

Bonnie Bishop on Who She Is and Isn't

The singer’s new album and how she almost walked away from music

BY ABBY JOHNSTON

Playback – Carnegie Bound: Gary Clark Jr.

Gary Clark Jr. strips down on his way to Carnegie Hall, hardcore duo Street Sects kills the lights, and Savannah Welch makes her first public appearance since losing her leg

BY KEVIN CURTIN

Texas Platters

All ATX Vol. 4

Low Down Violet Crown

Walter Daniels

"Almost Got Hit by a Truck" b/w "My Mind Got Bad", "Voodoo Working" and "Stimulant" b/w "I Get Off on It", "Graveyard Shift" b/w "They Can Only Fill One Grave"

Peckinpah

Animal Dreams

The Eric Bee

The Eric Bee

Canvas People

City Boy Slump

Wild Tinderbox

Wild Tinderbox

David Halley

A Month of Somedays
screens

Bumble Offers an Alternative to Online Dating

Local dating app puts women first

BY FELIX MORGAN

Other Worlds Austin Premieres Nathaniel Atcheson’s Domain

Social media meets the apocalypse

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Film Reviews

Évolution

A boy discovers the secrets of his small town

Man Down

A soldier struggles with PTSD

Manchester by the Sea

Casey Affleck shines in this heartfelt drama

A Winter Rose

A star is born (again)
arts & culture

Gift Guide 2016: Haunted Holidays

A few suggestions if you’re giving your Ghost of Christmas Past a present ...

BY ROBERT FAIRES AND WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Arts Reviews

Different Stages’ Fahrenheit 451

This theatrical adaptation of the Ray Bradbury story ends up being timely and may make you step outside your bubble

“Mayhem, Method & Medium: Mike O’Brien” at Flatbed

Sculptures of striped tubes take on an uncanny life when photographed and reprinted by the artist
columns

Page Two: An Immodest Proposal

Preventing the music scene from burdening the city

BY LOUIS BLACK

Gay Place

Combining noise music with performance poetry offers a space for all voices to be heard

BY SARAH MARLOFF

Day Trips: Lady Justice in Comanche

Statue of Lady Justice returns to old courthouse to guard the halls

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Luv Doc: Strew Your Seed

Usable knowledge in the agricultural sciences

BY THE LUV DOC

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

BY NICK BARBARO

comics

Maakies

BY TONY MILLIONAIRE

Peppermint Tears

BY RYAN HENNESSEE

Why So Much?

BY LANCE MYERS

Eyebeam

BY SAM HURT

This Modern World

BY TOM TOMORROW

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