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The City Council won't meet this week but will reconvene next Thursday, Aug. 22.

The city inaugurated its new Office of the Police Monitor with an Aug. 13 open house and a seven-way ribbon cutting (shredding?) featuring Police Monitor Iris Jones, Mayor Gus Garcia, and other local luminaries. From Feb. 11 to Aug. 11 the office received a total of 112 complaints, including 23 for use of excessive force and 16 for "failure to investigate." A complete six-month report is due by the end of the month.

Opening arguments in the capital murder trial of Michael Scott, the second defendant to stand trial for the 1991 yogurt shop murders, began Aug. 14. The trial is expected to last at least three weeks.

After years of discussion, the dream of a Waller Creek flood control tunnel is dead due to financial problems. More next week.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the permanent Austin Resource Center for the Homeless (A.R.C.H.) will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 20, at 10am at 500 E. Seventh (between the Salvation Army and Caritas). The Center is scheduled for completion by next summer.

The APD held a Landlord Training Program yesterday at the Holiday Inn South to give property owners tips on crime prevention, applicant screening, and other matters. The Texas Assoc. of Realtors recognized APD's program as the Education Program of the Year earlier this year.

No human cases of West Nile virus have been reported in Austin at press time, but you can't be too careful. When you see a mosquito, run!

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More by Lauri Apple
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