News items from near and far
Edited By Lauri Apple, Fri., Aug. 23, 2002
The trial of Michael Scott, a defendant in the 1991 yogurt shop murders, began last week amid accusations that interrogators coerced his confession.
Developer Gary Bradley appeared in U.S. Bankruptcy Court Aug. 16 to respond to creditors hoping to get what they can from his remaining assets.
The state's unemployment rate reached 6% in July, higher than the national average for the first time in a while. The Austin metro area's rate stands at 5.9%, with government employment (at all levels) about the only sector that's seen improvement since last year.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency denied Austin's application for almost $800,000 in fed funds to repair recent flood damage to city buildings.
Austin Fire Chief Gary Warren hopes the City Council will pass an ordinance requiring sprinkler systems in existing residential high-rises that don't already have them. No word on how council will vote on that item.
On Tuesday, the city broke ground on the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless. When completed next year, the shelter will include a day resource facility and health clinic, plus a 100-bed shelter and dining room.
John Nill, the architect credited with designing the Palmer Auditorium, St. Martin's Lutheran Church, the Town Lake gazebo, and other local landmarks, died last week. He was 73.
Robert Dedman, millionaire banker and UT booster, died Monday in Dallas at age 76. As the former owner of the Barton Creek Country Club, Dedman was a key player in the Barton Creek PUD saga that launched the Save Our Springs movement.
As required by state law, the State Board of Public Accountancy revoked Arthur Andersen's license to operate in Texas. Andersen's felony conviction for shredding Enron documents gave the reluctant board no choice.