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Naked City


Edited By Lauri Apple, September 6, 2002, News

If you thought the Waller Creek tunnel project was dead, you were wrong, say Council Member Will Wynn and other city officials, who plan to discuss their options at an October work session. The project seemed to be a goner after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers rejected it last month.

City Council members won't get together for their usual Thursday soirée until Sept. 26. The Council will meet Sept. 9, 10, and 12 to discuss and finalize the 2003 budget (see p.24).

Members of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty will stage a picket and press conference today (Thursday) to highlight flaws in the yogurt shop murder trials. The action begins at 5:30pm in the plaza outside the Travis Co. Criminal Justice Complex, 11th and San Antonio. For more on the yogurt shop murders, see p.20.

One former and two current members of the State Board of (Christian fundamentalist) Education were charged last week with violating open-meetings laws. The three had gone to Katz's Deli with three financial advisers, who were also indicted.

The state executed juvenile offender Toronto Patterson, who denied killing three relatives in Dallas. Patterson was the third inmate this year who was under 18 when he allegedly committed his crime.

Mayor Gus Garcia goes back on the road in October, leading a civic delegation to Nashville to get tips on how to grow the local music industry.

New name, new politics? Not likely, but the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission has changed its unwieldy moniker to the more streamlined Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Phone numbers remain the same, but the Web address has changed to

Former Capital Metro board member and county commissioners court candidate Stacy Dukes-Rhone -- sister of state Rep. Dawnna Dukes -- has been appointed to the city Zoning and Platting Commission.

Longhorns football began Aug. 31 with 83,051 people packing Royal-Memorial Stadium -- the record for a season opener. The Horns whomped the U. of North Texas 27-0.

And in other Longhorn news, former UT basketball coach Abe Lemons died two days later, apparently from Parkinson's disease.

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