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The Austin Fire Fighters' Political Action Committee, the political arm of the Austin Association of Professional Firefighters, has announced its endorsements for the Nov. 5 election: state attorney general, Kirk Watson; state senator, Dist. 14, Gonzalo Barrientos; Dist. 25, Jeff Wentworth. State rep. Dist. 46, Dawnna Dukes; Dist. 47, Terry Keel; Dist. 48, Ann Kitchen; Dist. 49, Elliott Naishtat; Dist. 50, James Sylvester; Dist. 51, Eddie Rodriguez. Travis Co. Commissioner, Pct. 2, Karen Sonleitner; Pct. 3, Margaret Moore; Pct. 4, Margaret Gomez. -- Lee Nichols

One of the lamest Sept. 11 commemorations around town was ACC's 11 seconds of silence at 7:56am. Only 11 seconds? Why not 911 seconds, or 11 minutes -- you know, give it a real college try? It would probably take most people longer than 11 seconds to repeat ACC President Richard Fonté's declaration, "These 11 seconds of silence acknowledge the heroic strength, the unparalleled solidarity, and the tragic loss felt by each American on September 11." -- L.A.

Ten thousand members of the 12 regional organizations associated with the Texas Industrial Areas Foundation, including Austin Interfaith, attended an Erwin Center "accountability session" to question state political candidates about their commitments to health care, education, immigration reform, workers' rights, and other IAF priorities. The organizations say they will bring 500,000 educated voters to the polls Nov. 5. -- Michael King

Former San Antonio mayor and federal housing secretary Henry Cisneros last week announced plans for two affordable-housing subdivisions to be built by his American Vista Corp. in Southeast Austin -- one near William Cannon and I-35, the other slightly east on Nuckols Crossing Road. In a recent speech to the Real Estate Council of Austin, Cisneros noted that American Vista had been interested in the much-closer-in Featherlite tract in the Chestnut neighborhood, near MLK and Airport, but the tract's price meant "no one in the neighborhood would be able to afford to live there." -- Mike Clark-Madison

Only five Texans perished in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, but they'll be memorialized in their own monument at the Texas State Cemetery on Seventh Street. Designs submitted by the three finalists -- two Austin firms, one from Dallas -- were released last week; all were built around two steel fragments from the World Trade Center, obtained by Gov. Rick Perry's office. At press time, the winner was still not announced. The memorial, to cost $100,000, will be funded by private donations. -- M.C.M.

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    Mark Rose's multifaceted career has taken him from the Austin City Council to the Lower Colorado River Authority, to Public Strategies Inc., to solo consulting, to his latest stopover at the Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative in Giddings, east of Austin.

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    Last week Austin Congressman Lloyd Doggett took the House floor to strongly oppose the Bush administration's drumbeat for unilateral military action against Iraq.
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    Developer Gary Bradley insists he's broke, but a Travis County judge this week refused to reduce his child-support payments of $4,800 per month.

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    State District Judge Scott McCown leaves the bench Sept. 20 to become the executive director of the Center for Public Policy Priorities.

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    Jurors spent week four in the capital murder trial of Yogurt Shop Murders defendant Michael Scott considering DNA evidence and testimony from several of Scott's high school friends.

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    An attorney for Lacresha Murray and her grandparents and siblings filed suit in federal court claiming a litany of civil and constitutional violations stemming from Murray's 1996 arrest and subsequent three-year incarceration.

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    File Waco Tribune-Herald publisher Rowland Nethaway's Sept. 9 Statesman column under the category, "Dead on Arrival.

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    Houstonian Billie Carr, a longtime Democratic Party activist and dedicated organizer for the liberal wing of the party, dies from a stroke.

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