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Within hours of Congress approving President Bush's war  resolution last week, protesters were on the streets, albeit  not the several hundred that turned out for the Oct. 5 rally.
Within hours of Congress approving President Bush's war resolution last week, protesters were on the streets, albeit not the several hundred that turned out for the Oct. 5 rally. (Photo By John Anderson)

Quote of the Week: "Maybe insurance companies are like men. The worse you treat them, the more they come back." -- State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, on why insurers give her campaign cash when she typically supports pro-consumer measures

Early voting for the Nov. 5 election starts this Saturday, Oct. 19 (see Running to the Middle).

Austin police monitor Iris Jones and her citizen review panel recommended an independent inquiry into the June shooting death of Sophia King (see King Inquiry: What Next).

Hundreds of Central Texans played regional planning bingo at six Envision Central Texas workshops in Austin, Bastrop, Georgetown, Lockhart, and Dripping Springs (see "Austin Stories").

The Travis Co. Jail finally passed state inspection, thanks to accelerated judicial procedures and hiring of more guards (a slumping economy shows its silver lining ...).

Not one, but two big deals for East Austin, as a major "live/work" condo complex and UT's new charter school head for the neighborhood (see Condos, Charter on E. Sixth?).

State Sen. Jeff Wentworth and state Rep. Rick Green are under criminal investigation by Travis Co. Attorney Ken Oden for alleged improper lobbying of state regulators on behalf of Metabolife nutritional supplements.

After years of fundraising and arguing, UT will finally break ground Saturday on the new Blanton Museum of Art. We gotta wonder: Will Tony Sanchez be there to see what he wrought?

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