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Naked City


Edited By Mike Clark-Madison, June 27, 2003, News

Quote of the Week: "There's never been a pipeline fire in the city of Austin. But there have been deaths from Christmas-tree fires. Maybe we ought to ban Christmas trees."-- Harry Savio of the Home Builders Association of Greater Austin, asking Travis Co. commissioners not to adopt Austin's "overreaching" pipeline-safety ordinance. The county put off consideration of the matter indefinitely.

Lock up your daughters (and your congressmen)! Having managed to convince Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn to certify the state budget after all, Gov. Rick Perry will bring the Legislature back Monday to tackle the real important stuff -- congressional re-redistricting. Members of the House Redistricting Committee are holding hearings throughout the state (but not in Austin) today and Saturday (see "Capitol Chronicle").

As both East and West Austinites express outrage over the police shooting of Jessie Lee Owens, the FBI and an independent investigator are (still?) investigating last year's shooting of Sophia King. See "Austin@Large."

Austin ISD has magically found $16 million in "savings" in its budget -- months after getting the community to agree to severe and controversial classroom cuts. School board members and other stakeholders aren't pleased (see "Fuzzy Budget Math at AISD").

Hopwood no more: The U.S. Supreme Court upheld affirmative action in college admissions, untying the hands of Texas schools who had been forbidden from considering race (see "UT Revives Affirmative Action").

Today (Thursday), the Supremes are expected to issue their ruling regarding Texas' sodomy law.

After 91 years, Rice University has finally won an NCAA championship. The Owls baseball team, which eliminated the Texas Longhorns from the College World Series, beat Stanford Monday night to take the title.

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