Edited By Mike Clark-Madison, Fri., July 4, 2003
Quote of the Week: "Adults may choose to enter upon this relationship in the confines of their own homes and their own private lives and still retain their dignity as free persons."-- Justice Anthony Kennedy, in the U.S. Supreme Court opinion striking down §21.06 of the Texas Penal Code and its ban on "homosexual conduct." See So Long §21.06, It's Been Real.
Speaking of offenses against public morals, the Texas Legislature is back in town, and re-redistricting is Topic A. On Tuesday night, the House Redistricting Committee presented its latest map, which leaves Travis Co. basically untouched (for now ...), and Wednesday afternoon it was withdrawn. See Capitol Chronicle at right, and The Gavel Comes Down on Redistricting A-Go-Go.
Famous people getting busted: This week's local roster includes former AG Dan Morales (see Dumb and Dapper) and Texas Association of Business leader Bill Hammond (see Austin Stories). Hammond has better lawyers than Morales, so he didn't actually have to go to, you know, jail.
You can fight City Hall: Merchants on Lamar Boulevard persuaded the city to postpone massive roadwork until after the holiday shopping season (see Merchants Talk, City Listens).
Happy Fourth of July! Fireworks are illegal within the Austin city limits. But (private, consensual, noncommercial, adult) sexual activity is not! Celebrate America's birthday accordingly.