• The Austin American-Statesman announced Wednesday that Cox Enterprises Inc., which has owned the Statesman since 1976, plans to sell the daily – and "all affiliated operations," including the Statesman.com and Austin360.com websites – with hopes of closing a deal by early 2009. (The Chronicle is mulling an offer.)

An independent arbitrator ruled that Austin Police Cmdr. Larry Oliver, fired in March for failing to report comments he thought discriminatory, gets his job back; see "APD Commander Gets Job Back."

Pete Collins, chief information officer for the city of Austin, submitted his resignation Wednesday; he had been on administrative leave for two months while the city looked into allegations that he'd used city resources "for personal gain."

• More than 600 people submitted ideas for Johnston High School's new name, and the winner is: Eastside Memorial High School at the Johnston Campus; see "Eastside Memorial It Is."

• A street-closure stink over the upcoming Batfest, which would have closed the Ann Richards Bridge over Labor Day weekend, was resolved Wednesday, with sponsors agreeing to move the event to the South First Street bridge. See "City Hall Hustle."

• The Olympic Games just aren't complete without political drama and comic relief, what with Russia and Georgia going to war and beach volleyball champ Misty May-Treanor offering up her bikinied bottom to President Bush, who diplomatically gave her a backhanded pat on the small of her back.


Quote of the Week

"Not every wrong, or even every violation of the law, is a crime. In this instance, the two joint reports found only violations of the civil service laws." – Attorney General Michael Mukasey to the American Bar Association, explaining that Department of Justice staffers who engaged in illegal political hiring practices of DOJ attorneys will not be prosecuted

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