• Former Attorney General Jim Mattox, "the people's lawyer," passed away in his sleep last week. Mattox lay in state Monday at the Texas Capitol; funeral services were held Tuesday morning at the First Baptist Church Downtown.

Rhoda Mae Kerr has been confirmed as the Austin Fire Department's first female chief. Ironically, the Austin Firefighters Association is set to conclude voting on Wednesday on whether to accept a new contract where changes to female and minority recruitment and promotion are at issue; see "Naked City."

• The Live Music Task Force presented its recommendations to City Council last week, chief among them creation of a municipal Music Department. See "City Hall Hustle."

• The new Downtown Cap Metro station, near the Convention Center, was completed this week; it'll be one of nine stations on the MetroRail Red Line to begin commuter rail service in March 2009.

• The whiplash ride on Wall Street continued, as markets plummeted along with Citigroup's stock price last Friday, then rebounded on word of a Citi bailout – potentially exceeding $300 billion – and Barack Obama's announcement of his economic team, headed by Timothy Geithner and Lawrence Summers. The Federal Reserve also announced plans to purchase $800 billion of mortgage debt and loan-based securities.

Quote of the Week


"People who are militant Darwinists ... want to pull out that language and treat evolution ­separately than how we teach all other theories."

– State Board of Education member and creationist Terri Leo, who supports changing the way science is taught in public schools

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