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• Although Randi Shade's bid to keep her Place 3 seat generated robust turnout in last weekend's run-off, voters held on to their general election pick, Kathie Tovo (for more, see "Place 3 by Precinct," "Tovo's Triumph," and "Shade's Farewell"). City Hall is already buzzing over how her ascent may change the council dynamic (and next year's mayoral election). One rumor has council member Sheryl Cole going after Mike Martinez's honorary mayor pro tem title.

• Shade's last City Council meeting is today, Thurs­day, June 23, and the last before council's summer hiatus. High on the agenda is Formula One, which may or may not slide in under the checkered flag this meeting. See "Formula One Deal on the Bubble."

• Or maybe not. Late word is that there will be a special called meeting perhaps next week, to discuss the White Lodging convention hotel proposal dropped on the table Friday, with a tight timetable.

• In more F1 news, a lawsuit filed against state Comptroller Susan Combs seeks to prevent her from dispersing state funds and contends that she overstepped her boundaries offering Formula One Racing $25 million in state funds before the city of Austin got involved.

• Overnight storms June 21 brought some relief to a parched Central Texas, but the Lower Colo­ra­do River Authority is still asking residents to cut down on water use. Low rainfall and record heat have left Lake Travis 24 feet below normal levels.

Austin ISD Super­in­tendent Meria Carstarphen gave a budget update to trustees on June 20. In addition to a $37 million cut in basic state funding in 2012 and $58 million in 2013, the district will lose another $20 million for grant-funded programs like pre-K and teacher incentive pay.

• The full 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a three-judge panel's decision that the University of Texas may consider race and ethnicity in deciding undergraduate admissions. The two students who sued to stop the practice, Abigail Fisher and Rachel Michalewicz, are expected to appeal the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.

• The Austin Police Department has arrested 31-year-old Rickey Desean Walls for allegedly assaulting a Capital Metro driver on June 10. Walls was already in jail in connection with a separate theft when he was identified in security-camera footage from the bus.

Anthony Graves will receive $1.4 million in compensation for 18 years spent in Texas prison (12 on death row) after being convicted of murders he did not commit. Gov. Rick Perry signed the enabling legislation this week. (Other worthy bills haven't fared so well; see "Mind Your Fingers and Your Vetoes.")

Congressional redistricting continued moving through the Lege this week and soon heads to Perry's desk. If you're black, brown, or a Travis County resident, prepare to be screwed. See more at the Newsdesk blog: austinchronicle.com/newsdesk.

• Though the special session ends June 29, lawmakers are falling behind: Texas Windstorm Agency reforms have stalled in the Senate, and the House didn't even make quorum on June 20.

• A panel of scientists has warned the United Nations that the health of the world's oceans is growing worse, at a pace rivaling worst-case scenario projections from recent years; the decline portends a mass extinction of marine life "unprecedented in human history."

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