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June 13, 2003 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

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The anti-smoking ordinance is an unconscionable social experiment in an already sketchy economic environment; the Place 5 run-off boasts two good candidates, so no need to get ugly; and we report the news, not slurs.
"...while, the council has done very little to help Austin music and quite a lot to threaten its existence...."

May 30, 2003 Column by Louis Black

Naked City
" just gets worse for both the city (see Austin at Large) and the state (see Beyond City Limits)..."

May 23, 2003 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Esther's veteran Joel McKean passes away, and during a rare Broadway strike Austin playwright John Walch is honored by the American Theatre Critics Association.
"...was active in the theatre scene. His friends in Austin are hosting a remembrance Sunday, March 23. For more..."

March 14, 2003 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Who's That Girl?
The Bookslut -- aka Jessa Crispin -- is getting people excited.
"...He asks for me." Their cramped but inviting South Austin apartment is very hot, dry as a desert from..."

Jan. 24, 2003 Books Feature by Shawn Badgley

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Seton's sabotage, unintentional or not, of the ongoing planning for a hospital district is barely a street sign on the road of potential social deterioration. The problem is that, though it's a tiny step, it's another one in the wrong direction, and those steps have become strides.

Dec. 6, 2002 Column by Louis Black

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If the City Council approves a proposed noise ordinance, Austin will have to stay weird quietly, and possibly without many nightclubs.
"...overwhelming. Last Thursday, I first read "Council Plan: Keep Austin Weird," an article on the front page of the..."

Nov. 29, 2002 Column by Louis Black

Our readers talk back.
"...move the children's hospital out of the heart of Austin ["Postmarks," Nov. 8]. He is clearly right when he..."

Nov. 22, 2002 Column

Migrating North
As the Texas and national film industry feels the burn of runaway production, many agree with one directive: Blame Canada.
"...At least for now, Austin appears to be weathering the storm. Gary Bond, director..."

Oct. 4, 2002 Screens Feature by Marc Savlov

Our readers talk back.
"...on the head. I am an actor here in Austin, and I had the privilege of working with Mr...."

June 28, 2002 Column

Loving and Fighting
A history of struggle at Blackshear Elementary
"...Blackshear Elementary had already bred generations of East Austin youth when the school song was composed, during the..."

June 28, 2002 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

"Whoring Is Boring" ...
"...of our acquaintance down at the Lege. But for Austin's Mark McKinnon, a George W. Bush media consultant, the..."

May 17, 2002 News Feature by Michael King

May 4 Election Wrap-up
"...No Props Given To Major Props The main message Austin voters sent Saturday was, "We like our elecoral process..."

May 10, 2002 News Feature by Lee Nichols

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The events of the week form themselves into a kind of poetry.
"...SXSW, the Austin Music Awards, the Texas Film Hall of Fame, and..."

Feb. 8, 2002 Column by Louis Black

Making Hay at the ARA
The city's Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Office moves on up to the Eastside.
"...a 10-year lease between the city and private nonprofit Austin Revitalization Authority, the landlord of the property. The city..."

Feb. 8, 2002 News Feature by Lauri Apple

Naked City
Statesman editor Rich Oppel finds Lloyd Doggett's words distasteful, but not the Re-publican's actions.

Nov. 9, 2001 News Feature by Michael King

Critic's Picks
"...Like a plague, they flocked to Austin,..."

Oct. 5, 2001 Best of Austin Feature

Letters at 20 Years
Some 'Postmarks' Writers Just Don't Know When to Quit … God Bless 'Em
"...year ago, he placed his own obituary in the Austin American-Statesman. The obit was pinkie-sized, about three sentences. Kurt..."

Sept. 7, 2001 Features Feature by Amy Smith

Naked City
Rainbow Materials says its massive concrete spill near its Del Valle plant was an oversight, but a former Rainbow employee attests it was no accident.
"...Just off Hwy. 71 in Del Valle, the Austin Pecan Park mobile home community peeks out of a..."

July 6, 2001 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Naked City
Headlines from the president's European tour often conflict with the Austin American-Statesman's gentle treatment.
"...Bush claims progress on missile shield talks," was the Austin American-Statesman's above-the-fold headline on June 14. But (surprise, surprise)..."

June 22, 2001 News Feature by Nick Barbaro

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Editor Louis Black praises the Texas Film Commission's marriage of art and commerce, finds the Austin American-Statesman's coverage of George W. Bush's European trip untrustworthy, and urges readers to vote in our annual "Best of Austin" poll.
"...since it would be easier to shoot out of Austin or San Antonio. Their wondering led right to the..."

June 15, 2001 Column by Louis Black

Capitol Chronicle
A healthy death penalty, the Jenna and Barbara bust, and the Fannie Lou Hamer Project
"...(The June 8 column remains available in full at"

June 15, 2001 News Column by Michael King

Sterling Lands' New Mission
Sterling Lands II and the Eastside Social Action Coalition fight for equity in Austin's public schools.
"...the walls of Greater Calvary Baptist Church in Northeast Austin, flooding outward into the parking lot. It's an infectious..."

Jan. 12, 2001 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Our readers talk back.
"...system is a broad conspiracy intended to irreparably harm Austin. While I can't speak for the Mayor, city government,..."

June 16, 2000 Column

A Walking Contradiction
Exploring the legacy of one of Austin's great, unsung singer-songwriters, Blaze Foley
" February 1989, Foley recorded 15 tracks at the Austin Outhouse. This now-defunct neighborhood bar, which made Hole in..."

Dec. 24, 1999 Music Feature by Lee Nichols

Naked City
CAMPO prepares to undergo a controversial peer review of its transportation planning process.
"...become a flashpoint in the always contentious struggle over Austin's transportation future...."

Dec. 3, 1999 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Condo Clash
The Gotham Has Neighbors Up in Arms
"...has proposed for 200 South Congress, brings to mind Austin's rodent mascots. Quite the contrary. On a reconnaissance trip..."

Oct. 1, 1999 News Feature by Jenny Staff Johnson

Moving on Up
River Woods residents forced out of affordable apartments which are being demolished for a new luxury complex
"...story would be little more than a footnote in Austin's ongoing "urban renewal" process -- the destruction of moderately-priced..."

Oct. 1, 1999 News Feature by Erica C. Barnett

Coronation Coverage
"...All three certainly missed it in the Sept. 22 Austin American-Statesman's front-page article titled "Bush targets illegal gun use."..."

Oct. 1, 1999 News Column by Lee Nichols

Press Bush on Wiccans
"...the campaign. Junior's record: None. And amply described. The Austin American-Statesman has had a most interesting time with the..."

June 18, 1999 Column

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