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Newsgeist: 1/10/11
The spirit of the news
"...time again! Today's entry has stories on the projected Texas revenue, a shooting in Tucson, and the Chevy Volt...."

Jan. 10, 2011 News Post by Eric Pickhartz

That Dog Don't Hunt
Smelling a rat, appeals court throws out conviction
"...The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Sept. 22 overturned an..."

Oct. 1, 2010 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Finding an SBOE Balance: District Roundup
SBOE contests around the state
"...At least a minimal level of change on the State Board..."

Sept. 17, 2010 News Feature by Lee Nichols

Go West Young Kinky
The Texas Jewboy rides again
" support of his latest book, Heroes of a Texas Childhood...."

June 10, 2010 Music Post by Austin Powell

SBOE: Without Darkness, There Can Be No Light
Centrists on path to loosen right-wingers' hold
"...On the upside, GOP voters in District 9 (central East Texas) finally got embarrassed enough by former board Chair..."

March 5, 2010 News Feature by Lee Nichols

Wizard World in the ATX
Austin gets on the comics convention circuit
"...culture convention confirms it's coming to the capital of Texas this November...."

Jan. 6, 2010 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Day Trips
Navasota is the home of the Blues Alley, and the Navasota Blues Fest and is the old stomping grounds of legendary songster Mance Lipscomb
"...Navasota before moving to Los Angeles. Frank Hamer, the Texas Ranger who tracked down Bonnie and Clyde, was city..."

Dec. 11, 2009 Column by Gerald E. McLeod

The Tire Mound of Mystery
Thousands of city tires lie moldering southeast of town – and the city is claiming ignorance
"...and towering piles in the middle of a field southeast of Downtown are thousands of tires – perhaps as..."

Dec. 4, 2009 News Feature by Jordan Smith

"...of elected officials that drives transportation planning in Central Texas. Watson said he'll step aside in January to open..."

Dec. 4, 2009 News Feature

Rise Above
SST Records' Greg Ginn jams econo in Taylor, Texas
"...cinema, fitting considering the historic downtown – 15 miles east of Round Rock on Highway 79 – exudes the..."

Aug. 21, 2009 Music Feature by Austin Powell

Democrats to Challenge Dunbar on Education Board
Shelton and Sadun planning or contemplating 2010 runs
"...and unconstitutional – and the Democratic Party resurging in Texas, she won’t get such an easy walk in 2010...."

Jan. 30, 2009 News Post by Lee Nichols

Barbara Smith Conrad
A week of celebration for the great mezzo where her career was launched against all odds
"...African-American undergraduates to be admitted to the University of Texas in the 1950s. Only 16 years old at the..."

Jan. 30, 2009 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Longhorns Come Up Short, and Other News
UT women's season is over with a loss in Portland; plus some World Cup Qualifying news, and previews of Champions League action and the MLS Cup Final
" season is over, though elsewhere it goes on. Texas A&M was the only Texas or Big 12 team..."

Nov. 19, 2008 Sports Post by Nick Barbaro

Off the Record
Ben Kweller saddles up in Austin, Willie Nelson and company share one last night in the Backyard, and Bavu Blakes and others gear up for election night
"...latter president, you may recall, supported the annexation of Texas and carried out Andrew Jackson's Manifest Destiny. "It's not..."

Oct. 31, 2008 Music Column by Austin Powell

Staking Out the Senate
A few Dem wins could temper the Republican majority's agenda
"...session, Jackson threatened to filibuster House-backed reforms to the Texas Windstorm Insurance Assoc­i­a­tion (the state's insurer of last resort..."

Oct. 17, 2008 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Wynn on Wind
Austin mayor to talk energy reform to presidential campaigns next week.
" the big table, Wynn touts big pushes in Texas towards Big Renewable, like the decision to sink $5..."

Aug. 13, 2008 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Luv Doc Recommends: B Scene
The Blanton Museum of Art, Friday, May 2, 2008
"...The ugly truth is that the folks who settled Texas were pretty much riff-raff: Immigrants, opportunists, criminals, rubes, and..."

May 2, 2008 Column by The Luv Doc

TYC Shows Little Evidence of 'Reform' at State Schools
Five months after the Texas Youth Commission reform bill was crafted to protect youth inmates, TYC is massively understaffed, with a third of all posts empty
"...After the firings at the Texas Youth Com­mis­sion over abuse scandals earlier this year, Kenny..."

Nov. 23, 2007 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

McMurrey Challenges Noriega From the Left
Corpus Christi schoolteacher files on the Democratic side
" challenging Republican John Cornyn for his position as Texas’ junior U.S. Senator. Now he’ll have to put those..."

Nov. 20, 2007 News Post by Lee Nichols

Day Trips
Nacogdoches has more history in its little finger than most other Texas cities have in all of their city limits
"...more history in its little finger than most other Texas cities have in all of their city limits. Of..."

July 20, 2007 Column by Gerald E. McLeod

Day Trips
Eilenberger's Bakery, in Palestine, may be best known around the world for its holiday fruitcakes, but locals know it as a year-round bakeshop
"...Eilenberger's is credited with being the oldest bakery in Texas at the same location. Before he died in 1959,..."

June 22, 2007 Column by Gerald E. McLeod

Walking the Lege
With two weeks left, the 80th runs into foul weather
"...Perry's desk this week, seeks to hobble his prized Trans-Texas Corridor initiative with a two-year moratorium on toll-road construction..."

May 11, 2007 News Feature by Amy Smith

Day Trips
The Atkinson Candy Company of Lufkin still makes its delicious Chick-O-Sticks and Peanut Butter Bars the same way Grandpa did back in 1932
"...Company of Lufkin makes candy the old-fashioned way. A Texas tradition since 1932, the family-run confectioner still uses grandpa's..."

Oct. 20, 2006 Column by Gerald E. McLeod

Good Cuisine and an Interesting Scene
The 'Saveur' Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival
"...What a hoot to see incoming festival president and Texas Culinary Academy director Harvey Giblin playing and singing with..."

April 22, 2005 Food Feature by Virginia B. Wood

What School Finance Crisis?
The Lege considers school finance, and recommends ways to cut wages and fire teachers
"...charge, which was in brief (borrowing language from the Texas Constitution) to "establish and make suitable provision for the..."

March 26, 2004 News Column by Michael King

Temple-Inland Reads the Writing on the Wall
The Fortune 500 firm abandons its SOS-busting, job-boosting plans
"...But greens of all shades and at least one City Council member were quick to set the..."

Jan. 30, 2004 News Feature by Amy Smith

Naked City
Who'll be shooting whom between now and March 9?
"...confusion in electoral preparations -- county clerks all over Texas are trying to confirm what ballots should say and..."

Jan. 9, 2004 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Naked City
Texas A&M decides to avoid affirmative action in admissions, raising ire from minority lawmakers.
"...Holiday Bowl -- there's been relatively less attention to Texas A&M's determination to keep its little corner of East..."

Dec. 12, 2003 News Feature by Michael King

On the Lege
The Democrats watch in shock and awe as the GOP mangles its own re-redistricting crusade
"...respected the sanctity of Sunday mornings (let alone, say, Easter Sunday). But Craddick not only informed the House he..."

Oct. 10, 2003 News Column by Michael King

Day Trips
"...being the fourth joint in the barbecue capital of Texas would be too much of an obstacle to overcome,..."

July 4, 2003 Column by Gerald E. McLeod

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