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Kicking the Tires at Fleet
City whistle-blower confirms that the trouble at Fleet Services has been much worse than scrap tires and bad record-keeping. And nobody in charge wanted to hear it.
"...about possible wrong­doing involving the city's dumping of scrapped tires at least six months before we first reported the..."

July 2, 2010 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Did City Pay Twice to Scrap Tires?
The tires are gone, but the controversy still molders
"...the city pay twice to have thousands of scrap tires hauled away and "disposed of"? That, says city of..."

April 16, 2010 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Tires on the Move: What About Fleet Services?
Questions pile up as the pile of tires comes down
"...Services Division, ultimately responsible for abandoning roughly 6,000 scrap tires moldering on property in Southeast Austin. The city has..."

Feb. 19, 2010 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Former Fleet Services Manager Says Scrap Tires Only a Symptom
Fired whistle-blower says management has ignored serious problems for years
"...about what they knew and when they knew that tires, especially those destined for the scrap heap, were not..."

Aug. 6, 2010 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Former Fleet Services Manager Says Scrap Tires Only a Symptom
Fired whistleblower says city has ignored serious problems for years
"...about what they knew and when they knew that tires, especially those destined for the scrap heap, were not..."

Aug. 4, 2010 News Post by Jordan Smith

City Still Mired in Tires
Documents reflect management problems within Fleet Services
"...The mounds of tires moldering on land leased by Vic's Tire Service just..."

Dec. 25, 2009 News Feature by Jordan Smith

A Way to Get Rid of Old Tires
"...Editor, For a way to get rid of old tires, go to"

Dec. 5, 2009 Postmarks

The Tire Mound of Mystery
Thousands of city tires lie moldering southeast of town – and the city is claiming ignorance
"...of a field southeast of Downtown are thousands of tires – perhaps as many as 6,000, estimates Victor Almaguer,..."

Dec. 4, 2009 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Burnin' Rubber!
Tires: A Burning Question in Buda
"...of environmentalists, a Buda cement plant began burning shredded tires to produce energy. Currently using about a ton of..."

Feb. 2, 1996 News Feature by Robert Bryce

Point Austin: The City's Tired Story
Fleet Services may be cleaning up those tires, but there's still a big mess
"...state law concerning the environmentally safe disposal of the tires. (See "The Tire Mound of Mystery," Dec. 4, and..."

Dec. 18, 2009 News Column by Michael King

Monster Trucks
Boy meets monster, adventure ensues
"...jacked-up Ford F-150 with a four-link suspension and tractor tires crushing a row of cars by steamrolling atop them...."

Jan. 20, 2017 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Doc about the life of Amy Winehouse is revelatory, amusing, and deeply devastating
"...of the perils of rampant success arriving unexpectedly fast, tires squealing and driving a hearse...."

July 10, 2015 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Bread and Tulips
An endearing romantic daydream about an underappreciated housewife who decides on whim to not return home.
"...for Rosalba and her new life until her husband tires of his wrinkled shirts and sends an unemployed plumber..."

Oct. 5, 2001 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

A Time for Drunken Horses
Iranian masterpiece of Kurdish life.
" at the Iran-Iraq border. Weighed down with tractor tires filled with black-market goods, the mules stumble along the..."

Nov. 17, 2000 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

One True Thing
"...finds a few more good miles left in its tires. That's the case with One True Thing, a formulaic..."

Sept. 25, 1998 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

" cut the budget. Blowing a couple of ethical tires towards the end (and to argue exactly what they..."

May 7, 1993 Movie Review by Louis Black

Not Quite Fleet
City management is still trying to catch up with the mess at Fleet Services
"...November 2009 inquiries about the pile of city scrap tires abandoned in Southeast Austin were the first they'd heard..."

July 16, 2010 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Untiring Efforts
The investigation has just begun, but already one city employee has been put on administrative leave
"...In the wake of last week's Chronicle story about tires removed from city vehicles and abandoned in a field..."

Dec. 11, 2009 News Feature by Jordan Smith

State Gives Almaguer Deadline for Tire Cleanup
Tire shop owner must comply with state law, says TCEQ
"...owner left holding the bag on roughly 6,000 scrap tires collected from city of Austin vehicles, has until Feb...."

Jan. 29, 2010 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Oops, Fleet Did It Again
City takes one step forward, two steps back in tire cleanup efforts
"...rains at the city's Fleet Services department, it pours tires. Indeed, the saga of the city's scrap tires that..."

Aug. 13, 2010 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Blowing the Whistle
E-mails show what city officials knew and when they knew it
"...Fleet Services (deputy Fleet officer) Re: Police Car Spare Tires..."

July 2, 2010 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Making It, Weirdly
A little elbow grease and perseverance pays off for creative entrepeneur Luke Iseman
"...Eventually, Iseman fixed all of those problems, but his tires became a sticking point – one that threatened to..."

Oct. 3, 2008 News Feature by Laurel Chesky

City Tire Manager Fired
City's scrap tire investigation unearths surprising details
"...responsible for ensuring proper disposal of the thousands of tires the city scraps each year. Apparently he didn't do..."

April 23, 2010 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Official Tire Manifest Forms Provided by the City of Austin
"...Quality provides a standard five-part form for tracking scrapped tires. Each section is required to be filled out by..."

Dec. 4, 2009 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Naked City
Off the Desk:
"...pull the financial plug on companies that burn waste tires for fuel. Senate Bill 1586 went up in smoke..."

June 13, 1997 News Feature

A Beginner's Guide to Formula One
Debunking myths in a crash course to race weekend
" – key to this is warming up the tires, to achieve maximum grip on the track. At race..."

Nov. 16, 2012 Features Feature by Jordan Smith

Point Austin: Something Must Be Done
City Manager Marc Ott needs to clean up Fleet Services management
"...It's not about scrap tires...."

July 2, 2010 News Column by Michael King

The Hightower Lowdown
The Firestone Tire / Ford conspiracy; genetically engineered corn and StarLink; WTO's complaints about citizens
"...Inc. and Ford Motor Company. Corporate criminals. Their weapon: tires. The Firestone tires that Ford put on its SUVs..."

Nov. 17, 2000 News Column by Jim Hightower

Tire-Slashing Tale in for Retreads
The Hyde Park Tire Slasher story heads for sequels
"...2009 incident in which Kelley was arrested for puncturing tires on two vehicles with a handmade metal tool...."

Dec. 16, 2011 News Feature by Josh Rosenblatt

The Tire Keeps on Turning
City suspends Fleet Services employee as scrap tire investigation continues
" the city's failure to track thousands of scrapped tires, which wound up moldering on a piece of property..."

May 7, 2010 News Feature by Jordan Smith

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