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A s a criminal case, the killing of Amy Boyer was open-and-shut. The police knew the who, what, where, when, and how. The only thing left was the why. This would prove trickier to unravel.

Ecstasy has been illegal in the United States since 1985. Despite that--and the fact that no one understands its possible long-term side effects--the drug is more popular than ever.

Don't expect to hear much about abortion and gay rights from the Republicans between now and November. Those issues don't fit in Frank Luntz's Politics of Pleasantry, so they have been polled out of public dialogue -- until after the election.

Also, grooming another Bush for the political life, the fate of Texas' sodomy law, and more.

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Philly Cheese Stakes [8]
Those "inclusive" Republicans will just shred their tent into costumes for a toga party.
Wink, Wink, Nudge, Nudge [9]
The 2001 Pontiac Bonneville SSEi.
— Marc K. Stengel, NASHVILLE SCENE

Teeny Tidbits
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Mr. Smarty Pants [10]
Sink your teeth into these five fun facts. Or not. We don't really care.
— Mr. Smarty Pants, AUSTIN CHRONICLE

Volume IV, Issue 8
August 14 - August 21, 2000  

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murder.com [2]
Last fall, the New Hampshire murder of Amy Boyer triggered a national debate on Internet crime. But was the Web really to blame for her death?
Are the Kids All Right? [3]
Ecstasy has been around for a while now, but it appears to be more popular than ever.
— Rebekah Gleaves, NASHVILLE SCENE
Gagging the Right [4]
Republicans muzzled the Religious Right during the GOP convention.
Gorgeous George [5]
George P. Bush capitalizing on Latino roots to stump for Uncle George.
— Russell Contreras, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
In and Out [6]
Controversial Texas sodomy law may be struck down.
— Jonathan David Carroll, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
Prisoner of Conscience [7]
Judy Bierbaum is serving federal time for her beliefs.
— George Gray, WEEKLY ALIBI

Now What? [11]
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