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Hate Crimes and Punishments
Despite the racist nature of James Byrd's murder in Jasper, Texas last June, the suspects aren't being prosecuted under state or federal hate crimes laws.
Janet Heimlich

It's a Dog-Eat-Dog World
Pooper scooper laws raise an interesting question: Did Homo sapiens spend millions of years learning to stand upright and evolving opposable thumbs only to wind up scooping dog excrement into a baggy and carrying it around?
Michael Sims

Lyle Lovett
In this interview with the Austin Chronicle Lyle Lovett discusses his latest album and his longtime influences.
Jody Denberg


Volume II, Issue 13
September 21 - September 28, 1998

News & Opinion

The Clinton-Lewinski-Starr juggernaut rolls on. Get the scoop in our Clintonmania section. George Wallace was the 60's embodiment of racial intolerance. Now that he's gone, his firebrand style seems to have garnered him respect from whites and blacks alike. What's up with that? Elsewhere we take a look at the end of the world, our national parks, extremists wanting you to clean up your act, a proposed reason to get up in the mornings, and more...

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Film & TV

Between actress Gretchen Mol's nipples and Matt Damon's aw-shucks looks, there's something for both genders in "Rounders." Six-String Samurai, a look at Buddy Holly in the post apocalypse wasteland of America, has hit it big on the independent film circuit. We have an interview with the film's creators, a literary pep rally for the film, a short review, and a chat with Jackie Chan about the future of Hong Kong films and their influence on Six-String Samurai. Plus more...

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The String Trio of New York is heading the pack of young and old musicians who are looking to extend the language of jazz by combining styles and artists in their own unique manner. Providing a look at other American music originals, the documentary "The Mississippi: River of Song" looks a the culture that goes along with the music and vice-versa. Plus reviews of Hole's latest, a listen to R.L. Burnside's remix album, Tom Waits' Beautiful Maladies, ponderings on Marilyn Manson's new release, and more.

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Arts & Leisure

Gender Equity on the Net
Over-Hyped Baseball Exploits
Cutting-Edge Playwrights
The Who's Tommy
Abusing the Enviroment in Pictures
and more...

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We take a look at four new Graphic novels, the natural offshoot of a society that is visually fixated, this week. Former rocket scientist Homer H. Hickam talks about his foray into writing, Rocket Boys. Reviews of books about Area 51, Prozac, the Grand Canyon, the Mississippi delta, and the father of modern public relations, and an enlarged version of "Speed Reader."

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Come down from your Staggering Heights and get to the Red Meat of the matter with this swell set of cartoons that also includes Mueller, Eye of the Beholder, K. Rat and Random Shots.

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