June 1, 2004 |
How, officials in Austin, Texas, wondered, do we lure business types away from their Palm Pilots and into downtown parks? Install free wireless Internet access. Let suited folk reply to e-mails with grass tickling their toes, oaks shadowing their screens, a fountain lapping nearby. Last month, service was launched in Republic Square Park, the first of four city parks that will house wireless access points in the Texas capitol. Austin joins parks in New York City and Washington, D.C.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 1997 |
Police Chief Stan Knee is among eight candidates being considered to lead the Austin police force, according to officials in that Texas city. The 24-year veteran of the Garden Grove force is among the candidates in the national search to select the top cop for the central Texas city of 466,000 residents, according to a memo Wednesday from Austin City Manager Jesus Garza.
September 6, 1991 |
The Resolution Trust Corp., environmentalists and public officials from Austin, Tex., are expected today to announce the first large-scale transfer of land from failed savings and loans to ecological uses. The $15.5-million deal--to set aside more than 10,000 acres of unsullied land that is home to seven endangered species--represents the first significant fruits of a campaign by environmental groups to salvage sensitive lands from the RTC's huge portfolio.
November 1, 2004 |
An Austin police officer died after she got out of her patrol car to chase a suspect on foot and was run over by the car, which was driven by her partner. Officer Amy Donovan was on patrol late Saturday when she and her partner, Officer Adrian Valdovino, saw someone engaged in "suspicious activity," said Police Chief Stan Knee. Donovan, 37, got out of the car to question the man, but he ran. Valdovino put the car in reverse to try to stop him and the car struck Donovan, Knee said.
August 29, 1993 |
Even the label on a long-neck bottle of Lone Star beer, this town's home-grown libation, is a declaration of independence of the kind peculiar to Texans: It claims the brew is "The National Beer of Texas." Well, if Texas were a sovereign nation--as it was from 1836 to 1845--then this part of the state would certainly be its version of California, at least as far as the emerging economic base.
April 1, 1992 |
"Do you know who killed the girls?" The question haunts this city. For more than three months now, highway billboards, taxicab signs and flyers at restaurants and gas stations have carried on something of a nonstop public interrogation. And still no one has an answer to what people here call the "Yogurt Murders." The city has been filled with white ribbons and "We will not forget" mugs and buttons since four teen-age girls were shot in the head at an I Can't Believe It's Yogurt!