1. More code: City of Austin web scrapers

    Here are two tools to collect information from the City: APD Incident Reports Scraper https://github.com/brandonrobertz/APDIncidentReportsScraper This tool scrapes the Austin Police Department's messy Indcident Reports Database (police reports) into a machine-readable CSV format. Reports come from the official APD website: https://www.austintexas.gov/police ...

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  2. "Traffic is Hell" Source Code Released

    Back in November, 2011, we'd already been logging traffic collisions, hazards, and misc. events from the Austin-Travis County Traffic Report Page for six months. The article, "Traffic is Hell", listed the intersections with the most collisions and we used the geocoded traffic information to generate a map of them ...

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  3. Scraping the Courts

    Uncensored government records are tough to get and our local agencies make it no easier. Unlike the Federal Government, where they’ve been releasing useful information for years, the City of Austin just got into the Open Data game. At the end of 2011, they revamped their site and included ...

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  4. Readers Poll

    We at The Austin Cut are trying to get a sense of what kinds of things our readers think are valuable in journalism and media. The following survey will only take a couple minutes of your time and would help us get a better picture of what's important to ...

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  5. Served: The Poorest Servers Texas

    Caption: Servers are doing better in cities where the blue bar (hourly wage) is taller than the red bar (rent). Unfortunately, Austin has the highest rent and the lowest median server wage of the comparable Southern cities we checked. Something annoying happened to me this month. It’s inescapable, especially ...

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  6. Drink of the Month: Rice-A-Rummy

    My parents are weirdos. That’s really what my present-day dietary restrictions boil down to. When I was growing up we couldn’t have sugar, dairy, processed anything, or tasty anything. So, I was raised on rice milk, used sparingly because “it’s expensive.” To me, cereal tastes normal with ...

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  7. Issue 16

    Lines Matter: How Geographic Representation Could Completely Redefine Austin by Brandon Roberts Served: The Poorest Servers in Texas by Marie Scott Sexscapes: The Internet Gives a Voice to the Perverts of the World by Anderson Rodriguez Drink of the Month: Rice-A-Rummy by Lisa van Dam-Bates September Show Listings by Austin ...

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  8. How's the Water?

    Caption: Does your pool look like this? You might want to test the water. “Public pools are the number one spreader of disease,” my boss said. He was teaching me how to test and balance pool chemistry. I was 16 and about to be in charge of the pool at ...

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  9. Putting Taqueria Chapala to the Test

    Caption: Taqueria Chapala at Cesar Chavez and Anthony St. Photo by Eric Karjala. In the car on the way to Taqueria Chapala… Kelly-Sue: I’m fuckin’ hungry and if this meal sucks I’m gonna be grumpy. If I have an MSG attack, I’m gonna be upset. Eric: So ...

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  10. Drink of the Month: Summer Bummer

    This August, while you're sitting by your bacteria infested, pee-ridden pool, wishing that the whole public-pool swimming experience hadn't been ruined for you by Brandon, take comfort in knowing that you can stay refreshed and hydrated with this drink. Maybe if you drink enough of them you'll ...

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  11. Issue 15

    How's The Water? Are Austin 's pools as clean as the city likes to think? by Brandon Roberts Putting Taqueria Chapala to the Test by Eric Karjala & Kelly-Sue Calderon Served Iron Cactus is Getting Served: With a Class Action Law Suit by Marie Scott Drink of the Month: Summer ...

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  12. July Event: Bukowski Night

    This month, instead of sitting around on our asses in our hovels, we decided to throw a party every Thursday night at the Pizza Shop (1906 South 1st, 78704). We'll have free beer, Bukowski-themed games, and prizes. Come and meet us ... it's only fair: you've met us ...

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  13. Slumlords Exposed

    Caption: Most of these run-down properties were built in the early 70s and are located in southeast Austin, the one exception being Bainbridge Villas in 78704. Find them on the map: 1) Park Lane Villas 2) Wood Ridge Apartments 3) Wickersham Green 4) Canyon Oaks 5) Bainbridge Villas. When I ...

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  14. The Queen: Big Freedia

    Caption: Big Freedia's Booty Bounce Class at Beerland When I picked up my Chaos in Tejas wristband, the day before the fest’s first day, I was also given a schedule. I already knew the main attractions that I wanted to see. But looking at the schedule I noticed ...

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  15. Fresa's: Not so Fresca

    Caption: Fifty dollars of food at Fresa's. Eric and Kelly-Sue are old friends. They get together to eat every now and then, but this time they brought a tape recorder (The tape recorder pops on. The sound of opening paper to-go bags can be heard.) Eric:We’re on ...

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  16. Issue 14

    Fresa's: Not so Fresca by Eric Karjala & Kelly-Sue Calderon Slumlords Exposed Are california-based property owners being held responsible for the infestation and decay of their Austin investments? by Brandon Roberts The Queen: Big Freedia "Sissy" bounce is sweeping the women of the world off their feet and helping them ...

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  17. Chaos, You've Been Good...

    Caption: Big Freedia @Club DeVille May 31, 2012. Photo by Eric Karjala A big thanks to Timmy Hefner and all of those who helped him put on such an awesome fest. I'd especially like to thank him for booking a show specifically for da ladies: Big Freedia was a ...

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  18. Sex Without Walls: Part II

    Caption: ARCH, Austin Resource Center for the Homeless, housed over 10,000 men and women in 2010-2011. This itchy man (front & center) is merely one of them. While the lives of the homeless mirror in many ways those of citizens with more stable systems of shelter—after all, they have ...

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  19. Issue #13

    Published June 1, 2012 Drink of the Month: Sippin' on Gin 'n' Cukes by Lisa van Dam-Bates Glorified Drug Diary: A Review of J. R. Helton's Drugs by Brandon Roberts Public Transit Nightmare: You Can't Always Get Where You Want by Brandon Roberts June Show Listings by Josh ...

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  20. Racing Towards a Crash

    Four of us were living in a one bedroom apartment. Shoreline Apartments, which used to be located off East Riverside just past I-35, was mostly full of poor Mexican families who probably had less money and were packed in even tighter than us. The complex was a pile of crap ...

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  21. Sex Without Walls

    “You’d better not write any of my shit down,” the man said, his voice passing through wet gravel vocal chords into words that emanated from a stinking cave of a mouth. “I’m a very literary man,” he said. His missing lower incisors and crooked premolars were jagged, yellow ...

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  22. The Mulder-ita

    Some of my favorite X-Files episodes are those in which Mulder and Scully let loose and have a drink (or in Scully's case, a cigarette). Mulder is not only a prodigy when it comes to writing profiles on serial killers nor is he only crafty when uncovering the conspiracies ...

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  23. Issue #12

    Published May, 2012 TIP-POOLS. ARE THEY EVER A GOOD IDEA? by Marie Scott Drink of the month THE MULDER-ITA by Lisa van Dam-Bates Racing towards A Crash HOW AUSTIN'S ACCELERATED ATTEMPTS AT BECOMING THE NEXT NEW YORK COULD END IN DISASTER by Brandon Roberts Behind the Mayhem A CONVERSATION ...

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  24. Anything for a Clean Slate

    Getting busted with drugs is easy—just jump in a car with ‘em. But that doesn’t stop any of my friends from carrying their drugs everywhere they go. I have one friend who keeps this little Pokémon ball ashtray in his car full of weed. It sits right next ...

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  25. A Tale of Two Burgers: Part II

    The Grand Surviving a week of work/rock ‘n’ roll related exhaustion, I sat down with only a few hours left on my deadline, a personal recorder with always hard to hear audio, and a pocket notebook with notes of slightly better legibility scratched next to vegetarian food orders, which ...

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  26. Drink of the Month: Coffee Drinks

    ![image][] It seems like everyone has been taking it easy after SXSW. Literally everyone I've been hanging out with (including myself) is taking a short break from the bottle. We've all got different reasons–I'd like to lower my drinking costs and tolerance, Anderson made some bad ...

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  27. Issue 11

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  28. A Tale of Two Burgers

    ![When Burgers collide, you get things like this: one hell of a freakshow of a show flier.][] *When Burgers collide, you get things like this: one hell of a freakshow of a show flier.* For years upon years, burgers, both cheese and ham, have been regular staples of teenage rock ...

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  29. Unofficial Fever

    Whenever the lineups start rolling out for the insanity of unofficial SXSW, I’m still the kid in the candy store who is looking at all these great shows and thinking, “holy fuck, how lucky am I to get to see so many of my favorite bands and favorite people ...

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  30. Sexscapes: Vivisecting my sexual-self

    I was asked to write this column because my editor knows I watch a lot of porn. Please note, however, that my hardcopy porn collection is neither a measure of my hoarding tendencies, nor a Y2K-reminiscent preparatory measure for whenever the government finally passes a bill that kills my freedom ...

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  31. Served: March MADness?

    March in Austin is a damn good time to be in the service industry. Pretty much every hotel, food trailer, restaurant, and bar is hiring extra people to accommodate the 30,000 or so (rich) people that show up for SXSW. Even if you haven't worked as a waitress ...

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  32. Starting Over

    My first apartment in Austin was a complete dump. Because I moved from out of state, I found and applied for the apartment online and didn't actually see it until I arrived. When I pulled into the parking lot, my heart sank. The place was shitty (it got demolished ...

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  33. Attacking Austin

    Instead of splatting the cockroach against the crack of the wall and mopping him up later, I stared, frozen. Another cockroach straight from hell. Ridiculously giant, too. With its antennae feeling around all on their own, it watched me for the next move. I could feel my pulse hard. If ...

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  34. 21 year old birthday shot!

    Recently, my friend Steven Campos (heyyy baby!) turned 21 years old. As is customary on this most special of days, we took him down to dirty 6th for some free birthday drinks with the intention of getting him totally shitfaced. We succeeded. Steven drank numerous drinks that he does not ...

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  35. Served: Tips. Do we love gambling?

    I've noticed in the past couple of years that the subject of tipping can be rather touchy. Most people feel very strongly about it. Most think that they are “good” tippers. Some think that tipping is for chumps. I've had some friends tell me that they “don't ...

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  36. A Criminal Christmas

    I’ve heard that, for the cops, the holidays are the busiest time of the year. And for a cop, a busy holiday season actually means extreme chaos on the streets of Austin and in its stores. Instead of giving you the same report of “shoplifters being held at Walmart ...

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  37. Drink of the Month: Blue Balls

    This recipe is not to be confused with a “blue ball” (blueberry vodka shot dropped in Red Bull). This particular drink was invented by a customer of mine and we named it together. At the bar where this happened, most of my regulars asked me to please never serve them ...

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  38. The Occupation Will Be Sanitized

    On Sunday, October 30, 2011, 37 people were arrested by the Austin Police Department at City Hall. The city had issued a memo of rules regarding the use of City Hall on the Friday before the arrests were made. One rule regulated the usage of food tables. Only a night ...

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  39. Traffic is Hell

    A couple weeks ago I rolled through a stop sign, coming out of the heavily-Hispanic Southport Drive apartment complex neighborhood, and got pulled over. The stop sign at the intersection of Southport Dr. and Banister Ln. is buried in trees. You can’t see around the corner until you’re ...

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  40. An Interview With Barry Cooper

    Barry Cooper Arrested in Austin, Texas Barry Cooper has been called an “ex-cop gone pot activist” about a million times, but that’s only the tip of the buzzwords iceberg. Yes, he released a DVD series called “Never Get Busted” where he describes in incredible detail how and where to ...

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  41. Issue 3

    Cover Art: Christopher Fairman Art Contributors: Shane Campos, Lora Fritsche Served: Do good bosses exist in Texas? by Marie Scott Artists In This Issue A highlight of the artists who contributed to this issue This Happened The Double Eagle II, Benihana, and High Flying Deaths by Tim Lambert Austin’s ...

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  42. Served: Do good employers exist in Texas?

    It was a lazy Sunday. I was working at a small dive-bar (Jerry’s Bar and Grill) in Brighton, CO and there were maybe two customers in the entire place. I had been broken into the service industry at a multitude of Mexican restaurants (contrary to any stereotypes, Mexicans work ...

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  43. Served: 2.13 Per Hour Isn't Enough

    Ever since I moved here, I’ve noticed a very distinct (and new to me) attitude from nearly every employer. It never ceases to shock me, no matter how many times it is blatantly expressed. This attitude embodies everything that is wrong with the food-service industry here in Texas. Yet ...

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  44. Issue 2

    Inside this issue: Bury Hannah by Wint Huskey Chaos in Tejas 2011: Drunks and Punks Thrown into the Mix by Brandon Roberts Chaos in Tejas 2011: From the Stage and the Crowd by Mitch Martin Alternative Sexuality in Austin by Carole Zoom Prisons For-Profit in Texas and Beyond by Josh ...

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  45. Austin's Dirty Secret: Dillo Dirt

    A Google search for “ACL 2009” brings up images of people completely coated in a creamy, muddy slop. Before the Austin City Limits Music Festival in 2009, the City redid the Zilker turf, adding a city-made fertilizing product called Dillo Dirt. At the start of the fest, Zilker Park was ...

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  46. Prisons For-Profit in Texas and Beyond

    When I was first told about privatized prisons, I thought it was one of the most absurd things I had ever heard. The concept of a non-government owned prison that was run like a private business, with a for-profit motive, sounded so inherently corrupt I couldn’t help but laugh ...

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  47. Served: A food service industry column

    After dedicating nearly a decade of my life to the foodservice industry, I think it’s safe to say, it fucking blows. The restaurant food chain of labor is brutal, and is mentally, emotionally, and physically taxing. I have successfully wasted my youth running around trying to make unappreciative customers ...

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  48. The Criminal: Listening in on the cops

    **April 30th, 9:30-11pm – Pleasant Valley & 5th** Undercover police found a Hispanic male near HEB, who agreed to hook them up. The guy took the cop’s cash and got on his cell phone. He then walked through the neighborhoods off East Cesar Chavez. A small unit of undercover vehicles ...

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  49. Issue 1

    The Criminal Listening in on the cops This Happened Pangaea, Stolen Art, World War II, and Red China Served A food service industry column Getting High With Science Spice, JWH, and the barely-legal market of “legal highs” The Collateral Damage of Voter ID Texas law throws yet another obstacle in ...

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  50. Getting High With Science

    *“This Herbal Blend is a newly discovered mystic smoke here in the West.” -African Sunset* The first time I hung out with my friend Jared, we smoked some medical marijuana and went to a work meeting. A month later I was in his back yard smoking research chemicals off tin ...

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  51. Austin's STI Habitat

    We had set the date a couple of days in advance. A handful of vague text messages and less than two minutes of conversation was about all we knew of each other. The girl was more or less a complete stranger. I had met her in about as un-sexual a ...

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