sixth street http://kut.org en Proposed Tax Break for Clubs Isn't Music to Some Ears http://kut.org/post/proposed-tax-break-clubs-isnt-music-some-ears <p><span style="line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; ">Although the crowd of clubs and concert halls on Austin’s famous Sixth Street is just a few blocks from the state Capitol, the worlds of live music and policymaking seldom meet. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; ">But this session, lawmakers are considering subsidizing live music.</span></p><p> Fri, 03 May 2013 16:25:00 +0000 Maurice Chammah, Texas Tribune 7609 at http://kut.org Proposed Tax Break for Clubs Isn't Music to Some Ears Bigfoot Spotted on Sixth Street http://kut.org/post/bigfoot-spotted-sixth-street <p>And now for something completely different:&nbsp;KUT News’ pals&nbsp;<a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2012/11/29/texas-scientist-says-bigfoot-is-real-let-the-hunt-begin/">at StateImpact Texas</a> point to reports that a Nacogdoches veterinarian claims to have sequenced Bigfoot’s DNA.</p><p>Melba Ketchum says she’s <a href="http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/11/29/bigfoot-is-part-human-according-to-dubious-sounding-bigfoot-dna-tests/">plotted the genetic makeup</a> of the elusive cryptid via DNA from hair, blood and tissue samples. (Maybe not so surprisingly, many folks <a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-sasquatch-dna-20121127,0,1180891.story">still have questions</a>.)</p><p>StateImpact Texas also reminds us that, should you come across an ornery Yeti, yes, it is <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2012/05/10/is-it-legal-to-kill-bigfoot-in-texas/">legal to kill it</a>&nbsp;in Texas. “Bigfoot would be a non-protected wild animal,” Texas Parks and Wildlife’s L. David Sinclair told StateImpact&nbsp;Texas earlier this year.</p><p> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 21:50:18 +0000 Wells Dunbar 5793 at http://kut.org Bigfoot Spotted on Sixth Street Yassine Brothers' Drug and Money Laundering Trial Begins http://kut.org/post/yassine-brothers-drug-and-money-laundering-trial-begins <p>Jury selection begins today in the trial of three former downtown Austin nightclub operators.</p><p>The Yassine brothers – Hussein, Hadi and Mohammed Yassine – were <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/am-update-federal-drug-money-laundering-charges-sixth-st-club-owner?nopop=1">among ten people arrested</a> in March on drug, weapon and money laundering charges. &nbsp;The Yassines, who operated several nightclubs including <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/spill-bar-austin">Spill</a>, the pirate-themed bar&nbsp;<a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/treasure-island-pirate-bar-austin">Treasure Island</a>, <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/kiss-and-fly-austin">Kiss and Fly</a> and more, have entered not guilty pleas.</p><p>The sensational nature of the charges – and the media attention they have attracted – are already a point of contention. The <em>Austin American-Statesman,</em> <a href="http://www.statesman.com/news/news/jury-selection-under-way-in-first-yassine-trial/nSQjq/" target="_blank">which notes</a> that over 120 citizens were summoned to U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks’ courtroom to form the jury pool , writes:</p><blockquote><p>Early questions focused on pre-trial publicity in the case, with Sparks asking prospective jurors if they’d been following coverage of the investigation, including&nbsp;<a href="http://www.statesman.com/news/news/trials-begin-monday-in-yassine-enterprises-case/nSPYy/" target="_blank">a story that ran on the front page of today’s <em>American-Statesman</em></a>.</p></blockquote><p> Mon, 01 Oct 2012 17:05:52 +0000 Laura Rice & Wells Dunbar 5210 at http://kut.org Yassine Brothers' Drug and Money Laundering Trial Begins AM Update: Romney Leads Obama in Texas, State Seizes Yassine Properties, Moontower Fest Kicks Off http://kut.org/post/am-update-romney-leads-obama-texas-state-seizes-yassine-properties-moontower-fest-kicks <p><strong>Romney Leads Obama in Texas</strong></p><p>Republican presidential candidate <a href="http://www.mittromney.com/s/mitt-ann-2012" target="_blank">Mitt Romney</a> would beat <a href="http://www.barackobama.com/splash/sms?" target="_blank">President Obama</a> in Texas if an election were held today. At least that&rsquo;s what a <a href="http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/2011/PPP_Release_TX_424.pdf" target="_blank">recent survey</a> from <a href="http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/" target="_blank">Public Policy Polling</a> has found.</p><p>The group surveyed nearly 600 Texans and 400 Republican primary voters and found that 50 percent would vote for Romney.&nbsp; Forty-three percent said they would choose Obama. &nbsp;The seven-point spread is a significant drop from the last presidential race in Texas when, in 2008, republican nominee John McCain captured the state by <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/election2008/tx.htm" target="_blank">13 points</a>.</p><p> Wed, 25 Apr 2012 13:25:28 +0000 Carlos Morales & Tolly Moseley 4094 at http://kut.org AM Update: Romney Leads Obama in Texas, State Seizes Yassine Properties, Moontower Fest Kicks Off Reports: Yassine Enterprises Funds Channeled to Hezbollah http://kut.org/post/reports-yassine-enterprises-funds-channeled-hezbollah <p>The local <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/am-update-federal-drug-money-laundering-charges-sixth-st-club-owner?nopop=1">drug and money laundering bust</a> of <a href="http://www.yassineenterprises.com/">Yassine Enterprises</a> has taken an international turn, as authorities allege proceeds from the organization&rsquo;s nightclubs, drugs, and money laundering operations went overseas to fund militant Lebanese group <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hezbollah">Hezbollah</a>, an organization designated as a terrorist organization by the U.S.</p><p>KEYE reports on the arraignment of the Yassine Enterprises defendants <a href="http://weareaustin.com/news/top-stories/stories/vid_988.shtml">this morning</a>:</p><blockquote><p>During bond hearings in federal court in Austin Tuesday, an Internal Revenue Service investigator said Hussein &quot;Mike&quot; Ali Yassine and Mohammed &quot;Steve Austin&quot; Ali Yassine sent money in $2,500 increments to their uncle, Mohammed Ishmael in Lebanon.&nbsp; Authorities say he is associated with Hezbollah, a militant group and political party in Lebanon.&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p> Tue, 27 Mar 2012 21:58:31 +0000 Wells Dunbar 3924 at http://kut.org Reports: Yassine Enterprises Funds Channeled to Hezbollah The Panopticon Shot Bar: SceneTap Uses Cameras to Survey Nightlife http://kut.org/post/panopticon-shot-bar-scenetap-uses-cameras-survey-nightlife <p>So this is the way we live now: a new mobile application is coming to Austin that rates bars. But instead of relying on user-submitted data like <a href="http://www.yelp.com/austin">Yelp</a>, it has a network of cameras in participating nightclubs feeding real time information on a club&rsquo;s capacity and demographics.</p><p>That&rsquo;s the idea behind <a href="http://www.scenetap.com/">SceneTap</a>, launching across several Austin bars this Friday. Mon, 16 Jan 2012 22:50:38 +0000 Wells Dunbar 3460 at http://kut.org The Panopticon Shot Bar: SceneTap Uses Cameras to Survey Nightlife