The bars on Henderson Avenue, and Skillman/Live Oak, are making lots of money too

Last evening, BD posted sales reports for bars/restaurants along Lower Greenville Avenue. And, can you believe it, people got mad.

They were not mad because he posted the reports (like BD gives a flying f-ck that some bar owner thinks it's not of our business). They were mad because he did not include the bars/restaurants on Henderson Avenue, or at the Skillman/Live Oak corner (aka, Lowest Greenville Redux).

Not a problem. Here are those reports. And since many of these folks have never been subject to BD's intense review, let's repeat the mantra: Too bad.

Reports are based on sales reports submitted by the licensee to the State Comptroller and compiled by an independent service. Reports submitted by TABC-licensed businesses with an MB classification are not confidential and are considered public records. These reports are through November 2013, or the latest month for that business to submit a sales tax report in 2013, plus the previous year.

Read all the reports after the jump...

By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Legal issues
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How much booze did your favorite bar sell in 2013?

It's that time of the year again. Time to see how much money your favorite Lower Greenville bar or restaurant earned in mixed beverage/beer/wine sales, versus how much they told you they lost while trying to stay in business.

Reports are based on sales reports submitted by the licensee to the State Comptroller and compiled by an independent service. Reports submitted by TABC-licensed businesses with an MB classification are not confidential and are considered public records. These reports are through November 2013, or the latest month for that business to submit a sales tax report in 2013, plus the previous year.

Read all the reports after the jump...

By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Lower Greenville
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When Vegans Collide: Gunfire at Whole Foods Lakewood (updated)

Gunfire erupted in the Whole Foods late Saturday evening after two vehicles bumped in the parking lot. At least two shots were fired by a (not-yet-identified) person who immediately surrendered. The victim was taken to a local hospital, but as of this writing his condition is not known.

Update, 1015 am, Sunday morning

The DPD offense report is now online - click here to read it. The charge is listed as Aggravated Assault. The shooting victim has been identified as Francisco Alcarez of Dallas. DPD's Public Information Office reports Mr. Alcarez survived the shooting.


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All photos Copyright 2013 / Avi S. Adelman
By Avi S. Adelman under Public safety , Safe streets
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Five myths about the federal shield law for journalists

Kurt Wimmer / Huffington Post

Free speech is the oxygen of the blogosphere. Blogs, tweets and Facebook posts couldn't have the profound influence they have rightfully earned in our new and diverse marketplace of ideas without a robust freedom to debate, to challenge, and even to be outrageous. So it's hardly surprising that when a congressional debate about protecting confidential sources mentions blogs, it touches a nerve.

That debate concerned the Free Flow of Information Act, which was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee last month on a bipartisan, 13-5 vote. If passed by Congress, the Act would be the first statute to protect journalists from being forced to identify their confidential sources in federal court. It would build on the protections of the First Amendment (because no act of Congress, of course, can minimize those rights) and fix a serious bug in our constitutional system -- multiple federal courts now have said that the only way for reporters to protect a confidential source is to go to prison indefinitely. Many of our federal courts have held that the First Amendment simply does not allow a reporter to protect a confidential source. That's hardly a solution that reflects our country's global leadership in free expression. Although 48 states and the District of Columbia already provide such protection in state courts, Congress has never passed a federal shield law. So the Judiciary Committee's vote should give journalists reason for optimism, as Emily Bazelon of Slate has so persuasively described.

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By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Legal issues
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Texas’ Citizen Participation Act gets stronger

By Laura Lee Prather / Haynes & Boone

On June 14, 2013 Governor Perry signed into law HB 2935 further strengthening Texas’ Citizen Participation Act (also known as the Anti-SLAPP statute) demonstrating continued support of free speech for our citizens.

The initial Anti-SLAPP statute was passed unanimously by the 82nd Legislature and became law on June 17,2011. After some judicial confusion over the legislative intent, the 83rd Legislature passed clean-up legislation for the statute, which became law on June 14, 2013.

The Anti-SLAPP statute protects the rights of all citizens (from individuals, to companies, to advocacy or media groups), promotes judicial economy, and advances the First Amendment rights of all Texans.

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By Avi S. Adelman under Dallas City Council , Legal issues
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