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T he fight for open access -- to require cable companies to sell wholesale access to high-speed lines to any Internet service provider -- promises to emerge as one of the most important public-policy battles of 2000. Stay tuned for a new kind of expensive, deceptive TV commercial.

Speaking of deceptive TV ads, the upcoming campaign for president promises to be ugly. Operatives in both parties are preparing hit packages on their opponents, and top Republican candidates and the Democratic challenger will have to mix it up if they are to overcome Vice President Al Gore.

What to make of a century that brought us both Auschwitz and Fred & Ginger? Why is a Top 10 list of poetry a travesty, but not a Top 10 list of movies? The Austin Chronicle's Michael Venture ponders those and other questions as we leave behind the 1900s.

Also, one family's response to ALS, the loop of life, an eclectic list of inventions, and more.


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Net Loss [2]
The media story of 2000 is going to be the fight to require cable companies to sell wholesale access to their high-speed lines to any Internet service provider.
— Dan Kennedy, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Mudslinging [3]
The 2000 election will be ugly for sure, but that may be what America needs to expose the issues voters need to confront before they select a president.
— Seth Gitell, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Strength in Numbers [4]
When Bruce Lawry was diagnosed with ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, he and wife Bonnie could have given up all hope. Instead, they live to the fullest.
— Kay West, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Now What? [13]
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Volume III, Issue 29
January 10 - January 17, 2000  

Columns
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Letters at 3AM [5]
The paradox of possiblities exhibited by the 20th century: from Auschwitz to Ginger and Fred.
— Michael Ventura, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Second Half Journey [6]
We are tadpoles and don't know we're going to become frogs.
— Harry Willson, WEEKLY ALIBI
 
No Bugs Here [7]
This Y2K thing was a whole lotta nothing--just as it was expected to be.
— Walter Jowers, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Cap'n O's Top 10 [8]
Capn O's Top 10 Inventions of the Millennium.
— Captain Opinion, WEEKLY ALIBI
 
Modern Day Plantations [9]
The elitist educational establishment wants to keep poor and minority students in educational shackles.
— Captain Opinion, WEEKLY ALIBI
 
Eyes on the Road [10]
Looking to the automotive future.
— Marc Stengel, NASHVILLE SCENE
 

Teeny Tidbits
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Odds and Ends [11]
Time-released news capsules from the flipside.
— Devin D. O'Leary, WEEKLY ALIBI
 
Mr. Smarty Pants [12]
Mr. Smarty pants knows that he will not die poor and alone.
— Mr. Smarty Pants, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 

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