New Music Thursday and 10 Years of Deaths Under Law Enforcement Custody

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By Becky FogelJuly 28, 2016 11:53 am|

Internet contractors have descended on a San Antonio neighborhood. But at least the annoyance of road closures and dug up property mean super-fast web access is coming. Oak Park-Northwood is one of the first spots in Alamo City to get Google Fiber – an 1,000 megabit per second internet service. If that sounds like gibberish to you, most internet services top off at 50 to 300 megabits. Texas Public Radio reports that even though residents are excited about the service, notices didn’t arrive in the mail until two days before work started.

And: It’s time again for our Thursday music series Cut In. This week Dallas writer Lyndsay Knecht presents a collaboration between Dallas producer Ish D  and singer-songwriter Lakie Day, who makes her debut in this Texas Standard exclusive. The song is reminiscent of the women of 90s R&B who perfected odes to summer crushes. Think TLC’s “Diggin’ On You” or the slinky sounds of Aaliyah. Ish D and Lakie Day infuse the heat of that era into the song “Holding Aces.”

“This track indulges the groove just enough before accelerating into deep house territory,” Knecht says.“The producer and singer share writing credits on this – another reason to keep an eye on them both.”

This song is out today, ahead of an EP with the same title coming Aug. 16. You can listen to it below.

Plus: Almost 7,000 people died in the custody of Texas law enforcement between 2005 and 2015, according to new data shared by the University of Texas at Austin’s Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis. You can explore the database here. Amanda Woog worked on the project, and one number really stood out to her.

“One thing that struck is the number of people who died in Texas without being convicted of a crime, which was over 1,900 over that 11-year span,” she says.

Those 1,900 individuals died both during interactions with police and behind bars. Woog says all the numbers are too high. “As I went through the data it was clear that not all these people had to die, so I think there’s a lot of room for improvement in Texas,” she says.

There’s also a demographic breakdown of who has been dying in police custody: 28 percent Latino, 30 percent black and 42 percent white.