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The July 18th Statesman's front page reports on the federal lawsuit Save Our Springs Alliance filed together with former Austin mayors Carole Keeton and Frank Cooksey, music legends and community leaders Jerry Jeff and Susan Walker, and seven other parties, including neighborhood groups and the Friends of the Wildflower Center.  The Statesman report by combined reporter/transportation opinion writer Ben Wear is slanted as usual. There's no mention of the other plaintiff-members of the Keep Mopac Local coalition or their interests that extend beyond protecting Barton Springs and the Edwards Aquifer. The Statesman has steadfastly avoided informing its readers of the harm the 45SW/Mopac South toll loop would do to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Austin High School, Lady Bird Lake Park, or existing Mopac commuters. The Statesman piece does make clear that the battle will likely be resolved over the next few months.