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State Sen. Uresti Resigns After Felony Convictions

State Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio, has announced he is stepping down from office. The senator sent letters to Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Gov. Greg Abbott announcing his resignation.

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Supreme Court Leaves 'Wild West' Of Partisan Gerrymandering In Place — For Now

The U.S. Supreme Court punted Monday on its biggest decision of its term so far. The justices had been expected to rule on the limits of partisan gerrymandering. Instead, the court sidestepped the major issues on technical grounds, sending the issue back to the lower courts for further examination. The two cases before the court illustrate the bare-knuckles practice both parties have used to maximize and perpetuate their own power through the re-drawing of legislative district lines. In...

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Are we wake-walking through our dreams, or sleep-walking through life? Or is it the reverse?

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Onstage at the South By Southwest festival in Austin last month, Girl in a Coma played to a packed house at a club on Sixth Street with a special guest, Cherie Currie, co-founder with Joan Jett of the iconic late seventies all-female band, The Runaways.  Girl in a Coma’s bassist Jenn Alva says it was a real “rock star” moment for her.

“I guess we really never think about ‘Oh, we’re so cool,’ but when we were the backup band for her, we just felt like, ‘YEAH!,” says Alva. 

Drummer Phanie Diaz, laughing, pipes in, “Yeah, Jenn’s lips naturally snarled!”

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In the mid-1990s, Samuel “Sambo” Mockbee, founded the Rural Studio, a radical educational design/build program in poverty-stricken Hale County, Alabama. 

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A sweet comedy about a sad sack poet trying to open a “mostly vegetarian” food stand, writer/director/actor Paul Gordon says "The Happy Poet" is also about "kindness and generosity versus looking out for yourself and doing what you need to do to get by." In the film, Bill (Gordon) finds trying to stay true to his convictions and make ends meet to be tougher than he expected.  

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In 1957, Barbara Smith Conrad was studying music at the University of Texas in Austin. She was cast as Dido in a student production of Henry Purcell’s opera "Dido and Aeneas." 

Two weeks before the curtain, Conrad learned that she would not be singing the role of Dido, because a state congressman had objected to an African-American woman being cast opposite a white leading man in a romantic role.  

With all of the Best Of 2009 and Best Of/Worst Of Decade lists that have been published in print and online recently, I started to feel that there were some films that have been unfairly neglected. They’re movies that you saw over the past decade, but then they went on the shelf of your memory and haven’t been taken down since, despite the fact that you enjoyed them the first time around.

Wounded Vet Takes Pain Of War To Comedy Club

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We first brought you the story of Staff Sgt. Bobby Henline last year. He was wounded in Iraq in 2007 and burned over nearly half his body.

After months of recovery, his life is slowly getting back to normal. Henline must endure grueling physical therapy because of injuries. But to help heal the wounds we can't see, he has taken up an interesting hobby, one that helps him employ the healing power of laughter.

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Editor’s Note: When I received a review copy of the new direct-to-video movie Santa Buddies in the mail, I knew exactly who to call. My own buddy Ryan, whom I’ve known since college, tolerates excruciatingly bad movies well, for what reason I cannot tell. I figured that reading his review of the movie would be much more fun than sitting through 88 minutes of CGI-assisted talking dogs. I wasn’t disappointed. Without further ado, here’s the longest analysis of Santa Buddies you’re likely to read on the Internet. Now, I dare you to watch the movie. –Nathan Cone 

Director Wes Anderson has worked on a lot of film projects, but with his latest picture, Fantastic Mr. Fox, he ventured into new territory. It's the first time Anderson has made an animated feature.

Based on the Roald Dahl children's book of the same name, Fantastic Mr. Fox is the story of a slick, well-bred fellow (voiced by George Clooney) who swears off stealing from three rich farmers after becoming a parent — but who can't entirely control his sticky fingers.

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Seven-year-old Rowan Isaacson is like many kids his age.  He enjoys playing with toys, reading books, and spending time with friends and family.  But as the new documentary and book "The Horse Boy" illustrates, as little as two years ago, Rowan’s life was very different. 

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Dare to Listen: Growing Pains

Dare to Listen: San Antonio's Growing Pains

Wednesday, June 27 at the Whitley Theological Center

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I picked up the phone, and could practically hear the outstretched hand through the receiver.

“Nathan, good morning…! Bill Shatner.”

And there he is, larger than life, even on the phone. Denny Crane, T.J. Hooker, the Priceline.com Negotiator, Captain Kirk, and perhaps the best character of them all, William Shatner.

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“A trio can be a chamber ensemble, but it can also be a big band,” muses pianist Tamir Hendelman between tunes at Jazz, TX. “You have rhythm, you have harmony, you have melody.”

What else could you need?

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Some plane rides seem like they will never end. Especially if the plane ride simultaneously marks the end of one life chapter and the uncertain start of another. On his long plane ride from Las Vegas back to Texas in 2014, Logan Woodyard spent the entirety of his flight trying to figure out what he was going to do, musically, for the next year of his life. Armed with a vague idea of what he wanted, the first thing Logan did ­­once his plane landed was find Stephanie Cardona – his decision seemed like something the male lead of a romantic comedy would do.

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A band from San Antonio is having international success. At the core of the group is a pair of brothers, carrying on the family business: Diego and Emilio Navaira.

 


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