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3:40 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Gemini Ink, Bibliotech Using Arts Grant For Digital Placemaking

Gemini Ink workshop.
Courtesy Gemini Ink staff

A modest grant may play a no-so-modest role in the local arts scene. A National Endowment for the Arts grant has been awarded to Gemini Ink and Bibliotech. As Gemini Ink's Executive Director Sheila Black noted, it's not a massive amount of money.

“It’s $25,000, which is small for this funding source, but we’re thrilled," Black said. "The focus of the grant is creative placemaking.”

I asked Black exactly what creative placemaking is.

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Arts & Culture
2:40 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Broadway Dynamo Seth Rudetsky Sets Woodlawn Performance

Seth Rudetsky.
Robb Johnson

A Broadway comedian is coming to San Antonio with his one-man show. And I've got to tell you, Seth Rudetsky talks faster than anyone I’ve interviewed.

“You know, I talk about how I loved Broadway as a toddler but I think they think I was exaggerating like my mother. My mother exaggerates everything," he said.

The performer played piano for ten years in "The Phantom of the Opera" production and he told me this short story:

“I heard something clatter next to my piano. As it turns out it was the phantom’s mask,” Rudetsky said.

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Military Veterans
2:20 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Soldier Gets Surprise Of A Lifetime With H-E-B Smart Home

Onlookers hold flags before Michael Crawford arrived to the surprise of his life.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Because he gave of himself in service to his country, H-E-B and Operation Finally Home are giving something back.

23-year-old Army Specialist Michael Crawford found out at a special surprise ceremony that he and his fiancé will receive a mortgage-free smart home to accommodate his needs as a wounded warrior.

The anticipation brewed before he arrived with workers busy putting the finishing touches on the event. H-E-B partners passed out American flags while sound checks were done.

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University of Texas
2:07 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

UT Chancellor Tells House Committee Powers' Resignation Had Nothing To Do With Hall Impeachment

University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa told a Texas House committee that the UT Board of Regents relationship with UT at Austin President Bill Powers had become strained and his negotiated resignation had nothing to their impeachment investigation of Regent Wallace Hall. 

The Texas House Select Committee on Transparency in Government Agency Operation asked Cigarroa and the Board Chairman Paul Foster to explain some of the reasoning behind Powers negotiated resignation.

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The Source - July 17, 2014
1:53 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

The Source: The Impact Of The Affordable Care Act

Credit EdTech Stanford School of Medicine

The rate of uninsured people in the U.S. fell to 13.4 percent in the second quarter of 2014, the lowest quarterly average recorded since pollster Gallup started tracking the number in 2008.  

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Mayor Julián Castro
1:26 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Castro Says Goodbye At Chambers Of Commerce Celebration

The area chambers of commerce celebrated the man who has led the city for the last five years.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

As Mayor Julián Castro prepares to depart San Antonio for our nation's capital, last night the area chambers of commerce hosted a community celebration in his honor.

In San Antonio style, people came to honor the man who has led the city for the last five years. The community, business leaders and city staff members came to hear Castro say goodbye.

Castro said the most special day he has had as mayor was welcoming the kids to Pre-K 4 SA last summer.

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The Source - July 17, 2014
9:56 am
Thu July 17, 2014

The Source: A Biography Of The Second Amendment

Open Carry Texas at the Alamo
Paul Flahive ©

    

In very few places has the syntax of a sentence caused more excitement, passion, hatred, and hyperbole than the Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights.

"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

Is the militia a limitation on who gets guns? The people an afterthought? Or, is it the other way around and the militia is the less important of the two?

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Government
5:50 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Police Chief William McManus To Leave Department, Will Take New Job at CPS Energy

Police Chief William McManus will retire in December after eight and a half years with SAPD.
Credit Joey Palacios / TPR News

One of San Antonio's most familiar faces will be stepping down from his role at this end of this year.

William McManus will resign from his position as police chief in December to take a job with CPS Energy as senior director of security starting in January.

City Manager Sheryl Sculley hired McManus as police chief eight and a half years ago and was one of her first appointments as city manager. Since McManus isn't from the area, Sculley said him wanting to stay local speaks volumes about the Alamo City.

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Joint Base San Antonio
4:22 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Still Facing Army Investigation, Bergdahl Hires Attorney

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
Credit U.S. Army / via Wikimedia Commons

Former Taliban captive Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has hired an attorney to represent him through the Army’s investigation of his actions in Afghanistan.

The Pentagon reports that attorney Eugene Fidell has been in conversation with the Army officer handling Bergdahl’s case.  

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KPAC Blog
3:55 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

New YOSA Executive Director Looks To Reach More Kids

YOSA in Vermont.
Courtesy YOSA

One of San Antonio’s iconic cultural attributes gets a new leader, although to call him new might be a slight exaggeration.

“I’m really excited about it. I’ve been interim director for the past year,” said Brandon Henson, who has worked at Youth Orchestras of San Antonio for quite some time but is now their executive director.

“(We've) got a lot of exciting opportunities ahead with YOSA," he said.

Turns out Henson has an interesting backstory himself.

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