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12:24 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Rita Vidaurri, San Antonio's South-Of-The-Border Celebrity

Recent Rita Vidaurri picture.
Ron Wade

She may be the most famous San Antonian you’ve never heard of. She’s Rita Vidaurri, an international singing star who was raised on the West Side of San Antonio and was a huge deal south of the border back in the 40s and 50s.

"I went to Cuba, sang with Nat King Cole. From Cuba I went to Costa Rica, Panama, all over Colombia," she said.

Vidaurri also sang on Mexico City’s radio XEW, and in nightclubs all over the country, with essentially all of the big names of the era.

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The Source - May 20, 2014
11:28 am
Tue May 20, 2014

The Source: Mega Media Mergers & Net Neutrality

Flickr user: Jerod Tarbell cc

  Last week the Federal Communications Commission voted to move forward on new rules governing broadband internet service providers (ISPs) that would allow for "fast lanes," or the ability for providers to sell higher speeds of delivery for their content. The internet was awash in laments for the death of the web. 

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Disaster Relief
11:04 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Emergency Management Chief Says State Is Missing Out On Billions Because Of Poor Planning

TDEM Chief Nim Kidd walks with Gov. Rick Perry during a hurricane emergency response exercise and resource showcase in Austin ahead of the 2013 hurricane season.
Credit Texas DPS

Texas cities damaged by various disasters in the last five years still qualify for billions of dollars in federal aid, but an official with the Texas Division of Emergency Management testified before state lawmakers this week that the state needs to do a better job getting and using that money.

Chief W. Nim Kidd, the head of the Texas Division of Emergency Management, told the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Rural Affairs and Homeland Security that one of the areas in need of improvements is how to get counties affected by a disaster the federal money they need to rebuild.

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Bexar County Commissioners Court
9:01 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Debra Guerrero & Tommy Calvert Vie For Democratic Spot On Precinct 4 Ballot

Tommy Calvert and Debra Guerrero are trying to be the Democrat on the Precinct 4 ticket in November.
Credit Campaign photos

Among the races being decided during the runoff election is the open Precinct 4 seat on the Bexar County Commissioners Court. One of four people, two from each party, will take the place of Tommy Adkisson, who who gave up the seat to run for county judge.

Tommy Calvert and Debra Guerrero are the two Democratic candidates who survived the March 4 primary election.

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KPAC Blog
4:38 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Symphony Does Mahler & Copland, Says Goodbye To Children's Chorus Founder McCormick

Sebastian Lang-Lessing
San Antonio Symphony

The San Antonio Symphony’s winter/spring season is winding down and June 6 & 7 marks two important performances.

“We’re presenting Mahler [Fifth Symphony] to finish the season, and Marguerite McCormick is leaving the Children’s Chorus,” said symphony Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing. Longtime Artistic Director McCormick’s last performances with the chorus will be at these two nights.

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Arts & Culture
1:40 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Shakespeare In The Park Starts Next Wednesday With 'Hamlet'

Location for Shakespeare in the Park.
David Frank Art Gives

Shakespeare in the Park is coming and I got to speak with a couple of its principal players. After speaking with the one playing Hamlet, I got to thinking how actor enthusiasm for Shakespeare can cause you to look at a classic in a brand new way.

“ 'Hamlet' itself is such a modern play," said Evans Jarnefeldt, who plays the lead role in the Magik Theatre production. “Not only in the relationships, you know, spurned love, unrequited love, meddling parents--”

"So, everyday life is what you're saying," I said.

“Everyday life, absolutely,” he said with a chuckle.

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The Source - May 19, 2014
1:26 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

The Source: Is It Time To Change Affirmative Action?

The University of Texas has been sued for its Affirmative Action implementation in Fischer v UT.
Credit Marsha Miller / University of Texas

The government should be looking past race for its affirmative action goals, argues Sheryll Cashin in her new book, "Place Not Race: A New Vision of Opportunity in America." 

While Cashin argues racism is a real problem in America, being too focused on race blinds university administrators as well as government officials to the fact that the goal of affirmative action should be to even the playing field for the disadvantaged.

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The Source - May 19, 2014
12:23 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

The Source: Is Mayor Castro Packing His Bags?

Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR

Everyone from our San Antonio Express-News to the New York Times is reporting that Mayor Julián Castro has been tapped by President Obama to head the U.S.

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Mayor Julián Castro
11:57 am
Mon May 19, 2014

With Talk Of Cabinet Position Swirling, City Ponders Life Without Mayor Castro

Mayor Julián Castro delivered the keynote speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. The speech, many have said, put him on a national platform.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The White House isn't talking and neither is Mayor Julián Castro.

Today he helped hand out awards inside city council chambers to businesses for the 2014 Healthy Workplace Recognition Program.

Afterward, a swarm of media caught up with him, only to hear the three-term mayor say what he's said before.

"All I'm going to say today is that I enjoy being mayor, and I'm going to continue to work hard on behalf of the people that elected me," Castro said. "I'll talk about the future and other things later."

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Story Retraction
9:58 am
Mon May 19, 2014

San Antonio Man Admits David Greene Story Was A Hoax

Victor Martinez (left) speaks with NPR's David Greene at the Texas Public Radio offices.
Nathan Cone TPR

Last week we shared with you a story that happened inside the TPR studios when an Army veteran and fan of NPR’s David Greene presented David with his service coin.

Texas Public Radio’s Eileen Pace has an update on the story after learning more about the soldier’s service.

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