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2:06 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Accusations Fly In Race For San Antonio Council District 8

Current District 8 City Councilman Reed Williams will not seek another term after serving for the last 4 years.
Ryan Loyd TPR

Known for his voice of reason and scrutiny of topics that come across the dais on city council days, District 8 Councilman Reed Williams will not be seeking his third term. This has thrown the door wide open to a list of people ready to fill the seat.

Rolando Briones, an engineer, Ron Nirenberg, associate general manager of Trinity’s jazz station KRTU, and Michael Kueber, a retired attorney, are all ready to be the next city councilman.

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Texas Matters
12:30 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Texas Matters: Changing The Beer Laws In Texas One Bottle At A Time

Maggie Villarreal, who owns Blue Star Brewing, and Blue Star employee Alicia Spence (handing the beer) distribute another tasty sample at Views and Brews.
Chris Eudaily TPR

There is speculation that beer is the reason the first human tribes stopped their nomadic wanderings and began to set up permanent settlements. They wanted to plant and cultivate the ingredients to beer.

Even before the first loaf of bread was baked these prehistoric partiers were home brewing their own suds. The settlement’s brew master was the community’s wise man, scientist, doctor and law giver.

Lawmakers vs. Brew Masters

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Community Health
11:08 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Children's Hospital Of San Antonio Announces Major Partnership

An artists rendition of the Children's Hospital of San Antonio
CHRISTUS Health

The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio has formally partnered the with Baylor College of Medicine and the Texas Children’s Hospital.

"We now have world class partners who are recognized for the excellence of care they give," said CHRISTUS Health Regional CEO Pat Carrier.

The Texas Children’s Hospital will provide clinical expertise, and Baylor will employ, recruit and monitor the physicians.

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KPAC Blog: SAIPC
10:07 am
Fri March 1, 2013

SAIPC: No Two Performances Are Alike

Maurice Ravel
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I remember reading a legendary performer once say that no two performances are alike. When I starting studying the piano I recorded some of my practice sessions to hear how I was playing without the distraction of making the music.

The great musician was right, not only were all my repetitions different, I couldn't make my performances sound the same if I tried.

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San Antonio Economy
9:48 am
Fri March 1, 2013

New Study Seeking Insight Into Economic Impact Of Mexican Nationals In U.S.

Flickr user freefotouk (Ian Britton) cc

Economists have long been aware that retail spending by Mexican nationals shopping in the U.S. adds significant dollars to local economies, but a new study seeks to expand those numbers for a broader view of the impact of Mexican dollars on  San Antonio.

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Border & Immigration
3:28 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Border Patrol Catches Sex Offender In Del Rio

U.S. Border Patrol

U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Del Rio Station apprehended a convicted sex offender Tuesday morning.

Agents patrolling a local ranch near the Buena Vista area encountered 46-year old Jose Luis Dones-Berreles  - an undocumented immigrant from Mexico.

During processing, agents discovered that Dones-Berreles had been previously deported from the United States and was a registered sex offender.

A criminal records check revealed that Dones-Berreles has a 2009 conviction out of Harris County for indecency with a child and served two years on that charge.

Fronteras Desk
1:00 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

San Antonio Veteran Channels War Experience Through Creative Writing

Chris Hernandez sits down with TPR's Crystal Chavez to discuss how his military career has impacted his writing career.
Chris Eudaily TPR

An interview with combat veteran Chris Hernandez of San Antonio, who talks about how writing has helped him sort through his experiences at war. ICE has released hundreds of immigrants in recent days, immigrants who are now making their way back home. Stores that cater to the growing minority groups are doing well as the country’s demographics continue to change. We look at the secrets of one highly successful, family-owned supermarket chain.

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KPAC Blog: Metropolitan Opera
10:17 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Richard Wagner’s Apotheosis, 'Parsifal'

Jonas Kaufman stars in the title role of Wagner's 'Parsifal'
Metropolitan Opera

Richard Wagner’s "Parsifal," his final opera, was created in parallel with his greatest creations including "The Ring" and "Tristan." It took him just over 30 years and several revisions before it was finally presented in 1882.

It is viewed as his most refined and elaborate work and it at times leaves people feeling that it is too profound to even applaud. In a comic twist, this bothered the composer; when Wagner would applaud a certain scene he would be hushed by members of the audience.

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San Antonio Express News
9:40 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Online Paywall On The Horizon For Express-News

Screen shot of mysanantonio.com on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013.
San Antonio Express-News

The San Antonio Express-News will be adopting a paywall for online content by the end of the Summer.

Newspapers across the nation have been looking for ways to convince their readers to pay for looking at their journalism online. After years of providing their content free online, San Antonio's Express-News is about to take the next step, a step that comes along with several other changes at the paper.

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Spring Break San Antonio
8:05 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Botanical Garden Announces 24-Ton Sand Adventure

The New England Sand Sculpture Festival held at Revere Beach, Revere, Massachusetts.
Flickr user *Aqualung (Chris Wraight) cc

Ted Siebert, an internationally renowned sand sculptor, is leading a design team in building three massive artworks at the San Antonio Botanical Garden using 24 tons of sand.

The designs will include the Alamo and the Moy Grand Hibiscus flower.

The Moy Hibiscus was first produced at the Botanical Garden in a cross-breed experiment by Dr. Ying Doon Moy, whose colleagues eventually got the hibiscus planted along roads in China.

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