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9:38 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Bill Sinkin, Father Of Hemisfair, A Life Well Lived

Bill Sinkin (left) oversees Hemisfair construction.
Zintgraff collection

San Antonio is mourning the loss of one of its brightest stars. An assistant said Bill Sinkin passed away peacefully Monday evening, to the tunes of The Beatles' “Here Comes the Sun,” surrounded by family and friends. 

His many friends say Sinkin’s spirit will live on in them and in his widespread contributions to San Antonio.

In a couple of spots along W. W. White Road on the city’s East Side, tall Crapemyrtle trees stand strong in the grassy easements at both of Bill Sinkin’s former bank buildings.

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Community
9:23 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Oldest Operating H-E-B Coming Down For Larger, Modern Supermarket

H-E-B's oldest store still in operation opened to enthusiastic crowds in 1945. Historians say buildings over 50 years of age must go through a review process before they can be torn down.
H-E-B

H-E-B plans to tear down its oldest continuously operating store to make way for a 21st century, high-tech supermarket. The nearly 70-year-old store on Nogalitos Street just north of Hwy. 90 was called “the store of tomorrow” when it opened to crowds and fanfare in 1945.

H-E-B spokeswoman Dya Campos said the mid-century grocery store employed all the latest innovations and advantages of the day. But the new supermarket will occupy two levels of retail space, with escalators to carry customers and their shopping carts up and down and to a parking area below.

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Arts & Culture
9:16 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Local High School Girls Win Book Festival Writing Prize

Lee HS Principal Rick Canales; SA Public Library Foundation President Tracey Bennett; NESA 9th grader and winner Rhyanne Saul with her family; and Texas Cavaliers Publicity Chairman Clint Hennessey
Robert Shaw

There’s something amazingly optimistic about seeing young people attaining goals. Yesterday I saw a pair doing just that. The San Antonio Book Festival had asked local high school students to write an essay with the theme: A river runs through it.

I went along as winners were informed.

"Oh, I won?" said Jessica Redmon, the 11th grade winner, shocked to see a TV camera, her grandmother and a dozen people invade her classroom. Jessica wrote about the summer her sister and she experienced, but she started the project by doing this.

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Texas Public Schools
1:40 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

SBOE Member Says New Textbook Review Rules Were In The Works For Months

The Texas State Board of Education has revamped how they select people to review school textbooks prior to their adoption. Some on the board were critical of how panelists were selected during the adoption of this year’s science textbook.

During the last round of book reviews it was revealed that some of those selected to review textbooks did not have a background in biology and were supporting teaching creationism, attempting to skew how books explained the Theory of Evolution. 

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Arts & Culture
12:26 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Grammy-Winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet Coming Sunday To UTSA

Promo image.

Guitar fans and music lovers, there’s a program this Sunday you’ll want to know about. On Sunday, February 9, the UTSA Recital Hall hosts the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet.

The Quartet has been together for 33 years and have accumulated multiple awards, including a Grammy. The music they play runs the gamut from bluegrass to Bach to jazz, according to UTSA Music Professor and guitarist, Matt Dunne.

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The Source - February 3, 2014
11:50 am
Mon February 3, 2014

The Source: The GOP And The Latino Vote

Chris Eudaily TPR News

The last presidential election showed the kind of clout that Latino voters have. With President Barack Obama gaining a  of the demographic the question has been: What will the GOP do to gain traction with Latinos?

Has the Democratic party just done a better job of welcoming Latinos?

Texas has a better record for the Grand Old Party with several Latino legislators in Austin and a comfortable 38 percent of the Latino vote going to Gov. Rick Perry in 2010, but also has an extremely low turnout of Latino voters.

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2014 Election
10:51 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Van De Putte And Dewhurst Face Off Over Senate Committee Comments

Screen shot from a David Dewhurst campaign video.
Dewhurst campaign video

 State sen. Leticia Van De Putte and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, both candidates in the lieutenant governor's race, traded barbs at the Department of Texas Veterans of Foreign Wars Mid-Winter Conference in Austin. The friction continued to come from statements made by Dewhurst about the importance of certain Senate committees.

A few months ago, Dewhurst, when asked why he appointed so many Democrats to head up Senate committees, said he only appointed them to non-important groups -- that includes the Senate Committee on Veteran’s Affairs and Military Installations.

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Fronteras Desk
9:35 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Texas Board Of Education To Consider Mexican-American Studies

The Texas State Board of Education was expected to vote Friday on the requirement for Algebra II to graduate high school. But the board might also consider adding Mexican-American studies as a course option.

There are five million students in Texas and 51 percent are Hispanic, but there has never been an official Mexican-American studies course in Texas public schools.

Activist Tony Diaz wants to change that.

“Because they shouldn’t deny the history that Tejanos have made in shaping the state as well as the country," Diaz said.

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Fronteras Desk
3:41 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Texas University Assisting South & West Texas Immigrants With DACA Applications

A Texas university program aimed at informing and assisting young immigrants eligible to obtain a deferred action status is expanding its reach into South Texas.

An estimated 1.7 million undocumented young people in the United States are eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), according to Pew Research.

Since late 2012 the DACA Project at the Center for Legal and Social Justice at St. Mary’s University has assisted 200 people in obtaining DACA status, which puts off removal or deportation proceedings.

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Arts & Culture
3:35 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Artist Foundation Of San Antonio Provides The Sparks For Local Artistic Fire

There’s often more good art than there is money to pay for it, which is why the Artist Foundation of San Antonio was created. But what do they do?

“We have awarded over $500,000 to over 92 San Antonio Artists," said founder Patricia Pratchett about what they’ve given away since forming in 2005. Can anyone apply?

“If you live in Bexar County, then you’re eligible" Prachett said.

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