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9:36 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Prostate Cancer Risk Calculator 2.0 Uses Emojis To Explain Variables Of Risk

The 2.0 Prostate Risk Calculator was developed at the Cancer Therapy & Research Center at the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio

  In the really old days, they were called pictographs; later they were called emoticons. Now, though, they’re called emojis, a new word originating in Japan for those smiley-face, thumbs-up and I-heart-you icons all over electronic devices. Emojis now include airplanes, jack-o-lanterns, kittens and just about every other animal – or fruit or facial expression – that one can imagine.

So why not use them in medicine?

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The Source - September 9, 2014
8:40 am
Wed September 10, 2014

The Source: 20 Years of GOP Domination

The Republican Party of Texas was once the unwinnable team. Democrats were the party of the south and Texas reflected that election after election. So in 1978 when Bill Clements became the first republican Governor in over 100 years it was a surprise.

State democrats may have assuaged their fears with the knowledge that it was a off-election year and voter turnout was low, and--after all--it was only one office.

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Classical Music
4:07 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

San Antonio Symphony Reveals New Season Plans

Credit San Antonio Symphony

The San Antonio Symphony celebrates 75 years this season, and they are definitely celebrating in style. After a combined debut earlier this month with Ballet San Antonio and the Opera San Antonio, the symphony takes up residence at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts on September 20. That night, super star soprano Renee Fleming will join the orchestra and music director Sebastian Lang-Lessing for an evening of incredible music making. The season officially starts on October 10 with a performance of Gustav Mahler’s “Symphony No. 2.”

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Arts & Culture
2:53 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Re-Imagining The San Pedro Creek Space, Part 2

Town Lake Area, first character area
Credit San Antonio River Authority

The San Pedro Creek project has been making a lot of headlines of late. This is a series to get Bexar County residents aware of what its creators say it will bring. First, you have to know where the project will happen. San Pedro creek flows roughly north to south on the west side of downtown. As far as being an attractive creek, it’s not.

"Over the years it’s become a highly neglected eyesore," said Precinct 2 County Commissioner Paul Elizondo, who cites its location and history.

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The Source - September 9, 2014
11:42 am
Tue September 9, 2014

The Source: Obesity In America, Limited Signs Of Hope

Credit The State Of Obesity 2014 / http://bit.ly/1nJ4TqS

We are fat--capital "F" fat. But after years of public health campaigns stressing the importance of exercise, healthy eating and access to healthy foods there are some positives to report.

In fact the authors changed the name of the study after 10 years from "F" is For Fat to The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America to highlight the limited signs of hope there is for the United States.

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Eagle Ford Shale
10:27 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Nordheim Fights Becoming The Fracking Waste Capital Of The Eagle Ford

Lyn Janssen holds a yard sign which protests the proposed fracking waste disposal pits near Nordheim.
Credit David Martin Davies / TPR News

At a recent Monday night in Nordheim, a town of 300 about 75 miles southeast of San Antonio, neighbors are gathering at the old dance hall; the Nordheim Shooting Club.

But this isn’t for a night of boot scootin’, they are here to organize against what they see as an environmental threat to their town and their way of life.

Two massive fracking waste disposal pits, one 200 acre site and the other 575 acres, are being proposed for right outside of town.

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Government
9:52 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Bexar County Hospital District Asks For Same Tax Rate, Bigger Budget

University Hospital estimates higher property values will bring an additional $20.6 million to its budget at the same tax rate as last year
Credit UHS

The Bexar County Hospital District has requested a tax rate for the coming year with no increase in the tax rate itself. But the health system is counting on rising local property values to sustain its budget over the coming year.

The hospital district, now known as University Health System, submitted a proposal to Bexar County commissioners with a tax rate that is unchanged from last year.

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Arts & Culture
9:39 am
Tue September 9, 2014

San Pedro Creek's Extreme Makeover, Part 1

Future Look of San Pedro Creek

The San Antonio River Authority is executing another massive project based on one of the city’s waterways.

Coming on the heels of its now five-year-old Museum Reach, and its nearly finished Mission Reach transformations of the San Antonio River, the San Antonio River Authority will soon exercise that authority over another of the city’s smaller waterways.  

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Higher Education
4:09 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

State Lawmakers Look To Get Foster Kids Better Support For Higher Education

Credit Ryan Poppe / TPR News

State lawmakers are looking at possible legislation in 2015 that would increase the number of foster care youth enrolled in college using a free tuition waiver. 

In 2013, high school graduation rates for foster care children were less than 65% and many of them age-out of the college tuition waiver provided by the state of Texas.

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The Source - September 8, 2014
2:22 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

The Source: Threat To Public Safety? Giving To Panhandlers May Soon Get You Ticketed

Credit Robert Baker "kennethkonica" http://bit.ly/WH7KJu / cc

Last week San Antonio Police Chief William McManus pitched city council an ordinance rewrite that would allow police to ticket people who give to panhandlers on San Antonio streets.

Support in council is divided on the proposal; some see it as a freedom of speech issue, while others note high complaints about panhandlers from constituents. 

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