Now here's somebody who's led an interesting life. He’s Gino Narboni. And no, he’s not Italian.
“I started in North Africa, in Algeria,” he said.
He’s a softspoken 90-something-year-old man now, but what a life he’s led. He ran off to join General de Gaulle’s free French movement. When they asked him what he wanted to do, he said, "I want to fly. Ha! I was barely 20 at the time.”
The free French didn’t have any airplanes then, but Gino eventually got his wish.
“I was sent to the United States for pilot training,” he said.
University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa announced that he had accepted the resignation of UT Austin President Bill Powers.
Powers has agreed to step down as president in June 2015, after the next legislative session.
Powers is a witnesses in the Legislature’s impeachment investigation of UT Board of Regent Wallace Hall, who had launched his own investigation of whether Powers had been involved with admissions fixing for certain state lawmakers.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas say they will be closely monitoring the area of the border occupied by an armed militia known online as Operation Secure Our Border.
Denise Freedman with Operation Secure Our Borders, a collection of armed militias who are planning to patrol an area of the border near Laredo, said they are searching for immigrants coming to the United States through Texas.
“At this particular point we are going to be working on private land, but that is subject to change as law enforcement become willing to work with us,” Freedman said.
For the last six years, the Last Casas Foundation has been busy doling out college money in talent contests. This year it's taken one step further.
“We’ve given out $500,000 in college scholarship money to graduating seniors in San Antonio and the surrounding area," said Kevin Parman, the president of Las Casas. It all started with a 135 applications.
“And we get that number down to 24 finalists,” said Parman.
And those finalists really have to perform to earn their scholarship money, as Parman explained.
When Dr. Joel Gold met a patient who thought his every action was being filmed and broadcast to the world a la "The Truman Show" he was intrigued but it wasn't until a steady stream of people with similar delusions that he and his brother decided to write about it.
Last week the San Antonio Water System trustees approved a deal to begin negotiations to pipe in 50,000 acre feet of water from the Bastrop area with the Vista Ridge Consortium.
The deal would increase the city's water supply by more than 20%. The cost per acre foot is expected to be more than twice that of Edwards Aquifer supplies and slightly more than that of the forthcoming desalinization plant.
It’s a program created by the Patrick Heath Public Library in Boerne and it’s got a very retro feel. Hearkening back to the Beatles album, it's called the Magical History Tour.
“What we are trying to do is to introduce our patrons, and anyone else who’s interested, to the history of the region," said Heath librarian Robin Stauber. To do so they’ve created these tours, and Stauber said they have gone all over the place.
“We’ve been to New Braunfels, we’ve been to Bandera, we’ve been to Castroville, we've been into San Antonio to do some things there,” Stauber said.