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The Source - June 10, 2014
11:41 am
Tue June 10, 2014

The Source: What Is White?

Irish people along with Italians were once thought of as inferior whites. This Thomas Nast image, entitled The Usual Irish Way of Doing Things and published in Harpers in 1871, depicts anti-Irish sentiments that were common at that time.

According to a presentation at the Population Association of America, and reported by the Pew Research Center, 1.2 million Latinos who identified as some other race in 2000 identified as white in 2010.

The finding came with an update on how millions of Americans changed how they identified their race and identity in the newest census and the Latino figure is raising some eyebrows, but should it?

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CPS Energy
11:26 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Study Gives CPS Energy High Marks For Job Creation, Growing Local Economy

Dr. Steve Nivin, economist with St. Mary's University
Credit Eileen Pace

CPS Energy’s New Energy Economy is earning praise for fueling dramatic increases in local job growth.

An economic impact study found the energy company’s contributions are “unique” in the industry.

The San Antonio Economic Development Foundation commissioned the study by St. Mary’s University Economist Dr. Steve Nivin, who specializes in industry impact research around the San Antonio area.

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Texas GOP Convention
10:13 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Mental Health Group Says Reparative Therapy Stigmatises Texas LGBT Community

Credit Republican Party of Texas

Support and protection for reparative therapy has been included in the 2014 Republican Party of Texas Platform. But a leading mental health organization said this further stigmatizes and shames the Texas LGBT community.

The reparative therapy platform was introduced by Cathie Adams, executive director of the Texas Eagle Forum and adopted without any changes:

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Museum Reach 5 Year Anniversary
5:50 am
Tue June 10, 2014

The Museum Reach: Flood Control Disguised As A Park

Eileen Pace TPR

With great fanfare on May 30, 2009, the Museum Reach stretch of the River Walk opened to the public.  But as interesting as the Museum Reach is, the story of how it came about is equally so. 

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STEM Education
3:59 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Toyota, BiblioTech Launch Robotics Program For San Antonio Youth

Andy Chen examines the top portion of his team's robot.
Credit Joey Palacios / TPR News

BiblioTech, Bexar County’s all-digital bookless library, is launching its own set of robotics teams for children and students.

Education initiatives for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs are exploding around the city. Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas has awarded BiblioTech $15,000 to create a team robotics program called the First Lego League (FLL).

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The Source - June 9, 2014
1:46 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

The Source: Has The Roberts Court Made "Uncertain Justice"?

Chief Justice John Roberts administers the oath of office to Barack Obama on Jan. 21, 2009.
Credit White House (Pete Souza) / via Wikimedia Commons

The nearly decade-long tenure of Chief Justice John G. Roberts has seen some momentous decisions. Recent cases include the overruling of DOMA, Citizen's United and the legality of the Affordable Care Act mandate. 

The 17th head of the U.S. Supreme Court has left an indelible mark in history. Though the decisions have varied at times, privacy, corporate personhood, free speech and money in politics all have been affected, sometimes drastically, by this judge.

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Summer Meal Programs
12:35 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

San Antonio Food Bank Begins Summer Food Service Program

Volunteers with the U.S. Navy seperate and sort peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for first day of distribution.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Today is the first day of the San Antonio Food Bank's summer meal program. Each day through August the  staff and volunteers will handle the mammoth daily task of feeding students who are out of school.

Over the next 11 weeks they will serve over 300,000 meals as part of the Summer Food Service Program, a nationally organized program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Food Bank CEO Eric Cooper said the program is designed to feed kids under 18 who depended on schools to provide them with a full meal.

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Environment
11:24 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Harvard Study Advances Knowledge Of Colony Collapse Disorder, Honeybee Die-Off

Flickr user TexasEagle cc

A new study by Harvard University explains a little more about colony collapse disorder (CCD), the name given to the sudden and widespread die-off of the honeybees that our food supply depends on for pollination.

The findings may also explain why Texas bee hives are doing better than those in other parts of the country.

Scientists have suspected for some time that a class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids is responsible for CCD.

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Museum Reach 5 Year Anniversary
11:01 am
Mon June 9, 2014

How City Leaders Turned A Grand Vision Into Reality On The Museum Reach

F.I.S.H. underneath IH-35.
Eileen Pace TPR

Five years have passed since the Museum Reach stretch of the River Walk, which starts at the Pearl development and flows down to the Lexington Street bridge, right next to the new Tobin Center, was opened to the public. Beginning today, a series on the art-filled, artfully-executed area.

On May 30, 2009, thousands gathered on and around Brooklyn Avenue bridge in downtown San Antonio for the ceremonial opening of the Museum Reach—the completely re-imagined stretch of the San Antonio River.

The 1.3 miles of the river looked nothing like it did just four years before. 

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The Source - June 9, 2013
10:39 am
Mon June 9, 2014

The Source: Civil Forfeiture Laws Under Fire

Credit Emad Ghazipura http://bit.ly/1j0s0uW / CC

 

"When it comes to civil forfeiture laws in Texas, you have no property rights." That headline, from last month's Texas Observer, sums up a lot of criticism surrounding civil forfeiture, the law that allows police to seize property that was used to commit a felony.

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