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Pianoing Across America
12:04 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Just A Man, His Piano And A Journey Across America

The back of Dotan Negrin's van, complete with piano
Paul Flahive

Visitors to the Alamo were greeted by some mid-day busking (street performing) yesterday morning.  Dotan Negrin has been hauling his upright piano all across the country for more than two years, performing on streets from New York to here in San Antonio.

Parked illegally next to the Alamo, Negrin unloaded his Baldwin piano from a fire-engine red van.

The compact upright piano has a laminated map velcroed to one side showing all the places Negrin has gone on his travels.

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Bexar County Valentines
11:21 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Sullivan Keeps Marriage Ceremony Civil, But Same-Sex Supporters Asked To Stand Aside

Pastor Joe Sullivan speaks to visitors and couples before the midnight marriage ceremony at the Bexar County Courthouse.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

The midnight Valentine’s marriages at the courthouse went off without a hitch, except that a small group of equal rights supporters received a not-so-loving greeting from Bexar County deputies providing security.

This year’s marriage of lovebirds at the steps of the courthouse follows a controversial ceremony last year, when a video recording captured Pastor Joe Sullivan remarking that the same-sex couples in attendance would have to deal with God, and then urged them to leave.

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San Antonio Arson Bureau
10:35 am
Thu February 14, 2013

500 Fires Investigated By Arson Bureau Last Year, 260 Set Intentionally

Captain Chris Casals, head of SAFD's Arson Bureau, speaks to the media on the role of the department.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

The San Antonio Fire Department held an open house to the media this week to detail what it does to determine whether or not a fire is considered an act of arson.

The fire department has 17 arson investigators, who the past two years have been called out to more than 1,200 fires.  Captain Chris Casals, with the San Antonio Fire Department's Arson Bureau, said his division exists to determine the cause and origin of a fire.

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Flood Control
7:45 am
Thu February 14, 2013

S. Flores Bridge Re-Opens, Flooding Eased

Bexar County Commissioner Chico Rodriguez cuts the ribbon to re-open the S. Flores Bridge along Sixmile Creek
Eileen Pace TPR

After a year-long flood control project had roads torn up along Sixmile Creek, Bexar County has re-opened the South Flores Bridge. With seven low-water crossings, the poor drainage around the area was a threat to nearby homes and properties during heavy rains.

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Lackland Courts-Martial
5:09 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Testimony: Instructor Bragged About Being Suspected In Lackland Sex Scandal

The court-martial of Staff Sergeant Craig LeBlanc has taken several twists in the last week.
Eileen Pace TPR

Attorneys for Staff Sgt. Craig LeBlanc at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland initiated a vigorous defense Wednesday, but the military judge denied the motion for a directed verdict on LeBlanc’s aggravated sexual assault charge.

The defense said the government had not proven the alleged victim was in fear of losing her military career. But the government successfully argued that the environment in which LeBlanc placed the woman conveyed fear: The room was almost completely dark and he was sitting in a chair, patting his leg to get the woman to sit on his lap.

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The Source
2:56 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

The Source: Street2Feet Giving The Homeless A Running Chance

SAMMinistries

The problem of homelessness is massive and complex and it seems impossible to find a solution that’s going to solve the problem for one and all.

San Antonio is working on dealing with the issue with Haven for Hope by providing shelter, counseling and help with finding work, but for some of the homeless, they are finding the road back from living on the street by lacing up a pair of shoes and running.

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Border & Immigration
12:20 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Immigration Reform A Small Part Of President's Address, Divided Reaction

The White House

While President Barack Obama covered a lot of territory in last night’s State-of-the-Union, one topic that’s being scrutinized is immigration reform. 

It took President Obama almost exactly an hour to deliver the annual address and 2 minutes and 18 seconds of it was dedicated to immigration reform.

“And right now, leaders from the business, labor, law enforcement, and faith communities all agree that the time has come to pass comprehensive immigration reform,” he said.  

A round of applause

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Early Education
11:51 am
Wed February 13, 2013

President Obama Echoes Castro's Education Initiative: Pre-K 4 USA

President Obama's State-of-the-Union address focused mostly on economic issues, which included a push for universal pre-K.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

While President Barack Obama did not mention San Antonio or Mayor Julián Castro by name, he did talk about early education initiatives during his State of the Union address Tuesday night.

For a moment in the president's address, it seemed like one of Mayor Castro’s Pre-K 4 SA campaign rallies.

Obama: "Study after study shows that the sooner a child begins learning, the better he or she does down the road. But today, fewer than 3 in 10 four year-olds are enrolled in a high-quality preschool program.”

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Military
11:20 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Navy Recruiter Arrested, Charged With Sexual Assault

Bexar County Jail

Navy recruiter Juan Jose Pena has been arrested on charges of sexually assaulting a female enlistee. 

The 28-year-old sailor, who worked in a Navy recruiting office on Broadway, was arrested by Alamo Heights police Monday for allegedly getting drunk with a Navy enlistee and sexually assaulting her in the recruiting office.

Police told the San Antonio Express-News that Juan Jose Pena was arrested at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Monday. The enlistee’s cousin reportedly witnessed the assault.

City Government
10:13 am
Wed February 13, 2013

With Big Projects Still To Be Completed, Mayor Castro Files For Third Term

Mayor Julián Castro raises his right hand to take the oath to run for his third term.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

With a signature, an oath and a check for $100, Mayor Julián Castro officially became a candidate for mayor.

At his Feb. 2 rally, he told supporters that he recognized he’s the first San Antonio mayor to have the opportunity to run for a third term. Expanded term limits in 2009 now allows Castro and each of the council members to run for four two-year terms.

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