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4:41 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

‘Lights, Camera, Action!’ 19th Annual San Antonio Film Festival Begins Wednesday

San Antonio Film Festival

The Alamo City is rolling out the red carpet for independent film makers this week during the annual San Antonio Film Festival. For nearly 20 years, fans of indie films have attended the San Antonio Film Festival for both short- and feature-length movies.

"It’s films that you’ll never see -- for the most part -- on Netflix or the movie theater," said Executive Director Adam Rocha.

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Lackland Courts-Martial
1:25 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Rodriguez Gets 27 Years In Prison, Harshest Sentence Yet In Air Force Sex Scandal

Lackland, the 'gateway' to the Air Force, has been the gateway to court-martial for instructors engaging in activities against Air Force regulations.
Eileen Pace TPR

The eight officers on the all-male jury panel handed Tech. Sgt. Jaime Rodriguez, a recruiter from Lake Jackson, which is near Houston, 27 years in prison – the harshest sentence issued in the sex scandal so far – which was two years longer than what was recommended by prosecutors.

The former military recruiter was also given a dishonorable discharge after his conviction on 29 of 30 charges involving sex crimes against women who came through his office.

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KPAC Blog
11:17 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Mozart Pop Opera Finally Available In The US

Now available on dvd, The Magic Flute

Seven years ago (2006), and with a 27 million budget, Kenneth Branagh made a film version of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's The Magic Flute (read the film synopsis here.) The Peter Moores Foundation, who do amazing work translating opera into English, commissioned Stephen Fry to make this adaptation, and it remains witty, sexy, funny, passionate, and silly as the original libretto!

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The Source - June 17th, 2013
9:45 am
Mon June 17, 2013

The Source: The San Antonio Film Festival | Low Testosterone Treatments

San Antonio Film Festival

In the first segment:

The San Antonio Underground Film Festival began 19 years ago under Executive Director Adam Rocha. Though they have since dropped the "underground," Rocha, a teacher of cinema across San Antonio, brings his love of the big screen again starting today and running through the June 23.  Also joining us in conversation is one of the three directors for the film "Sanitarium," Kerry Valderrama.

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Military
9:21 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Congress Passes Military Budget Bill, Amendment Addresses Sexual Assault

Congressman Joaquín Castro has taken an active role in the House Armed Services Committee.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

An amendment to the budget bill requires a report on the fixes recommended by Air Force commanders who investigated sexual assault in their branch of the military last year.

As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, San Antonio Congressman Joaquín Castro asked for a General Accountability Office (GAO) report on the 45 initiatives recommended by last year’s command-directed investigation.

Castro told the House before the vote that it is critical to ensure those measures would have a real effect on the problem.

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Summer Break
5:33 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

SAISD Launches Book Mobile To Help Encourage Summer Reading

David Cortez picks a book out of one of the boxes
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

Elementary students on the near Eastside are getting access to free books during summer vacation thanks to a roaming book mobile.

In the lobby of Herff Elementary -- a dual-language school -- sit 1,500 books in different boxes marked by grade level and language. Principal Tracy Smith is trying an experiment to get these books in the hands children in the neighborhood over the summer.

"This is the maiden voyage – maiden voyage of the Herff Book Mobile," Smith said.

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World Music
4:25 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

World Celebrations: A Tantric Festival

Inti Raymi (Festival of the Sun) at Plaza de Armas, Cusco, 2005
Cyntia Motta Wikimedia Commons

Each week on World Music (Saturday nights from 8-10 on KSTX 89.1 FM), I take a look at celebrations happening around the world. This week, we'll hear about celebrations of the sun and fertility. 

AMBUBACHI MELA

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Downtown Development
4:07 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Take A Look At The First Drawings Of The New Convention Center

Rendering shows the north portion of the new convention center on Market Street.
Populous

The San Antonio City Council got their first look at the designs for the new expanded Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center this week.

At the council session, Michael Sawaya, director of Convention and Sports Facilities, said almost immediately after taking the podium that San Antonio has outgrown the current setup.

He said it’s important that San Antonio remain competitive for conventions going forward.

"It’s about sustainability, about quality and about convenience for the customer, about being a one-stop shop destination," he said.

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Program Changes
3:32 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

KSTX Program Changes Coming July 1

On June 27, KSTX bids farewell to NPR’s long-running program “Talk of the Nation,” hosted by Neal Conan. NPR made the decision to discontinue production of the show to focus on a newsmagazine-style program for the midday, something many affiliate stations across the country said they wanted from NPR.

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Bexar County Jail
2:59 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

New Bexar County Jail Administrator Makes His Introduction

New Bexar County Jail Administrator Raul Banasco with Sheriff Susan Pamerleau.
Eileen Pace TPR

Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau finally introduced new jail administrator Raul Banasco today, who said one of his first goals is to get jail staffing up to 100 percent and to make the command staff more visible.

"I am not an individual that micromanages, but it's important that the staff sees a presence and they feel comfortable enough with you to share some concerns," Banasco said. 

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