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The San Antonio City Council will hold a special election on Tuesday, as part of the midterm cycle, to pick one councilmember for Mayor Ivy Taylor's former seat. The person elected will finish out Taylor's term, which ends in May with all the other councilmembers’ seats.

Six candidates initially threw their hats in the ring. They, in the order they appear on the ballot, are Norris Tyrone Darden, Keith A. Toney, Ntando McIntosh, Alan E. Warrick, Dori L. Brown, and Elmo Aycock. Brown later withdrew from the race on Aug. 25, according to the City Clerk's office.

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Let’s crunch some numbers. About 190,000 people cast an early ballot in Bexar County. That’s about 20 percent of registered voters. If we look back at 2010, 196,000, or 22 percent of those registered, vote before Election Day.

Local reaction to the passing of Car Talk Co-Host Tom Magliozzi includes that of Joe Gwathmey, General Manager of Texas Public Radio from 1988-2006. Gwathmey is the broadcast executive who gave NPR a home in San Antonio – and also put "Car Talk" on the air.

Gwathmey was building NPR’s presence in San Antonio in 1988, but just a year earlier, he was the Vice-president of Programming at NPR in Washington. He said host Susan Stamberg brought him an idea about a Boston radio show where two brothers used comedy to talk about fixing cars. 

Noah Khoshbin

This weekend, a citywide celebration of art, light and music will illuminate and energize downtown. Describing an event that’s complex and constantly morphing into something new isn’t easy, but Luminaria’s Ethel Shipton tells me how it all works.

“Luminaria this year is around the corner, Nov. 7-8. There are some events happening at the Tobin Center, some beautiful sculptures and videos. And down on the river we have some sound works and another video by Anne Wallace, a local artist."

Five Stages promises lots of music. Here’s a partial list of performers.

On election eve, Democrats and Republicans are feverishly working to get their voters out, especially in major metropolitan counties where voting margins might be as close as 1-2 percent in Texas’ gubernatorial race. But any effort to “turn Texas blue” won’t begin at the top.