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Lackland Courts-Martial
4:04 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Staff Sgt. Christopher Jackson Latest Instructor Convicted On Sex Charges

Airman 1st Class Christopher Jackson is no longer permitted to wear his MTI hat after his conviction this week
U.S. Air Force

Another former basic training instructor is in the brig after being court-martialed at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Thursday.

Staff Sgt. Christopher Jackson will spend 100 days in the brig and 30 days doing hard labor.  Jackson is the sixth instructor to be court-martialed in the still-growing sex scandal at Lackland.

Jackson was found guilty of having sexual relationships with two trainees, and of obstructing justice by asking one of them to lie to investigators.

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SAPD Officer Arrested
2:28 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

SAPD Officer Facing 20 Years In Prison On Federal Charges

SAPD Officer Curtis Lundy is 36 years old and has been on the force for 4 years.
SAPD

San Antonio Police Department has arrested one of their own after an FBI investigation led to federal charges.

SAPD Chief William McManus said he’s disgusted at the alleged actions of SAPD officer Curtis Lundy.

"There are few things in public service that are worse than a bad cop," said McManus. "As the highest ranking official in the San Antonio Police Department, I do not, and will not ever, tolerate a crime committed by any public official; especially one of my officers."

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Texas Matters
1:51 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Texas Legislature Opens & A Billonaire Gets Busted (Sort Of)

Texas state capitol in Austin where the 83rd Texas Legislature will convene on Jan. 8.
Wikipedia Commons

Texas Matters: It's finally here! The 83rd Texas Legislature will be sworn in and start on Tuesday, Jan. 8. Political Action Committees, or Super PACs as they came to be so heroically known in last year's election, enjoyed fairly easy regulations on both organization and donations. However, there are rules and stiff penalties if you break them; one Texas billionaire was caught and fined a shocking $6,450!

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KPAC Blog: The Piano
10:14 am
Fri January 4, 2013

When John, Paul, George And Ringo Didn't Perform… In Search Of Chopin: Part Two

A casting of Chopin's hand
Wikipedia

In pop music, pieces featuring the "original artists" are usually big sellers. These are the performances we heard first and are used to -- not the cover songs performed by other artists years later. Some pieces are so familiar that we mentally hear the scratches and pops on the 45's that we had at home back in the day.

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Healthy Living
11:05 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Nutrition Labels Hope to Encourage Healthy Choices

New nutrition labels depicting "Heart Healthy" and "Organic" are displayed near the price of tomato sauce in one of the store's aisles.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

HEB is the first grocery chain in Texas to roll out a new nutrition labeling system on items in its stores to assist people in making healthy food choices.

Following guidelines from the USDA, color coded icons appear next to the prices of many items on HEB shelves, to indicate the health factors of a particular food. HEB has piloted this program for about a year, and it’s now being rolled out company wide.

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Fronteras Desk
1:28 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

PBS Documentary: Covering The Mexican Drug War

Reporter Sergio Haro driving through Mexicali, Mexico.
Claudio Rocha Quiet Pictures

'Reportero,' a new documentary that examines how journalists at a Tijuana-based news weekly risk their lives to report on Mexico's deadly drug war airs Jan. 7 on PBS. When you think of drones, the military may come to mind at first, but a couple of entrepreneurs want them to become part of everyone's daily life.

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KPAC blog: Metropolitan Opera
12:24 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Hector Berlioz' Inspired Masterpiece, 'Les Troyens'

The Greeks and their surprise in Troy
Wikipedia

With a mixture of trepidation and excitement, Hector Berlioz, the composer, critic and conductor, stood poised to lay aside many of the usual tasks and distractions of his life and give himself up to the dream of a lifetime: The composition of an epic on antique themes inspired by Virgil's "Aeneid," Les Troyens.

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KPAC Blog
11:26 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Best Of: Simon Rattle And The Berliners

Herbert von Karajan
revolutionfortomorrow.blogspot.com

It was on a Summer morning in Mexico City that I heard the sad news of the passing of Herbert von Karajan. The notice was on the radio as I drove over to the Sala Nezahualcoytl, on the campus of Mexico's National University. I was on my way to play a matinee concert with the Orquesta de la Mineria.

Once I arrived, I immediately went to the dressing room of the conductor, Luis Herrera de la Fuente, to relate the bad news. He was alarmed. "Are you sure?" he asked. "I'm afraid so, Maestro," I replied.

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Lackland Courts-Martial
9:45 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Special Court-Martial Underway For Sixth Lackland Instructor

The investigation is taking a critical look at the Lackland power structure; 30 training instructors are under further investigation.
Eileen Pace TPR News

A Special Court Martial begins today for another military training instructor at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.  This is the sixth trial, which begins  as two more cases are revealed.

Staff Sgt. Christopher Jackson is charged with engaging in unprofessional relationships with two technical training students, and of obstruction of justice -- both violations of Air Force policy.

However, Joint Base San Antonio spokesman Brent Boller said a significant majority of the allegations are not for sexual assault -- as was the case in the other courts-martial.

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PTSD Seminar
9:32 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Veterans To Get PTSD Help At Library Seminar

Veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan could face a more critical type of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of multiple deployments, and one noted psychiatrist and specialist on PTSD fears an increase of sufferers among today’s veterans.

Dr. Harry Croft literally wrote the book on PTSD among veterans. In his book titled, “I Always Sit with My Back to the Wall,” Croft outlines a seven-step program to recover from PTSD.

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