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Speaking to a room full of San Antonio’s business leaders Friday, Superintendent Pedro Martinez told them he and his staff would make sure the children attending the San Antonio Independent School District are receiving a good education.

But he said he needed the help of the business community to reduce the city’s economic segregation.

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Karen Pence, wife of Vice President Mike Pence, visited Methodist Children’s Hospital in San Antonio's Medical Center Friday to see how young cancer patients have benefited from an art therapy program.

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A national nonprofit that helps active duty service members, veterans and military spouses on the path to becoming tech entrepreneurs is in San Antonio this week. Patriot Boot Camp kicked off its second round of technology workshops on Friday.

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From a behind-the-scenes look at the life of an artist, to a celebration of love, to the melding of music and art, here’s a preview of this weekend’s events.


This week on Fronteras:

A conversation with Francisco Cantú, former Border Patrol agent and author of “The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border.”

He begins by talking about becoming an agent in 2008 and what he witnessed in the harsh Arizona desert. Cantú also discusses the inspiration behind the title “The Line Becomes a River” (3:35), and why he felt he needed to join the Border Patrol to understand immigration issues (6:30)

From his first days as a field agent in the Tucson (11:19) to tales of the immigrants he encountered in the field (16:36) to Cantú's eventual transfer to El Paso, where he begins to see how U.S. immigration policy “weaponizes the landscape.”