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4:25 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Piano Master Eduardo Delgado Coming To The Alamo City

An internationally-renown pianist returns soon to the Alamo City. I asked Eduardo Delgado about his upcoming appearance here.

"Well I’m very excited about it because the first time I went to San Antonio I was a judge of the competition,” he said.

He was here as a San Antonio International Piano Competition judge.  

“We had a wonderful time and we listened to wonderful talents,” said Delgado.

Every three years the piano competition brings young talent together for a rigorous competition. On this visit though, Delgado has a different focus.

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City Government
3:00 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

If Castro Departs, City Council Would Fill Mayor's Seat From Within

Mayor Julián Castro spoke to members of the San Antonio media Monday after news spread that he could be tapped for HUD secretary in President Obama's administration.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

If San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro leaves his position for a post in President Barack Obama's cabinet, city council will then select an interim successor from one of their own.

Will it be someone with the most experience? Could it be someone who has a lot of background with policy?

The answer may include a variety of those qualifications. But whatever they are, it won't matter much to residents.

Political consultant Kelton Morgan said the members will work that out.

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Election Campaigns
12:57 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

The Leak Of Dan Patrick’s Mental Health Records May Have Helped Him

Republican lieutenant governor candidate Dan Patrick outside the Alamo ahead of his debate with San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro.
Credit Dan Patrick via YouTube

Just before start of this week, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, who is supporting Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst's bid for re-election in the runoff, leaked documents detailing state Sen. Dan Patrick's treatment for depression during two separate hospitals stays 30 years ago.  

Professor Mark Jones, the head of the political science department at Rice University in Houston, said Dewhurst and his associates have made the impossible, possible.

"It’s taken Dan Patrick, who is not especially a sympathetic figure, and turns into him into a sympathetic figure,” Jones said.

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Arts & Culture
12:24 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Rita Vidaurri, San Antonio's South-Of-The-Border Celebrity

Recent Rita Vidaurri picture.
Ron Wade

She may be the most famous San Antonian you’ve never heard of. She’s Rita Vidaurri, an international singing star who was raised on the West Side of San Antonio and was a huge deal south of the border back in the 40s and 50s.

"I went to Cuba, sang with Nat King Cole. From Cuba I went to Costa Rica, Panama, all over Colombia," she said.

Vidaurri also sang on Mexico City’s radio XEW, and in nightclubs all over the country, with essentially all of the big names of the era.

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The Source - May 20, 2014
11:28 am
Tue May 20, 2014

The Source: Mega Media Mergers & Net Neutrality

Flickr user: Jerod Tarbell cc

  Last week the Federal Communications Commission voted to move forward on new rules governing broadband internet service providers (ISPs) that would allow for "fast lanes," or the ability for providers to sell higher speeds of delivery for their content. The internet was awash in laments for the death of the web. 

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Disaster Relief
11:04 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Emergency Management Chief Says State Is Missing Out On Billions Because Of Poor Planning

TDEM Chief Nim Kidd walks with Gov. Rick Perry during a hurricane emergency response exercise and resource showcase in Austin ahead of the 2013 hurricane season.
Credit Texas DPS

Texas cities damaged by various disasters in the last five years still qualify for billions of dollars in federal aid, but an official with the Texas Division of Emergency Management testified before state lawmakers this week that the state needs to do a better job getting and using that money.

Chief W. Nim Kidd, the head of the Texas Division of Emergency Management, told the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Rural Affairs and Homeland Security that one of the areas in need of improvements is how to get counties affected by a disaster the federal money they need to rebuild.

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Bexar County Commissioners Court
9:01 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Debra Guerrero & Tommy Calvert Vie For Democratic Spot On Precinct 4 Ballot

Tommy Calvert and Debra Guerrero are trying to be the Democrat on the Precinct 4 ticket in November.
Credit Campaign photos

Among the races being decided during the runoff election is the open Precinct 4 seat on the Bexar County Commissioners Court. One of four people, two from each party, will take the place of Tommy Adkisson, who who gave up the seat to run for county judge.

Tommy Calvert and Debra Guerrero are the two Democratic candidates who survived the March 4 primary election.

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KPAC Blog
4:38 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Symphony Does Mahler & Copland, Says Goodbye To Children's Chorus Founder McCormick

Sebastian Lang-Lessing
San Antonio Symphony

The San Antonio Symphony’s winter/spring season is winding down and June 6 & 7 marks two important performances.

“We’re presenting Mahler [Fifth Symphony] to finish the season, and Marguerite McCormick is leaving the Children’s Chorus,” said symphony Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing. Longtime Artistic Director McCormick’s last performances with the chorus will be at these two nights.

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Arts & Culture
1:40 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Shakespeare In The Park Starts Next Wednesday With 'Hamlet'

Location for Shakespeare in the Park.
David Frank Art Gives

Shakespeare in the Park is coming and I got to speak with a couple of its principal players. After speaking with the one playing Hamlet, I got to thinking how actor enthusiasm for Shakespeare can cause you to look at a classic in a brand new way.

“ 'Hamlet' itself is such a modern play," said Evans Jarnefeldt, who plays the lead role in the Magik Theatre production. “Not only in the relationships, you know, spurned love, unrequited love, meddling parents--”

"So, everyday life is what you're saying," I said.

“Everyday life, absolutely,” he said with a chuckle.

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The Source - May 19, 2014
1:26 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

The Source: Is It Time To Change Affirmative Action?

The University of Texas has been sued for its Affirmative Action implementation in Fischer v UT.
Credit Marsha Miller / University of Texas

The government should be looking past race for its affirmative action goals, argues Sheryll Cashin in her new book, "Place Not Race: A New Vision of Opportunity in America." 

While Cashin argues racism is a real problem in America, being too focused on race blinds university administrators as well as government officials to the fact that the goal of affirmative action should be to even the playing field for the disadvantaged.

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