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1:12 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Ring In The New Year With Texas Public Radio Via Vienna

Conductor Franz Welser Most
Roger Mastroianni IMG Artists

Live broadcast of the Vienna Philharmonic and Franz Welser Most takes place Jan. 1st

The Vienna Philharmonic has selected the General Music Director of the Vienna State Opera, Franz Welser Most, to conduct the New Year's Concert 2013. Philharmonic Chairman Clemens Hellsberg said the invitation was extended not only on the basis of the convincing artistic success of his New Year's Concert 2011, but also in recognition of Most's stellar collaboration with the Philharmonic as well as in the Vienna State Opera.

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12:54 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Higher Education And Preserving The Class Divide

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A striking look at how three girls from middle to low income families in Galveston are fighting their way toward a college education and success. “Everyone wants to think of education as an equalizer — the place where upward mobility gets started,” said Greg J. Duncan, an economist at the University of California, Irvine. “But on virtually every measure we have, the gaps between high- and low-income kids are widening. It’s very disheartening.”
"I don't want to work at Walmart" like her mother, she wrote to a school counselor. Weekends and summers were devoted to a college-readiness program, where her best friends, Melissa O'Neal and Bianca Gonzalez, shared her drive to "get off the island" - escape the prospect of dead-end lives in luckless Galveston.
The Source
11:41 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Rep. Charlie Gonzalez On The Fiscal Cliff

Outgoing San Antonio Congressman Charlie Gonzalez in his 2012 congressional portrait.
U.S. Congress

Congressman Charlie Gonzalez is ending a 14-year career in the U.S. House, and he's going out as things are heating up -- the august body is still dealing with the political crisis known as the fiscal cliff. Gonzalez explains why he’s leaving Congress and what his successor, Joaquín Castro, needs to know to deal with the pressures of Washington D.C.

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Criminal Justice
10:31 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Bexar County Joins Other Metros To Reform State Criminal Justice System

Bexar County

A coalition of the state’s major metro counties has an agenda to convince legislators that a sea-change is needed in rehabilitating jail and prison inmates.

The Offender Re-entry Council has been working to lower costs of criminal justice, reduce recidivism, and improve public safety, but in the early- to mid-90s, the talk around Texas was of jail overcrowding and building more prisons.

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Community Safety
5:34 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Preparing For The Worst: Tragedy Aftermath Turns To Emergency Preparedness

Concerns and fears in the wake of shooting sprees in Connecticut and Aurora, Colo. have prompted a “what if” mentality for people with children in school and others in public places.

"I think for the most part people are confused, and out of that confusion comes fear,” said former military combative instructor and martial arts expert Michael Hanson.

Active Shooter Self-Defense Class

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Community Giving
1:55 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

San Antonio Archbishop Pays Christmas Visit To Christus Santa Rosa

Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller hugs Consuelo Rangel and prays with her son Gilbert, who was in an accident
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

While children all over San Antonio spent Christmas at home with family, others spent the holiday in the hospital. It’s not the ideal place for a solemn celebration, so San Antonio’s Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller brought a little Christmas spirit to them.

Through prayer, Archbishop Gustavo, as he likes to be called, went from room to room at Christus Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital downtown.

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Community Giving
12:40 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Children's Shelter Receives Abundance Of Community Support For Holiday

Residents at the San Antonio Children’s Shelter will be treated to a special Christmas “just like home” this year. Community organizations brought in truckloads of toys and volunteered their time for the kids.

The San Antonio Children’s Shelter usually has upwards of 50 children staying at the center, who usually come from homes in crisis. CEO Annette Rodriguez said the holidays are a sad time of the year for many of the kids.

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Community
11:25 am
Wed December 26, 2012

Elf Louise Suffers Mild Heart Attack, In Hospital On Christmas Eve

The founder of the Elf Louise Christmas Project, one of the city’s most notable Christmas charities for children, spent some time healing in a local hospital on Monday.

The name of Louise Locker, AKA “Elf Louise” has become synonymous with cheer at Christmas time and getting presents to those children who otherwise might not have much -- or anything -- under their tree.

Locker, who successfully battled cancer in 2010, had a mild heart attack Sunday evening, and by 3 a.m. Monday she was on Facebook updating her status and complimenting the great staff.

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KPAC Blog: Itinerarios
3:03 pm
Tue December 25, 2012

Had Enough Christmas Carols? Try Something Different

Credit Amazon.com

Sometimes I think that the endless loop of Christmas songs at the HEB at Wurzbach and I-10 gets stuck and begins repeating the same phrase over and over, like a stuck record. Poor Ella just can't seem to get to the next phrase, and when she does she ends up stuck there.

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Military
3:01 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Haircuts At Joint Base Lackland Never Go Out Of Style

Lester J. West cuts hair of trainees as he has for 51 years at the base barbershop at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Haircuts are a routine part of life for most, but for members of our Armed Forces they are a symbol of uniformity and commitment.

Inside Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland’s base barbershop, the black lines on the floor are where men like 26-year-old Orlando Navarro line up, waiting to get their head shaved.

"I'm used to having a bald head anyway," said the New Jersey native.

Navarro is a college graduate and is much older than the average 20-year-old Air Force recruit, but he said he finally got the support from his family and his fiancé to enlist.

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