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The Source - July 17, 2014
9:56 am
Thu July 17, 2014

The Source: A Biography Of The Second Amendment

Open Carry Texas at the Alamo
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In very few places has the syntax of a sentence caused more excitement, passion, hatred, and hyperbole than the Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights.

"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

Is the militia a limitation on who gets guns? The people an afterthought? Or, is it the other way around and the militia is the less important of the two?

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Government
5:50 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Police Chief William McManus To Leave Department, Will Take New Job at CPS Energy

Police Chief William McManus will retire in December after eight and a half years with SAPD.
Credit Joey Palacios / TPR News

One of San Antonio's most familiar faces will be stepping down from his role at this end of this year.

William McManus will resign from his position as police chief in December to take a job with CPS Energy as senior director of security starting in January.

City Manager Sheryl Sculley hired McManus as police chief eight and a half years ago and was one of her first appointments as city manager. Since McManus isn't from the area, Sculley said him wanting to stay local speaks volumes about the Alamo City.

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Joint Base San Antonio
4:22 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Still Facing Army Investigation, Bergdahl Hires Attorney

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
Credit U.S. Army / via Wikimedia Commons

Former Taliban captive Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has hired an attorney to represent him through the Army’s investigation of his actions in Afghanistan.

The Pentagon reports that attorney Eugene Fidell has been in conversation with the Army officer handling Bergdahl’s case.  

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KPAC Blog
3:55 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

New YOSA Executive Director Looks To Reach More Kids

YOSA in Vermont.
Courtesy YOSA

One of San Antonio’s iconic cultural attributes gets a new leader, although to call him new might be a slight exaggeration.

“I’m really excited about it. I’ve been interim director for the past year,” said Brandon Henson, who has worked at Youth Orchestras of San Antonio for quite some time but is now their executive director.

“(We've) got a lot of exciting opportunities ahead with YOSA," he said.

Turns out Henson has an interesting backstory himself.

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Texas Politics
2:37 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Democrat Testifies That GOP Did Not Discriminate When Drawing State House Maps

State House districts used in the last election.
Credit State of Texas District Viewer

The federal trial over whether the state’s Republican leadership intentionally discriminated against minorities when drawing new voting district maps continued today in San Antonio.

One Democrat who testified Wednesday doesn't believe that's what happened.

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Science & Technology
1:59 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

CTRC Researchers Looking Into Spicy Foods For Cancer Prevention

Chef Iverson Brownell prepares foods for the cooking class using spices that researchers believe may reduce the risk of recurrence of breast cancer.
Credit Eileen Pace / TPR News

Scientists are testing the theory that controlling inflammation with foods can change the chances of a recurrence of breast cancer.

Chef Iverson Brownell is surrounded by bowls with pre-measured bits of herbs and spices, ready to add them to the recipes he will teach to the ladies in his cooking class.

"Today we're doing an oatmeal cookie with a little bit of rosemary in it," Brownell said. "You can only taste it a little bit, but you still get the benefits from it. For the other workshop later today, we're doing some candied nuts with some curry on it."

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The Source - July 16, 2014
12:24 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

The Source: Cracking Down On Science Fraud

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The foundation of science is tested, repeatable experiments with good data.

When people lie in science, fabricate data, the peer-review process is supposed to keep fraudsters from publishing. But as science expands it becomes more complex and the number of journals flourishes.

As a result of being treated as a business, a number of high-profile frauds are occurring, and sometimes the journals themselves are complicit.

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Arts & Culture
12:04 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

San Antonio Film Festival Entering Its 20th Year

Credit SAFilm

Lovers of film take note: The San Antonio Film Festival happens July 28-August 3.

“It’s seven days of cinema. We have about 70-plus films, and about half the filmmakers will be in attendance," said Adam Rocha, executive director of the festival.

Noting that the festival is in its 20th year, I noted that the festival is no longer a teenager. He laughed and continued.

“This is our 20th anniversary; it’s growing, growing, growing," Rocha said. "And I can’t wait. I’m looking forward to the next 20.”

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The Source - July 16, 2014
10:31 am
Wed July 16, 2014

The Source: Wanted: New Mayor, Apply Within

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Outgoing Mayor Julián Castro leaves some pretty big shoes to fill. The popular mayor was known nationwide and whether you liked him or not he brought a spotlight to San Antonio. As Castro prepares to leave for a cabinet job at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, several potential heirs on city council jockey for position.

What do you want from your next mayor? Do you want someone to continue the "decade of downtown" proposals of Castro or someone who wants to refocus on other areas? 

What will next year's race look like?

Guests:

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Arts & Culture
4:27 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Hot Nights And Cool, Rooftop Jazz At Artpace

Rooftop Jazz.
Courtesy Artpace

South Texas summers can be hard to handle, but what Artpace is doing Friday night should make it a little easier. It’s a music series that pits hot summer nights against cool, live jazz.

“Nothing could be better on a summer night," said Arpace’s Francesca Rattray. And what she’s talking about is The Hardbop Project, music inspired by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, playing live on the third floor rooftop of Artpace.

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