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1:44 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Former Witte Curator Cecilia Steinfeldt, The "First Lady Of Texas Art," Dies

Curator Emeritus Cecilia Steinfeldt, who served as an iconic and creative influence during her 60-year career, passed away Friday, May 17, in San Antonio.

Steinfeldt, who was born in Wisconsin in 1915, moved to San Antonio in 1923. Her parents enrolled her in art classes at the Witte Memorial Museum in 1925.

She became a young woman during the Great Depression, and after high school took advantage of the Mexican government’s offer of free art supplies and tuition to study art in Mexico City under Carlos Merida.

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City Government
12:57 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Mixed Review For Anti-Discrimination Proposal

The council's governance committee met in the main chamber halls because many people on both sides of the anti-discrimination issue showed up to hear the discussion.
Ryan Loyd TPR

When it comes to city hiring practices or contracts the council awards, District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal believes everyone should be included in protections against discrimination, which is why he’s suggesting an update to San Antonio’s anti-discrimination policies to include gender identity, sexual orientation, and veterans.

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KPAC Blog
11:45 am
Wed May 22, 2013

200 Years Of Richard Wagner And The Will Of Music

Photograph of composer Richard Wagner, Paris, 1861. Originally printed in the Galerie des hommes du jour.
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Wagner's incredible and improbable success is one of the fairytale's of high art. The late Jacques Barzun referred to his position in later life as: "That of a Lord of all the arts."

Randy Anderson has rightly commented on his association with the highest circles of the intellect and art: De Gobineau, Nietzsche, Semper, Meyerbeer, Berlioz and later Liszt, as Wagner would wed Cosima, the pianist's daughter.

So how did all this happen?

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Environment and Energy
11:04 am
Wed May 22, 2013

ERCOT Predicts Another Grid-Busting Summer

Southern region drought monitor map for May 14. Though temperatures will not be "as hot" as 2011, it will put strain on the electric grid.
U.S. Drought Monitor

National forecasters are predicting another hotter-than-normal summer. That could mean more of the rolling blackouts likes those San Antonio experienced in 2011.

Climatologists predict temperatures will be above normal this year and the power grid may not be able to keep up. The North American Electric Reliability Corporation projects the Texas grid will have the lowest percentage of power reserves this summer of any region in the country.

The problem is rapidly-growing demand combined with a lack of new power plants being built.

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Arts & Culture
10:28 am
Wed May 22, 2013

See The Concept Designs For The New San Pedro Creek Waterway

San Antonio River Authority

Bexar County Commissioners Tuesday unveiled the design for the restoration of San Pedro Creek through downtown. 

The project will create an urban linear park while containing the 100-year floodplain within the banks of the creek.

Sort of like a little sister to the San Antonio River, San Pedro Creek will offer walking paths, recreational areas, and chances to pause at historic sites along the four-mile waterway.

The cost estimate on the project is $175 million.

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The Source - May 22, 2013
9:36 am
Wed May 22, 2013

The Source: Hunger In Texas & At-Home Gardening

Congressional Budget Office

In the first segment:

Last week the House of Representatives voted to cut $20 billion from the nation's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or what is commonly called "food stamps." 

According to the Texas Food Bank Network, one in five Texas households struggle to meet their food needs. The Congressional Budget Office says the number of Americans receiving SNAP has nearly doubled in just 5 years, going from 26 million in 2007 to 47 million today.  

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Texas Legislature
6:25 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Legislature Tightens Cell Phone Search Privacy

Chris Eudaily TPR

You may not be aware that currently police do not need a warrant to search through your GPS locator in your cell phone, but that is about to change. 

The house passed House Bill 1608, which was added as an amendment to Senate Bill 1052, and stops the warrantless search of a person’s cell phone records.

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Education
4:20 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

After Firing Search Firm, SAISD Names Interim Superintendent As Finalist

Sylvester Perez
SAISD

The San Antonio Independent School District Board of Trustees has voted 5-0 to name interim superintendent Sylvester Perez as the lone finalist for the full-time position.

Perez was not initially in the running for the permanent position, but eventually changed his mind. He is the former superintendent of Midland ISD and has been serving in the interim since Robert Duron left in Feb. 2012.

He said his focus will be to ensure students are at the proper reading level:

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Medicaid Expansion
1:14 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

What Medical Options Are Left For Texas’ Working Poor?

Ryan Poppe TPR News

Now that every opportunity for Medicaid expansion is gone at the state capitol, the lawmaker who authored the GOP plan, which eventually failed, explained what medical options are left for the state’s working poor.

Rep. John Zerwas, R-Simonton, is a doctor and has seen first hand the problems the 1.5 million Texans without health insurance face when it comes to seeking medical care.

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Classical Spotlight
11:56 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Opera Gala Premieres World Class Singers At The Majestic

Jay Hunter Morris
The-Wagnerian.com

The Opera San Antonio (TOSA) presents a "Gala Concert of Stars" at the Majestic Theater this Thursday, May 23 at 7 p.m. These stars include Patricia Racette, Jay Hunter Morris, Dolora Zajick, Daniela Mack, Alek Shrader, Lucas Meacham, and Eric Owens.

TOSA announced Lisette Oropesa is replacing Susannah Biller, who was unavailable due to a schedule conflict.

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