An event this weekend might just be creepy enough for an early Halloween.
It’s not quite the man-eating plant seen on the Addams Family, or Audrey II from "Little Shop Of Horrors," but the San Antonio Botanical Garden this weekend welcomes a special exhibit of carnivorous plants.
"Savage Gardens" celebrates these oddities of nature and the resourcefulness of adaptation.
Images of a wire grill-cleaning brush bristle in a patient's omentum, surrounded by soft tissue stranding inflammation. The third image is a specimen radiograph from omental resection that confirms foreign object removal.
Local doctors are concerned about cases of metal bristles getting stuck in people’s intestines. The University Health System and the Methodist Hospital have teamed up to study the strange but growing problem.
The bristles come from those wire brushes used to clean the barbecue grill, and people sometimes ingest the tiny wires without knowing it.
Johnny Littrell of Floresville said it happened to him and the pain felt like an ice pick sticking into his abdomen.
"They did a CAT scan and said I had a piece of bone in my intestines," he said.
Robert Rehm (right) is joined by Cornyation Corridinator Ray Chavez, SAAF Executive Director David Euhel, Set Designer Jesse Mata, Cornyation President Tom McKenzie et al in the check presentation to the San Antonio AIDS Foundation.
Cornyation, the annual spoof of San Antonio during Fiesta, generates money for AIDS- and HIV-based charities and this year more than $150,000 was returned to the community as a result of the three-night show.
Though the show is not necessarily exclusive to the gay community, HIV and AIDS issues tend to resonate within that group.
The sweeping decisions on the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8 by the U.S. Supreme Court caused rallies of support across the country on Wednesday. Several hundred people celebrating the ruling gathered at the Bexar County Courthouse.
Activists and other people of all ages holding both rainbow and American flags, and a sign that said "love is love" flooded in front of the courthouse to cheer on the rulings of the Supreme Court. Many of those attending had smiles on their faces, adding to the mood of victory as they danced.
Nexolon America Wednesday announced the next phase of its solar manufacturing project in San Antonio. The company that broke ground last year expects to 400 employees are expected to be hired beginning in Sept.
Nexolon America is working with the Alamo Colleges to develop a training program for new employees to build 200 megawatts of solar modules per year. Executive Vice-President Scot Arey said the company is expecting to start advertising in about a month for its first wave of hiring.
Gov. Rick Perry was clear in his statement about the intended purpose of a second special session, stating "I am calling the legislature back into session because too much important work remains undone for the people of Texas."
Lawmakers will be back in the state capitol on Monday, July 1 to continue work.
Josh Havens, who is with the governor’s office, said this session will be about the three items the legislature was unable to pass during the first session.
San Antonio is facing a $35 to $50 million shortfall in the 2014 budget and with that in mind, council members set out to define their goals for next year at a day-long goal-setting session at the Central Library on Tuesday.
Included in the budget are what’s known as unfunded requests, which are items the city doesn’t have the money to fund. Delegate agency ChildSafe is requesting $100,000 in 2014, and $500,000 over five years.