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12:19 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

In Thailand, A Feast Fit For A King Goes To The Monkeys

Crab-eating Macaques in Lopburi, Thailand (behind Sarn Phra Karn shrine)
Christian Rebernik Wikimedia Commons

Once a year, and only in Thailand, the four legged and agile inhabitants of Lopburi, the Macaques monkeys, are treated as honored guests at the Monkey Buffet Festival. Normally, the locals regard these simian creatures with disdain because of their atrocious behavior. Monkey hordes hang out on roof tops and telegraph wires, and their hygiene leaves much to be desired. Passer bys are often the recipients of undesired droppings.

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Veteran Employment
11:40 am
Thu November 14, 2013

U.S. Chamber Of Commerce Honors USAA For Hiring Veterans

USAA

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has bestowed an award on San Antonio-based insurance giant USAA and several other local companies for their strength in hiring veterans. 

The third annual Hiring Our Heroes Lee Anderson Veteran and Military Spouse Employment Award recognizes the global insurance company for its proven dedication to recruiting and helping to transition veterans and exiting military service members.

The award also honors the company for hiring spouses of military members.

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Arts & Culture
11:06 am
Thu November 14, 2013

San Antonio Musician Remembers Performing For JFK The Night Before He Was Killed

Herrera (standing behind JFK) with the Kennedys and Johnsons.
Courtesy Fernando Herrera

On November 21, 1963, in Houston, Texas, President John F.Kennedy and his wife Jackie, along with Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson, were entertained by San Antonio musicians. Fernando Herrera and other musicians gave the distinguished visitors a taste of Texas at the Crystal Ballroom in the Rice Hotel.

Herrera remembers the night well, and he had a great deal of interchange with the president himself.

"Much to my surprise, Kennedy was familiar with all the music because those Kennedys traveled all over the world. He knew my outfit," Herrera said.

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Texas Water
10:49 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Thanks To October Rains, LCRA Pulls Request To Stop Water Flow Into Matagorda Bay

Lower Colorado River Authority

The Lower Colorado River Authority has rescinded its request to block the flow of water headed downstream into Matagorda Bay from the Highland Lakes.

In the early part of October, the LCRA issued an emergency request from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, but this Tuesday they said recent rains that led to flooding in sections of Central Texas brought the lake levels up to a suitable level.

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2014 Election Campaign
9:51 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Dewhurst Asks Republicans In D.C. To Look Into Possible NSA Surveillance On Texas Gun Shows

Dewhurst is pushing his conservative credentials after losing the U.S. Senate race in 2012 to Ted Cruz, a tea party conservative.
David Dewhurst campaign

Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst has sent Republican Texas lawmakers on Capitol Hill a letter, asking them to look into whether the National Security Administration’s surveillance program tapped Texas gun show phones, tracked gun purchases or attendance.

Professor Jim Henson heads up the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin and said Dewhurst’s request serves the purpose of wanting to be viewed as a staunch conservative.

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Higher Education In Texas
9:27 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Once Again, 5th Circuit Court Hears Arguments In Fisher v. University Of Texas

The Supreme Court did not make a decision on the Fisher case and urged the lower court to instead take a closer look at UT admitting policies.
Flickr user Adam Fagen (afagen) cc

A panel of judges from the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals were in Austin yesterday to hear oral arguments in the affirmative action case Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin.

Austin-resident Abigail Fisher argued she lost her spot at UT because she’s white and took her case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The court did not make a ruling and instead kicked it back to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, saying the court needed to take another look at UT admission policies.

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Health Care
4:48 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Affordable Care Act Navigators Will Be At Bibliotech To Help With Enrollment

Bibliotech is hosting ACA enrollment sessions Wednesdays and Fridays now through March.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Bexar County is offering space at Bibliotech for residents to get help with signing up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

The county is partnering with AACOG, Centro Med, Communicare and other community agencies to bring in ACA-certified navigators for the free assistance at Bibliotech.

Bexar County spokeswoman Laura Jesse said Bibliotech is an ample venue for residents to get the help they need.

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World Music
4:38 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

"Get Happy" With Pink Martini's Latest

Heinz Records

The latest release by Pink Martini--and true to Martini form--is called ‘Get Happy.’ But in this case, the title does not say it all, as many of the songs are full of pathos and as in the Charlie Chaplin classic, ‘Smile,’ with singer Phyllis Diller, which is almost heartbreaking to listen to, as Ms. Diller died some months after recording the song, at age 95.

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Arts & Culture
3:24 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

48-Hour Film Experience Challenges San Antonio Filmmakers

Frame from "Voodoo Daddy," a 48-Hour Film Experience 2009 submission by Pete Barnstrom.
Mistah Pete YouTube

Soon there will be intense groups of people running around the city pointing cameras at one another for the San Antonio 48-Hour Film Experience, and here’s how it works:

Filmmakers gather and pull parameters like subject, genre and character names, out of a hat.

"We’re given a few constraints, and then we go out and make a film in a weekend," said Pete Barnstrom, a 48-hour filmmaker here in San Antonio.

Is it more fun...or abusive?

"It’s fun," Barnstrom said. "I like to do it with my 10-year-old son, my 11-year-old son now."

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The Source - November 13, 2013
1:57 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

The Source: The Commander's Role In Military Justice | Painters Before Time

WASHINGTON (June 4, 2013) Military service chiefs testify about sexual assault in the military before the Senate Armed Services Committee. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Teddy Wade/ Released)
Official U.S. Navy Imagery

In the first segment:

The response to sexual assaults among military personnel has been so derided recently that a new pentagon report out showing a 46 percent increase in sexual assaults means more debate is inevitable with possible legislation to follow.

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