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9:28 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Five Things The New VIA Smartphone App Has going For It

Screen shot of the home screen map.
VIA Metropolitan Transit

The new VIA smartphone app, Go VIA VIA, has a real chance at changing the landscape of transportation in San Antonio by making it easier for long-time riders and new riders to navigate the intricate maze of bus routes and schedules. (see note about new riders at bottom of post*)

Go VIA VIA has been out for Apple and Android devices since Monday, and it already has some fans and critics. The bottom line, though, is that it is far better than the old app--which wasn't interactive in any way, shape or form.

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Lackland Investigation
9:11 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Castro Calls For Accountability Recommendations In Air Force Sexual Misconduct

Eileen Pace TPR

San Antonio Congressman Joaquín Castro has asked for a full report on Air Force commanders’ recommendations regarding sexual misconduct in the Air Force.

On Wednesday the congressman asked fellow Armed Services Committee members to support his amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act.

With 32 boot camp instructors under investigation for the abuse of almost 60 victims, the investigation is the largest in the history of the Air Force.

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Classical Music
1:24 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Does Beethoven's Choral Sympony Complete the Missa Solemnis?

Portrait of Ludwig van Beethoven when composing the Missa Solemnis, 1820
Wikimedia Commons

Critics have often been a little nervous about Beethoven's "Missa Solemnis." To some, it has a fragmented quality about it, especially in the final movement, the Agnus Dei.

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Classical Spotlight
12:15 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

New Chamber Music Series "Q" Debuts Sunday

Oboist Jennifer Berg
courtesy of the artist

A new chamber music series debuts this weekend in San Antonio: Q. Led by oboist Jennifer Berg, it will include three concerts this summer at Christ Episcopal Church.

"I wanted to do something in my hometown, for my family and friends," says Berg. The first concert includes music by Bach, Vaughan-Williams, Loeffler, and Rebecca Clarke. Jennifer will play along with pianist Daniel Anastasio, violist Marissa Bushman, and soprano Gail Wettstein.

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Classical Spotlight
11:48 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Auditions Open For Youth Orchestra Musicians

Conductor Troy Peters
John Clare TPR

This week local youth can audition for the 2013-14 season of the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio. Musicians who have been playing their instrument at least one year, and are ages 8 to 20 years old are eligible.

Troy Peters is the music director and conductor of the YOSA Philharmonic. He says it is a great experience, and fun. "This year guests include Christopher O'Riley, host of From The Top, plus Tracy Silverman, electric violinist, and our first performance in Lila Cockrell Theater."

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Community
11:41 am
Wed June 5, 2013

San Antonio Firefighters Help Houston Brethren Through Difficult Day

Firefighters join together to remember the four who died Friday, May 31, 2013
Houston Fire Museum

The San Antonio Fire Department is showing its support for their brother and sister firefighters in Houston.

Today 150 off duty San Antonio firefighters are standing watch over Houston so that firefighters who want to attend the public memorial service for the four fighters who died Friday are able to do so.

It was the highest single day death total in the history of the Houston Fire Department.

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The Source - June 5, 2013
10:24 am
Wed June 5, 2013

The Source: Death At The Bexar County Jail | Westside Creek Development

The Bexar County Jail.
Eileen Pace TPR

In the first segment:

San Antonio Current writer Michael Barajas documented the events that led to the death of Thomas Taylor while he was in custody at the Bexar County Jail on August 21, 2012.  

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Women's Health
9:10 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Planned Parenthood Headed Back To Court

Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood is headed back to court later this month over a 2011 law that excludes the group from being listed and funded by the state-run Texas Women’s Health Program.

In 2011 lawmakers at the state capitol along with Gov. Rick Perry set in place the laws that created the state-run Texas Women’s Health Program, which excluded groups like Planned Parenthood from being listed as a provider of women’s health because of their connection to abortion. 

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Riverwalk
5:35 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

$10,000 Reward For Help Finding Riverwalk Duck Killers

The San Antonio Riverwalk.
Eileen Pace TPR

One of San Antonio’s River ducks is the subject of a city investigation this week, and a $10,000 reward has been offered for information leading to an arrest.

The City's Animal Care Services has several videotapes from Riverwalk restaurants, and is searching for those responsible for the death of George the Duck.

Considering ducks can live into their 20s, George was young. The duck had lived for only two years, all of it on the San Antonio River, when he was abducted last week and allegedly beaten to death by two men somewhere along the Riverwalk.

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City Council Elections - Runoff
4:45 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Election Official Says Lesson To Be Learned From Voter Card Confusion

David Medina's campaign signs line the street at the Las Palmas Library, a voting location in Distirct 5 for the runoff between himself and challenger Shirley Gonzles.
Ryan Loyd TPR

Try as they might, voters and elections officials aren’t always on the same page when it comes to information needed to vote.

That played out in real life Monday at the start of early voting when District 5 David Medina’s campaign said a voter who went to the Las Palmas Library to cast a vote couldn’t do so, which is because she’s not a resident of District 5.

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