The Fronteras Desk: Some border residents are waiting for the opening of a formal border crossing linking Rio Grande Village inside Big Bend National Park and the Mexican riverside village of Boquillas; authorities in Tijuana have located two mass graves containing potentially hundreds of dissolved human remains; how one health provider is using telenovelas to educate Latinos about HIV; and finally, the holiday season has many families preparing for tamaladas.
Few, if any, operas can bear comparison with the gestation, preparation and final execution of Giuseppe Verdi’s "Un Ballo in Maschera." It is the work that definitively closes his middle period; preceded by "Traviata,""Rigoletto," and "Il Trovatore" and followed by his supreme masterworks "Don Carlo," "Aida," "Otello" and "Falstaff."
Leo Tolstoy’s novel “Anna Karenina” continues to be a source of inspiration for filmmakers, having been adapted over a dozen times in different forms by directors all over the world. Joe Wright’s feature film boldly breaks from tradition, confining most of the plot on a single soundstage.
Two Bexar County lawmakers are gearing up for their days in Austin – to craft a budget and shape new laws for Texas. Republican Representative Lyle Larson of District 122 is on a mission to keep the state on a conservative course. Democrat Representative Mike Villarreal of District 123 is going to Austin in the political minority, but still looking to be a major part of the legislative process.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), there are 27 landfills in Texas that are producing enough methane gas to make electricity or provide fuel to power industrial equipment. The agency says another 57 landfills are candidates for such projects.
How do you deal with the death of a loved one? A pet?
It can certainly be difficult, and the process is not easy. Unfortunately, dealing with the pain has been all too familiar around my house lately.
Eight years ago while living in Joplin, Mo., we came across a little black-coated, white-footed ball of energy at the Joplin Humane Society. We had no idea what breed he was, but we knew he was very sweet and in desperate need of a home. I was convinced we needed to adopt him, and to persuade my wife only took introducing them.
Thanks to my Facebook friend Lauri Pearson for setting me up for today's Alternate Routes. Lauri is a real listener, a true fanatic of music who does the mid-day shift at Magic 105.3 FM. Although she and I do most of our listening within different genres (there's more overlap than most might imagine), Lauri's observations about music are almost always spot on.
Democratic State Rep. Mike Villarreal filed legislation HB 238, which if passed would amend the Texas Labor Code to provide equal employment protections for gay and transgender employees.
"My question is," said Villareal: "Is this person showing up on time and doing their job? If they are, then they should be treated no differently than anybody else. Unfortunately, the LBGT community doesn't have the same protections in the state of Texas that they enjoy in other states."