In 1994 two girls described a harrowing scene of a sadistic rape and orgy. Their story implicated their aunt, Elizabeth Ramirez, and three of her friends in sexually abusing the girls who were aged 7 and 9 at the time. As a result of the girls testimony, along with that of child-abuse expert, Nancy Kellogg, 4 women, all in their late teens and early twenties, were sentenced to long prison sentences. Kellogg, who is now a faculty member at the University of Texas Health Science Center, also noted signs that satanist ritual might have been a motivation of the four women. But now, nearly twenty years later, the story is looking less and less true.
Unlike many of the visits by Democrats to Texas over the last few months, Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to Austin was not met with criticism from Texas Republicans, instead he was thanked by Attorney General Greg Abbott.
In a statement, Abbott wrote:
"I would like to thank Vice President Joe Biden for remembering Texas women during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month."
With all the Dia De Los Muertos celebrations in town, there’s one other you may have missed. Diwali extols the victory of good over evil. It also celebrates Indian culture -- the kind that comes from India. Kausi Subramanium explains:
"Diwali San Antonio Festival of Lights will be celebrating its fifth anniversary this Saturday, November 2 from 5 p.m.-10 p.m. at Hemisfair Park," Subramanium said. "We will have live music and dancing -- dancealongs where our guests can participate in Bhangra, Garbha, as well as Bollywood Zumba."
The arts are growing in San Antonio, and have grown each year since the recession ended.
This year's Economic Impact of the Creative Industry on San Antonio report shows a slight but significant increase over last year, just one to two percent, but Dr. Steve Nivin at St. Mary’s University said the increase has been steady over the past few years.
Children's Chorus of San Antonio Founding and Artistic Director Marguerite McCormick said there’s a lot coming your way this season from the chorus. Here’s her snapshot of the first half of the season:
"We’re starting with the alumni recital November 4 featuring four of our alumni who are now professional singers," McCormick said. "They will be accompanied by collaborative pianist Kristin Roach. Following that, there are two free concerts in town for our Harlandale Project Sing activities—this is one of our outreach programs.
The Texas Department of Transportation has proposed expanding Interstate 35 east of San Antonio by constructing 15 miles of elevated lanes that would also be tolls according to a presentation they made Monday night in the city of Schertz.
The name Shankar immediately conjures up memories of the great Ravi Shankar. The master sitar player inspired George Harrison’s foray into playing this complex instrument, leading to a keen interest in Indian classical music by Western audiences. He also inspired his daughter Anoushka to follow in his footsteps. Born in London, Anoushka Shankar spent her teenage years in California, and whilst there decided to become a professional musician.
A gay couple from Plano has filed a lawsuit against the Family Code statute in the Texas Constitution, which prohibits same-sex marriages.
Mark Phariss and Vic Holmes decided they would celebrate their 16th anniversary of being a couple by filing for a marriage license at the Bexar County clerk’s office. The two men first met in San Antonio while Holmes was serving in the Air Force.
They were turned away, but Phariss said he knew that would happen.
Immigration reform may be on the back burner in congress since the end of the shutdown, but the Texas Association of Business, along with other organizations, are urging members of congress to pass an immigration compromise for the sake of the economy.
On Capitol Hill more than 600 people from business, law enforcement, and evangelical organizations nationwide are asking for a sensible path to citizenship so skilled workers can obtain employment.