Philipp Rathmer

A world renowned soloist performed last week with the San Antonio Symphony and her musical achievements are astounding considering the obstacle she’s overcome. I went to the Tobin Center to interview her, and when I got there she was still practicing with the Symphony.

The rehearsal was something to watch--her long, thick grey hair flew wildly about as she raced to beat on a huge array of percussion instruments encircling her. It was a spirited first practice of a concert that will play out the next night there at the Tobin Center. She's practicing on local instruments.

San Antonio Woman Finds Bag Of Cocaine In A Granola Bar

May 7, 2015

The San Antonio Police Department is investigating how a packet of cocaine ended up inside a wrapped Nature Valley granola bar. Cynthia Rodriguez of San Antonio said she was eating the bar when a small, green bag emblazoned with dollar signs She contacted the manufacturer General Mills Inc., thinking that she had won a prize. Company officials told her to call the police instead. Rodriguez contacted police March 18 and investigators determined the bag contained cocaine. General Mills, the parent company of Nature Valley sent this statement: “We referred this to the police in March and are confident this did not happen in our facility.”

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COPPELL, Texas — Retail gasoline prices across Texas rose a nickel this week to reach an average $2.43 per gallon. AAA Texas on Thursday reported gas prices nationwide are up 7 cents, to reach $2.65 per gallon.

Drivers in Dallas and El Paso are paying the most for gasoline in Texas at $2.49 per gallon. Beaumont has the cheapest gasoline statewide at an average $2.35 per gallon.

Analysts say the price at the pump often increases in the spring due to seasonal maintenance, rising demand and higher costs to produce summer-blend gasoline.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — A College Station man has been charged in the shooting death of a Blinn College student and the wounding of two other people attending a graduation party.

Ronald Wayne McNeil was being held Thursday on charges of murder, two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and deadly conduct in the discharge of a firearm. Online jail records don’t list an attorney for the 39-year-old McNeil. Bond was $500,000.


SAN ANTONIO — A San Antonio man who ran law firms in Texas, Arkansas and New Mexico has been accused of stealing settlement money and identity theft.

Elpidio “Pete” Gongora remains in custody following his April arrest at San Antonio International Airport.

A 16-count federal indictment returned Tuesday charges Gongora with tax evasion, mail fraud, bankruptcy fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Defense attorney Scott McCrum told a judge that the 46-year-old Gongora wasn’t a flight risk, but the suspect was ordered held without bond.