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3:55 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

New YOSA Executive Director Looks To Reach More Kids

YOSA in Vermont.
Courtesy YOSA

One of San Antonio’s iconic cultural attributes gets a new leader, although to call him new might be a slight exaggeration.

“I’m really excited about it. I’ve been interim director for the past year,” said Brandon Henson, who has worked at Youth Orchestras of San Antonio for quite some time but is now their executive director.

“(We've) got a lot of exciting opportunities ahead with YOSA," he said.

Turns out Henson has an interesting backstory himself.

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Texas Politics
2:37 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Democrat Testifies That GOP Did Not Discriminate When Drawing State House Maps

State House districts used in the last election.
Credit State of Texas District Viewer

The federal trial over whether the state’s Republican leadership intentionally discriminated against minorities when drawing new voting district maps continued today in San Antonio.

One Democrat who testified Wednesday doesn't believe that's what happened.

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Science & Technology
1:59 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

CTRC Researchers Looking Into Spicy Foods For Cancer Prevention

Chef Iverson Brownell prepares foods for the cooking class using spices that researchers believe may reduce the risk of recurrence of breast cancer.
Credit Eileen Pace / TPR News

Scientists are testing the theory that controlling inflammation with foods can change the chances of a recurrence of breast cancer.

Chef Iverson Brownell is surrounded by bowls with pre-measured bits of herbs and spices, ready to add them to the recipes he will teach to the ladies in his cooking class.

"Today we're doing an oatmeal cookie with a little bit of rosemary in it," Brownell said. "You can only taste it a little bit, but you still get the benefits from it. For the other workshop later today, we're doing some candied nuts with some curry on it."

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The Source - July 16, 2014
12:24 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

The Source: Cracking Down On Science Fraud

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The foundation of science is tested, repeatable experiments with good data.

When people lie in science, fabricate data, the peer-review process is supposed to keep fraudsters from publishing. But as science expands it becomes more complex and the number of journals flourishes.

As a result of being treated as a business, a number of high-profile frauds are occurring, and sometimes the journals themselves are complicit.

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Arts & Culture
12:04 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

San Antonio Film Festival Entering Its 20th Year

Credit SAFilm

Lovers of film take note: The San Antonio Film Festival happens July 28-August 3.

“It’s seven days of cinema. We have about 70-plus films, and about half the filmmakers will be in attendance," said Adam Rocha, executive director of the festival.

Noting that the festival is in its 20th year, I noted that the festival is no longer a teenager. He laughed and continued.

“This is our 20th anniversary; it’s growing, growing, growing," Rocha said. "And I can’t wait. I’m looking forward to the next 20.”

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The Source - July 16, 2014
10:31 am
Wed July 16, 2014

The Source: Wanted: New Mayor, Apply Within

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Outgoing Mayor Julián Castro leaves some pretty big shoes to fill. The popular mayor was known nationwide and whether you liked him or not he brought a spotlight to San Antonio. As Castro prepares to leave for a cabinet job at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, several potential heirs on city council jockey for position.

What do you want from your next mayor? Do you want someone to continue the "decade of downtown" proposals of Castro or someone who wants to refocus on other areas? 

What will next year's race look like?

Guests:

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Arts & Culture
4:27 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Hot Nights And Cool, Rooftop Jazz At Artpace

Rooftop Jazz.
Courtesy Artpace

South Texas summers can be hard to handle, but what Artpace is doing Friday night should make it a little easier. It’s a music series that pits hot summer nights against cool, live jazz.

“Nothing could be better on a summer night," said Arpace’s Francesca Rattray. And what she’s talking about is The Hardbop Project, music inspired by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, playing live on the third floor rooftop of Artpace.

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City Government
4:19 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Dist. 9 Councilman Krier Takes Name Out Of Consideration For Interim Mayor

Joe Krier issued a statement saying he does not want to be considered for the job of interim mayor.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

As many members of the city council submit their letters of interest to the city clerk to be interim mayor, District 9 Councilman Joe Krier released a letter stating he does not want to be considered for the job.

"Having just been elected May 10, I have made a commitment to the residents of District 9 to serve out the remainder of former Councilwoman Elisa Chan's term," he said in his statement.

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2014 Governor's Race
3:37 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Davis Outraises In Last Quarter, But Abbott Holds Cash-On-Hand Lead

Democratic nominee for governor Wendy Davis’ campaign has announced they were able to raise $11.2 million in donations over the last quarter in tandem with Battleground Texas.

With less than four months to go before the general election, Davis' campaign has $13.1 million cash on hand.

In the same time frame, Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott raised $11.1 million, giving his campaign a combined total of $35.5 million cash on hand.

The Source - July 15, 2014
2:12 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

The Source: Politics Is A Joke

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In a 2007 Pew Poll, Jon Stewart was ranked as one of the most admired journalists in the country. The problem being that "The Daily Show" host is actually a comedian, and his news-skewering show is not, in-fact, news.

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