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Lackland Courts-Martial
9:13 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Update: Judge Grants Defense Motion To Supress Cell Phone Evidence

Lackland, the 'gateway' to the airforce, has been the gateway to court-martial for instructors engaging in activities against Air Force regulations.
Eileen Pace TPR

(Update: 2/22/2013) Military Judge Don Eller ruled the government’s 77-page list of cell phone data violates the instructor’s Constitutional rights, saying investigators extracted the information without a search warrant.

He added that at some point during the investigation, somebody at Joint Base San Antonio should have had a light bulb go on that told them to find a magistrate and file affidavits to get a search warrant.

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KPAC Blog
10:47 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Leonard Bernstein's Lone Film Score, "On the Waterfront"

Leonard Bernstein, undated photo
Al Ravenna Wikimedia Commons

Leonard Bernstein wrote only one original film score in his career, for Elia Kazan’s classic film, “On the Waterfront,” starring Marlon Brando as Terry Malloy, a troubled longshoreman and one-time contender who’s gotten mixed up with the wrong crowd. Like Brando’s character, Bernstein’s score is a mixture of tenderness, violence, and nobility.

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Community
10:31 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Customers To Get Customized Outage Alerts From CPS Energy

CPS Energy

Since 2011, CPS Energy has been able to send out mass alerts to customers when widespread power outages occurred, coordinated by zip code.

But now their system is more sophisticated, and will notify individual customers when power outages more than 15 minutes occur at their specific address.

CPS spokeswoman Yvonne Casanova said the system will continue to be tested through the end of February. Over the next week or so, during regular business hours, customers who have signed up for alerts on the CPS website should receive a test message.

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Gas Prices
4:23 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

San Antonio Gas Prices Jump 40 Cents In The Last Month

Flickr user Mark Sardella cc

If you have had sticker shock at your neighborhood gas station then you are not alone. Gas prices in San Antonio have leaped nearly 14 cents in the past seven days according to Gasbuddy.com.

A week ago the average unleaded gas price was about $3.36, but now it sits just under $3.50.

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City Health
3:16 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Employee Health Screenings Help Trim City Budget

City of San Antonio

On Tuesday, city employees rolled up their sleeves to take blood pressure and other tests as part of a biometrics wellness screening.

"It's just good to know where you stand as far as your health," said K Rahman, who has worked in the city’s public works department for six years. Rahman also said he has seen an increase in the city’s focus on healthy initiatives for its employees.

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Arts & Culture
1:58 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

On The Morality Of "On The Waterfront"

Credit Courtesy the Criterion Collection.

It’s really a shame that any review of “On the Waterfront” is colored by Elia Kazan’s infamous friendly testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee. By some accounts, including Kazan’s own on occasion, “On the Waterfront” was the director’s defiant gesture toward his critics. Now sixty years later, can it stand outside the controversy? I believe it can, as it’s a great film and an American classic. As brilliantly played by Marlon Brando, Terry Malloy stands up for what is right, not what his so-called friends would muscle him into doing. It’s as American as “Mr.

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City Government
12:55 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

New Boarding Home Ordinances Go Into Effect March 1

City of San Antonio

Owners who register by March 1 will have until Jan. 1 of 2014 to install the required fire sprinkler system, but those who register after March 1 will have only 30 days from the date they register to meet all the stipulations of the ordinance.

After safety concerns about boarding homes reached the city council following last year's deadly fire, leaders began drafting tighter restrictions on the inspection of boarding homes throughout the city.

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Business Training
11:18 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Alamo College Welding Program Giving Jobs Boost To Hill Country

San Antonio Colleges

The Texas Workforce Commission issued a $304,000 grant to train 135 new and current employees of Fox Tank, a manufacturer of steel-welded oil field tanks for the energy industry in Kerrville.

This is the latest grant-funded program by the Workforce Commission and the Alamo Colleges. Earlier this month the two set up a cloud computing program to help train Rackspace workers.

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Community Safety
9:30 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Two Week Grace Period Before Warrant Roundup Begins

SAPD Police Chief William McManus addresses the media infront of the city's Municipal Court Building on S. Frio.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

Last year, about 25,000 warrants were cleared during the annual warrant roundup, and in two weeks the San Antonio Police Department and other law enforcement in Bexar County will head out again.

“They are all warrants that would involve no jail time; it's all fines," said SAPD Chief William McManus. "The unfortunate part is that if you don't clear the warrant and you are picked up on it you will spend some time in jail while the warrant is being taken care of.”

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World Music Pick
9:23 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

"In Focus" With Shugo Tokumaru

Toyko, Japan's Shugo Tokumaru is a rapidly rising star in his own country, and with his anticipated showcase at South By Southwest (SXSW) next month, perhaps worldwide. Tokumaru started playing the piano at age five, and has been immersed in the music world since then. His ardent fans await his releases with unbridled enthusiasm. 

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