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Lackland Courts-Martial
5:45 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Acquitted Air Force Instructor Gets Bad Conduct Discharge

The headquarters to the 37th Training Wing at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland where the base's legal offices and courtroom are housed.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

On Wednesday, Staff Sgt. Donald Davis was found not guilty of abusive sexual contact with a trainee, but after submitting its acquittal, the military jury learned that Davis pled guilty to having an unprofessional sexual relationship with a technical trainee prior to the start of the court-martial.

On Thursday the jury deliberated for about two hours before returning with a three-pronged sentence: A reduction in rank to E-3, three months’ hard labor and a bad conduct discharge. He could have received a prison sentence instead of the discharge.

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Texas Education
4:18 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

What Parents Should Know About Education Cuts

During the last year, Children at Risk conducted a comprehensive research study to provide an objective assessment of the impact of state budget cuts on Texas’ schools and students.
Children at Risk

Lawmakers cut $5.4 billion to public education during the last legislative session, which meant districts had to act fast.

"We have looked at turning lights off, adjusting air conditioning systems, redoing transportation bus routes," said North East ISD Superintendent Dr. Brian Gottardy, who said that 85 percent of his budget is education.

Gottardy didn't have to cut positions and instead reduced his staff through attrition, which still meant larger class sizes.

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Fronteras Desk
12:47 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

How Immigration Reform Could Affect Employment And Guest Workers

Employers that use E-Verify in the hiring process display a sign in their office.
Jude Joffe-Block Fronteras

Fronteras: What are the prospects for an overhaul to the nation's guest worker program? Arizona has plenty of experience using a mandatory employment verification system known as E-Verify; a look at how that program is working. Finally, a reaction on the current immigration reform proposals from two national organizations with very different ideas for a path forward.

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KPAC blog: Metropolitan Opera
11:56 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Comedy Magic With Rossini’s 'Le Comte Ory'

Juan Diego Florez as Ory in Rossini's 'Le Comte Ory'
Metropolitan Opera

There are essentially two approaches to the supreme expression of opera, both of them dealing with what would seem to be the impossible.

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Classical Spotlight
10:49 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Old Organ Gets New Lease On Life In Downtown

St. Mark's Organ
Kegg Organ dot com

St. Mark's completes 8-month refurbishing of organ, sanctuary

Sunday morning will reveal what started over eight months ago: a revitalization and refurbishing of St. Mark's Episcopal Church.   

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Lackland Courts-Martial
9:42 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Lackland Instructor Acquitted On Reasonable Doubt

The sex scandal has rocked Lackland, and now lists 32 suspects and 59 alleged victims.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Staff Sgt. Donald Davis was charged with abusive sexual contact by touching a trainee and placing her in fear of her military career through the abuse of his authority. However, the defense argued the jury could not convict if there was reasonable doubt that the events occurred.

The military jury vote in the seventh court-martial indicated that the government had not met its burden of proof in the case.

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The Source
4:05 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Book Explores History Of Eastside's St. Philip's College

St. Philip's College: A Point of Pride on San Antonio's Eastside by Marie Pannell Thurston
Chris Eudaily TPR

The Source: The incredible story of St. Philips College is now documented in a new book, and believe it or not, pool season is just around the corner and the parks department is already recruiting lifeguards.

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Classical Spotlight
10:43 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Sorgi & Thomason vs. Mid Texas Symphony In Saturday's 'Superbow'

Mozart
Wikipedia

Mozart and Schubert on tap in New Braunfels Saturday night

The Mid Texas Symphony continues their 35th season with "Superbows" -- the music of Mozart and Schubert. Featured in Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante is violinist Craig Sorgi and violist Eliza Thomason.

"The second movement is just an incredibly poetic and emotionally deep movement to play."

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Classical Spotlight
9:55 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Silver Medalist Returns To San Antonio For Brahms Festival

Pianist Andrea Lam
Credit Greg Barrett

Groundhog Day recital includes Brahms' Piano Pieces, Opus 118  

On Saturday night, Andrea Lam returns to the stage where just four years ago she was awarded the Silver Medal in the San Antonio International Piano Competition. Lam will play Mozart, Brahms, and a new work by the Australian composer Nigel Westlake. "He has done some classical composing, but he has also done some movie scores. I really love his harmonic language, and he really incorporates a lot of rhythm in his music as well."

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Developing
9:43 am
Wed January 30, 2013

No Word From Local Boy Scout Chapters On Policy Change... Yet

The Boy Scouts of America, one of the nation's largest youth organizations, is considering lifting their national ban on gay scouts and scoutmasters.
Flickr user born1945 Used creative commons

Boy Scouts of America leaders are weighing the possibility of lifting its ban on homosexual members and leaders, but a nation-wide policy could do little to nothing to effect change at local clubs throughout the country.

A statement by the organization said chartered clubs would accept membership and select leaders based on its mission, principles, or religious beliefs.

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