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4:10 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Finally, T.V. Commercials At A Reasonable Volume

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Remember when President Obama signed the law requiring commercials level out their volume? Well, today is the day the networks have to be compliant with the FCC regulations, and hopefully the end of being startled by the blast through your T.V. when a program went to commercial break.
Today's The Day Television Commercials Must Officially CALM Down December 13, 2012 Obnoxiously loud television commercials are now, supposedly, a thing of the past. A new law kicked in today requiring broadcasters to air commercials at the same loudness level as programming. Advertisers and television stations have had some time to prepare for this.
Fronteras Desk
1:52 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

More Latinos Supporting Gay Marriage & Celebrating Hanukkah

L-R: Liz Hernandez, Jose Garcia, Karina Calderon, Adan, Liceth Reyes, Fatima Medina and Maria Calderon are part of a Chicano student movement at University of Nevada-Las Vegas where they freely discuss being gay and Latino.
Veronica Zaragovia Fronteras

According to a recent survey, more Latinos support gay marriage, but young gay and lesbian Latinos still don't feel accepted. A dancer from Phoenix connects to her Jewish heritage late in life. Walking the Trail of Time, thinking about the age of the Grand Canyon. Hispanics in Phoenix celebrate Hanukkah.

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The Source
12:45 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Education And Innovation In San Antonio: Geekdom And Arte Kids Books

Geekdom is celebrating its first anniversary and is looking to the future of continued growth and innovation. Local pre-K book series Arte Kids has become a national hit by using San Antonio's bi-lingual and bi-cultural roots.

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KPAC blog: Saturday at the Met
11:03 am
Thu December 13, 2012

The Met Stage Is Full Of Egypt With Verdi's Spectacle, 'Aida'

Liudmyla Monastyrska as Aida.
Metropolitan Opera

There are so many genres of opera. There are the exquisite chamber operas that are close to plays like Strauss’ "Capriccio" of Gluck’s chamber operas. There are the operas of morality or ideology like Beethoven’s "Fidelio" or Mozart’s "Idomeneo." Some works highlight verismos raw emotions and atonal expressionism, decadent excesses like Berg’s "Lulu" or the opera of scandal, like "Salome" and the late romantic opera as epic poetry, "The Ring." The list goes on and on.

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Business Law
10:11 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Pfizer Investigation Ends In $43 Million Settlement; $3.9 Million To Texas

The state attorney general’s office has announced a settlement in a 5-year, 33-state fraud investigation of the Pfizer drug company. The pharmaceutical company will pay almost $43 million to the 33 states for its unlawful marketing of two antibiotic drugs and claiming that its brand name drug was superior to a generic equivalent.

Texas will receive $3.9 million in the settlement.

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Holiday Surprise
9:19 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Clydesdales Bring Christmas Cheer To Wounded Warriors

Clydesdales at the Warrior and Family Support Center .
Eileen Pace Texas Public Radio

Some local members of the military got a treat at the Warrior and Family Support Center Wednesday when Budweiser brought in its famous Clydesdale horse team to visit with the soldiers and their families.

These horses meet millions of people each year, and a gentle disposition is a key characteristic.

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Rock & Roll Marathon 2013
8:10 am
Thu December 13, 2012

2013 Rock 'N' Roll Marathon Moved to December

Competitor Group

The San Antonio Rock 'n' Roll Marathon will become a "Jingle Bell Rock" running event – the mega footrace is moving to December.

The Rock 'n' Roll Marathon has been running the streets of San Antonio for the last five years, and four of those years have been considered too hot and humid for runners stomping out the 26.2 miles.

Dan Cruz is the spokesman for Competitor Group, the organization that organizes the Rock & Roll Marathon Series, and said the next race is going to be December 8.

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Homelessness
6:54 am
Thu December 13, 2012

A Place To Live For Low Income Families & Haven For Hope Grads

The front of Terraces at Haven for Hope.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

The Terraces at Haven for Hope on San Marcos St. have 140 apartment units and was originally designed to be a place for haven graduates to obtain affordable housing. 

"What we find in our work is that people come through the transformational campus, they’re ready to take the next step -- which is really housing -- but there really isn’t a lot of housing present in the community," said Mark Carmona,  interim CEO of Haven for Hope. "That was always kind of the vision: How can we being to create this?"

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Schools and the Arts
3:36 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Performing Arts Inspire Murals Around Tobin Center Construction

Students from the SAISD's Young Women Leadership Academy sing in front of the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts before the mural unveiling.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

The walls surrounding the Tobin Center construction site are now adorned with paintings created by SAISD students to serve as a tribute to the vision of the performing arts center as construction continues.

Omar Leos, the district’s visual and theater arts coordinator, said 280 students helped design 36 4 ft. by 4 ft. panels that now line the construction zone

"Instead of having just a regular fence blocking the construction site, there’ll be public art displayed by students of San Antonio ISD," Leos said.

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Education Achievement
2:26 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Local School Districts Vs. The World

Screen shot of the interactive graphic. Once you get to the report card page click on the "Begin your search" button in the upper left to start.
George W. Bush Presidential Center.

The Global Report Card compares school district performance in the United States to international students from other developed countries around the world. The tool also allows you to see demographic information that helps tell a more complete story of each district.

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