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9:16 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Boarding Home Tragedy Strengthens City Code

City of San Antonio

City leaders began working on updating city code following the Aug. 15 fire that claimed the lives of four men at a boarding home located at 309 W. Norwood Ct.

On Thursday, city council members approved the ordinance that establishes a yearly boarding home registration and inspection program for the safety of residents.

Often times residents in boarding homes are elderly or disabled. City leaders believe new regulations will increase their quality of life and survivability in worst-case scenarios.

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KPAC Blog: Itinerarios
8:45 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Interpreting Frida Kahlo (Through Music)

Frida Kahlo self-portrait 1944.
imaginarymuseum.net

Mention Frida Kahlo and we immediately think of the painter and the wide range of self portraits she produced during her troubled -- and at times anguished -- life. A recent recording by the Dublin Drag Orchestra with vocalist Clara Sanabras brings to light another side of Kahlo: occasional poet and writer. "La Vida Callada," ("The Unspoken Life") is included on the recently issued "¡Viva Frida!" from the Heresy record label. This track stands out for its balance of contrast and similarity to what the Dublin Drag Orchestra (DDO) has come to champion - early music.

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Arts & Culture
6:30 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Holidays Are Special At The Playhouse With 'Annie' & 'The Christmas Diaries'

"Annie" rehearsals at The Playhouse
Eileen Pace

It’s fitting that The Playhouse is showing Annie, which is set in a 1930s orphanage. Times were tough during those years in San Antonio, and Board Chair Lee Cusenbary said that theater was very important to San Antonians in the 1930s.

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Pre-K 4 SA Implementation
5:18 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Pre-K 4 SA Board of Directors Appointed, Sales Tax Ordinance Finalized

Mayor Castro celebrates the passing of the Pre-K 4 SA initiative on election night with his family.
Eileen Pace Texas Public Radio

The first steps are in motion that will take Mayor Julián Castro’s early education initiative from the ballot box to the classroom.

On Thursday city council officially appointed the new Pre-K 4 SA Board of Directors. They also voted to hire a recruiting firm to look for the top positions within the initiative, and they adopted the ordinance to implement the sales tax increase.

Appointees to the board include:

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Community
5:03 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Even When Talking To Kids About Death, Be Open And Honest

St. John’s Lutheran Church. The day school held a prayer service for children at the school and the community today.
St. Johns Lutheran Church

The tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut is especially difficult to deal with because the majority of the deaths were children, but a local family ministry director says that honesty is still the best policy.

Katie Rode said parents may find themselves talking with their children about the shooting spree. Her advice is to be as open and honest as possible, and not worry about avoiding the word 'death.'

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Community Health
4:05 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Demographic Study Shows Latinos Live Longer, In Poor Health Sooner

Dr. Rogelio Saenz, dean of UTSA College of Public Policy, presents a demographic study at The Future of Latino Health Conference
Eileen Pace Texas Public Radio

Latinos may have unique hurdles in getting affordable health care without the Obamacare plan in their future.

Dr. Rogelio Saenz, UTSA’s Dean of Public Policy, said Latinos have the highest levels of non-insurance in the country, and in Texas; they also have the biggest hurdles to climb.

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KPAC blog: The Piano
3:43 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

A Fresh Slavonic Wind From The East…

A Piano from the East - Petrov.
Petrov Piano Company

On "The Piano" this Sunday, a collection of riveting pieces that have Slavonic roots. First, Sergei Rachmaninoff and his new, modular approach to music; whether he consciously or unconsciously chose tolling bell patterns as a basis for his 2nd piano sonata, the effect is the same as a great festival in which, at the conclusion, all the church bells get involved.

Then there is Mily Balakirev, who explored the height of piano virtuosity with his "Islamey," featuring a soloist who was never known to rein in his power and audacity - Vladimir Horowitz.

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Holiday Outreach
2:15 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

St. Mary's Basketball Team Brings Holiday Cheer To Hospital Patients

Coach Jim Zeleznak offers a basketball to the 11-month old daughter of oncology patient Johnny Gonzalez at University Hospital.
Eileen Pace Texas Public Radio

It’s no fun being stuck in the hospital over the holidays, and on Thursday, St. Mary’s University Basketball Team took to the streets to deliver some holiday cheer to some of San Antonio’s patients.

“How ya doin’? We’re the St. Mary’s Basketball Team,” Brad Hubenak said, introducing his teammates to patient Johnny Gonzalez.

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Choice Neighborhood Grant
12:46 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Housing Authority Awarded $29 Million HUD Grant For Eastside Development

SAPD Chief William McManus (Left), Congressman Lloyd Doggett, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, Dist. 2 Councilwoman Ivy Taylor, SAHA President/CEO Lourdes Castro-Ramirez, and SAHA Board Chair Ramiro Cavasos hold the 'mega-check' presented.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

The Housing and Urban Development's Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant will help revitalize the 71-year-old Wheatley Courts housing complex on the Eastside.  248 families call the courts home, where the average income is only $7,500 per year.

San Antonio Housing Authority President Lourdes Castro-Ramirez said the complex will be completely rebuilt.

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Texas Matters
12:21 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Gov. Perry's Push To Ban Abortion Takes Another Step

Gov. Rick Perry announces his support for a bill preventing abortions after 20 weeks at the Source Pregnancy Center in Houston.
Office of the Governor

Gov. Perry's announcement this week of the "fetal pain" bill is the latest in his attempts at restricting abortion in Texas; pro-life groups applaud the announcement and pro-choice groups are kicking their opposition into high gear. The governor made his announcement at a pregnancy crisis center, but what exactly is a pregnancy crisis center, and where do they get their funding? Freelance reporter Carolyn Jones investigates. Finally, problems with state-funded CPRIT continue to surface, the latest being an $11 million grant that was not reviewed before it was handed out.

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