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World Festivals
2:43 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

The Black And White Carnival

Preparing for the big parade, 2008.
eandres Wikimedia Commons

The largest and most impressive festival in southern Colombia begins on January 2, and lasts almost a week. Dating back to antiquity, the “Black and White Carnival” has adapted and expanded over the centuries. Initially, the local indigenous population, the agrarian Quillacingas, would dance and sing at the end of the harvest to appease and honor the pagan gods.

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The Source - December 30, 2013
12:58 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

The Source: When Mexicans Could Play Ball

When the San Antonio Sidney-Lanier "Voks" won the 1939 city championship basketball game, the arena erupted in violence.

How could a West Side team of Mexican-American kids from the other side of the tracks beat the dominant King William-adjacent Brackenridge Eagles? The event was too much for one Brackenridge fan to take, and he attacked one of the teenage "Voks" players. A full-scale riot broke out as "Voks" fans responded in kind.

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Government
12:51 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Congressman Castro Calls On Lawmakers To Reinstate Unemployment Benefits

Congressman Joaquín Castro at a town hall meeting earlier this year.
Eileen Pace TPR News

One of the first things U.S. Congressman Joaquín Castro is hoping to accomplish for 2014 is to reinstate the country’s extended unemployment benefits that expired this past weekend.

Democrats on Capitol Hill are vowing to fight to reinstate those benefits for the 1.3 million Americans still struggling to find work. Castro told NBC's "Meet The Press" that Congress needs to make this a priority as a first order of business in 2014.

"In Texas alone we’ve got 66,000 people who lost their benefits, 235,000 people in all who will lose their benefits midway in 2014," Castro said.

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Community
12:13 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Alamo Bowl Teams Set Aside Differences To Help San Antonio Food Bank

Longhorns and Ducks worked side by side volunteering their time at the San Antonio Food Bank Sunday.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Before they meet head to head on the football field, this weekend fans from both teams of the Valero Alamo Bowl joined together for a common purpose.

Families, fans, band members and cheerleaders from the University of Texas and the University of Oregon crowded the halls of the San Antonio Food Bank to make a difference.

Their fight songs were not directed at each other, but rather toward a common fight against hunger.

The president of the University of Oregon Michael Gottfredson said food banks are important community assets that tackle big problems.

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City Government
3:14 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

McAuliffe 8th Graders Take Action To Get Sidewalks For Their School

McAuliffe Middle School is located on the frontage road of Loop 410 near Old Pearsall Road. Students petitioned the city for sidewalks in front of the school to make it safer for families to access the campus.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

If you want something, just ask, and eighth graders at Christa McAuliffe Middle School in the Southwest ISD are learning that lesson first hand this holiday season.

They decided to write letters to their city councilman, Rey Saldaña, to ask for sidewalks in front of their school. McAuliffe is located on the frontage road of Loop 410 near Old Pearsall Road, and does not have sidewalks to let parents and students access the campus safely.

"They're all really good," said Saldaña as he flipped through the letters inside the city hall chambers.

He then read them aloud:

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Arts & Culture
3:02 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

River Walk Christmas Lights Excite Visitors And Locals For The Holidays

Christmas lights along the Museum Reach.
San Antonio River Authority

It is said that New Yorkers don’t go see the Statue of Liberty -- they just take it for granted. With that as premise, I took you to the River Walk in a recent report so that others could remind you how wonderful the River Walk is. Those to whom I spoke expressed too much enthusiasm for only one report, so here's a follow up.

"I’m Catherine Perez, we just recently moved to the San Antonio area from Florida."

I asked Catherine what she thought of the River Walk in its holiday finery.

"I love it! It’s busy, it’s pretty," she said.

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Oil & Gas Industry
2:15 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

UTSA Eagle Ford Shale Reports Will Shift Focus To Long-Term Community Issues In Boom Towns

UTSA's Thomas Tunstall in the TPR studios during an appearance on "The Source."
Chris Eudaily TPR News

The South Texas oil and natural gas drilling boom in the Eagle Ford Shale will continue to impact Texas and its local communities in a big way in 2014, but the boom may have already seen its largest single-year growth.

Every year the University of Texas at San Antonio studies how the Eagle Ford Shale has affected the small Texas towns where production is happening. The report takes into account both the positives and negatives of the growth.

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Career Training
1:25 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Palo Alto Aviation Program Bounces Back, Filling Future Need For Pilots

Instructor John Aken turned the Palo Alto aviation technology school around.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

With a possible shortage of American pilots looming, a unique South Texas program is training students from all over the state to be ready to fly.

Instructor John Aken, who occasionally flies to work in his single-prop Piper Cherokee, is a military veteran, but didn't learn how to fly until he was out of the military and his kids were grown.

Years later, in 2007, Palo Alto College hired Aken to transition the aviation technology school, based at Stinson Airfield, out. Ups and downs in the economy had brought the school's enrollment to about six.

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Campaign Finance
1:11 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

FEC Questioning Allegations Of Excessive Donations To Congressman Steve Stockman

Congressman Steve Stockman official congresisonal photo.
U.S. Congress

Congressman Steve Stockman, one of the leading candidates in 2014 running for the U.S. Senate seat held by Sen. John Cornyn, is being questioned by the Federal Election Commission. The commission has asked to clarify two sets of alleged excessive donations.

Stockman received the donations following a bill he introduced in March that would give gaming rights to the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe.

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Texas Matters
11:54 am
Fri December 27, 2013

EPA Cleared In Latest Report On North Texas Drinking Water Contamination Case

Mikenorton Wikimedia Commons

Texas Matters: The Environmental Protection Agency drew fire from gas interests and politicians in how it handled the case in Parker County, which is west of Fort Worth, but the new report finds the agency followed all laws and rules in the investigation. Also on this show: Oil lobby contests crude oil export policy, Texas Monthly's Bum Steer Award(s) and a holiday tamale making tradition.

The Fracking Water Games: Catching Fire

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