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8:05 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Botanical Garden Announces 24-Ton Sand Adventure

The New England Sand Sculpture Festival held at Revere Beach, Revere, Massachusetts.
Flickr user *Aqualung (Chris Wraight) cc

Ted Siebert, an internationally renowned sand sculptor, is leading a design team in building three massive artworks at the San Antonio Botanical Garden using 24 tons of sand.

The designs will include the Alamo and the Moy Grand Hibiscus flower.

The Moy Hibiscus was first produced at the Botanical Garden in a cross-breed experiment by Dr. Ying Doon Moy, whose colleagues eventually got the hibiscus planted along roads in China.

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City Government
6:20 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Judge Nelson Wolff Supports Proposed City-County Consolidation

Nelson Wolff's letter in support of the consolidation.
County Commissioner Nelson Wolff

Bexar County Judge Nelson has placed his support behind a bill in the legislature that would consolidate the governments of San Antonio and Bexar County into a single entity.

A pair of bills filed by state Rep. Lyle Larson would create a single government combining San Antonio’s City Council with the Bexar County Commissioner’s Court.

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Higher Education
5:15 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

UTSA Fund Raiser Brings Together Professionals For 'Great Conversation'

University of Texas at San Antonio

On Tuesday night the UTSA Great Conversation fund raiser raised over $160,000 for scholarships, research and other learning opportunities.

Held at the Institute of Texan Cultures, the event organized students and invitees in tables geared at addressing a variety of topics.

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Museum Reach
2:22 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Museum Reach Re-Opens Under F.I.S.H. Exhibit

After wind damaged the art installation, SARA cleaned up the debris and reopened the stretch of Museum Reach.
Eileen Pace TPR

The closed section of the Riverwalk on Museum Reach has been re-opened to the public. When the F.I.S.H. art installation was damaged in Monday’s windstorms, the San Antonio River Authority had to close the section of trails under the I-35 overpass.

On Tuesday crews cleaned up fallen debris from the broken F.I.S.H. and partially re-opening of one side of the river.

Wednesday, SARA re-opened the east bank of the River, noting that it may have to be closed again temporarily when repairs get underway.

The Source
2:08 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

The Future Of Newspapers In San Antonio, Changes At The Express-News

Editor of the San Antonio Express News, Mike Leary
Express News

The Source: A great city must have a great newspaper, and right now our paper, the Hearst-owned San Antonio Express-News, is going through a metamorphosis with a new editor guiding the local bullpen.

That editor is Mike Leary, a Pulitzer Prize-winning editor from his days at the Philadelphia Inquirer where he was deputy managing editor of news and investigations.

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San Antonio's Missions
1:05 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

First Mass In Newly-Restored Mission San Juan Capistrano

The inside of the newly-restored, intimate Mission San Juan.Capistrano
Eileen Pace TPR News

Mission San Juan Capistrano has had restoration work done numerous times over the years to keep it from collapse, and the tiny colonial church re-opened this week to its first mass since the extensive renovation started almost two years ago.

It was a big undertaking -- more work needed to be done than with any of the other mission restorations -- but San Juan was about to collapse. Its buttresses struggled to restrain the cracking walls, and the ground was giving way.

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KPAC Blog: Texas Musicians
12:21 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Van Cliburn: A Heart As Big As Texas

Van Cliburn
dallasvoice.com

I first heard Van Cliburn live in 1969. He played a concert at Austin's Municipal Auditorium, a barn of a place, to a sold-out audience. I was, in the vernacular of the time, blown away.

As soon as the concert was over, I rushed down from my balcony seat to wait in the long line of well wishers for my opportunity to have my program autographed. By this time, Mr. Cliburn had actually come down into the audience. He was, in a sense, a man of the people.

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City Government
11:51 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Mayor Castro Outlines Progress In State Of The City Address

Mayor Julian Castro talks to supporters following his annual State of the City address.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Standing on a stage inside Ballroom A of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center downtown, San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro began his annual State of the City address by joking that people should pick up a copy of Vogue.

The mayor and his brother, Congressman Joaquín Castro, are featured in the March edition of the trendy fashion magazine.

Before long Castro was into a list of items he and the city council have taken up over the last year:

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City Government
11:37 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Rey Saldaña Running For City Council Office (pun intended)

Dist. 4 Councilman Rey Saldaña (middle of the pack in red shirt), along with Mayor Julián Castro, runs to City Hall to champion the early education initiative, Pre-K 4 SA ahead of the November general election.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

The deadline for candidates to file for the San Antonio City Council elections is Friday. So far,  District 4 is the only office with no candidates listed.

The incumbent, Rey Saldaña, said that’ll change Thursday when he runs for the office, quite literally.

The Stanford graduate and former Stanford Cardinal baseball player will run seven and a half miles, do nearly 100 push-ups, 170 squats and finish with 10 burpees – a sort of squat-push up combo.

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NISD Student Locator Project
10:24 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Northside ISD Testing RFID Locators On School Buses

The inside of the RFID chip of John Jay sophomore Andrea Hernandez, who refused to wear the ID and brought suit against the district.
Joey Palacios TPR

Northside Independent School District has begun testing its radio frequency identification project on its buses. While the district has previously stressed that students are only tracked on the two campuses in the RFID pilot, the bus readers are not actively collecting data.

Out of its 850 buses, five special education buses in NISD now have the RFID readers installed. According to the district, that is to test functionality.

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