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San Antonio Books
7:00 am
Tue January 15, 2013

The Twig Book Shop: Making Friends With E-Books

Jeff Freeman, who was visiting San Antonio from California with his wife, Diane, looks through the children's books at The Twig.
Chris Eudaily TPR

Now in their third year at the Pearl complex, The Twig Book Shop is finding solid footing in San Antonio and continues to stay visible by partnering with non-profits and having author signings in-store.

Though they are one of the most well known of the stores featured in these profiles, it's the way they have adapted to the modern book industry that makes them worth taking a closer look at.

Hello, e-reader. Nice to meet you.

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Community Health
4:12 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Slimming Down More Than A Resolution For Showdown Participants

Nancy Martinez said she wants to embrace a healthy lifestyle to pass on to her family.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

As the second edition of HEB’s 16-week Slimdown Showdown begins, the 25 competitors participating this year are taking physicals through the Methodist Health System.

This week is Fit Camp where the contestants attend classes on healthy living and do tests to see where they are physically. On the first day, 34-year-old Juan Ramirez of San Antonio is taking a stress test on a treadmill.

Ramirez said the $10,000 grand prize is not the main goal, instead he wants to lose about 60 lbs. and get a better handle on his lifestyle.

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Classical Spotlight
3:53 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Award Winning Pianist Joyce Yang Returns To San Antonio

Pianist Joyce Yang
Oh Seok Hoon

Tuesday, January 22, Joyce Yang will return to San Antonio for a piano recital. She has played with the San Antonio Symphony, collaborated with violinist Augustin Haedlich, but this time will be solo at Laurel Heights United Methodist Church. Her program has music by Beethoven, Chopin, Bartok, and Rachmaninoff.

"The Second Sonata is a great example of that passion on the verge of hysteria. It is unusual Rachmaninoff in many ways - it was edited several times, and can seem schizophrenic!"

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Community Giving
2:27 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

A Perfect Fit: UIW Student Gets Shoes To Those In Need

Eric Castillo helps a girl at SAMMinistries try on a pair of "new" shoes
Eileen Pace TPR

Eric Castillo and his organization, A Walk in My Shoes, has made it a mission to find shoes to fit everybody who needs a pair in San Antonio, and the 500 pairs of shoes he delivered to SAMMinistries on Friday is just part of the story.

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Community Health
1:13 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

University Health System Serving Downtown With New Facility

The new Clinical Pavilion at University Health System's Robert B. Green Campus
University Health System

Today the University Health System officially begins services at its new Robert B. Green Campus in downtown San Antonio.

The grand opening of the Clinical Pavilion on the Robert B Green Campus over the weekend means that starting today, patients can get primary care, pediatric care, women’s care, outpatient surgery, imaging and other services in a brand new, high-tech facility.

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Lackland Article 32 Hearing
12:22 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Recruiter Faces Likely Court-Martial After Article 32 Hearing

Tech. Sgt. Jaime Rodriguez
U.S. Air Force

Eighteen women have testified or given written statements that an Air Force recruiter committed sex crimes against them in an Article 32 evidentiary hearing at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

Some of the women said the events caused them to give up on their dreams of joining the Air Force.

A recruiter’s assistant testified in the final day of the hearing that she tried to push him away, but that Tech. Sgt. Jaime Rodriguez sodomized and raped her in a back room of the recruiting office he ran near Houston.

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San Antonio Books
6:58 am
Mon January 14, 2013

2012 From Cover To Cover: Book Stores In San Antonio

At Nine Lives Books, the buy back counter is stacked with books waiting to find homes on the shelf.
Chris Eudaily TPR

The book industry finally settled down in 2012, and thanks to a big push for buying local, independent book stores are feeling good about where they are right now -- and what 2013 may bring.

There are still worries about physical book store locations, especially since so many small stores closed during the recession and Borders, one of the majors, closed in 2011, but there is hope.

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Government
9:03 am
Sun January 13, 2013

Latino Activists Call for Three Secretary Posts in Obama’s Second Term

As President Barack Obama enters into his second term, he’s building a new cabinet. Latino political activists are watching the process closely and waiting to see if Hispanics are going to be well represented - while also reminding the White House that Latinos are now powerful voting bloc. 

In the first Obama administration two cabinet posts were filed by Latinos – Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar and Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis. Also former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson was nominated to be Commerce Secretary but was forced to withdraw.

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Transportation
10:49 am
Sat January 12, 2013

City Council Removes Private Funding From Streetcar Project

This poster was displayed at the streetcar public meeting in November where residents and business owners gave input on the project.
Eileen Pace Texas Public Radio

The controversial San Antonio streetcar project is moving ahead without help from the private sector. On Thursday city council voted to remove money from property owners that would have amounted to about $15 million.

Even though there is tens of millions of dollars coming from the county, $40 million from the city, and newfound money from VIA, Dist. 10 Councilman Carlton Soules said he believes that if people want streetcars, they should be allowed to help fund it.

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KPAC blog: The Piano
2:03 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Genius Times Three: The Music Of Nicolai Medtner

He knows what he wants from music
Wikipedia

Russian composer Nicolai Medtner had it all; he was a brilliant pianist who was a musical intellectual, and while he could have made a comfortable living playing the classics, he was devoted to his composition.

On The Piano this Sunday, three aspects of Medtner.

I first present the lyrical genius of the composer, then his love of structure and complexity with his theme and variations, and the program concludes with his grand expression of lyricism in the Ballade Concerto in e minor.

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