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Other than the screen it's pitch black in Santikos' newest theater, The Casa Blanca.

"Crank it up, Art!" says David Holmes CEO of Santikos Industries. Booming bass is followed by the eponymous Dolby sound moniker, which is followed by the very real sound of a thunderstorm.  Holmes is inspecting the theater a few weeks before its launch.

"The speaker array behind that screen  would make the Rolling Stones take notice," he says.

UPDATE, 4:40 p.m. As of 4:00 this afternoon, The Big Give S.A. has suspended donations on its website, but plans to resume doing so tomorrow, from 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. During a press conference, San Antonio Area Foundation President and CEO Dennis Noll announced, "We are hopeful that tomorrow we will once again be able to accept donations." Big Give S.A.

From Texas Standard:

What's the most indulgent thing you've ever done for your birthday? Checked something off your bucket list? Or bought yourself something really expensive? This week, Austinite Taylor Thompson turns 17 and he’s decided to go all out on a spending spree. Normally, birthdays at the Thompsons' are low-key celebrations. The family doesn't even blow up balloons.

This year, however, Taylor Thompson will be spending $170,000 dollars to celebrate his birthday. He announced his plans over the weekend in Austin.


Raimond Spekking http://bit.ly/1wlU2rN / cc

Frugality in nonprofits is an understood: low pay, people doing several jobs, and anything to keep overhead costs low.  People want to know that their donation is going to the cause, not to the organizations coffers.

What if frugality comes at the cost of impact? Does the current mindset reward frugality instead of effectiveness? 

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Joey Palacios / TPR News

A group of kids at the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio got their fill of video games on Thursday as a team of gamers who raise money for the hospital brought in plenty of distractions.

The fifth floor of the hospital was packed with Xboxes, Playstations, board games and children who are not too shy to take advantage of them. During the two hours the room was set up, 7-year-old Albany Garaby said she got to play some of her favorite games.

“Batman, NBA, and Angry Birds,” she said with controller in hand while playing Injustice on an Xbox.

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