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5:15 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Officer Robert Deckard Passes Away

31 year old Robert Deckard passed away Friday just before 10 a.m.
San Antonio Police Department

31 year old Bobby Deckard, a highly regarded San Antonio Police officer, has passed away.

The husband, father, and officer, lost the fight for his life Friday morning, just before 10 a.m., from injuries he sustained after being shot in the head during a chase of robbery suspects.

Police Chief William McManus said in a statement, "With great sorrow, we have received word from the Deckard family that Bobby passed away."

He fought a brave battle but was unable to overcome his injuries, said McManus.

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Community
1:15 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

The Refugee Story, Part 4: Learning And Growing

Refugee families, along with volunteers from Green Spaces Alliance, build the CIELO Gardens at House of Prayer Lutheran Church.
Catholic Charities

Although a few foreign refugees come from cities where they had sophisticated education opportunities, many lived in remote areas where there were no schools, or in refugee camps where they may have received sporadic education.

Most are immersed in an irrelevant environment when they come here -- obstacles like speaking English, taking the bus, even learning to work in an American kitchen can be challenging.

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Pearl Complex
11:40 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Culinary Institute Bakery Cafe Closing At The Pearl

Alain Dubernard teaches his students in the school's only bake shop. The CIA's Bakery Cafe is closing to make room for more teaching space.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

A cup of joe and a cream puff may be on the menu at any coffee shop in town but you'd better make plans to stop by the Pearl Friday. That's because the Culinary Institute of America's Bakery Cafe is closing.

The decision didn't come easy for Alain Dubernard, the man with the French-sounding name and accent, who is a Mexican native and is the bakery school's chair and only teacher.

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Community
10:21 am
Fri December 20, 2013

The Refugee Story, Part 3: Educating Refugee Children

It's back to basics for newcomer children who are learning to speak, read, and write English in the 3rd, 4th and 5th grades.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Of the more than 10,000 refugees living in San Antonio, 80 percent are women and children and the high influx of students presents unique challenges for educators.

In the third part of her series, "The Refugee Story: Building New Lives," TPR’s Eileen Pace examines the dynamics of teaching a large population of students who arrive in the U.S. with diverse languages and skills.

“Yes, Barack will do that last one,” Colonies North Elementary teacher Sara Aguirre tells her students as she points to a classroom exercise on nouns and verbs.

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The Source - December 19, 2013
11:59 am
Thu December 19, 2013

The Source: Refugees in San Antonio | 2014 Economic Forecasts

As Hisham Batar, a former refugee himself, points out--the new arrivals never stop coming.
Eileen Pace

In the first  segment:

This week our reporter Eileen Pace has brought you several stories on the refugee community here in San Antonio.  From their resettlement to building new lives, to their children going to school, she has mapped what the experience is for people who leave war-torn countries for the promise of something better.  Pace joins us along with District 8 council member Ron Nirenberg and Northside Independent School District officials to talk about the institutions helping them.

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Community
2:27 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

The Refugee Story, Part 2: Finding Opportunity

As Hisham Batar, a former refugee himself, points out--the new arrivals never stop coming.
Eileen Pace

Almost 10,000 refugees have arrived in San Antonio over the past decade, many of whom might otherwise have died in their home countries or in refugee camps.

Although many come without a command of English, or job skills, there are stories of hope among the new arrivals.

The civilian death toll from the Sudanese Civil War was one of the highest since World War II.  The government forced boys into battle, so Hisham Batar fled his home country in 1992.

“I was about 16 years [old] at the time. I escaped from my country. I went to Egypt and from Egypt, I went to India.”

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The Source - December 18, 2013
1:12 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

The Source: Multivitamins A 'Waste' In Reports| SAISD's Adult Education Programs

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In the first segment:

Several recent studies have shown that the 32 percent of American adults that use a daily multivitamin are wasting their time and money.  

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Community
1:11 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

The Refugee Story: Building New Lives

Colonies North Elementary teacher Patti Enriquez guides her Kindergarten and 1st grade "Newcomer Class" in learning the days of the week in English. Colonies North is NISD's target school for young refugee students.
Eileen Pace

CORRECTION, 12/19/13: The stricken statement below regarding Texas's ranking among states that take in refugees is incorrect.

Texas is home to more refugees from strife-torn countries than any other state, and San Antonio takes in more than any other city in Texas.  TPR's  Eileen Pace examines the scope of the refugee influx to our city, and the ways San Antonio manages the new populations in our series, “The Refugee Story: Building New Lives.”

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The Source - December 17, 2013
10:40 am
Tue December 17, 2013

The Source: Creationism In The Classroom | Coding Towards The Future

Michelangelo Wikimedia Commons

In the first segment: 

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Community
5:33 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Komodo Dragon, Two Other Reptiles Perish in San Antonio Zoo Fire

The reptile exhibit at the San Antonio Zoo will be closed for at least eight months
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

The San Antonio Zoo has lost at least three reptiles,  including a Komodo Dragon, in a fire this morning.

The fire in the zoo’s reptile house broke out at 6 a.m. According to zoo officials, a short circuit in what’s called a hog mat, which keeps the animals warm, is likely the cause. The small blaze took the fire department only 50 gallons of water to put out. However, three animals died due to smoke inhalation, including an 8-foot female Komodo dragon, a small snake and one other reptile.

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