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10:58 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Dallas' DART Raises Rates - Vía Metropolitan Transit Considers Same

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Vía is considering a 10 cent rate hike for a regular bus fare, which would amount to a $5 increase for a full-fare monthly pass. Currently, a regular bus fare costs $1.10 and a full-fare monthly pass is $30; In Dallas, the regular fares for DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) just jumped from $1.75 to $2.50. The public meeting for Vía in San Antonio is Monday, Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. in the Vía Metro Center, 1021 San Pedro. For more info go online to: www.viainfo.net/Communications/CommunicationsMain.aspx
Dallas Area Rapid Transit bus and rail fares rose Monday for most riders. Passengers didn't necessarily like it, but accepted the hike. At DART's busy West
Travel With A Purpose
9:55 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Discovering America, One Breakfast At A Time

Courtney Dillard and Matt Webber, right, talk to queer activist John Dean during their "Breakfast with Strangers" stop in San Antonio
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

When Courtney Dillard and Matt Webber got married, they hit the road to visit cafes across America. The couple wanted to share their first meal of the day with 50 strangers, as a way to celebrate their marriage and set the standard for the type of lives they want to lead.

They call their trek, “Breakfast with Strangers”

“We were a little worried about the domestic nature of getting married and we didn’t want to narrow our lives too much; we wanted to do something different,” said 41-year-old Dillard, a college professor in Portland, Ore.

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Community Giving
5:31 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Making Life A Little Easier For Children With A Chronic Condition

Six-year-old Daniel Adair is a little overwhelmed by all Avengers action figures stacked in front of him.
Chris Eudaily Texas Public Radio

Children who are born with chronic illnesses like heart disease go through life visiting doctors and other specialists, and for these children and their families, day to day life can be draining.

Six-year-old Daniel Adair was born with congenital heart disease, a condition he will live with for the rest of his life. With the help of cardiologists and additional surgeries, Daniel will live a long fulfilling life, but this isn't the case for everyone.

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Saving Animals
6:46 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Animal Care Services Awarded $100,000 In Rachael Ray Challenge

Drummers and dancers dressed in brightly-colored costumes from the percussion and dance company, Samba Vida, helped celebrate an accomplishment never before achieved by San Antonio’s Animal Care Services.

The award for saving 1,384 more dogs and cats than the same three months in 2011 – August, September, and October – garnered the shelter a $100,000 prize.

But the real prize, said ACS Director Kathy Davis, is the animals that are happy and healthy today because of the community’s efforts to choose adoption.

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HearSA
5:57 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

From Science Fiction To Reality With Dr. Herman Batelaan

Dr. Herman Batelaan and Hao Gong with their equipment
Brett Hampton The Scarlet

What is the current status of teleportation, faster than light phenomena, and gravitational shielding? Quantum teleportation, lightning effects such as “Elves”, and levitating frogs have all been in the news, and are effects that are actually observed. They are also related to the ideas that make such science fiction series as Star Trek work. But are the observed effects really related to their science fiction counterparts, or is this all just smart marketing? And what is the current status of the research? The answers are perhaps even more surprising than the fiction.

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Homelessness In San Antonio
11:55 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Overcoming Homelessness In 2012: The San Antonio Homeless Population

SAMMinistries

Numbers released this week show that the average income for a homeless family is $500 with affordable housing being the most requested service for the homeless (nearly 74 percent of those surveyed).

The 2012 Facts on San Antonio Homelessness were released by SAMMinistries and are based on statistics gathered and compiled by the Trinity University class on Applied Social Studies.

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HIV Testing
5:23 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

For World AIDS Day, San Antonio Organizations Testing And Educating Community

The San Antonio AIDS Foundation's mobile testing unit outside of Monterrey Park on the city's West Side.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

At Monterrey Park on the city’s West Side, Metro Health, the San Antonio AIDS Foundation, and Centro de Vida are set up to test residents with mobile trucks, tents, and information tables. In Bexar County there are 4,312 people living with HIV as of the end of 2011 according to Metro Health.

This Saturday is World AIDS Day.

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Vía's Streetcar Proposal
10:29 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Vía Streetcar Meeting Reveals Expectations And Concerns For Project

At the meeting, Vía was able to learn more about what people expect from a streetcar system.
Eileen Pace TPR News

More than 100 community members turned out at Sunset Station last night to talk about the city’s proposed streetcar system. The meeting was an effort to begin a two-way dialog between Vía Metropolitan Transit and people who would use and pay for mass transit.

Guests at the meeting gathered around tables with street maps and placed 6-inch lengths of track along downtown thoroughfares where they would like to see streetcars.

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Streetcar Transit
7:33 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Opponent Of Modern Streetcar Presents Policy Brief : 'The Streetcar Fantasy'

Opponent of modern streetcars Randal O'Toole says busses, like this one about to go into service on the new Vía Prímo line, are better than streetcars for the environment and others sharing the road.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Opponents of Vía's modern streetcar plan say it is wasteful and illegal, and that commitments to subsidies will be a financial headache to San Antonians for decades to come.

The streetcar plan is for two lines, one that runs North-East on Broadway cutting through Hemisfair downtown, and another East-South from Vía's West Side transit hub, across Nueva St. and down Alamo St.

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The Source
3:29 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Strangers in a Strange Land: Refugees in San Antonio

World Refugee Day 2011 in San Antonio.
Center for Refugee Services Facebook page

Their accounts of violence, oppression, and danger will astonish you, but not more than their determination to survive and thrive. Every year, San Antonio sees hundreds of refugees settled in the city. Strangers in a strange land - how well are these lost people getting along?

A special project from the UTSA Advanced Policy Social Work masters class wanted to find out – and inform the city.

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