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11:54 am
Mon December 10, 2012

American Airlines Pilots Approve Deal

American Airlines

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 5:20 pm

By an overwhelming 74 percent margin, American Airlines pilots have voted to ratify the tentative contract hammered out with the bankrupt carrier. Voting ended Friday at noon.

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Howard Peak Greenway System
10:23 am
Sat December 8, 2012

Connecting San Antonio: South Leon Creek Greenway Opens

Two cyclists enter the South Leon Creek Greenway.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

Residents near Rodriguez County Park and Wolff Stadium can now jump on their bikes or hike along a new two-mile trail called the South Leon Creek Greenway.

District 6 City Councilman Ray Lopez said the $2.6 million addition the city’s greenway system is another way for San Antonians to adopt a healthy lifestyle.

"It’s going to give our folks an opportunity to come out here and exercise," Lopez said. "As you know, San Antonio has been notorious for making a very bad list about being unhealthy."

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Military Holiday Performance
4:36 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Fort Sam's Own Performs Free Holiday Concert Saturday, Dec. 8

U.S. Army North Quadrangle Clock Tower, Fort Sam Houston, 2012.
Eileen Pace

If you’re looking for something special to do this weekend, you can honor military service members at a special concert Saturday night.

Fort Sam’s Own, the official band of U.S. Army North, will perform a holiday celebration free of charge to residents and visitors.

They’ll play a list of multi-cultural songs including: "Home for Christmas," "Christmas Eve at Sarajevo," "O Hanukah," and "Los Peces en el Rio."

The concert is Saturday evening at 7 at the Scottish Rite Auditorium on Avenue E, and everyone gets in free.

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Cancer Treatment
3:46 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Researchers Question Use Of MRIs For Breast Cancer Surgery

Dr. Ismail Jatoi, Professor and Chief, Surgical Oncology and the Dale H. Dorn Chair in Surgery at the UT Health Science Center.
UT Health Science Center

Researchers from around the world gathered in San Antonio this week for the 2012 Breast Cancer Symposium.

One of the hot topics under discussion this year is the use of MRIs before surgery to decide who might be a candidate for a partial mastectomy versus a total mastectomy.

Dr. Ismail Jatoi of the UT Health Science Center said that historically, those decisions have been based on mammograms, ultra-sound and clinical examination.

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Lackland Investigation
9:21 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Lackland Investigation: Training Instructor Accused Of Sending Explicit Video

Lackland is known as the "Gateway to the Air Force" because all airmen pass through basic training at the San Antonio base.
Eileen Pace TPR

On Thursday the investigating officer heard from three of the alleged victims in the case against Tech Sgt. Samuel Wicks. He also received stacks of evidence -- over 30 exhibits -- including victim statements, photos, and a sexually explicit video.

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Pre-K 4 SA Implementation
2:29 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

City Council To Vote On Pre-K 4 SA Board Nominees Next Week

San Antonio Chamber of Commerce President Richard Perez is one of those nominated to sit on the Pre-K 4 SA Board of Directors.
San Antonio Chamber of Commerce

As the buildings are beginning to be identified for the Pre-K 4 SA initiative approved by San Antonio voters in November, city council is busy making their selections for the 11-member board of directors.

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Texas Legislature
4:34 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Villarreal Files Bill To Prohibit Sexual Orientation Job Discrimination

Texas State Capitol in Austin.
Wikipedia Commons

Democratic State Rep. Mike Villarreal filed legislation HB 238, which if passed would amend the Texas Labor Code to provide equal employment protections for gay and transgender employees.

"My question is," said Villareal: "Is this person showing up on time and doing their job? If they are, then they should be treated no differently than anybody else. Unfortunately, the LBGT community doesn't have the same protections in the state of Texas that they enjoy in other states."

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City Infrastructure
2:56 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

San Antonio's Growing Pains: Road Repairs Part Of Progress

Barricades are set up along parts of Blanco Road under construction
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Construction is a constant obstacle in an old and growing city, as city leaders identify decaying streets, sidewalks and other infrastructure in need of repair through bond projects.

One of the areas in need of attention is Blanco Road. Phase one of a project includes Hildebrand to Fresno and El Monte to Olmos Creek; work still leftover from the city’s 2007 bond project.

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10:58 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Dallas' DART Raises Rates - Vía Metropolitan Transit Considers Same

Lead in text: 
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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