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San Antonio Music Awards 2014: Best Guitarist

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Beaches Be Trippin': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

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Sky High: Getting acquainted with Christopher Ware’s Paramour

Food & Drink: Christopher Ware leads our group into a lofty conference space with mile-high ceilings, two giant wooden tables and possibly the comfiest... By Jessica Elizarraras 10/1/2014
San Antonio Music Awards 2014: Best Album

San Antonio Music Awards 2014: Best Album

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San Antonio Music Awards 2014: Best Vocalist

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Will Austin Academy’s Fine Arts Program Survive?

News The oldest elementary school in Bexar County is set to close for the 2016-2017 school year... By Mark Reagan | 10/1/2014
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Funding Approved to Plan West Commerce Improvements

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News In late 2013, Ernesto Olivo, a local artist and art educator who just happens to be gay, had an idea: a holiday market for and by... By Richard Farias | 10/1/2014
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  • States With More Abortion Restrictions Score Low on Women’s Health

    Wed, 01 Oct 2014 23:03:53 +0000

    A new report released today by the Center for Reproductive Rights and the Ibis Reproductive Health research organization shows that states with more abortion restrictions also score poorly on overall women and child well-being outcomes. Unsurprisingly, Texas performs low among the states, challenging the claims made by anti-abortion lawmakers that imposing tough restrictions promotes the health and safety of women. “This report exposes the flimsy claims of politicians who have been shutting down women’s health care providers under the patently false pretext of protecting women’s health,” said Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights. “The real goal of these restrictions on abortion has never been to protect women, but rather to cut off access to safe, legal care for women who have made the decision to end a pregnancy.” In measuring the overall well-being of women and children, researchers found that Texas, with 12 of the 14 abortion restrictions included in the study on the books, ranks 40th among the states in overall women’s and children’s well-being. Researchers also scored each state based on four topics: women’s health outcomes, children’s health outcomes, social determinants of health, and policies that support women and children. Texas scored low […]
  • Proposal To Ban Cell Use While Driving Moves Forward

    Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:29:40 +0000

    Not using your phone while driving could soon become as habitual as strapping on a seatbelt, hopefully. The Public Safety Committee on Wednesday voted to move District 10 Mike Gallagher’s proposed ordinance to ban the use of cellphones while driving to the full City Council for debate. The proposed ban would prohibit using a hand-held device, i.e. cellphone, on any city street—whether the motorist is stopped in traffic or at a red light doesn’t matter. San Antonio Police Department Chief William McManus recommended bringing the proposed ban to City Council as soon as October 30, and if approved—the ban would become law on January 1, 2015. However, McManus said the police department would give Alamo City motorists a 30-day grace period where only warnings would be handed out. After that, a violation could cost a cellphone-happy motorist a fine of up to $200. There are a few exceptions to the proposal, though, including hands-free devices, GPS devices mounted on dashboards, people who are legally parked, and emergency calls or when a call prevents an injury. Any law enforcement officer in San Antonio can enforce the proposed law, which doesn’t apply to motorists when they are on private property. Gallagher proposed […]
  • SAPD: Panhandling Proposal Off The Table

    Wed, 01 Oct 2014 18:41:21 +0000

    The San Antonio Police Department nixed a proposed ordinance to fine people who give to panhandlers. SAPD Chief William McManus made the announcement after District 3 Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran asked McManus at the end of a Public Safety Committee meeting on Wednesday when the committee could expect the proposed ordinance for debate. “I’m not going to bring the proposed ordinance if it’s not going to make it out of committee,” McManus said after the meeting. “I’m not going to spin my wheels.” However, McManus said he’s not disappointed. “This was simply a piece of the equation to dry money on corners up and force them to Haven of Hope or the Salvation Army,” McManus said. Instead, the police department will try to raise awareness about panhandling and get people who normally give a buck or two to someone on the corner with a cardboard sign to instead donate to charities that work with the homeless. Part of that effort includes a card with a QR code that would allow people to scan a donation to a charity of their choice. And then there’s the public awareness campaign as well, which features a nine-minute video. When McManus introduced the proposal, it […]