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

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

Arts & Culture: Let’s face it, most of us Lone Stars view the Texas coast as a poor man’s Waikiki. Hell, maybe just a poor man’s Panama Beach — only to be used... By Callie Enlow 7/10/2013
What to Know Before You Go On A Cleanse

What to Know Before You Go On A Cleanse

Food & Drink: It’s been a year since I’ve taken up this gig of eating and drinking across San Antonio. Since then, no fewer than seven juice shops have opened in the area... By Jessica Elizarraras 8/20/2014
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Best Jogging Trail

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Big Hops Gastropub Brings Beer-centric Eats to the Northside

Big Hops Gastropub Brings Beer-centric Eats to the Northside

Food & Drink: On a recent Sunday, my wife and I drove up 281 and into the heart of San Antonio’s ever-expanding Northside suburbs to try out... By Lance Higdon 8/20/2014
SA R&B crooner Eddie B. returns with new EP ‘Melodies for a Goddess’

SA R&B crooner Eddie B. returns with new EP ‘Melodies for a Goddess’

Music: For San Antonio R&B virtuoso Eddie Brickerson (better known as Eddie B.), failure is not an option. In fact, his last solo project, F.I.N.A.O., a 2007 mixtape... By M. Solis 8/20/2014
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Glitter Political: Frankly, My Dears, Stephani Walsh Gives a Damn

News Stephani Walsh has read Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 novel Gone with the Wind near a dozen times. And each time she gets to the scene where the manipulative... By Jade Esteban Estrada | 8/20/2014
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Voters will decide who replaces Mike Villarreal at the Capitol

News Earlier this month, mayoral front-runner Mike Villarreal clarified that he would not resign from his House District 123 seat before the November 4... By Alexa Garcia-Ditta | 8/20/2014
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SAPD warms to ride-sharing

News From sinister public-safety threat to an it-can-work attitude, the San Antonio Police Department has changed its tune on ride-sharing companies... By Mark Reagan | 8/20/2014
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Mayoral Horserace: Lone candidate continues raising cash

News Last week District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg was sworn in as mayor pro-tem. So when Mayor Ivy Taylor isn’t around, Nirenberg will play the... By Mark Reagan | 8/20/2014
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Glitter Political: Frankly, My Dears, Stephani Walsh Gives a Damn

Glitter Political: Frankly, My Dears, Stephani Walsh Gives a Damn

News: Stephani Walsh has read Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 novel Gone with the Wind near a dozen times. And each time she gets to the scene where the manipulative... By Jade Esteban Estrada 8/20/2014
Voters will decide who replaces Mike Villarreal at the Capitol

Voters will decide who replaces Mike Villarreal at the Capitol

News: Earlier this month, mayoral front-runner Mike Villarreal clarified that he would not resign from his House District 123 seat before the November 4... By Alexa Garcia-Ditta 8/20/2014
SAPD warms to ride-sharing

SAPD warms to ride-sharing

News: From sinister public-safety threat to an it-can-work attitude, the San Antonio Police Department has changed its tune on ride-sharing companies... By Mark Reagan 8/20/2014
Mayoral Horserace: Lone candidate continues raising cash

Mayoral Horserace: Lone candidate continues raising cash

News: Last week District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg was sworn in as mayor pro-tem. So when Mayor Ivy Taylor isn’t around, Nirenberg will play the... By Mark Reagan 8/20/2014
How Weed Advocates Hope to Spark Legalization in Texas

How Weed Advocates Hope to Spark Legalization in Texas

News: Less than a mile from the Whatcom County Courthouse and even closer to Bellingham High School sits Top Shelf Cannabis, the first store to open and operate after... By Mark Reagan 8/13/2014
254 Ways to Defend Poor People in Texas

254 Ways to Defend Poor People in Texas

News: Nationally, about 80 percent of state criminal defendants are too poor to afford to hire a lawyer, yet they’re entitled to legal representation under the... By Callie Enlow 8/6/2014
The Mayoral Horserace Leads with Dollars and Sense

The Mayoral Horserace Leads with Dollars and Sense

News: Running for mayor of San Antonio is expensive. And according to Christian Archer, a political consultant with Adelante Strategy... By Mark Reagan 8/6/2014
Cityscrapes: Streetcars, debt and us

Cityscrapes: Streetcars, debt and us

News: The big local news, beyond the change in the mayor’s office, is the city’s turnaround on the proposed VIA Downtown streetcar. Faced with a flood of... By Heywood Sanders 8/6/2014
Just Happens to be LGBT: Transcending the LGBT label in politics and beyond

Just Happens to be LGBT: Transcending the LGBT label in politics and beyond

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Legal Limbo: Nonprofit Concludes Screening Children at Lackland

Legal Limbo: Nonprofit Concludes Screening Children at Lackland

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Glitter Political: The picturesque life of Karen Crouch

Glitter Political: The picturesque life of Karen Crouch

News: Kith and kin of the cosmopolitan Karen Crouch know that it’s rare to find the former judge at home on her birthday. And as she sits before me in her... By Jade Esteban Estrada 7/30/2014
The Mayoral Horserace Returns with a Bang

The Mayoral Horserace Returns with a Bang

News: With former District 2 Councilwoman Ivy Taylor selected as interim mayor, potential candidates are weighing whether to run for San Antonio’s... By Mark Reagan 7/30/2014
Temps wanted for new City Council spots

Temps wanted for new City Council spots

News: San Antonio’s city council will have two new members soon. The departure of District 7 Councilman Cris Medina to Fort Meade... By Mark Reagan 7/30/2014
Newsmonger: Creative arguments on both sides of the VIA streetcar debate

Newsmonger: Creative arguments on both sides of the VIA streetcar debate

News: If a petition meant to derail a $280 million streetcar project in downtown San Antonio isn’t successful, two... By Mark Reagan 7/23/2014
Cityscrapes: Streetcar squawking is nothing new for SA

Cityscrapes: Streetcar squawking is nothing new for SA

News: The increasingly overt and bitter fight over VIA’s proposed downtown modern streetcar should have come as no surprise to anyone knowledgeable about San Antonio... By Heywood Sanders 7/23/2014
  • SA Councilman Proposes ‘Hands-Free’ Cell Use While Driving

    Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:33:58 +0000

    San Antonio banned texting while driving in 2010, but District 10 Councilman Mike Gallagher wants to take that law to another level, proposing that the city look into enforcing a “hands-free” cell use policy while driving. (Except in the case of emergencies, of course.) “The intent of this amendment to the ordinance is to curb distracted driving as well as to provide the (San Antonio Police Department) with a better ability to enforce the ban on hand-held mobile communication devices while driving city-wide,” Gallagher said in a press release. Since 2010, SAPD has issued 7,038 violations of the city’s existing texting while driving ban. If you’ve ever gotten a ticket for it, you know violators also get slapped with a $200 fine. “Council would certainly make the roadways of San Antonio a safer place for everyone if a hand-held device ban were implemented,” Gallagher said, and that his proposal “would not infringe on anyone’s rights, rather it would serve to improve public safety.” In the last five years, more than 20 Texas cities and municipalities have passed texting while driving bans, with El Paso taking things a step further with banning all hand-held devices. In the 2011 Texas legislative session, […]
  • From Treason to Bribery, Texas has its Share of Troubled Politicians

    Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:28:20 +0000

    Republican Texas Governor and possible 2016 presidential candidate Rick Perry is traveling to the East Coast where he’ll attend of whirlwind of political events. The trip follows his arraignment. Perry pleaded not guilty this week to two felony counts of abuse of power and coercion relating to pressure he put on Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg to resign after she pleaded guilty to drinking and driving. When she didn’t resign, Perry vetoed funding to Travis County’s public integrity unit, which investigates allegations of public corruption. So this week featured a tornado of news about Perry with pundits, bloggers and journalists across the nation weighing in on the strength of the indictment alleging wrongdoing by someone who could be the next president of the United States (we don’t think he can win). With that in mind, we thought it would be interesting to look at some other Texas public officials who were either charged or convicted of various crimes. Topping the list is Texas Rep. Ron Reynolds, a Democrat representing District 27. Reynolds is charged with a whopping 10 counts of barratry, which is known popularly as “ambulance chasing.” His trial is set for October. And here’s the kicker: before […]
  • Topless Rally Planned For Sunday

    Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:44:06 +0000

    This Sunday, the girls are coming out. August 24 marks the 7th annual GoTopless Day, and 60 cities around the world will bear witness to a wave of demonstrations in the name of female equality as women march in protest for the right to air out their areolas. For those who are unaware, women have a pair of things on their upper torsos called breasts. They are often used as tools for seduction or as nourishment for infants, but most of the time they are just there. Breasts come in a variety of sizes, are often unwieldy, and society dictates that, while in public, they remain caged in these uncomfortable contraptions called bras, also known as the shackles of the patriarchy. But the women’s rights organization GoTopless believes that if men can peel off their shirts in public without inciting puritanical shock, women should be able to walk around with their breasts unencumbered by the confines of clothing. The group is staging topless protests worldwide to raise awareness about the issue. This year marks the first time a GoTopless demonstration will be held in San Antonio. Local organizers are planning a march downtown at the corner of St. Mary’s and […]