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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
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How Rebates Have the Texas Film Industry Playing Catch Up To its Neighbors

How Rebates Have the Texas Film Industry Playing Catch Up To its Neighbors

Screens: See if you can spot the common thread that is pulling at the seams of the Texas film industry. On NBC’s The Night Shift, a stock-written staff... By Matt Stieb 8/27/2014

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Texas Law Leaves Abortion Out of Reach for Many Women

News Texas’ sweeping abortion law has already eliminated all abortion clinics south of San Antonio, and the last clinic west of the city... By Alexa Garcia-Ditta | 8/27/2014
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Cityscrapes: A race to the convention floor

News “Conventions go to the city which exerts the greatest efforts to secure them. San Antonio can get any convention that it goes after.” That was the position... By Heywood Sanders | 8/27/2014
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Mayoral Horserace

News Once elected next spring, San Antonio’s new mayor will have just a few months to prepare for the 2016 budget... By Mark Reagan | 8/27/2014
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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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Texas Law Leaves Abortion Out of Reach for Many Women

Texas Law Leaves Abortion Out of Reach for Many Women

News: Texas’ sweeping abortion law has already eliminated all abortion clinics south of San Antonio, and the last clinic west of the city... By Alexa Garcia-Ditta 8/27/2014
Cityscrapes: A race to the convention floor

Cityscrapes: A race to the convention floor

News: “Conventions go to the city which exerts the greatest efforts to secure them. San Antonio can get any convention that it goes after.” That was the position... By Heywood Sanders 8/27/2014
Mayoral Horserace

Mayoral Horserace

News: Once elected next spring, San Antonio’s new mayor will have just a few months to prepare for the 2016 budget... By Mark Reagan 8/27/2014
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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  • Perry Deletes ‘Unauthorized’ Tweet Mocking ‘Drunk Democrat’

    Mon, 01 Sep 2014 06:51:06 +0000

    What the hell happened on Governor Rick Perry’s Twitter account last night? The recently indicted Republican was quick to distance himself from a disparaging tweet sent out from his verified Twitter account Sunday evening. Perry, who is facing two felony counts of abuse of power and coercion, seemingly mocked Rosemary Lehmberg, the Travis County district attorney who was the impetus for his criminal charges, with a photo that called her a drunk. The insulting image was quickly deleted, and Perry took to social media to claim the tweet was “unauthorized,” but not before it was preserved online for posterity. Lehmberg heads the state’s Public Integrity Unit (PIU), an outfit tasked with investigating and prosecuting state government corruption. The unit was investigating the governor’s office over questionable funding for the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas when Lehmberg was arrested for driving while intoxicated in April 2013. She steadfastly refused Perry’s calls to resign after she pleaded guilty and served jail time. Perry then vetoed $7.5 million in state funding for the PIU, an act that led to his current prosecution. In the image on Twitter, Lehmberg’s mugshot was photoshopped into a photo of The Most Interesting Man in the […]
  • Have Your Say in the Hemisfair Civic Park Design

    Mon, 01 Sep 2014 05:03:18 +0000

    The folks behind the Hemisfair redevelopment are seeking public input on the three concepts drawn up for the urban park district. An online survey has been set up to collect citizen feedback and opinion regarding the downtown park’s design. The revitalization of Hemisfair is a cornerstone of former Mayor Julián Castro’s “Decade of Downtown” initiative, and the effort to overhaul the site of the 1968 World’s Fair continue to move forward even though he has decamped to Washington D.C. to join President Barack Obama’s cabinet. The plan is to reinvigorate the underutilized space in the city’s urban core by creating a world-class park district, a mixed-use space comprising open-air plazas, green spaces, multi-family residences and venues for food and retail. Phase one, the recreational area dubbed the Yanaguana Garden is expected to open to the public next year. But the site in question for the purpose of the survey is the as of yet unnamed civic park, phase two of the redevelopment project. The civic park will replace the older portion of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center at the corner of Alamo and Market Streets, one of the most pedestrian-heavy areas of downtown. The proposed design, a joint effort […]
  • Do Medical Pot Laws Curb Fatal Opiate Overdoses?

    Sun, 31 Aug 2014 17:12:57 +0000

    A new study reveals that there are almost 25 percent fewer opiate overdoses in states with medical marijuana laws than in states without them. The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine last week, looked at death certificate data in all 50 states, 13 of which had medical marijuana laws on the books, between 1999 and 2010. “States with medical cannabis laws had a 24.8% lower mean annual opioid overdose mortality rate … compared with states without medical cannabis laws. Examination of the association between medical cannabis laws and opioid analgesic overdose mortality in each year after implementation of the law showed that such laws were associated with a lower rate of overdose mortality that generally strengthened over time,” the authors wrote. According to a Center for Disease Control and Prevention fact sheet, 55 percent, or 22,810, of the 41,340 drug overdose deaths in the United States in 2011 were related to pharmaceuticals. Of those 22,810 deaths, 74 percent of the cases involved opioid analgesics, or painkillers. Additionally, in 2011, there were 1.4 million emergency room visits because of nonmedical use of pharmaceuticals, 420,040 of which were related to opioids. Because of the study’s results, its authors think “further investigation” on […]