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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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Alamo Colleges Barely Passed Its Own Accountability Test

Alamo Colleges Barely Passed Its Own Accountability Test

News: After months of passionate protest, petitions and public forums, faculty, students and administration of the five Alamo Community Colleges let out... By Mary Tuma 4/16/2014
‘Jodorowsky’s Dune’ Documents a Cult Director’s Ambitious Failure

‘Jodorowsky’s Dune’ Documents a Cult Director’s Ambitious Failure

Screens: We’ve all seen David Lynch’s 1984 film, Dune. For kids of the ’80s and ’90s, it was a staple in Dad’s VHS library. As an adult looking back on it, or as a... By James Woodard 4/16/2014
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Alamo Colleges Barely Passed Its Own Accountability Test

News After months of passionate protest, petitions and public forums, faculty, students and administration of the five Alamo Community Colleges let out... By Mary Tuma | 4/16/2014
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Protestors Won’t Give Up on Immigration Reform

News “Obama, Obama, don’t deport my mama!,” chanted dozens of protestors at the University of Texas—Austin last week. In a call to President Barack Obama... By Mary Tuma | 4/16/2014
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Cityscrapes: A historic argument for a streetcar vote

News Here in San Antonio, we’re really, really good at remembering some things: Travis, Barrett, Crockett, the defenders of the Alamo and the story of the creation... By Heywood Sanders | 4/16/2014
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Glitter Political: Tommy Calvert’s political rebirth

News Tommy Calvert, candidate for precinct 4 Bexar County commissioner, says his love of reading has dramatically sharpened his skills in the art of... By Jade Esteban Estrada | 4/9/2014
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Alamo Colleges Barely Passed Its Own Accountability Test

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News: After months of passionate protest, petitions and public forums, faculty, students and administration of the five Alamo Community Colleges let out... By Mary Tuma 4/16/2014
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News: “Obama, Obama, don’t deport my mama!,” chanted dozens of protestors at the University of Texas—Austin last week. In a call to President Barack Obama... By Mary Tuma 4/16/2014
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News: Here in San Antonio, we’re really, really good at remembering some things: Travis, Barrett, Crockett, the defenders of the Alamo and the story of the creation... By Heywood Sanders 4/16/2014
Glitter Political: Tommy Calvert’s political rebirth

Glitter Political: Tommy Calvert’s political rebirth

News: Tommy Calvert, candidate for precinct 4 Bexar County commissioner, says his love of reading has dramatically sharpened his skills in the art of... By Jade Esteban Estrada 4/9/2014
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  • Bonehead Quote of the Week: David Barton on SA’s LGBT Non-Discrimination Ordinance

    Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:09:29 +0000

    During an evangelical conference held in Austin earlier this month, Texas’ self-taught pseudo-historian David Barton took aim at San Antonio’s recently passed non-discrimination ordinance, a measure that grants equal protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender residents in hiring and firing, public accommodations, fair housing, city employment, contracts and board appointments by adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the city code. After months of heated debate, the long and controversial fight to secure equal rights for all SA residents is now in our rearview mirror. But Barton, echoing the misinformation spouted from vehement right-wing critics that showed up in droves at City Council chambers for months, gave us a throwback we could do without. As religious conservative watchdog group, the Texas Freedom Network reports: “The problem is, under the non-discrimination ordinance that they just passed in San Antonio, if you did what JC [former Republican Congressman JC Watts of Oklahoma] did tonight and if you stand up for traditional marriage—marriage is a man and a woman—you are dismissed from office in San Antonio under the new city law,” said Barton.  “So JC, even though he’s elected by an overwhelming majority in San Antonio, he’s out the door. ‘You can’t do […]
  • Survey Finds Texans Support Marijuana Regulation

    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:54:08 +0000

    A recently conducted survey shows Texans don’t mind if you toke up. Progress Texas created a confidential online survey two weeks ago asking Texans if they support marijuana decriminalization, medicinal use and full regulation. It turns out each policy received more than 90 percent support from the roughly 8,000 respondents, according to preliminary results from the progressive advocacy group. Results: Decriminalization, 92.6 percent said yes, 2.6 percent said no, 0.8 percent said “don’t know”; medicinal use, 98.3 percent said yes, 1.1 percent said no, 0.6 said “don’t know” and as for full regulation: 91.7 percent said yes, 5 percent said no and 3.3 percent said “don’t know.” “The early numbers show that marijuana regulation may be more popular than Texas football,” said Phillip Martin, deputy director of Progress Texas, in a statement. “We’re still in the first quarter of our outreach, but Texans appear ready for a serious conversation about marijuana regulation.” Other recent findings highlight changing attitudes toward marijuana use among Texans. A February 2014 poll from the Texas Tribune/The University of Texas at Austin reported most Texans would support marijuana legalization for medical use and a near-majority would be okay with legalizing it for any use. Nearly 50 percent of registered voters would legalize pot for any purpose—either […]
  • Report: San Antonio Air Quality To Worsen As Eagle Ford Shale Booms

    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:22:28 +0000

    San Antonio’s air quality may suffer dramatically as a result of the Eagle Ford Shale’s projected oil boom, according to figures presented in a new study assessing the shale industry’s impact. The report, conducted by Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG) in coordination and with financial support from state funds through the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), predicts emissions by Eagle Ford will “increase significantly” in the coming years. While the shale play emitted 101 tons of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) per ozone season day in 2011, research estimates that number will balloon anywhere from 338 tons to 872 tons per ozone season day by 2018. According to the EPA, health effects of VOCs—emitted gasses comprised of a variety of chemicals, such as benzene—vary, ranging from throat irritation and nausea to liver, kidney and central nervous system damage. Exposure to some organics is “suspected or known to cause cancer in humans.” Nitrogen oxide levels, which can contribute to air pollution and create ground level ozone when mixed with VOCs and sunlight, are similarly estimated to rise from 66 tons to 146 to 188 tons per peak ozone season day. Contributing to the increase in pollutants, oil and gas production […]