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Chris Pérez, Selena’s Husband, Faces His Past and Looks Forward, Musically

Chris Pérez, Selena’s Husband, Faces His Past and Looks Forward, Musically

Music: Chris Pérez never saw it coming. “All I ever wanted to do was play guitar,” he told the Current. “I never thought I’d be the subject of an interview... By Enrique Lopetegui 8/28/2013
Chris Perez, husband of slain Tejana icon Selena, tells of romance, suffering

Chris Perez, husband of slain Tejana icon Selena, tells of romance, suffering

Arts & Culture: In one of the final chapters of his book To Selena, With Love (out March 6), Selena's widower Chris Perez mentions that Abraham Quintanilla, his former father-in-law, once... By Enrique Lopetegui 3/7/2012
Big Hops Gastropub

Big Hops Gastropub

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
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
15 Types of Commonly Encountered College Students

15 Types of Commonly Encountered College Students

College Issue 2014: Usually a freshman, this student tries to absorb everything the teacher says and immediately after class rushes to... By Alex Deleon 8/18/2014
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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

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

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
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
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

News: Last year at this time, I began writing this monthly column with the intent of showcasing the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in... By Richard Farias 8/6/2014
Legal Limbo: Nonprofit Concludes Screening Children at Lackland

Legal Limbo: Nonprofit Concludes Screening Children at Lackland

News: A nonprofit that provides legal support to undocumented immigrants has finished screening approximately 1,200 unaccompanied children at Lackland Air... By Mark Reagan 8/6/2014
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
  • Report: Nearly 600,000 Texas Latinos Left Out of Health Coverage Options

    Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:10:07 +0000

    Of the nearly 1 million poor Texans left with no affordable health insurance option due to the state’s refusal to expand Medicaid, more than half are Latino, according to a report co-released today by the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and National Council of La Raza. The report calls attention to the coverage gap created by Gov. Rick Perry’s decision not to expand the program under the Affordable Care Act–extremely poor Texas adults who do not qualify for the state’s traditional Medicaid program (which right now covers poor pregnant women, children, seniors, and people with disabilities) but also earn too much to qualify for financial help in the Marketplace are left with nowhere to turn. “Despite broad public support and the very clear economic benefits, the state of Texas has chosen to reject federal dollars to expand the program and has yet to bring forth a viable alternative to close the coverage gap,” said Leticia de la Vara, strategist with the NCLR. According to a 2013 study by the San Antonio-based Methodist Healthcare Ministries, expanding the program to include the state’s poorest adults would create an additional 230,000 new jobs and save the state billions in health care costs. A recent poll […]
  • SAPD Seeks Alleged Dog Killer

    Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:02:14 +0000

    San Antonio police are looking for a man accused of cornering a dog and beating it to death. Gary Laurence Kennedy is wanted on a charge of cruelty to animals (torture and death), along with two misdemeanor warrants for domestic assault, according to police. “Kennedy chased a dog until he cornered it then struck it with a metal bar until the dog died,” police said in a press release. The San Antonio Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating Kennedy so it can solve the case. Crime Stoppers is paying up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of Kennedy, and tipsters may remain anonymous. The Crime Stoppers number is 224-STOP (7867) and the website is www.sacrimestoppers.com. Tipsters can also text a tip by typing “Tip 127, plus the tip” to CRIMES (274637).
  • Ride-Share Consumers Mistaking Regular Commuters for Uber Drivers

    Mon, 18 Aug 2014 21:47:01 +0000

    The vehicle-for-hire industry keeps warning San Antonio’s policy makers that any number of bad things could occur if ride-sharing companies like Lyft and Uber are allowed to operate in the Alamo City. Among concerns discussed during last week’s Public Safety Committee meeting: criminals picking up riders, unsafe cars, no commercial insurance, alcohol and drugs, and no Americans with Disabilities Act requirements. Here’s a story about some of the crazier arguments presented during the meeting. But perhaps they are looking at the wrong criticism to highlight while lobbying the Public Safety Committee and other policy makers to give ride-sharing companies the red light. “Are you Lyft? OH MY GOD YOU’RE NOT.” – the woman who got in my car while I was trying to park — Louis Peitzman (@LouisPeitzman) August 14, 2014 According to Valleywag, a Gawker Media blog about California’s Silicon Valley, strangers are getting into people’s cars after assuming that those people are Uber or Lyft drivers. Head over to Valleywag to read the complete collection of what-the-hell-are-you-doing tweets written by people who don’t work for Lyft or Uber. As for the vehicle-for-hire industry having a new argument, the task force created by the Public Safety Committee that features ride-share […]