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6 Sinfully Good Grilled Cheese Sandwiches in SA

6 Sinfully Good Grilled Cheese Sandwiches in SA

Food & Drink: Cheesy Jane’s. Multiple locations, cheesyjanes.com. If the name is any indicator, this San Antonio staple doesn’t mess around when it comes to... By Tommie Ethington 10/22/2014
Alamo Ice House Brings Hill Country to Downtown

Alamo Ice House Brings Hill Country to Downtown

Food & Drink: There was a special kind of draw at Alamo Ice House on a recent Tuesday evening. A handful of weeks after opening its... By Jessica Elizarraras 10/22/2014
A Closer Look: The ins and outs of a few important races

A Closer Look: The ins and outs of a few important races

News: For more than a year now gubernatorial candidates Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott have dominated airwaves and secured way... By Mark Reagan 10/22/2014
‘Walking the Camino’ Explores a Treacherous Trek Through Spain

‘Walking the Camino’ Explores a Treacherous Trek Through Spain

Screens: In the Middle Ages, pilgrims walked the 500-mile El Camino de Santiago de Compostela as a pilgrimage to the tomb of Apostle St. James. It was an... By Stephen James Ross 10/22/2014
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Voter Toolkit: Where To Vote And What To Bring

News Early voting is underway for the November 4 election and a last-minute appeals-court ruling means Texas’ controversial... By Mark Reagan | 10/22/2014
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Bexar County Judge: Nelson Wolff vs. Carlton Soules

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Voter Toolkit: Where To Vote And What To Bring

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Panhandling Proposal Lacks Supporters, and Logic

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  • Transgender Inclusion: U.S. Military Ranks 40th

    Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:17:23 +0000

    The Old World far outpaces the New World when it comes to transgender inclusion in the armed forces. A new study released by the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies ranked 103 countries based off of policies and treatment of transgendered military personnel. You can read that study at the bottom of this story. The United States ranks 40th, but it is described as an outlier, along with South Korea (73rd), China (62nd) and Japan (29th). “These countries score higher for Human Development or Democracy than they do for LGBT inclusion in the military. As a result these countries may be ready to join a dialogue on policy and practice associated with greater LGBT inclusion,” the study states. An outlier is data that is abnormal or not explainable within normal parameters, which indicates error or a flaw in theory. New Zealand tops the list, followed by the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Sweden, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Belgium, Israel and France and Spain, which tied for the tenth spot. And yes, you read that right, Israel, the country that religious conservatives in the United States rally around supports LGBT inclusion in its military. We’ll be interested to see whether that support wanes when those […]
  • San Antonio Joins Nationwide Broadband Initiative

    Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:52:55 +0000

    San Antonio is one of 31 cities across the nation to join a nonprofit’s project that aims to provide reliable broadband internet access to everyone in the country. District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg was in Santa Monica, California Monday where Next Century Cities, a project of the conservation-oriented nonprofit New Venture Fund, was launched. Mayors and leaders from across the nation talked about strategies to provide broadband that have worked and brainstormed how to expand broadband access across the country, according to a City of San Antonio press release. “I look forward to working with local leaders nationwide to ensure that every city can accelerate broadband deployment and bridge the digital divide,” Nirenberg said in the press release. “Adequate and equitable access to these technologies has become a national priority. A unified strategy for digital communication in San Antonio will recognize that access to broadband and mobile technology is not a luxury but a necessity in the 21st century economy.” In June, Nirenberg filed a council request seeking a comprehensive strategy to deploy broadband citywide, including policy recommendations, providing tools (sounds like subsidies) to private companies to implement “sufficient mobile data capacity” and define local government’s role in managing a […]
  • Early Voting Starts Today

    Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:22:24 +0000

    Early voting starts today. Voters can start casting ballots 17 days before an election either by mail or in person. There are 41 early voting locations in Bexar County. Voting hours are as follows: Monday, October 20 through Friday, October 24: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, October 25: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, October 26: noon to 6 p.m. Monday, October 27 through Friday, October 31: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. There are more than 80 races on the November 2014 ballot, along with several initiatives. Click here to see a generic sample ballot. On Saturday, the Supreme Court ruled that Texas can enforce its voter identification law, which means you need official identification to vote. You can read up on what you need here. For more information, contact the Bexar County Elections Department at (210) 335-VOTE (8683). Scroll down for a list of early voting locations: Early Voting Calendar