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Best of SA 2013: 4/24/2013
Beaches Be Trippin\': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

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

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Easy Green: 10 quick ways to make money in college

Easy Green: 10 quick ways to make money in college

College Issue 2014: Sell clothes. Plato’s Closet is a great place to take your gently worn apparel in exchange for cold, hard cash. They accept clothes, shoes and... By Brittany Minor 8/18/2014
Food security conference to take on SA's food deserts

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News: Our state ranks next to last in food security, meaning that in 2010 over 4 million Texans experienced outright hunger or ditched healthy food for cheap... By Michael Barajas 5/9/2012
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

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The BFRO decides to conduct an evening investigation using a baboon borrowed from a local zoo. And even the baboon seems to have trouble keeping a straight face.

Angry Boys (9pm Sunday, HBO)
HBO shows a rare lapse in taste with this so-called comedy, a showcase for creator-writer-star Chris Lilley. According to the press material, Lilley is adored in his native Australia, though I suspect the description from a local newspaper review — “jaw-dropping” — might well have been taken out of context. The series claims to explore the 21st century male, with Lilley himself playing asinine adolescents, a black rapper, a cold Japanese woman, a butch prison guard, and other characters.

These people are supposed to be entertainingly pathetic, but Lilley forgot the entertaining part. The adolescent subplot, for example, consists of a foul-mouthed idiot baiting his deaf brother. The prison guard subplot focuses on her allegedly humorous racism. Laughing yet?

Angry Boys is, indeed, jaw-dropping.

Work It (7:30pm Tuesday, ABC)
This new sitcom is a response to the country’s high unemployment rate. Things get so bad for laid-off Lee (Ben Koldyke) and Angel (Amaury Nolasco) that they resort to dressing up like women to work on an all-female sales staff.

I’m all for gender-bending, but Work It dresses guys in bras and high heels only to affirm rigid sex stereotypes. The series’ men are clueless macho horndogs, the women either ditzes, bitches, saints, or sex objects. The writers’ only idea of a joke is to keep emphasizing the fact that dudes know nothing about women. Sample punch line, delivered by one of those dudes to overwhelming laugh-track approval: “Thanks for the tampon!”

If the unemployment rate drops, Work It’s premise will no longer make sense, and it will have to be canceled. President Obama, the ball is in your court.

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