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San Antonio Council Approves Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

Updated throughout at 5:10 p.m. The San Antonio City Council passed a citizen-driven ordinance Thursday, mandating paid sick leave to be offered to workers at businesses within city limits.

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Bills And Bulletproof Backpacks: Safety Measures For A New School Year

As students prepare to go back to school, more and more parents are thinking about school safety. A recent poll found 34 percent of parents fear for their child's physical safety at school. That's almost triple the number of parents from 2013. And yet schools are among the safest places for kids . According to one study , shootings involving students have actually gone down since the 1990s. But that hasn't stopped parents, schools and lawmakers from acting on their concerns. They're beefing...

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Nathan Cone

  

In the mid-1990s, Samuel “Sambo” Mockbee, founded the Rural Studio, a radical educational design/build program in poverty-stricken Hale County, Alabama. 

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A sweet comedy about a sad sack poet trying to open a “mostly vegetarian” food stand, writer/director/actor Paul Gordon says "The Happy Poet" is also about "kindness and generosity versus looking out for yourself and doing what you need to do to get by." In the film, Bill (Gordon) finds trying to stay true to his convictions and make ends meet to be tougher than he expected.  

Nathan Cone

In 1957, Barbara Smith Conrad was studying music at the University of Texas in Austin. She was cast as Dido in a student production of Henry Purcell’s opera "Dido and Aeneas." 

Two weeks before the curtain, Conrad learned that she would not be singing the role of Dido, because a state congressman had objected to an African-American woman being cast opposite a white leading man in a romantic role.  

With all of the Best Of 2009 and Best Of/Worst Of Decade lists that have been published in print and online recently, I started to feel that there were some films that have been unfairly neglected. They’re movies that you saw over the past decade, but then they went on the shelf of your memory and haven’t been taken down since, despite the fact that you enjoyed them the first time around.

Wounded Vet Takes Pain Of War To Comedy Club

Dec 25, 2009

We first brought you the story of Staff Sgt. Bobby Henline last year. He was wounded in Iraq in 2007 and burned over nearly half his body.

After months of recovery, his life is slowly getting back to normal. Henline must endure grueling physical therapy because of injuries. But to help heal the wounds we can't see, he has taken up an interesting hobby, one that helps him employ the healing power of laughter.

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Editor’s Note: When I received a review copy of the new direct-to-video movie Santa Buddies in the mail, I knew exactly who to call. My own buddy Ryan, whom I’ve known since college, tolerates excruciatingly bad movies well, for what reason I cannot tell. I figured that reading his review of the movie would be much more fun than sitting through 88 minutes of CGI-assisted talking dogs. I wasn’t disappointed. Without further ado, here’s the longest analysis of Santa Buddies you’re likely to read on the Internet. Now, I dare you to watch the movie. –Nathan Cone 

Director Wes Anderson has worked on a lot of film projects, but with his latest picture, Fantastic Mr. Fox, he ventured into new territory. It's the first time Anderson has made an animated feature.

Based on the Roald Dahl children's book of the same name, Fantastic Mr. Fox is the story of a slick, well-bred fellow (voiced by George Clooney) who swears off stealing from three rich farmers after becoming a parent — but who can't entirely control his sticky fingers.

Zeitgeist Films

Seven-year-old Rowan Isaacson is like many kids his age.  He enjoys playing with toys, reading books, and spending time with friends and family.  But as the new documentary and book "The Horse Boy" illustrates, as little as two years ago, Rowan’s life was very different. 

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In December 2007, the "Mitchell Report," detailing the use of performance enhancing drugs by dozens of Major League Baseball players, was released. Roger Clemens was among the players listed in that report. The new book "American Icon: The Fall of Roger Clemens and the Rise of Steroids in America's Pastime" lays bare the corruption that has plagued baseball for years, and chronicles the downfall of Katy, Texas-native Clemens. 

Next week, Kelly Blair, a former gym owner from Pasadena, Texas, will testify before a federal grand jury that is believed to be investigating Clemens for perjury. Clemens testified under oath before a congressional committee in February, 2008 that he had never used steroids or human growth hormone. Nathaniel Vinton is one of four investigative writers from the New York Daily News that has been following this story.

MGM

Remember "The Alamo?" Fifty years ago, actor John Wayne and crew set up shop outside of Bracketville, Texas, to film an ambitious re-telling of the epic story of the Battle for Texas Independence.  "The Alamo" was nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture.  It won one award for its impressive sound design.   Although there have been subsequent films of the Alamo story, many people still hold John Wayne’s version close to their hearts.

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Jeremy Brimhall / San Antonio Symphony

The San Antonio Symphony's 2018-2019 season doesn't start until late September, but there's something some parents and students may want to put on their calendars: rehearsals are now open to music students.


Bógar Adame

Drummer Antonio Sanchez wrote and performed the music for the 2014 Oscar-winning film “Birdman,” directed by Mexican filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu.

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On Fronteras:

  • Texas high school students use lessons learned from the Broadway smash “Hamilton” to create original performance pieces (0:16).
  • A profile of a San Antonio musician who stands at the crossroads of punk and conjunto (4:39).

  • Jazz drummer Antonio Sanchez talks about composing music for the 2014 movie “Birdman” (9:56).


Hilmy

You might find Collin Shook at the bass, behind the drums, or even behind a desk at his home base in Austin, Texas, where he runs the pop-up performance space Monks Jazz. But for this set at Jazz, TX, Collin is at the piano, playing some original material, and classics from the likes of Horace Silver and Clifford Brown.

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As San Antonio celebrates its 300 years of history, TPR is reporting on the celebrations, as well as the historical & cultural milestones that have made the city what it is today.