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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Without independent oversight, San Antonio’s city government will keep making the same mistakes

Posted By on Wed, May 5, 2021 at 3:47 PM

Editor’s Note: The following is CityScrapes, a column of opinion and analysis. San Antonio, we have an accountability problem. There are, of course, all the questions about February’s Great Freeze and the response by the city government, SAWS and CPS Energy: questions about preparedness, public information, decision making, policies...

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GOP lawmakers want to ban 'woke philosophies' like critical race theory in Texas schools

Posted By on Wed, May 5, 2021 at 1:29 PM

Mirroring moves by other red-state legislatures across the country, Texas Republicans are attempting to reach into classrooms and limit what public school students are taught about the nation's historical subjugation of people of color. Two bills moving through the Texas Legislature would bar the teaching of critical race theory,...

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City of San Antonio will open 6 public pools at limited capacity for summer

Posted By on Wed, May 5, 2021 at 12:24 PM

As temperatures and vaccination rates rise in tandem, the City of San Antonio has opted to open a half-dozen public swimming pools for the summer season. The pools will reopen Saturday with capacity restrictions in place. Heritage, Lady Bird Johnson, Southside Lions, Woodlawn, Kennedy and San Pedro pools will...

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PETA asks feds to yank license of San Antonio Aquarium, saying a convicted wildlife trafficker owns it

Posted By on Wed, May 5, 2021 at 11:28 AM

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is calling on the federal government to shut down the San Antonio Aquarium, alleging that a convicted wildlife trafficker is involved with its operations. PETA's letter, addressed last Thursday to the director of Animal Welfare at the United States Department of Agriculture, argues...

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San Antonio’s Fiesta Commission releases 2021 schedule of events

Posted By on Wed, May 5, 2021 at 10:12 AM

The wait for the reset of San Antonio’s citywide party is nearly over. Fiesta officials on Tuesday unveiled the schedule for the annual 11-day celebration and fundraiser, which will occur June 17-27. Fiesta was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and 2021's  iteration was moved from April...

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Bill banning transgender students from playing sports fizzles out in Texas House committee

Posted By on Wed, May 5, 2021 at 9:27 AM

A bill that would ban transgender students from playing on school sports teams that match their gender identity died in a Texas House committee Tuesday. The House Public Education Committee took up Senate Bill 29, but it fell one vote short of being to be moved to debate in...

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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Ken Paxton tells The New York Times he doesn't support Greg Abbott for reelection — then tweets that he does

Posted By on Tue, May 4, 2021 at 3:12 PM

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a New York Times story published Tuesday that he does not support Gov. Greg Abbott, a fellow Republican, as Abbott runs for reelection, the latest — and most revealing — sign that some state GOP leaders are on a collision course ahead...

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The Mendoza Line: Corrupt cops celebrate defeat of San Antonio’s Prop B with weekend crime spree

Posted By on Tue, May 4, 2021 at 11:21 AM

We understand that in the current political environment it can be really tough to tell the difference between real news stories and satire, which is precisely why we're letting you know that the Mendoza Line is a weekly work of satire. After San Antonio voters turned down Proposition B in...

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Monday, May 3, 2021

Former federal ethics chief blasts Ted Cruz's message to 'woke' corporations as 'openly corrupt'

Posted By on Mon, May 3, 2021 at 9:06 AM

The former head of the Government Office of Ethics called an editorial penned by U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz as a warning to "woke CEOs" as possibly the “most openly corrupt” message ever from a senator to corporate donors. “It’s the part everyone knows: these crooks sell access,” Walter Shaub, former chief of the Government Office...

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Sunday, May 2, 2021

Prop B's narrow miss with San Antonio voters still sends a strong message about police reform

Posted By on Sun, May 2, 2021 at 9:40 AM

In Saturday's citywide election, San Antonians narrowly rejected a proposition that would have stripped the city's police union of its collective bargaining power. With all precincts counted, 51% of voters opposed Proposition B while 49% supported it — a margin of fewer than 3,500 of the 150,000 votes cast....

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