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The first steps to freedom aren't between opening steel gates or beneath menacing guard towers, but through double glass doors and down the stairs to 12th Street. It's just about the only way out alive from the Texas prison system. About 90 percent of male prison inmates in the...
While BP says it will pay to clean up the mammoth oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the British oil giant has repeatedly placed blame elsewhere for the tragic rig accident last month that started it all. How much longer it will be able to keep saying so, however, is another...
A leukemia diagnosis for Destiny Cantu, 10, devastated her family, up-ending their usual routine at home in Pearsall by her need for thrice weekly treatments at a hospital in San Antonio. Fortunately, Ronald McDonald House Charities has helped the Cantus, as it has more than 15,...
A couple of years ago, Lionel Sosa accepted an invitation to speak at a Dominion Rotary Club luncheon. The group of affluent local business leaders should have been Sosa’s crowd. A self-made San Antonio advertising mogul, Sosa carries an almost evangelical belief in the power of...
Incumbent Robert Schneider won a tight race Saturday for the District 7 seat on the Austin school board. Meanwhile, Tamala Barksdale , a marketing director at EnviroMedia, and Julie Cowan , a stay-at-home mom and school volunteer, are headed to a runoff to fill the open at-large...
Saturday's overcast sky would have boded ill for the annual Texas Solar Car Races if the Northside Independent School District, which has organized the event for 14 years, hadn't had a solution on hand: batteries. Each 1-foot-long, solar-powered car was outfitted before the...
A 100-ton containment box meant to capture oil leaking from a well under the Gulf of Mexico sat about 650 feet away from its target Saturday, as BP engineers try to find a way to stop the formation of icelike gas and water crystals that plugged the system shortly after being...
Far out in the shallows, at the sweet spot where freshwater from the land and salt from the sea play a perfect duet, Ray Vath stands in his boat, ringed by uneasy horizons. To Vath's left, distant oil rigs form the only dark and immobile points on a soft sky. To his right, still...
Forty years ago, the entire South Side of San Antonio smelled like a dump. Raw sewage flowed into Mitchell Lake and landfills and junkyards pockmarked the landscape. No one in their right mind would have invested there, said former Mayor Henry Cisneros. On Friday, when Texas A...