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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...
While oil and gas companies have pushed the frontiers of offshore drilling into deeper, more dangerous waters over the last decade, their government watchdogs stayed behind in the shallows, clinging to long-standing practices and failing to plan for new hazards, according to...
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...
BP crews Friday positioned a 100-ton, four-story containment dome over the major leak site of an out-of-control oil well, an effort that offered the most immediate hope of corralling a spill that already has closed Gulf of Mexico fishing and threatens the environment onshore...
Ted Alexander sat in a big overstuffed chair and reacted with surprise when told the 65th anniversary of V-E Day was just 48 hours away. “Sixty-fifth? I didn't realize it,” he said. “That's a lot of time.” This was Thursday just before noon, Alexander's 93rd birthday. He lives...
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...