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Kemah Boardwalk bustles with activity
mysanantonio.com / Tue, 8 Apr 2014 16:19:52 UT
Recently named one of the top 10 American Boardwalks by ForbesTraveler.com, Kemah is the ultimate place to eat, shop and play, boasting an estimated 3 million visitors annually to its half-mile-long boardwalk along the landscaped waterfront property. Throughout the year, the Kemah Boardwalk hosts special seasonal events, festivals, live entertainment and fireworks displays, most of which are free and open to the community. Additional rides include the Aviator, Jungle Bounce, Balloon Wheel, 65-foot Century Ferris wheel, 140-foot Drop Zone, Double Decker carousel, Pharaoh's Fury, the Boardwalk Tower, the Red Baron and Wipeout.


Car collides with Hermann Park miniature train
mysanantonio.com / Mon, 20 Jan 2014 19:19:04 UT
[...] somehow on Jan. 19, a gorgeous Sunday afternoon, the driver of a sedan managed to cross the tracks just as the train arrived in the same spot next to the Houston Zoo. Hermann Park Conservancy, a private organization that helps manage the park in conjunction with the city, took over the small railroad in 2007.

Judge Richard Cebull sent hundreds of racist e-mails, panel says
mysanantonio.com / Tue, 21 Jan 2014 01:32:31 UT
The council's attempt to conceal its findings reflects a system in which judicial disciplinary agencies tend to err on the side of confidentiality because of the volume of meritless misconduct complaints they receive, said Carl Tobias, a University of Richmond law professor and commentator on the federal courts. "Because many complaints are frivolous, there's a mind-set to keep things as private as possible," he said. In its now-public report, the Ninth Circuit Judicial Council said a subsequent search of court computer tapes dating from 2008 found hundreds of disparaging e-mails sent by Cebull to "personal and professional contacts and court staff." Two council members - U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken of Oakland, the Bay Area's chief federal judge, and U.S. District Judge Anthony Ishii of Fresno - voted to go further and ask Cebull to retire, "in recognition of the severity of his violations and the breadth of the public reaction."

911 recordings released in Md. exorcism deaths
mysanantonio.com / Tue, 21 Jan 2014 01:44:38 UT
GERMANTOWN, Md. (AP) — Montgomery County Police have released 911 calls related to the deaths of two children in Maryland, deaths police attributed to two women who believed they were performing an exorcism. Police had said previously that they were called Thursday to the Germantown home where the women lived after a 911 caller reported a child unattended in a vehicle. Avery, 28, told investigators that she thought an exorcism of her children was necessary to remove the presence of the devil and evil spirits, said Capt. Marcus Jones, director of the police department's major crimes division.

Wendy Davis’ story may have misstated details
mysanantonio.com / Tue, 21 Jan 2014 04:43:58 UT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis' rise from a teenage single mother living in a trailer park to Harvard Law School is a centerpiece of her campaign for Texas governor, but some of the details of her personal story may be fuzzier than first thought. Texas hasn't elected a Democrat to statewide office since 1994, but Davis became an overnight political star with her filibuster of abortion limits last summer and so far has raised enough money that she could keep the race for governor close. After community college, she graduated from college at Texas Christian University and with honors from Harvard Law School. Jeff Davis also kept the couple's two daughters while their mother was studying in Boston and, when the couple divorced in 2005, he won parental custody and she was ordered to pay child support, according to the newspaper. In a statement released to the media Monday, Davis said that "the truth is that at age 19, I was a teenage mother living alone with my daughter in a trailer and struggling to keep us afloat on my way to a divorce."


Deputy with K-9 on board crashes on North Beltway 8
mysanantonio.com / Tue, 21 Jan 2014 14:49:26 UT
The crash forced officials to shut down the westbound toll road. The three-vehicle wreck occurred about 7:50 a.m. on Beltway 8 near Wilson Road, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

On Google, it’s not just Texas that wants to secede
mysanantonio.com / Tue, 21 Jan 2014 16:18:00 UT

The Texas campaign for secession is well known but apparently we aren't the only state that wants out. In total, 16 other states would like to leave, at least according to the Google auto complete search tool.


Vatican monsignor arrested for money laundering
mysanantonio.com / Tue, 21 Jan 2014 16:51:08 UT
Financial police in the southern Italian city of Salerno said Monsignor Nunzio Scarano, dubbed "Monsignor 500" for his purported favored banknotes, had transferred millions of euros in fictitious donations from offshore companies through his accounts at the Vatican's Institute for Religious Works. Acting on evidence provided by the Vatican bank, police said they seized 6.5 million euros in real estate and assets in Italian bank accounts Tuesday, including Scarano's luxurious Salerno apartment, filled with gilt-framed oil paintings, ceramic vases and other fancy antiques. Scarano allegedly withdrew 555,248 euros from his Vatican account in cash in 2009 and brought it into Italy. Since he couldn't deposit it in an Italian bank without drawing suspicion, he selected 50 friends to accept 10,000 euros apiece in cash in exchange for a check or wire transfer in that same amount. The Vatican's top prosecutor said last week that the Holy See had responded to two official requests from Italy for information about Scarano's accounts, while making its own request to Italian authorities for help in its own money-laundering investigation against the prelate. In the Rome smuggling case, prosecutors say Scarano, a financier and a carabinieri officer devised an elaborate plot to transport 20 million euros in a private jet from Switzerland to Italy avoid paying customs duties.

A look back at the allegations against Woody Allen
mysanantonio.com / Tue, 4 Feb 2014 23:12:43 UT
The Ugly Explosion of an Unconventional Family, announced the Aug. 31, 1992, cover of Time magazine, which bore Woody Allen's bespectacled face. The sordid saga involving Allen and erstwhile romantic partner Mia Farrow had indeed exploded into the public consciousness days earlier. The most sensational part: an allegation that the celebrated director had taken their adopted daughter Dylan, 7, into an attic-like space at Farrow's Connecticut home and molested her. At age 78 he still puts out a movie a year, won his fourth Oscar in 2012 for "Midnight in Paris," and is nominated again this year — his 24th nod — for the "Blue Jasmine" screenplay. Allen was given a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes in January that included a glowing televised tribute. [...] this past weekend, Dylan Farrow, now 28, married and living in Florida, penned an emotional open letter, accusing Hollywood of callously lionizing her tormentor. Visiting Allen's apartment, Farrow discovers a set of nude, explicit photos Allen has taken of her 21-year-old adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn (her father is Farrow's ex-husband, Andre Previn). Farrow gives Allen a Valentine with a photograph of her and some of her children; a steak knife is stuck into Farrow's heart, covered with a photo of Soon-Yi, and meat skewers are stuck in the chests of the children. The doctor leading the probe, John M. Leventhal, will later say in a sworn statement, reported by The New York Times, that he theorized Dylan either invented the story or had it planted in her mind by her mother. The judge says he doesn't know if the molestation happened, but bars Allen from seeing Dylan for at least six months and limits visits with other children. In Litchfield, Conn., State's Attorney Frank Maco says there was "probable cause" to charge Allen with molesting Dylan and that police had drawn up an arrest warrant, but that he decided not to pursue the case, in part because it would traumatize Dylan. Allen loses his bid for disciplinary action against Maco when a state panel rules that the prosecutor was acting within his rights when he announced he had evidence Allen had abused Dylan. Allen had charged that Maco's statement essentially convicted him of child abuse and prejudiced his custody fight. The couple continues on to France, where the newspaper Le Monde describes the American reaction to Farrow's charges as "the outrage of a certain America, family-oriented and puritanical, against a man that didn't conform enough..." Robert Weide, director and producer of a PBS documentary about Allen, notes in a widely circulated article on The Daily Beast that Farrow had specifically agreed to the use of her "Purple Rose of Cairo" clip in the Globe montage. "Woody Allen is a living testament to the way our society fails the survivors of sexual assault and abuse," she writes.

Slaying of popular Terlingua bar owner has ghost town reeling
mysanantonio.com / Wed, 5 Feb 2014 21:12:00 UT

Terlingua, a tiny town on the edge of Big Bend National Park in far west Texas, is an attraction for Houstonians seeking escape from urban life. But now it's reeling from the jolt of an alleged homicide, with one local resident accused of taking the life of another.


GI Joe, the world’s first action figure, turns 50
mysanantonio.com / Thu, 6 Feb 2014 12:20:00 UT
The birthday of what's called the world's first action figure is being celebrated this month by collectors and the toy maker that introduced it just before the nation plunged into the quagmire that would become the Vietnam War — a storm it seems to have weathered pretty well. Since Hasbro brought it to the world's attention at the annual toy fair in New York City in early 1964, G.I. Joe has undergone many changes, some the result of shifts in public sentiment for military-themed toys, others dictated by the marketplace. Levine and his team came up with an 11½-inch articulated figure with 21 moving parts, and since the company's employees included many military veterans, it was decided to outfit the toy in the uniforms of the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force, with such accessories as guns, helmets and vehicles. Into the '70s, G.I. Joes featured "lifelike hair" and "kung-fu grip" and were outfitted with scuba gear to save the oceans and explorer's clothing for discovering mummies. Over the decades, G.I. Joe has spawned comic books, cartoons, two movies starring Channing Tatum, and a G.I. Joe Collector's Club and its annual convention — GIJoeCon — held in Dallas in April.

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