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It’s not just Hello Kitty: Japan’s character craze
mysanantonio.com / Sun, 31 Aug 2014 05:49:42 UT
In what is seen as the origin of Japanese manga, or comics, a set of 12th-century scroll paintings humorously portray frogs, rabbits and other animals in human activities, from sumo wrestling to temple worshipping. [...] to expressive American characters such as Mickey Mouse and Garfield, Hello Kitty doesn't show emotions, and the simplicity has attracted fans from children to street fashion devotees. Despite her cat-like ears and whiskers, she is a "cheerful girl with a gentle heart," says the official website of her theme park, Sanrio Puroland. In a bright yellow, stretchy bodysuit, the pear-fairy jumps up and down frantically and talks in a rapid-fire, high-pitched voice, shouting "nashi!" (pear) at the end of each sentence. The "relaxing bear" is usually seen lounging on a yellow bean bag, sometimes nibbling on snacks, demonstrating an ultimate stress-free lifestyle. The roommate of a 25-year-old female office worker, Rilakkuma's gentle words such as "sleep and reset" and "let's worry when that happens" have been compiled in a series of popular books, serving as remedies for stressed-out Japan. A chubby yellow mutant rodent, Pikachu is the most popular of more than 400 monsters in the Nintendo video game series Pokemon. The series started in 1996 as a pair of game titles for hand-held player Game Boy, and has evolved into playing cards, animation, video games and movies. Pikachu makes frequent public appearances in Japan, especially during summer school break. Besides the theme cafe in Tokyo's fashionable Roppongi Hills shopping complex, hundreds of Pikachus swarmed into Yokohama in mid-August in a "Pikachu outbreak" event.

New gear for officers
LMTonline.com / Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:27:48 -0500
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers may sport new gear on their uniforms next year.

Failure to report cash deals
LMTonline.com / Tue, 21 Oct 2014 02:01:01 -0500
The owner of a downtown business has been indicted for allegedly failing to report dozens of cash transactions that each exceeded $10,000.

TAMIU student fee hearings set for Nov. 4
LMTonline.com / Mon, 27 Oct 2014 04:04:10 -0500
Hearings on proposed changes to tuition and fees for the 2015-16 school year at Texas A&M International University will be held Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 12:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. in the Student Center Rotunda.

LMTonline.com / Wed, 29 Oct 2014 02:27:14 -0500
Some LCC trustees weren’t happy with the college President Juan Maldonado taking almost two weeks of vacation this month, during which he campaigned for three candidates running for the LCC Board of Trustees.

NFL to look into its handling of Rice case
mysanantonio.com / Thu, 11 Sep 2014 17:30:31 UT
NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL called in a former FBI director to examine how it pursued and handled evidence in the Ray Rice domestic violence case as pressure increased for the league to be more transparent about its original investigation. The move late Wednesday came hours after The Associated Press reported that a law enforcement officer said he sent an NFL executive a video in April that showed Rice striking his then-fiancee at a casino. Goodell has maintained that no one in the NFL saw the video until it was released by TMZ Sports Monday. Women's organizations, members of Congress and players have called for more detail about the NFL's handling of the Rice case. The criticism intensified after the law enforcement official's account.

Aranda honored
LMTonline.com / Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:27:48 -0500
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the newly renovated Marcos J. Aranda Recreation and Boxing Center on Thursday morning.

Navy ‘super carrier’ headed for scrap in Texas
mysanantonio.com / Sun, 11 May 2014 21:09:06 UT

Aircraft carrier Saratoga headed for scrap The Navy says it tried unsuccessfully to donate the ship for a public display or as a museum.

Meth conviction gets man 11 years in prison
LMTonline.com / Tue, 28 Oct 2014 02:22:55 -0500
A man accused of attempting to smuggle methamphetamine through a port of entry was sentenced Monday in a Laredo federal court to 11 years in prison.

Victim recounts Southern California shark attack
mysanantonio.com / Sun, 6 Jul 2014 17:01:44 UT
(AP) — A man who was attacked by a great white shark off a Southern California beach is describing how quickly a routine swim turned into a bloody nightmare. Witnesses said the shark had been hooked by a fisherman on a nearby pier and was thrashing in the water for more than 30 minutes before biting Robles about 300 yards off shore.

Richest members of Congress include four from Texas
mysanantonio.com / Wed, 10 Sep 2014 19:46:00 UT

The men and women wield big power and big bank accounts according to the latest list. As both one of the largest and populous states, Texas has its share of congressmen with plenty of green.

Poll: Immigration, border security most important
LMTonline.com / Thu, 30 Oct 2014 02:48:03 -0500
With mid-term elections less than a week away, immigration and border security remain foremost on Texans’ minds when they think about the problems facing the state, according to the latest University of Texas / Texas Tribune Poll.

Drug load found hidden in car, suspect arrested
LMTonline.com / Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:05:03 -0500
A man recently arrested for allegedly smuggling cocaine and methamphetamine began to cry when he asked special agents how much time he could face in prison, court records state.

Mariachi training at TAMIU
LMTonline.com / Fri, 17 Oct 2014 03:46:37 -0500
As TAMIU’s Mariachi International played “Cielito Lindo,” the university and the Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán de Guadalajara, Mexico, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Thursday at Texas A&M International University.

3 dead in Corpus Christi trailer park shooting
mysanantonio.com / Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:07:48 UT
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — Police say a man has been arrested after three people were killed and a child injured in a shooting at a trailer park in Corpus Christi, Texas. The Corpus Christi Caller-Times (http://bit.ly/1sWAvPc ) reports that when police arrived at the trailer park on Sunday evening, they found two women and one man dead outside of different residences.

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