No members of city council were led away in handcuffs, no one opened fire at a Fiesta parade, but 2018 was anything but a quiet news year for San Antonio. And much of the noise came from its residents. Fair to say, this was the year San Antonio got woke. Neighborhoods stood up to the ongoing march of gentrification, citizens demanded paid sick leave and voters gave a thumbs down to a controversial and increasingly powerful city manager. Clearly, many residents worried about the Alamo City’s unprecedented growth and how local officials are responding. Mayor Ron Nirenberg has shown a willingness to tackle tough issues such as transportation, affordable housing and entrenched inequality. But, at the same time, citizen ire grew over concerns that city staff had become deaf to their concerns. Here’s our rundown of the stories that shook San Antonio in 2018, many carrying through that thread of rising civic — and often furious — engagement: click to … [Read more...] about Year of the Pissed-Off Citizen: San Antonio’s Top 10 News Stories of 2018 Point to a Trend of Rising Civic Engagement
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When the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers take the field Tuesday night at Fenway Park, it will be the first time the two franchises have met in the World Series since 1916. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t some recent history between the players on the field. In July, the Dodgers traded to acquire All-Star shortstop Manny Machado from the Baltimore Orioles. During his time in the American League East, Machado made no friends at Fenway Park. It all started with a controversial slide through second base that injured Dustin Pedroia (who subsequently missed all but three games this season due to knee surgery) during an April 2017 game in Baltimore. While Machado didn’t appear intent on injuring the Red Sox second baseman, reliever Matt Barnes was ejected and suspended four games for nearly hitting the Orioles shortstop in the head with a fastball two games later. After that game, Pedroia called Barnes’s apparent retaliation a “mishandled … [Read more...] about ‘A guy is who he is’: The Red Sox haven’t forgotten their history with Manny Machado
By Peter Larsen | [email protected] | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: September 10, 2018 at 9:05 pm | UPDATED: September 10, 2018 at 9:05 pm Coming back from a commercial break in the episode of “The Real Housewives of Orange County” that aired Monday, Sept. 10, we are treated to a throwaway shot of Housewife Emily Simpson’s fluffy little dog alone, being quite amorous with a pillow, and in that moment the scales fell from my eyes and I saw the truth this series has hidden for 13 seasons now. We, the viewers, are all that little dog, frantically searching for something real and true, but at the end of each episode what are we left with? The patio pillows of our souls! Or maybe I’m just feeling all existential and such after I discovered recently that some random website is translating my recaps into French, of all things. Maybe, as Freud once wisely noted, sometimes a patio pillow is just a patio pillow. What I can tell you for certain is that after a blessed … [Read more...] about ‘The Real Housewives of Orange County’: Tamra talks dirty, Kelly loses her cool, and Emily threatens to ‘kill her’
Rock n' Roll is not dead and I don't know who keeps telling all these bands I go to see that it is. They feel the need to address this misconception over and over again. Whoever's doing it, you're making the rockers very anxious. When you have this huge crowd willing to brave an imminent thunderstorm and the St. Joseph Health Amphitheater's reputation for traffic tie-ups (It was actually a lot better Wednesday, I swear) to see Poison, a glam-rock band from the 80's, then obviously your genre is doing OK. Pop Evil started the night with an exemplary first act. When you're the opener, it can really seem like you're swimming upstream to make people care, between finding their seats and buying drinks and trying to figure out if that giant storm cloud is coming this way. Either this crowd was prone to enthusiasm or the five-piece rock-band did their job. Or both. Particularly memorable was when the group dipped into metal for their final numbers, and frontman Leigh Kakaty ran up to the top … [Read more...] about Poison at the Amphitheater was exactly what you’d expect it to be (Review)
“Working the Story” is a video feature of the Chicago Sun-Times that explores how our reporters do their jobs. Sun-Times political reporter discovers a (mostly) friendly space for Trump in Elkhart President Donald Trump speaks at the North Side Gymnasium in Elkhart, Ind., Thursday, May 10, 2018, during a campaign rally. | AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster On May 10, 2018, President Trump traveled to Elkhart, Indiana – about 100 miles east of Chicago. Basking in the cheers of thousands of supporters wearing his red campaign hats, Trump hailed his decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports and his tough stance on trade deals, appealing to the region’s manufacturing base. He reissued his campaign pledge to build a border wall with Mexico, telling the crowd the work had started despite opposition from Democrats. And he celebrated the return of three Americans who had been held captive in North Korea, saying: “We welcomed them back home the proper … [Read more...] about Working the Story: Who goes to a Trump rally? We drove to Indiana to find out.