Occupy S.A. protesters avert arrests

Occupy S.A. protesters avert arrests

After a month of complying with law enforcement requests in the name of keeping their protest peaceful, Occupy San Antonio members came close to joining other movements nationwide that have a record of arrests. In the end, most of the several dozen protestors decided to comply with an order by two San Antonio Park Police officers delivered around noon Monday to move their stuff from the gazebo area at HemisFair Park by 5 a.m. the…

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Retired military nurse helps fuel Occupy S.A. protesters

Retired military nurse helps fuel Occupy S.A. protesters

Several generous globs of rice, Creole seafood gumbo, dipping biscuits, fresh salad and oh, don’t forget dessert — caramel-coated popcorn balls, a Louisiana delicacy. Never mind that they’re served on disposables and utensils are scarce. Sitting cross-legged on the ground in HemisFair Park at Occupy San Antonio’s encampment, Marty “Mac” McMillan pronounced it “delicious!” “It’s warm, home-cooked food made with love,” the 41-year-old disabled U.S. Navy veteran said, putting his lips to the foam bowl…

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Murder trial opens in robbery-related shooting

Murder trial opens in robbery-related shooting

A San Antonio police officer who had been on the force for a year and a half, William Karman was trained to shoot when he felt his life was threatened. He found himself in that position, he told a jury Tuesday, when he interrupted what appeared to be an armed robbery. A man had pinned another man to the ground with a gun, then pointed the gun at Karman and advanced, the officer testified. “‘San…

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Occupy S.A. enters third week

Occupy S.A. enters third week

To an outsider, the self-proclaimed “leaderless” Occupy San Antonio protesters are a highly structured community, with a list of rules, an insistence on obeying the law and a twice-a-day schedule of general assemblies and marches that start on the dot. This local incarnation of a now-international movement denouncing Wall Street and economic injustice has maintained a zero arrest record for the two weeks and three days since its members started an encampment at HemisFair Park….

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Cries of ‘Occupy San Antonio!’ ring throughout downtown

Cries of ‘Occupy San Antonio!’ ring throughout downtown

Gathering in solidarity with ongoing anti-Wall Street protests in New York, a group of mostly young people, numbering about 200 at its peak, brought San Antonio onto a national bandwagon Thursday. “Occupy San Antonio!” the group shouted from dawn to dusk. “We are the 99 percent!” Members repeatedly decried concentrations of wealth and power at a morning assembly in Travis Park and during a scrupulously well-behaved sidewalk march to the Alamo, the Grand Hyatt, CPS…

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Little-noticed killing snuffed out dream

Little-noticed killing snuffed out dream

It took Lorena Smith a decade working as a dancer at strip clubs to get to where she was, close to paying off her mortgage on a home in a gated community and only a couple of courses short of earning a nursing degree. The single mother had raised two sons and only recently started going out, rewarding herself after three years of strictly studying. As she celebrated this new chapter, a gunman took her…

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Singles check one another out at S.F. Main Library

Singles check one another out at S.F. Main Library

Fiddling with a heart-print pencil in one hand and a New York Times bestseller in the other, Ameet Kamath waited for his date – a fellow book lover – to pop the question: “Will you explain why you chose this book?” Blake Love asked, like two dozen others at the Main Library’s literary speed-dating event Wednesday, as he leaned in to examine Michael Gruber‘s thriller “The Book of Air and Shadows.” “It says it’s ‘breathlessly…

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Markets’ live poultry sales cruel, protesters say

Markets’ live poultry sales cruel, protesters say

For two decades, Raymond Young has set up his poultry stall to sell live chickens at United Nations Plaza every Wednesday and Sunday before the crack of dawn. His steady stream of customers are mostly Chinese. But in April, another group of early risers started showing up not to buy but to block sales. “Live animals don’t belong in bags!” read a banner that animal rights activists, most of them vegan, held beside dozens of Chinese waiting…

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Freed student Steve Li returns to S.F.

Freed student Steve Li returns to S.F.

The past three days have been like a dream for Steve Li. After spending more than two months at a detention center in Arizona, Li, who was on the verge of being deported to Peru, is back in San Francisco – the only place he’s ever considered home. “Finally, this nightmare was over, but it’s still surreal to me,” the 20-year-old City College student said Monday. “I’ve been everywhere lately, it’s been an emotional rollercoaster.” Since his return…

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Steve ‘Shing Ma’ Li freed as Feinstein intervenes

Steve ‘Shing Ma’ Li freed as Feinstein intervenes

It seemed that all odds were against Steve “Shing Ma” Li, a City College of San Francisco student who has been incarcerated for more than two months, awaiting deportation to a country where he had no friends or family. But Friday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials announced plans to release Li from a detention center in Florence, Ariz., where he has been in custody since Oct. 8. His destination is not Peru, his country of…

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