School in Eagle Ford Shale swells with newcomers

School in Eagle Ford Shale swells with newcomers

TILDEN — Every weekday morning, the rumble of buses dropping off students at McMullen County’s only public school gets drowned out by the heavy trucks whizzing by on Texas 16. Tilden is a small town, and with 235 students in pre-K through 12th grades, the school is small, too — even after enrollment jumped 42 percent in a year and a half. Outside, students can see the reason: drilling rigs in the distance. At recess,…

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Inmate cooks give back at food bank

Inmate cooks give back at food bank

On a recent weekday morning, 11 state prison inmates swarmed the San Antonio Food Bank’s kitchen, picking out some of the better groceries and ingredients in stock. Leonardo De La Rosa, 25, imprisoned for an aggravated robbery when he was 16 and possession of drugs when he was 19, had a tray full of whole tilapias. “Originally, I wanted to make asparagus-filled fish with peppercorn sauce, but they didn’t have green peppercorns, chives,” he said,…

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Police arrest several Occupy S.A. protesters

Police arrest several Occupy S.A. protesters

Occupy San Antonio has marched to the beat of its own drum thus far, complying with city and police requests unlike some of their counterparts elsewhere. But Monday that cordiality ended with the arrest of at least five members. Charged with interference with the duties of a public servant, the five, along with other occupiers, were near an open-air adobe structure close to the Tower of the Americas in HemisFair Park. San Antonio Park Police…

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Citations issued at Occupy S.A. site

Citations issued at Occupy S.A. site

Three Occupy San Antonio members got tickets early Sunday, two days after relocating from the entrance of HemisFair Park to a spot near the Tower of the Americas. San Antonio Park Police officers approached eight occupiers around 8 a.m. where they had their protest material set up at an adobe building. They issued camping without permit tickets to Jovanie Ortiz, 19, Robert Wilson, 21, and Steve Haskell, 43, with court dates in February. “I was…

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Occupy San Antonio protesters nudged from park by the city

Occupy San Antonio protesters nudged from park by the city

For 2 1/2 months, the Occupy San Antonio protesters at HemisFair Park discussed the news — from the comfort of their sleeping bags and bedrolls — of police forcefully evicting and arresting occupiers in other major cities. They prided themselves on being an exception. A sort of unwritten memo of understanding existed between them and police officials. They complied with traffic, noise and parade ordinances while demonstrating against inequality and corporate power. Officers, for their…

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Occupy S.A. to stop camping at HemisFair Park

Occupy S.A. to stop camping at HemisFair Park

The city’s tolerance of Occupy San Antonio members who have slept at HemisFair Park for more than two months appears to be running low. Monday afternoon, San Antonio park police – who have been permissive and in some instances supportive of occupiers’ activities – approached with notices foreshadowing what could be a different chapter for them. Each occupier got a copy of the municipal code’s camping in public section. Printed at the very top, in…

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Arrest at Occupy S.A. mars perfect record

Arrest at Occupy S.A. mars perfect record

  Occupy San Antonio’s zero-arrest scorecard is history, but protesters said they were the ones who called police on a man who was charged with assault this week and cited under a city ordinance prohibiting public alcohol consumption. Around 8:30 p.m. Monday, two San Antonio Park Police officers “responded to an assault in progress that involved members of the Occupy San Antonio” at 600 HemisFair Plaza Way, a police report states. The incident was on…

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Occupy S.A. and city ‘get along’

Occupy S.A. and city ‘get along’

Around midnight, a San Antonio Park Police officer walked by some Occupy San Antonio regulars at HemisFair Park, and one of the protesters asked him, “How’s it been?” “You’ve got two Coca-Colas,” the protester, Shamus McWright, added casually. “Anyone want one?” the officer said. “Whoever can get it first …” A few occupiers got up and teasingly ran for the soda, but let McWright, 24, limping a bit from an all-day march, claim it. It…

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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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