SAN ANTONIO - Get in the know, San Antonio. Here are the stories that impact you and some you’ll be talking about at the water cooler this week.
Shortly before 5 a.m., the big rig driver hit the median, which caused the gas tank to rupture and catch fire, authorities said. The 18-wheeler was carrying metal car parts, but wood pallets, cardboard boxes and plastic bindings holding auto and machine parts continued to smolder after the main fire was extinguished, officials said. || Dozens of students at Alamo Heights High School were recently found to have violated academic integrity. According to letter from Principal Cordell Jones, the two incidents involving 38 juniors in U.S. History and 90 freshmen in English I happened before Thanksgiving break. || The San Antonio Local Organizing Committee for the NCAA final four unveiled their new logo for the 2018 tournament during a pep rally at the Mission Concepcion Sports Park Gym. "I really think this speaks to San Antonio, it looks like San Antonio, how San Antonio will feel in 2018 during the tercentennial," said Jenny Carnes the executive director for SALOC.
Well-known District 9 City Councilman Joe Krier will not be seeking reelection for his spot on council. Appointed in Nov. 2013 to fill a vacancy on council, Krier was elected to a full-term in May 2014.|| City Council members got an update Wednesday on the plan to restore the Alamo and redevelop the area surrounding it, which is now roughly 60 percent complete. The plan includes relocating the businesses across from the Alamo in order to use those spaces to create a visitor center and museum with 21st-century technology to teach visitors about the history of the Texas shrine. || Doctors are often the first people to come in contact with domestic violence victims after they are abused. Yet there's still no standard in the medical field for how to best help those patients. A diverse group in Bexar County is now trying to change that.
Swedish home-furnishings retailer IKEA will open a store in Live Oak, officials announced Tuesday. The 289,000-square-foot store will be built on 31 acres on the southwestern corner of Interstate 35 and Loop 1604. The store is scheduled to open in the summer of 2019, IKEA public affairs manager Joseph Roth said. || The San Antonio Police Department's 911 abandoned call rate has steadily decreased this year but remains much higher than the Austin and Houston police departments, according to data obtained by the Defenders. || Serge Ibaka had 18 points and the Orlando Magic took advantage of a sloppy night by San Antonio, winning 95-83 on Tuesday to snap the Spurs' nine-game winning streak.
Family, friends and law enforcement officers from across the nation paid their final respects Monday to slain San Antonio police Detective Benjamin Marconi. Marconi was shot and killed Nov. 20 while writing a traffic citation near the police department downtown, police said. Otis McKane, 31, was arrested the next day and charged with capital murder. Marconi's daughter, Jacey Lewis, said her father was "true role model" and someone who was fun to be around. She said she'll miss "his big belly laughter."
The children of slain San Antonio police Detective Benjamin Marconi shared their story of loss Sunday, hours before their community was going to gather to say goodbye. From across the nation, representatives of more than 100 agencies are in San Antonio to also show their respect. Marconi was killed last Sunday when a man walked up to his patrol unit and shot him twice.
UTSA defeated Charlotte 33-14 on Saturday night to become bowl eligible for the first time in the six-year history of the program. And fans shared their excitement over social media. The Roadrunners could land at several college football bowl games. Selection Sunday is Dec. 4.
Winds of change on the 40 acres
There is a new guy on campus in Austin. The University of Texas announced Sunday that it had hired Tom Herman from the University of Houston. The announcement came a day after head football coach Charlie Strong parted ways with the University of Texas Longhorns team after three seasons. Strong finished his Longhorns coaching tenure with a 16-21 record. All of that was to be expected. Now comes the hard parts for Herman: winning, competing for a Big 12 title and navigating the treacherous landscape both on and off the field of Longhorns football.
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