WATCH: San Antonio celebrates the end of 2020 with hundreds of illegal fireworks
San Antonio – San Antonio knows how to celebrate! Due to the coronavirus pandemic there was not an official fireworks display or celebration set up by the city like in years past, but that didn’t stop San Antonio from putting on a show. San Antonio ringing in 2021!! pic.twitter.com/o83MX50UX3 — Steve Spriester (@stevespriester) January 1, 2021I love you even more, San Antonio. pic.twitter.com/kv0Cqf3CbO — Puro San Antonio (@PuroSanAntonio) January 1, 2021
What are you planning for 2021?
San Antonio – With 2020 officially over, we wanted to know what big plans KSAT viewers have for 2021. On our social media platforms we asked for your new year’s resolutions and here’s some of our favorite responses. Do you have a resolution that you’d like to share? Post it in the comments and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and your answer could be included next time. I just take it day by day!!
This is what New Year’s Eve looked like a year ago
So let’s take a trip down memory lane and see what the 2020 celebrations looked like a year ago. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/Getty Images) (2020 Bryan Steffy)Confetti fills the air over top of revelers during New Year's Eve celebrations in Times Square on Ja. (Photo by Gary Hershorn/Getty Images) (2020 Gary Hershorn)The Quadriga statue stands on the Brandenburg Gate during New Year's Eve fireworks on Jan. 1, 2020 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images) (2020 Getty Images)A lighting display at the Burj Khalifa on New Year's Eve 2019 on Dec. 31, 2019 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Gene Wang/Getty Images) (2019 Gene Wang)A general view of the Burj Khalifa at New Year's Eve 2019 on Dec. 31, 2019 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The hardest-hitting Defenders investigations of 2020
To date, the Defenders have done more than 50 stories detailing failures and possible lawbreaking during Barrientes Vela’s time in office. It was the third time in two years that McManus gave information on fatal shootings by SAPD officers that was later refuted. The suspect SAPD officers were actually looking for, Darren Smith Jr., has never been charged for the domestic violence incident. This June 2020 investigation took a look at a little-known practice of cities charging drivers involved in accidents fees for the response by fire departments. Following this Defenders investigation, the deputies involved in the incident were placed on administrative duty.
How well do you remember 2020? A national news quiz
President Donald Trump holds a copy of The Washington Post as he speaks in the East Room of the White House, one day after the U.S. Senate acquitted on two articles of impeachment. After five months of congressional hearings and investigations about Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, the U.S. Senate formally acquitted him of charges. From COVID to murder hornets to canceled events and some shocking celebrity deaths, how well were you paying attention this year? For others, maybe it felt better to take a little break and come up for air. Take our little quiz below, and be sure to drop your score in the comments.
2020 in headlines: All the biggest news stories of the year
(2020 Getty Images)On Jan. 9, the World Health Organization first announced news about the deadly coronavirus that had emerged in Wuhan, China. (2020 Getty Images)On March 24, it became official: The Olympics would be postponed. (2020 Getty Images)On May 4, it was reported that giant insects called “murder hornets” were spotted in the U.S., specifically, Washington state. (Getty Images)On Aug. 18, on the second night of the (virtual) 2020 Democratic National Convention, the party officially nominated Biden. (Getty Images)On Oct. 11, the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Miami Heat in NBA Finals to win another championship.
These photos show why 2020 was an unprecedented year for social activism
(Photo by Nathan Howard)In addition to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 might go down as the year of social activism and protests. Here are some photos of social activism around the country in 2020. Protesters clash with Washington D.C. police at Black Lives Matter Plaza on Dec. 12. Photo by Michael M. Santiago (Getty Images)Demonstrators attend a Blue Lives Matter protest on July 25 in Chicago. Photo by Scott Olson (Getty Images)Protesters hold peace signs in support of Black Lives Matter on July 25 in Oakland, California.
2020 in photos: The biggest, most iconic pop culture moments
(Photo by David McNew/Getty Images) (2020 Getty Images)Harvey Weinstein sentencedHarvey Weinstein leaves the New York City criminal court during his sex crimes trial on Jan. 10, 2020 in New York City. (2020 Getty Images)Megxit happensIt was the exit heard all around the world: Megxit. (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images) (2020 Getty Images)Zoom reunionsZooming became the new way to communicate in 2020, and everyone was doing it. (Photo by Manny Carabel/Getty Images) (2020 Manny Carabel)Joe Biden and Kamala Harris win 2020 electionAfter a wild election season, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris beat President Donald Trump in the 2020 election. (Photo by Andrew Harnik-Pool/Getty Images) (2020 Getty Images)What was your favorite pop culture moment from 2020?
San Antonio nurse working on the frontlines reflects on COVID-19 experience
SAN ANTONIO – A San Antonio registered nurse who spent most of 2020 caring for COVID-19 patients in several Texas cities and New York is reflecting on what it was like to work on the front lines and how the pandemic changed her life forever. SaintLouis also spent a lot of time caring for COVID-19 patients in Houston, El Paso and San Antonio. SaintLouis is currently working in a San Antonio hospital and continues to work with COVID-19 patients who have severe symptoms. “We’re definitely being hit here because that’s all I’ve been working with, is COVID-19 patients that are on life support,” SaintLouis said. For now, she will stay in San Antonio to be closer to her family.
San Antonians ready to say goodbye to 2020 and all its problems
SAN ANTONIO – This may be the season for gift-giving, but many people are fed up with what 2020 has had to offer. But I don’t want to be negative, there were a lot of good positive things that came out of it,” said Ann Newman. “It’s not been a good year but I’m afraid to say anything ‘cause 2021 can say, ‘Hold my beer,” said Dawn Rodarte, joking. We just bought a new truck.”Rodarte, meanwhile, had advice for anyone else who is hoping for good luck next year. ‘Make sure you eat all your black-eyed peas, whether you like them or not,” she said, laughing.
Bizarre, haunting images that paint a COVID-19 pandemic year unfolding
It is the first time they have had contact of any kind since the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown started in late February. Mary-Lou and Bob are in isolation from the Covid-19 pandemic, trying to ensure that they do not come in contact with the virus. Brock has been teaching daily online to her students because of the closure of schools in Kentucky due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The organizations feel that the local government programs are not doing enough for the homeless during the coronavirus pandemic. It is the first time they have had contact of any kind since the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown started in late February.
In memoriam: The people, smiles, voices we lost in 2020
We lost a lot of big names in 2020, from Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to longtime “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek to NBA legend Kobe Bryant. (Getty Images)John Prine performs on stage at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival at Golden Gate Park, in San Francisco on Oct. 2, 2009. (Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)Charley Pride performs onstage during the the 54th annual CMA Awards at Nashville’s Music City Center on Nov. 11, 2020. Jerry Stiller died from natural causes at his home in Manhattan on May 11, 2020, less than a month before his 93rd birthday. (Getty Images)Lynn Cohen attends the 5th annual Lilly awards at Playwrights Horizons on June 2, 2014 in New York City.
10 of the most bizarre news stories in 2020
As if the coronavirus pandemic wasn’t enough for us to handle, with all things considered, 2020 has been one of the most unpredictable, unfathomable, and just downright bizarre years on record. It’s hard to say what 2021 will have in store, but for now, we’re taking a look back at some of the weirdest moments of 2020. As many as 1.5 million cicadas were expected to swarm parts of Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina. (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech) (NASA/JPL-Caltech)What better way to cap off 2020 than look to the sky and witness something not seen in almost 800 years. Read also:2020 in photos: AP images capture chaos, sorrow amid pandemic, protests, catastrophesGone too soon: Celebrities who died in 2020
Top 5 weather events of 2020 in South Texas
Here’s a look at the KSAT Weather Team’s list of the top 5 weather events of 2020:Number 5In June, a far away visitor that really seemed to capture the imagination of South Texans was the Saharan dust cloud. There was hope that hot weather might help keep COVID-19 at bay, but cases ramped up again in July. While weather may play a small role in how COVID-19 spreads, hot, dry weather did not seem to have much effect. A record number of named storms and a record number of landfalling storms were recorded in 2020. Three of the named storms brought impacts to Texas.
Gone too soon: Celebrities who died in 2020
McKibbin, a singer from Texas best known for her third place finish in the first season of "American Idol," died Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020. Scottish actor Sean Connery, best known for his role as secret agent James Bond, died Oct. 31 at the age of 90. Eddie Van HalenFILE - David Lee Roth, left, and Eddie Van Halen of Van Halen perform on Aug. 13, 2015, in Wantagh, N.Y. Van Halen, who had battled cancer, died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. His representative says Boseman died Friday, Aug. 28, 2020 in Los Angeles after a four-year battle with colon cancer. Cordero died Sunday, July 5, 2020, at Cedars-Sinai hospital after more than 90 days in the hospital, according to his wife, Amanda Kloots.
All the music we loved listening to in 2020
This year has been different in a lot of ways, but experiencing and consuming music in 2020 has been absolutely abnormal. The band’s third album came out this summer, and it tackles a complex variety of issues: depression, love and misogyny they faced in the music industry. Lady Gaga: ChromaticaWe couldn’t go through this year of music and not mention the current queen of pop: Lady Gaga. After all, 2019 was a pretty big year for Gaga (she won an Oscar, after all), but that wasn’t stopping her from making 2020 her year. While it probably didn’t go as planned, her latest album, “Chromatica,” brought Gaga back to form, making undeniable and danceable pop music.
29 moving images that paint the picture of an epic 2020
(2020 Getty Images.) (2020 Getty Images)A man holds up a sign near a burning building during protests sparked by the death of George Floyd while in police custody on May 29 in Minneapolis. (2020 Getty Images)A girl holds her fist in the air while visiting the memorial for George Floyd on June 9 in Minneapolis. (2020 Getty Images)An injured man rests in a chair after a large explosion on Aug. 4 in Beirut, Lebanon. (2020 Getty Images)
A look back: The COVID-19 scams we saw in 2020
SAN ANTONIO – A lot of this year’s scams focused on the coronavirus pandemic, from fake cures and treatments to fake charities. We saw shortages of products at stores and searched the web for in-demand items. ----------During the pandemic, the FTC also saw fake COVID-19 cures and treatments, as well as phony testing sites. Keep these tips in mind when searching online for cures, treatments or testing sites:No treatments have been proven to prevent COVID-19. If an online seller asks you to pay with a gift card, cash or money transfer, the transaction is a scam.
Yes, Lifetime’s newest ‘mini-movie’ is Kentucky Fried Chicken-themed, starring Mario Lopez as sexy Colonel Sanders
"A Recipe For Seduction" starring @MarioLopezviva premieres Sunday at 12PM. pic.twitter.com/nZJ2PXUR6G — Lifetime (@lifetimetv) December 7, 2020As you can see by the photo in the tweet, Lopez isn’t just playing an ordinary Colonel Sanders. Oh no, Lopez is sexy Colonel Sanders. Watching the trailer, however, it feels like the irony is lost, and this is just another Lifetime movie. They WANT you to tweet about the KFC Lifetime movie!
Best new 2020 Christmas songs to add to your holiday playlist
It’s mid-November, but some of us are already putting up our Christmas decorations and blaring out the holiday tunes! Whether you’re listening to the classic Christmas songs by Josh Groban, Mariah Carey, or even Michael Bublé, some artists have already come out with new holiday masterpieces to add to your playlist this year. “Take Me Home For Christmas,” by Dan + ShayThis country musical duo just released their first signature Christmas song on Nov. 12, and it’s already topping the charts. “Lit This Year,” by Florida Georgia LineIf you’re looking for a laugh, this will be a Christmas song you’ll enjoy. Whether some of these songs are covers of traditional Christmas tunes, or they’re brand new, we’ll be listening to these jams all month long.
BGC Game of the Week Preview: Johnson vs. Madison
BGC Game of the Week Preview: Johnson vs. MadisonPublished: November 10, 2020, 10:34 pmThe "Big Game" in KSAT 12's Big Game Coverage for Week 12 of the high school football season features the undefeated Johnson Jaguars against the District 28-6A rival Madison Mavericks.
Helotes family puts funny spin on Halloween by changing decor every day
HELOTES, Texas – Many decorate their yards in spooky decorations this time of year, but one local family is a lot more dedicated, and changes their Halloween display every day. Kristen Phoenix and her family live in Helotes, and say they all think of ideas and pick the best ones to display. All of the displays are made with skeletons and are different each day. Full Screen 1 / 11 The Phoenix family in Helotes had a little bit with their Halloween decorations this year by changing them up each day. The family says most of the displays are puns, like “Gore-Dead Ramsey” and “Rotten Candy.”The Phoenix’s say they have never really decorated for Halloween before, but hope their displays bring a smile to people’s faces.
KSAT viewers share the positive things that happened to them in 2020
We’ve struggled to stay connected and a study this summer showed that nearly a third of Americans reported anxiety and depression due to the pandemic. But we wanted to focus on the bright spots and highlight the GOOD things that have happened to KSAT viewers so we asked on our social media platforms for you to share your positive news with us. Only other human being to ever cut my hair has been my mom but could not risk her health during lockdown. Having Mj at my birthday party on my birthday and also Doing some selfie’s with Mj my girlfriend! ramirezj0911 on FacebookGod showed me the value of life woebegone_watermelon101 on Instagram299,800,000 are alive in the United States of America today!!!
BGC Game of the Week Preview: Brennan vs. Stevens
BGC Game of the Week Preview: Brennan vs. StevensPublished: October 19, 2020, 10:55 pmA showdown of unbeaten teams highlights Week 9 of the high school football season as the Brennan Bears take on the Stevens Falcons with first place in District 29-6A on the line.
Oh no, Mercury is in retrograde again! What does that mean, anyway?
What should people NOT do during a Mercury retrograde? What should people do during a Mercury retrograde? A Mercury retrograde is a good time to self-reflect on life priorities, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac. Be sure to evaluate what you put your energy and time into in order to keep a good life balance. Allowing extra time for travel and remaining patient, flexible and understanding are also things people should do during a Mercury retrograde, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac.
Alamo Heights returns to practice along with Class 5A, 6A teams
Alamo Heights returns to practice along with Class 5A, 6A teamsPublished: September 8, 2020, 5:41 pmThe Alamo Heights Mules return to the practice field for the first time in months, as the UIL finally allows Class 5A and 6A teams to resume workouts in preparation for the 2020 season.
HS Volleyball Highlights: Bandera vs. Lytle
HS Volleyball Highlights: Bandera vs. LytlePublished: August 15, 2020, 10:11 amIn the first week of the high school volleyball regular season for Classes 4A through 1A, the Lytle Pirates play host to the Bandera Bulldogs as both teams are still adjusting to the new coronavirus-prevention regulations.
2 outdoor DIY activities to try before summer ends
SAN ANTONIO Summertime is the best time to venture outdoors and explore STEM. Explore the wonders of STEM with your kids by doing these DIY activities using supplies right from home. All you have to do is give it a few minutes in the Texas summer sun and it will melt. Tierra Encantada, the leader in Spanish Immersion Early Education, has developed a variety of STEM activities to help keep kids busy, engaged, inspired and unplugged. For more information on activities like these and Tierra Encantada, click here.
Jordan Battles, L.J. Butler will not play for Judson in 2020
Jordan Battles, L.J. Butler will not play for Judson in 2020Published: August 12, 2020, 6:58 pmDual-threat quarterback Jordan Battles and running back L.J. Butler will not be able to play for the Rockets this season, at least for the time. KSAT 12 has been informed that the District Executive Committee for District 27-6A voted 6-0 against both players suiting up for “J-Rock.”`
Need to let out some stress? Scream into the Icelandic abyss -- no, for real
Just because you likely wont be traveling to Iceland any time soon doesnt mean you cant scream there. Well let their website explain: Youve been through a lot this year and it looks like you need the perfect place to let your frustrations out. It looks like you need Iceland. Click and hold that circular button while you let out your scream -- kind of the same way youd record a talk-to-text message on your iPhone. Its neat to listen to other peoples -- some left uplifting messages, just said hey or let out real screams.
Eagle Pass graduate dedicates rap video to class of 2020
Eagle Pass graduate dedicates rap video to class of 2020Published: July 1, 2020, 8:27 amKyle Luna, a graduating senior at Eagle Pass High School, said he knew he wanted to do something for his classmates that were down about their year getting cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Eagle Pass graduate dedicates rap video to class of 2020
I have something to say please lend me your ear.”Those are the opening lyrics to Kyle Luna’s “Our Future’s So Bright” rap video he created on YouTube. “I’ve been seeing my classmates doing, saying things like our graduation is not the same or that it’s pretty much ruined,” Kyle said. “Those were the best.”He also hopes that when life can go back to normal, his classmates remember to use this microscope in time as a way to view their day to day lives. Kyle says he does not consider himself as a rapper or musician, making the music videos is something he has enjoyed doing for school projects. Kyle will be going to the University of Texas in the Fall and plans on majoring in electrical engineering.
College Graduates 2020: Anthony Saldivar
SAN ANTONIO A passion to create lead a Purple Heart Army veteran to Hollywood and now to San Antonio. Anthony Saldivar is a single father whose life has been driven by a passion to serve others. Saldivar applied to San Antonio Colleges Mortuary Science Department. This has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever done in my life, Saldivar said. Saldivar is eager for San Antonio Colleges commencement ceremony that has been pushed back to the fall of this year due to COVID-19.
College Graduates 2020: La-Tieka Sims
SAN ANTONIO La-Tieka Sims has always been involved in student government at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. She was the student body president, president of the Student Government Association and also the treasurer of the Delta chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated. Long term, I want to run for office, said La-Tieka Sims, Texas A&M University San Antonio graduate. I really want to push for women and especially women of color, said Sims. It baffles me sometimes about how long it has taken for even our city council to look the way it looks.
College Graduates 2020: Kaitlyn Varela
Kaitlyn Valera is not only graduating from UTSA, but she is going back in the fall to get her PhD in biochemistry. I really love it. Kaitlyn is continuing her education at UTSA and she hopes to be on the forefront of research. I just I really love learning and I think I would be very tedious. Kaitlyn is currently doing research on a drug called Artemisinin -- another antimalarial drug like hydrochloroquine -- and she hopes her research helps the world fight against devastating diseases."
28 things you probably forgot happened in the whirlwind that 2020 has been
So let’s take a look at all of the wild things that happened so far this year that you probably already forgot about, shall we? (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images) (2020 Getty Images)Jan. 3: Iranian general Qasem Soleimani was killed in a drone strike by the U.S. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) (2020 Getty Images)Feb. 5: After months of investigations, hearings and lots of tweets from Trump, the president was acquitted by the Senate on both articles of impeachment. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) (2020 Getty Images)And now we’re in June. It’s hard to believe that all of those things happened during a pandemic, so who knows what else is next?
10 great gifts graduates will love
SAN ANTONIO Give the graduates of 2020 some love. Jennifer Munoz a lifestyle and gift-giving expert shares 10 great gift ideas the graduate in your life will love. If a graduate is traveling gift them a suitcase, camera and travel book bundle. Munoz, also, suggests giving a graduate trendy happy socks, a multitool or PREPD lunchbox. Dont forget to give them entertaining gifts like games or food they love like ice cream.
Bubble Fest 2020 encourages creative, outdoor play at home
SAN ANTONIO If you have ever been to Bubble Fest in San Antonio you know its a creative way to have fun outdoors with the family. Bubble Fest is coming straight to your backyard and home with fun do-it-yourself bubble and art activities. Organizers for the event the non-profit Ruby City in partnership with the non-profit Sqaure Parts have made Bubble Fest a virtual experience. You can enjoy free at home DIY bubble making tutorials and activities for the whole family, encouraging creative and outdoor play. Finding materials that are just recyclable materials to make these fun bubble tools.DJ Despeinada will provide the soundtrack to all the backyard fun online.
Blue Ivy spotted at the Super Bowl with dad Jay Z serving #GirlDad vibes
MIAMI, Florida – The Carter family has influence over this year’s halftime show during the Super Bowl. The show, featuring Jennifer Lopez and Shakira, will be orchestrated under the leadership of Jay-Z and Roc Nation under a new entertainment partnership with the NFL, according to the Associated Press. JLO and Shakira said the halftime show will pay homage to Latino culture, per the AP. They will give an empowering message and remember the NBA icon, Kobe Bryant. Here are social media clips of Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Blue Ivy and Yolanda Adams at the Super Bowl:Jay-Z spotted with daughter Blue Ivy, rapper Meek MillA rare Beyoncé sightingHouston’s own Yolanda Adams blew the roof off
These NICU babies are ready for the Super Bowl
COLUMBIA, Missouri – NICU patients at MU Women’s and Children’s Hospital are ready to cheer on their favorite team in the Super Bowl - the Kansas City Chiefs! The Kansas City Chiefs will go head-to-head against the San Franciso 49ers in the Super Bowl LIV. NICU patients get in the Super Bowl spirit to cheer on the Kansas City Chiefs. NICU patients get in the Super Bowl spirit to cheer on the Kansas City Chiefs. More on Super Bowl 2020:Lioness at San Antonio Zoo predicts winner of the Super BowlNew petition: Move Super Bowl Sunday to SaturdayFiona the Hippo predicts Super Bowl winner... and then the unexpected happens