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San Antonio high schooler in the running for $20,000 scholarship from Coca-Cola

click image Pexels / Stanley MoralesLocal high school student Izumi Vázquez is one of 251 regional finalists in the 2021 Coca-Cola Scholars Program contestIf you’ve got positive juju to spare, consider sending it to local high school senior Izumi Vázquez.The Northside Health Careers High School student is one of 251 regional finalists in the 2021 Coca-Cola Scholars Program contest , advancing to the second round of interviews to vie for a hefty $20,000 college scholarship.If the name Vázquez's name sounds familiar, it’s because we reported last week that she'd landed an educational grant through the Annual Regional Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards.To participate in the Coca-Cola Scholars Program contest, students must create positive change in their communities and around the world — something Vázquez is doing through her pandemic-era venture Cards Against Cancer.In August of 2020, KSAT reported that Vázquez founded the business with her sister Ayumi in response to time spent with pediatric cancer patients as a volunteer at at a local children's hospital.“Essentially we are creating handmade cards in hopes of raising awareness and also funding for pediatric cancer,” Vázquez told the station.The Coca-Cola Scholars Program — a joint effort of Coca-Cola bottlers across the country and the Coca-Cola Company — is the largest corporate-sponsored, achievement-based scholarship program in the United States, according to its website. It's awarded some $75 million in scholarships over the past 33 years.

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San Antonio Police Department disciplines officers for excessive force, according to report

Once the suspect was handcuffed, she allegedly threw him to the pavement, causing an injury to his face.Charges against that suspect were dismissed three months later, the station reports.In the second case, SAPD suspended Officer James Van Kirk for 30 days for punching a handcuffed suspect who kicked him while the man was on the ground and being rolled over, KSAT reports. Police documents described Van Kirk's reaction as "inhumane," adding that he used "unnecessary physical violence," according to the story.When the suspect was face down and complained he couldn't breathe, Van Kirk responded with an "offensive and profane comment in violation of policy,” according to documents cited in the report. The officer is also accused of using "verbally abusive, offensive and profane language” after the suspect repeatedly asked if he spoke Spanish.That suspect, Raul Alvarez, was a passenger in a vehicle that fled a fatal crash on June 13, according to the KSAT report. While Alvarez wasn't charged with causing the crash, he's now out on bond for assaulting Van Kirk.The reported incidents come to light as San Antonio and its police union negotiate a new labor contract . Discipline and accountability are expected to be top priorities for city officials during those talks.What's more, San Antonians will vote in the May 1 municipal election whether to strip the police union of its power to engage in collective bargaining.

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San Antonio Police Department suspended three officers for offensive Facebook posts

click to enlarge ShutterstockIn December, SAPD slapped Officer George Olivarri with a five-day suspension after the FBI notified the department that he was one of three San Antonio cops who liked a Facebook post from last summer showing blood spattered across a car with a caption reading, "Didn't see any protesters." Detective Rudy Guzman was suspended for 10 days without pay in November over Facebook posts that included a video of a protestor standing in front of the military to which he added an "inappropriate and offensive comment" and a separate video showing the Venezuelan military training a water cannon on protestors. At least three San Antonio police officers were suspended late last year for Facebook posts that brought "reproach and discredit" to the department, according to a KSAT investigation The San Antonio Police Department released disciplinary documents to the TV station Monday. The officers were disciplined in November and December — months after they made the posts, according to the filings.The officers made the posts amid nationwide protests over the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, KSAT reports, citing police documents. In one case, the FBI notified San Antonio police about the officer’s Facebook activities.The suspension documents released to the TV station provided the following details:News of the suspensions breaks as San Antonio and its police union negotiate for a new labor contract .

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City officials say San Antonio fire chief violated policy with photo taking sushi off nude woman's body

click to enlarge Twitter / @SATXFireSan Antonio Fire Chief Charles HoodSan Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood violated department rules when he posed for photos eating sushi off a mostly nude woman's body at a private party, KSAT reports A probe into the incident also determined that Hood, who's been on the job for 13 years, violated city policies related to equal employment, diversity and anti-harassment, according to the story, which cites city records released Tuesday.City officials hired an outside attorney to investigate the image, which was snapped earlier this year at a firefighter's birthday. Among the attorney's other findings: Hood's staff failed to properly forward a complaint about the photo to the city’s Human Resources department, KSAT reports.The city issued a formal letter of discipline to Hood on November 19, and in a memo shared by the TV station, the chief promised to institute changes including creating training to recognize and validate different cultures.The chief also promised to look for ways to overhaul the department's recruiting practices, increase mentorship for female staff and expand its female-focused "Hero Like Her" program.The reprimand comes days after KSAT aired a separate story about a sworn complaint filed against a SAFD district chief that alleged he asked about a female job applicant's breast size and referred group of women at an event as being "like a damn lesbian softball team. "That deputy chief, Douglas Berry, was suspended 15 days for over the complaint, according to the station. However, he gave up 80 hours of vacation leave instead.

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KSAT and Trinity University partner for three-part series discussing impact of COVID-19 in San Antonio

click to enlarge Matthew LeJune/UnsplashFrom education to interpersonal communications, living through COVID-19 has forced the San Antonio community to adapt in many ways.To reflect on the pandemic's local impact, Trinity University is partnering with TV station KSAT for a live-streamed community discussion that will take place over three consecutive Wednesdays in December.Hosted by KSAT for its 6 p.m. news broadcast and via its website starting at 6:30 pm, the series will tackle the ways the coronavirus has changed lives in San Antonio, with each installment focused on a different topic.The first, which airs December 2, will examine the impact of COVID-19 on health and the economy. The discussion will include topics such as the forthcoming vaccines, disease transmission and marginalized local communities.Trinity faculty participating in the first night's lineup will include Christine Drennon, associate professor of sociology and anthropology; David Machpherson, economics department chair; and Alfred Montoyo, associate professor of sociology and anthropology.The December 9 discussion will center on education, looking into how parents, teachers and students have adapted to lockdowns and virtual learning.The final installment, scheduled for December 16, will explore the adjustments people make to maintain personal relationships during the COVID crisis and what normal will look like post-pandemic.Viewers are encouraged to take part in the conversation, by submitting questions to panelists ahead of time.

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San Antonio Day of the Dead River Parade, recorded in secret, will be broadcast on KSAT Friday

click to enlarge Jonathan Alonzoclick to enlarge Jonathan AlonzoIt seemed like a foregone conclusion that, like other large events this year, San Antonio's Day of the Dead River Parade would either be cancelled or converted to a virtual facsimile of its usual grandeur.To the certain delight of many, that's not the case at all.On Tuesday morning, Day of the Dead San Antonio revealed a plan months in the making: a recorded version of the river parade that was made in secret will be broadcast on KSAT 12 on Friday, October 30. The full-scale parade, recorded under the cover of darkness, is the culmination of a collaboration between the city and Chef Johnny Hernandez of La Gloria. "Día de Los Muertos has become such a special cultural celebration for San Antonio, and I wanted to be certain that our Day of the Dead traditions continued through the pandemic and not suffer the same fate of many our events that have been canceled due to COVID," Hernandez said in a statement.The parade will feature 20 brightly lit barges from local companies and organizations including the Mexican Consulate, H-E-B, Los Otros Murals and the San Antonio Spurs.The pre-recorded special will run on KSAT 12 and streaming platforms including the station's website and KSAT-TV App at 8 p.m. Friday, October 30. It will be broadcast on TV Azteca Mexico and Latin America at 6 p.m. Saturday, October 31. For broadcast times in additional U.S. cities, viewers can check their local listings.

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