Balcones Heights Names New Police Chief

The City of Balcones Heights has named a new police chief, city officials announced Monday.

After 35 years as a San Antonio police officer, Darrell Volz will be the new leader of the Balcones Height Police Department. He was selected from a group of 29 applicants, city officials said.

“Chief Volz is the right person to lead our team of talented professionals. He brings experience, training, sincerity, and honesty that the Police Department and community deserves,” said City Administrator David Harris.

Volz career covered all areas of crime including undercover operations and prison gangs, according to city officials.

“Chief Volz understands and shares the vision of City Leadership to not only make Balcones Heights a model place to live, work, and play, but knows the role that a model Police Department has in bringing that vision to reality,” said Harris.

Volz follows Lt. Joyce Pena, who had been serving as interim police chief. Former Police Chief Henry Dominguez was placed on leave in May 2014 before being fired in July.

Dominguez’s termination was based on the results of an internal investigation into the allegations he failed to take action when warned one of his officers may have had ties to the Mexican Mafia.

That officer, Julian Pesina, was murdered in early May as he left a tattoo shop he co-owned.

A swearing-in ceremony for Volz will be announced soon, officials said.

Mayweather, Pacquiao To Host Private Press Conference March 11

After announcing their May 2 mega fight, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao will hold a private press conference March 11 in downtown Los Angeles, organizers announced Monday.

http://gty.im/171452200 A specific location for the press conference has yet to be determined.

The Los Angeles press conference, which is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. PT, will be the only press conference the two fighters hold.

Although closed to the public, it is expected many fans will show up to catch a glimpse of the two fighters in their first meeting since announcing the fight on February 20. Even members of the press will be limited, as reporters must apply for credentials to be admitted into the press conference.

Mayweather (47-0, 26 Kos) and Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 Kos) will meet to unify their welterweight world titles May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The telecast will be a joint pay-per-view distribution between Showtime and HBO.

Mayweather And Pacquiao To Meet May 2 In Las Vegas

Boxing’s pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. will meet Manny Pacquiao on May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Mayweather announced Friday via social media platform Shots.

When Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs) and Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) meet, the WBO World welterweight, WBC World welterweight and WBA Super World welterweight titles will all be on the line.

“I am glad my decision to meet with Manny and discuss making this fight happen helped get the deal done,” said Mayweather. “Giving the fans what they want to see is always my main focus.”

The two fighters met following a Miami Heat game on Jan. 27 and had a private discussion in Pacquiao’s hotel suite.

“I am the best ever, TBE, and this fight will be another opportunity to showcase my skills and do what I do best, which is win. Manny is going to try to do what 47 before him failed to do, but he won’t be successful. He will be number 48.”

According to sources, Mayweather and Pacquiao will split the revenue 60 percent-40 percent with Mayweather receiving the larger cut. Mayweather and Pacquiao will meet only once, as there is no rematch clause in the contract. A weight limit of 147 was also set in the contract.

The fight is being promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Top Rank Inc. and will be distributed on HBO pay-per-view and SHOWTIME pay-per-view.

“We each have our businesses to run, and we’re going to continue to compete the way we do, but if something of this magnitude presents itself, and we can collaborate in this way, we will,” said HBO Sports president Ken Hershman. “It doesn’t always work out, but this time it did.”

The mega-fight is expected to break the all-time pay-per-view buy record. Most expect the fight to go for either $89.95 or $ 99.95 in high-definition.

As for the on-air talent calling the action, Jim Lampley, Al Bernstein and Roy Jones will handle to call inside the ring. Max Kellerman and Jim Gray will report from each fighters locker room. According to SHOWTIME’s Jimmy Lennon Jr., he and Michael Buffer will share ring announcing duties.

Neither SHOWTIME not HBO will run their respective All Access or 24/7, but instead will air one-hour specials on their individual fighters.

Ticket information will be released in the coming days.

Mayor Ivy Taylor Announces Candidacy For Full Term

SAN ANTONIO — Mayor Ivy Taylor will run for a full term as mayor in May, according to the San Antonio Express-News.

Taylor was appointed to the role of mayor last summer after then-Mayor Julian Castro announced he would resign to become the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in the Obama administration.

“I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to be able to make an impact here,” Taylor told the Express-News. “And just after really thinking about it further, I realize how important that experience is that I have to bring to the table, that municipal-level experience.”

The 44-year-old mayor was appointed by the City Counsel in July and at the time Taylor said she would not seek a full term in the May 9 election. Taylor, who is the first African-American mayor of San Antonio, was first elected to represent District 2 in 2009 then re-elected in 2011 and 2013.

Former state Rep. Mike Villarreal, state Senator Leticia Van de Putte, and former Bexar County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson have all also announced bids for mayor.

Taylor has yet to officially file an Application for a Place on the Ballot with the city clerk.

Philadelphia To Host The 2016 Democratic National Convention

Philadelphia will host the Democratic National Convention in 2016, DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced on Thursday.

“I am thrilled to announce that Philadelphia will host the convention where we will nominate the 45th President of the United States,” Wasserman Schultz said. “In addition to their commitment to a seamless and safe convention, Philadelphia’s deep rooted place in American history provides a perfect setting for this special gathering. I cannot wait to join Democrats across the country to celebrate our shared values, lay out a Democratic vision for the future, and support our nominee.”

New York and Columbus, Ohio, were the two other cities hoping to secure the Democratic convention.

The event is scheduled for the week of July 25, 2016.

Candidates for the Democratic ticket are limited at this point unlike the crowded field of possible GOP candidates. Vice President Joe Biden says he will be making his final decision about running for president by the end of the summer. Suspected frontrunner Hillary Clinton has yet to announce whether or not she will make a second bid for the White House.

Clinton is expected to win the Democratic nomination, if she does in fact enter the race.

The last time Philadelphia hosted a presidential convention was in 2000, when Republicans chose then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush as the GOP nominee.

The Republican Party previously announced it would hold its presidential nominating convention the week before the Democratic convention in Cleveland.

Jon Stewart To Step Down As Host Of The Daily Show

Jon Stewart will step down as the host of “The Daily Show” he announced during a taping of the show on Tuesday.

“For the better part of the last two decades, I have had the incredible honor and privilege of working with Jon Stewart. His comedic brilliance is second to none. Jon has been at the heart of Comedy Central, championing and nurturing the best talent in the industry, in front of and behind the camera. Through his unique voice and vision, ‘The Daily Show’ has become a cultural touchstone for millions of fans and an unparalleled platform for political comedy that will endure for years to come. Jon will remain at the helm of ‘The Daily Show’ until later this year. He is a comic genius, generous with his time and talent, and will always be a part of the Comedy Central family,” Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless said in a statement.

Stewart has anchored “The Daily Show” since 1999.

His retirement comes only two months after Stephen Colbert ended his run on “The Colbert Report” to take over CBS’s “Late Show” following David Letterman retirement later this year.

No replacement has been announced for Stewart.

San Antonio Zoo Celebrates Black Bears 10th Birthday

SAN ANTONIO — Two American black bears celebrated their 10th birthday today at the San Antonio Zoo with children, parents, members of the media and zoo staff.

Molly and Kashka, who were originally born in the wild, have been at the San Antonio Zoo for almost their entire life.

The two 350-pound bears shared two cakes made for them by Jennifer Banda in the Nutrition Center. One of the cakes was made of the bear’s daily omnivore chow, fruits and vegetables while the other was made out of a hollowed out watermelon.

“The cake itself is made up of omnivore chow, which is a chow that they normally eat on a day-to-day basis, crushed up and mixed together with some gelatin, honey, peanut butter, all squished together and shaped into a cake to make it more exciting for us to watch,” said San Antonio Zoo Training and Enrichment specialist Christina Burges.

In addition to the two cakes, the birthday girls were given presents filled with scented hay and vegetables.

The zoo will also hold a birthday party for Bubba the Komodo dragon’s 21st birthday Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Craig Pelke, curator of reptiles, amphibians and aquatics for the zoo, says he hopes the weather will be nice enough for Bubba to celebrate his birthday in the outside exhibit.

Pope Francis To Address Congress In September

WASHINGTON, D.C – Pope Francis will make history when he addresses a joint meeting of Congress in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 24.

The address will mark the first time the head of the world’s Roman Catholics will address Congress.

The trip, which is the first to the U.S. during his two-year papacy, includes a White House meeting with President Barack Obama, a speech to the United Nations in New York and a Catholic rally for families in Philadelphia.

“We’re humbled that the Holy Father has accepted our invitation and certainly look forward to receiving his message on behalf of the American people,” House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said.

“We are eager to welcome His Holiness to the U.S. Capitol and we look forward to hearing his call to live our values, to protect the poor and the needy, and to promote peace,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said in a written statement.

According to a survey conducted by Pew Research Center, 31 percent of Congress is Catholic, including Boehner and Pelosi. Approximately 22 percent of all Americans are Catholic, according to the survey.

Pope Francis, 78, was elected by the College of Cardinals to replace Pope Benedict XVI in March 2103 after Benedict resigned due to his advancing age. Francis is the first ever pope from the Western Hemisphere.

Van De Putte, Taylor To Compete In Runoff Election

SAN ANTONIO — Former State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte and interim Mayor Ivy T. Taylor will compete in a runoff election on June 13 after neither candidate earned more than 50 percent of the vote.

Van de Putte, who entered the mayoral race after losing the lieutenant gubernatorial race to Dan Patrick, earned 25,982 votes, equaling 30.43 percent of the total vote. Taylor earned 24,245 votes, equaling 28.4 percent of the vote.

Taylor was appointed interim mayor by her fellow city council members in June 2014 after then-Mayor Julian Castro announced he would be leaving to Washington, D.C. to become Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in the Obama administration.

Former State Rep. Mike Villarreal missed the runoff election by nearly 2,000 votes. Villarreal earned 22,246 votes, equaling 26.06 percent of the votes. Former Bexar County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson earned 8,344 votes equaling only 9.77 percent of the total vote.

Both Villarreal and Adkisson have conceded the race.

All ten incumbent city council members led their respective races. City Councilman Cris Medina will have to compete in a runoff election with Mari Aguirre-Rodriguez. Medina earned 46.88 percent to Aguirre-Rodriguez’s 27.8 percent. Aguirre-Rodriguez served as interim city councilwoman in District 7.

The runoff election is set for Saturday, June 13. Early voting begins on Monday, June 1 and ends Tuesday, June 9.

Former Gop Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney Will Not Run For President In 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C – 2012 GOP Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney announced Friday that he would not be making a bid for the White House in 2016.

“After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I’ve decided it is best to give other leaders in the party the opportunity to become our next nominee,” Romney told supporters on a conference call from New York.

Romney, 64, has made two bids for the White House before. In 2008, Romney withdrew his name for the Republican nomination before endorsing Arizona Senator John McCain. In 2012, Romney, with the backing of the majority of the party, earned the Republican nomination.

The announcement not to run comes after many of his former major donors and a veteran staffer in the early voting state of Iowa defected to support former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.

Bush formed a PAC, which is required for raising money and hiring a staff for a campaign, in December of last year.

The 61-year-old former governor reacted to Romney’s announcement on social media.

“Mitt Romney has been a leader in our party for many years. There are few people who have worked harder to elect Republicans across the country than he has.” Bush said via Facebook. ”Though I’m sure today’s decision was not easy, I know that Mitt Romney will never stop advocating for renewing America’s promise through upward mobility, encouraging free enterprise and strengthening our national defense. Mitt is a patriot and I join many in hoping his days of serving our nation and our party are not over. I look forward to working with him to ensure all Americans have a chance to rise up.”

Bush and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie would have served as Romney’s most likely rivals for the support of GOP members and donors.

Romney is not expected to endorse another Republican candidate.

“I am convinced that we could win the nomination, but I fully realize it would have been a difficult test and hard fight,” Romney said.

As for reconsidering another bid for the White House in the future, Romney said it “seems unlikely.”

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