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Express Briefing: Business maven tangles with reformers over S.A.’s energy future

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Business maven, CPS trustee Ed Kelley tangles with reformers over San Antonio’s energy future

Ed Kelley, 79, is among the most prominent of San Antonio’s old guard of business leaders. He’s a veteran of as many city task forces and committees as one can count, often tapped by elected officials because of his executive experience and connections.

Organizers behind the Recall CPS campaign see Kelley as part of San Antonio’s insular circle of power brokers and elite businesspeople who often lead city initiatives and hold unelected positions of power — such as CPS’ board of trustees.

Kelley is one of the bogey men — probably the main one — firing up Recall CPS organizers, who have long complained that the utility doesn’t listen to the public or brushes aside their concerns. But to Kelley, he’s just trying to protect one of San Antonio’s preeminent assets. Diego Mendoza-Moyers takes a closer look at the conflict here.

Texas students will take STAAR exams but the stakes will ease for school districts

Texas students will take the state’s annual standardized test, the STAAR, in the spring, but the state will not issue grades to schools under its annual accountability system.

State education officials made the announcement Thursday, saying they’ve chosen to administer the STAAR test to be able to measure how much damage the coronavirus pandemic has inflicted on student learning since March, when schools shifted classes online in response to the pandemic.

For more on how the 2021 test will carry a different meaning for students and schools, read the latest from Krista Torralva.

Metro Health reports 1,174 new cases, six deaths in San Antonio

The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District reported six new deaths that occurred within the past two weeks, including a Hispanic man in his 50s, two Hispanic men in their 60s, two men in their 80s — one Hispanic and one Anglo — and an Anglo woman in her 80s.

Since the coronavirus began spreading across the city, 91,394 people in San Antonio have been infected with the virus, and 1,412 have died.

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THE FUN STUFF

Mini-mansion child’s playhouse in Castle Hills a dream come true for this San Antonio 3-year-old

It took about a month to construct the one-room, $8,000 backyard mini-mansion. It measures 10 feet by 10 feet, has a tile floor imported from Mexico, a chandelier, and plenty of plexiglass windows for safety. Take a look inside.

Baking: South Texas is in peak citrus season, and all those oranges, grapefruits, lemons and other acidic orbs aren’t going to eat themselves. We'll show you how to step up your holiday baking with four citrus-heavy recipes that make the most of our region’s seasonal bounty.

Dining: Taka a closer look at vegan cafe Hash, Jewish deli The Hayden and soul food drive-thru Mamma Lou’s — three new restaurants that have opened since the pandemic began.

Celebrity: Gabriel "Fluffy" Iglesias has never made a secret of his affection for San Antonio. The comedian named a local restaurant when asked about the best food in the world.

Gardening: Calvin Finch has your guide to making Christmas flowers last past the holidays; Neil Sperry addresses infected Thanksgiving cactuses, yaupon hollies in too much shade and more in his Down to Earth column.

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