Thursday, April 15, 2010

Getting off to a rocky start

Fiesta is supposed to be a time of fun and celebration in San Antonio. Too bad this year's festivities have hit rough spots on the first day.

"Fiesta events tonight cancelled due to rain"
Fiesta officials said they could not recall an opening day kickoff ever being swamped by rain. But after a mid-afternoon scramble, they rescheduled it for noon Friday in Gateway Plaza, adjacent to Farmer's Market where West Commerce Street crosses under Interstate 35.


The opener known as Fiesta Fiesta had been set to run from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Alamo Plaza. Organizers also canceled Tejano Explosion, which was scheduled to take place at Cattleman's Square Thursday evening.

"Man found hanging at Southwest School"
A passer-by spotted a man who apparently hanged himself from a tree limb at the Southwest School of Art & Craft downtown Thursday morning.

The man, who appears to be in his 40s, is believed to have committed suicide sometime between Wednesday night and 7:20 a.m. Thursday, when someone flagged down a nearby San Antonio Fire Department lieutenant, according to police. ...

The man was found on the opening day of Fiesta, just as workers began setting up stands in the parking lot of the school, which is the site of this weekend's Fiesta Arts Fair.

On the other hand, we do have this to be thankful for:

"City employee alerts sleeping woman to fire"
The driver of a city garbage truck is being credited for saving a woman's life Thursday morning when he woke her up by knocking on her door after seeing smoke billowing out of her South Town home, officials said.

“I was driving by and I saw smoke, so I pulled over to see if anyone was home,” said Juan Fuentes, a senior equipment operator for the city of San Antonio's solid waste management department. “I didn't see anyone else around, so I didn't know if anyone had called 911.”

He called his supervisor, who called 911, and then started to bang on the door.
(All stories are from the Express-News)

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