Some websites don't keep material a real long time, so some of these links will expire.
hits here in June (rate = 8
Hit sources in order of volume: Network, US Commercial, Unresolved/Unknown, US Military, US Educational, United States, US Government, Non-Profit Organization, Canada, Australia, Japan, United Kingdom, Old style Arpanet (arpa), Switzerland, Netherlands, France, Singapore, Mexico, Poland, Belgium, Brazil, Argentina, New Zealand, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Israel, Finland, Austria, Costa Rica.
New Texas laws that you'll notice
limits on lawsuits, homeowner insurance, School affirmative action remains, 10,000 jobs eliminated, 160,000 kids cut from Children's Health Services, other details
French hold up weapons deal
seen crawling across street at 3 a.m.
10 percent law not doing job at UT-Austin
TV news that looks local when it's not
East Texas tribe on verge of huge land claim
First Amendment being ripped up Judge Lewis ... prohibited Mr. Max from "disclosing any stories, facts or information, notwithstanding its truth..."
Faked species data results in new rules
Habitat for Humanity to open slum 'theme park'
Kept head in refrigerator because of 9/11 stress
Thousands could flunk TAKS
D.C. road crew paved around illegally-parked Texas SUV
US quietly stops setting aside wilderness land
Aquifer authority wins one, loses one
Higher fees to cost Texans millions
Dallas toddler dies after being left in hot van
Homeowner Associations retain power
rule changes mean big media can get even bigger
Flaming drink kills Oregon college student
Bank robber's getaway car wouldn't start
New Witch magazine: don't yell at computers
Trooper contradicts Perry on Killer Ds hunt
No illegal records destruction by DPS
Here comes Hillary's book
100mph storm tore up Laredo
Man beat wife for snoring too loudly
Bachelorette party "Stripper Cop" is real cop
US, UN, NATO lose points in world poll
Man to sue over marijuana car
Middle Class tax burden rising
Office janitor asks to work from home The Onion
General for banning tobacco
Girls teach cops teen talk, to go online for pedophiles
Man told to pay $34K for sending pets to death
the Kid shot by Sheriff Garrett?
Cruz details council, college bribes
DPS man says Gov. did direct Killer D search
Guerra commentary Iraq
KIA Texan returning home to San Diego
Senators move to kill some new FCC media rules
tests exposed highschool shortcomings
California pot grower facing 100 years instead gets sentence of one day You may remember this story from my previous coverage. A paragraph from the NYTimes offers a refresher: "The judge, Charles R. Breyer of Federal District Court, had not allowed Mr. Rosenthal to raise medicinal marijuana as a defense, leading some jurors to later complain that they had been misled by the court. After convicting Mr. Rosenthal, several jurors requested a new trial, and when that failed, wrote to Judge Breyer urging leniency."
Publisher threatens suit over Hillary book leaks
Man, 70, and woman, 60, had sex in Hardee's booth
Man had two families 20 miles apart
Hanging upside-down, topless, from moving train
Ashcroft facing Senators about Patriot Act powers
Since a good number of our community enjoy tuning into your radio program and since it appears the Spurs will be victorius over the Nets for the championship, would you mind advising the "riotous and reckless" not to destroy the city at the moment the Spurs capture the title?
After all, if winning the title leads to total unabated chaos and destruction, I'd rather the Nets take the championship. Thanks,
Mark T. - Concerned San Antonian
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ban here, then gone, will return
Austin Bars, clubs in new Austin smoke ban Thanks Vic
Dems want Killer D manhunt files: FBI helped hunt?
Media consolidation a cozy situation Center for Public Integrity ... examined the travel records of F.C.C. employees and found that over the last eight years, commissioners and staff members have taken 2,500 trips costing $2.8 million that were "primarily" paid for by members of the telecommunications and broadcast industries.
buys FCC Thanks Joe P.
WASHINGTON (AP)-- The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced today that it has agreed to be acquired by Clear Channel Communications (CCU) of San Antonio, Texas.
In announcing the deal, FCC Chairman Michael Powell said "This transaction will greatly expedite the demise of the antiquated concept of local ownership of media outlets. Critics of deals such as this need to understand that Clear Channel embodies all that is good and decent in the broadcast industry. Anyone that believes otherwise clearly isn't listening to the news."
In a statement issued today, Clear Channel CEO Lowry Mays said "This acquisition is a perfect strategic fit for Clear Channel. The FCC has been a wonderful business partner for the past several years, and has carried out our directions with great enthusiasm. We are proud to welcome the FCC into the Clear Channel family of companies." Although terms of the deal were not immediately available, It is said that the acquisition will include all components, operating units and assets of the FCC, except for its soul, which was sold in a prior transaction to Satan, Inc. in 1996.
Clear Channel, which owns broadcast facilities, shopping malls, billboard advertising, and concert promotion units all across North America, has been on an acquisition binge for the past several years, and has recently broadened the scope of its acquisitions to include government entities. In a recent deal, CCU purchased a 50% interest in the U.S. Congress, and is reportedly close to striking a deal to purchase The White House.
PVT. LYNCH REPORTS
Iraq hero tipster gets job as D.C. lobbyist May 1
Rescued POW Jessica Lynch has "amnesia" May 5
Toronto Star exclusive
---The REAL "Saving Private Lynch" May 5
Saving Private Lynch story 'flawed' May 15 BBC "one of the most stunning pieces of news management ever conceived."
US rejects BBC Lynch report May 20 BBC had reported the American story of the rescue was "one of the most stunning pieces of news management ever conceived".
Does the Pentagon have amnesia on Pvt. Lynch? June 2 Letter from Dennis J. Kucinich, Ranking Minority Member, Subcommittee on National Security, to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld
Gazette Enterprise 6/5/03
The first at which they will answer questions!
the $40 Inspection Tag is a possibility
under the area Clean Air Plan now being formulated (see Express-News
story 5/29/2003 Clean-air
strategies cautiously approved).
June 7-8 weekend
You can opt out of having your personal info shared among marketing lists and pre-approved credit offer lists sold to third parties by calling 1-888-567-8688 : Info at snopes.com
Personal Locater Beacons info from EQUIPPED.ORG
Finally! Spec Ops' side of story of Pvt. Lynch rescue
Proposed quarry in Castroville area seeks authority to condemn private citizens' land to build a rail line
Powell and Rice say data on Iraq not slanted
Iraq Most Wanted card decks fastest fad ever
|In interview, Barbara "more recognizably human" than Hillary Tom Shales commentary|
trackable chip is just a speck
Little girl tangled in balloon, swept 40 miles to her death
Frat boys charged in U.C. fish theft
Man dies after being beaten with woman's size 12 shoe
It is proposed that a quarry be built not far from Castroville, and that the quarry company be given the right of eminent domain the power to buy the land of others, against the owners' will, for the "good of the public" which translates "company's own financial gain" (in this case, right of way for a rail spur). The "good" also would include more than 100 new jobs and perhaps a half-million dollars per year in tax revenue.
The Castroville/Quihi area doesn't have local Talk radio or its own local newspaper, so regular citizens have no place to air opinions about the issue, which is why I offer my KTSA program for their use. The airing of the story of the Vulcan Materials quest for the power to condemn other people's land begins today after our 1 p.m. news. Many sides of the issue can be aired in the coming days, if the people of Medina county care to avail themselves of the opportunity. This is one of the core reasons why I love and respect local radio, wherever it is community service. What a concept, huh!
again vows WMDs will be found
Mr. Bush defended the decision to go to war, and he again said there were ties between Al Qaeda and Mr. Hussein's government. But he stopped short of declaring that Iraq had weapons ready for use rather than just programs to develop them.
WMDs: who's accountable? Krugman
I'll tell you what's outrageous. It's not the fact that people are criticizing the administration; it's the fact that nobody is being held accountable for misleading the nation into war.
More attacks on GIs in Iraq
aware of doubtful war motive
".. the CIA knew for months that a connection between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda was highly unlikely."
U.S.: 'High probability' al-Qaeda will use weapons of mass destruction
that glows and gives stock information
More research backs use of phonics
Natural gas crisis: lowest supply in almost 30 years
Teen's lawyer gets him basketball shot winnings
Gay kiss on live TV at Tony awards
Is it just me, or are some of the Clean Air Plan people on another planet? Look at today's Express-News story No swimming alert mulled for clean air and note the attitudes of (paragraph 6, 7) Renee Green, chairwoman of the committee and environmental services director for Bexar County, and (paragraph 8) Steven Smeltzer, an AACOG environmental manager. Are these people thinking clearly, and open to ideas, or are they close-minded bureaucrats with already-made-up minds? And farther down the story, note that we aren't open to anti-pollution ideas unless someone else has tried them first.
Perry signs insurance rate relief bill
Saw street racing movie 2Fast2Furious then ran down old man while speeding
Texan pockets $27M lottery win, goes back to work
Human smuggling on rise at Mexican border
Blix says US "bastards" leaned on his inspectors to produce more-damning language in their reports London Guardian Same story: Boston Globe here USA Today here
reveal dawn of mankind Nature.com
Stars' wrinkles show on Hi-Def TV TelevisionWeek.com "I want girls to realize that nobody looks like the women in the glossy photos without the help of a load of talented people," said [Cameron] Diaz, who reportedly had to skip a Gangs of New York premiere because of a new acne outbreak.
Mirror TV: watch TV and brush teeth at same time
wouldn't let "overdressed" kids get diplomas
Police had to be called to the East Lake Academy after parents became upset when principal Wendy Jung wouldn't let some "overdressed" students walk across the stage and get their diplomas. The principal complained that one boy "looked like a pimp."
Law lets state take homes of patients
TCEQ recommends Bexar be deferred from Clean Air non-attainment status, other 3 counties crossed off list Could this kill the AACOG Clean Air Plan now being worked on? It appears that the Clean Air Plan partner counties - Wilson, Guadalupe and Comal - have been let off the hook, at least for now.
I attended the AACOG Air Technical Committee meeting "No swimming alert mulled for clean air" (June 11).
A research paper co-authored by Dr. Jim Neece, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, reported that swimming pools in the Houston area produce 5-7 parts per billion ozone.
Mr. Pete Breitenbach, a TCEQ air modeler, repudiated his co-worker's findings. Presenting no scientific calculations and unscaled graphs, Breitenbach declared pools only produced 1-2 ppb ozone.
Still, this amount would make pools the third largest ozone source in San Antonio.
The committee rejected swimming pool testing, but continues to support vehicle emissions testing. Soon, poor car owners may be paying big bucks for testing and repairs while rich people enjoy their ozone producing pools.
Charles Ruppert. Cibolo [he's the mayor]
of Texas children looks bleak "Texas children are the least likely
to have health insurance and are more likely to live in poverty, drop out
of high school and give birth as teenagers.."
N.E. Methodist wants settlement kept secret
Newsman David Brinkley
dead in Houston at 82
Gregory Peck dead at 87
FTC wants more anti-spam power
Valedictorian to skip graduation, fearing classmates plan to boo her
Bra guy can tell woman's size ten feet away
Did Hillary write her own book or not?
|I'm not the Chris Custer who was masturbating by the road|
Clean Air Plan up in the air as enviro agency makes odd recommendations
San Antonio Express-News 6/13/2003
State official wants Bexar declared in violation of clean air law This makes it a very tough political issue for any politician (in Comal, Guadalupe and Wilson counties) to raise their hands on vehicle emissions testing or anything that they know the public is not going to be happy about...
New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung 6/13/2003
[Comal] County staves off pollution penalties "San Antonio area will not have to deal with regulations that could deter businesses and industry from expanding or moving into the area."
Mayor Garza's fanatic Smoking Ban stance may ease
Art Hall kills Gunn Honda's recharge zone car repair shop plan A terrific victory on the new councilman's first major issue! But look out. Gunn's lobbyist reportedly said Gunn will attempt to relocate the proposed dealership and repair facility to another site that could be over the recharge zone but outside of the city's jurisdiction. If this pans out, Gunn's good reputation here may be seriously jeopardized.
Gov says home-seizure bill had to be signed "Gov. Rick Perry said Thursday he would have vetoed a measure allowing the state to seize the homes of some deceased nursing home patients if it had been a stand-alone bill."
DeLay targeted by NYTimes columnist
Wrigley has patent on Viagra-type chewing gum
Woodpecker attacking cars' side mirrors
Fake cop pulls over real cop, gets really arrested
Dog-killing wacko hands out cookies as his house burns
Shoplifting mom abandons 7-year-old daughter
Emailed to me and posted here 6/12/2003
At the inaugural awards ceremony of the Texas Radio Hall of Fame in 2002
On the left is one of the radio guys whom I respect the very most, Herb Humphries, who created the Westinghouse All-News format at KFWB/Los Angeles: "You give us 22 minutes, we'll give you the world." Herb is truly a class act, ultimate news pro, and legitimate radio legend. I worked for him at KNOW/Austin in 1963. That's Herb's friend next to him, and my wonderful wife Carole to my left.
snopes.com Are rectal thermometers "personally tested"? Was Hillary Clinton named after the Everest climber?
Spurs owner's life of battles, bottles
Head of priest abuse panel to resign
eating standing by secrecy charge
Mini-watermelon looks like little green cantaloupe
Military Fathers Day: "He's in Heaven, Baby."
CBS in "checkbook journalism" flap over Pvt. Lynch
WAR UPDATE Okay, you want stories about how successful the war has been, and stories about the US being accurate in warning about WMDs you send me the story links.
questions value of emissions tests
Growing concern at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding the value and fairness of state-run inspection/maintenance (I/M) vehicle emissions testing programs has kicked off an internal EPA review, with new directions to be announced by late summer.
The EPA acknowledged in 1999 that the focus should be taken off the emissions testing process and instead put on cleaning the air by whatever method makes the most sense.
Greg Green, director of the EPAs Certification and Compliance Section in Ann Arbor, MI tells Wards the emissions-reduction gains attributed to I/M programs are small - and declining annually because of the annual turnover to new vehicles with more effective emissions-control systems.
He says the EPA also is increasingly concerned about the cost to repair older, complex-technology vehicles. State-run I/M programs, whether using tailpipe testing or data generated by the vehicles onboard diagnostic (OBD) systems, require owners to have the vehicle repaired - often at considerable cost - in order to be driven legally.
Green acknowledges emissions tests that rely on OBD systems magnify motorist repair liability by signaling more problems, some of which are temporary. And older owners, who drive infrequently and seldom at speeds and loads adequate to clear catalysts from sulfur effects, are another group disproportionately impacted by emissions testing.
A spokesman for the Missouri AAA Motor Club says the impact of I/M on lower-income drivers must be viewed in context with the unfortunate fact that 30 percent to 50 percent of urban motorists dont carry legally required vehicle insurance, and there is a growing problem of stolen license plates and registration tags. The spokesman says expensive repair consequences of I/M programs effectively adds to the number of vehicles driven illegally.
While the EPA is now reacting to the situation and shows concern for the social consequences of expensive emissions-related repairs, states with emissions-test programs are finding it difficult to adjust.
One example is Illinois. Its EPA office recently issued a forecast (state implementation plan) for vehicle pollution reduction. But in a document obtained by Wards, Illinois SIP does not outline its I/M programs actual contribution to pollution reduction.
Meanwhile, the EPAs latest computer-model estimates (M6) indicate that in a typical urban area, about 95 percent of vehicle hydrocarbon reduction can be attributed to ongoing vehicle technology improvements - and just 5 percent to I/M programs. The data has led one researcher to label emissions-testing programs as irrelevant.
Smoke Ban more likely with compromises
Two soldiers from S.A. killed in Iraq
Climate-change report gutted
Congress begins closed-door Iraq intel hearings
How messed up are the income tax laws?
Kerry: "Bush misled every one of us."
Thong Man shows his butt
Snoop's buses searched for pot at Bishop Dairy Queen
Second lightning bolt kills climber
Los Alamos can't find plutonium
Family says pilot of missing 727 not terrorist
Public may get to vote on Smoking Ban Good for you! Enough people are raising a fuss and some councilmen are wavering, so keep calling and emailing to protest Mother Government's move to redirect restaurant and bar money, and to tell business owners what to do. WE AREN'T AUSTIN!
"..no evidence from other cities that smoking bans have a negative impact on businesses."
Oh? Perhaps not overall and on average, but ask the restaurants and bars that had huge losses because their former customers abandoned them and patronized businesses in nearby non-regulated jurisdiction. Smokers don't quit because of a ban: they just go someplace else. Louie Barrios told me yesterday that his Los Barrios customers are likely to be driven away to nearby Alamo Heights. Don't be seduced by the Government Mothers' claim that this is a health issue. It is a political-correctness and money issue.
New Yorkers get around smoke ban
Hussein "probably alive" in Iraq "..a view that has been strengthened in recent weeks by intercepted communications.."
Iraq's cruise missile attack reexamined "..what is troubling is that none of the missiles were detected by the American warning systems and that the American military was powerless to intercept them."
GIs frustrated with peacekeeping role "What are we getting into here?" asked a sergeant with the U.S. Army's 4th Infantry Division who is stationed near Baqubah, a city 30 miles northeast of Baghdad. "The war is supposed to be over, but every day we hear of another soldier getting killed. Is it worth it? Saddam isn't in power anymore. The locals want us to leave. Why are we still here?"
What Bush knew, when The question arises again because of a bitter dispute, in part between the CIA and the White House, about how President Bush came to make a representation about an Iraqi nuclear program known in the intelligence community to be based on forged documents.
D/FW wants $1 drop-off charge
D.C. students are worst readers in nation
Hospital covers "Virgin Mary" window
Ashcroft wants media help on odorous Patriot Act
Air Force Academy women feared reporting attacks
June 21-24 Carole and I were moving
Good for you who agitated on this!
SMOKING BAN WILL GO TO PUBLIC VOTE
WINDSHIELD PROSECUTION RESTS! The Dallas News is doing a terrific job covering the Chante Mallard Windshield Trial, with website updates several times a day. Thanks to staff reporter Dave Levinthal for the live update during the lunch breaks Tuesday and today. 1:15 p.m. - Homeless man's son testifies in windshield trial
Secrecy Wall around village hit in U.S. raid "Stop right there," said Specialist Arthur Myers of New Jersey. "If you take a picture, I will break your camera."
was never any evidence linking Saddam Hussein to Al Qaeda" NY
Denial and Deception
Two-faced slicks in Congress keep denying retired, disabled military veterans the benefits they are owed, and keep saying they are working to instate those benefits. One of the slimy slicks is Rep. Lamar Smith, as detailed in these emails
The world is catching
up on the Pvt. Jessica Lynch story, which you knew the truth about
before any other radio audience of which I'm aware, thanks to the initial
report in the Toronto Star. Now here's the DallasNews.com take
on it as of yesterday, in the Editorial section
Saving Private Lynch: The myth was what we wanted to believe
There are a lot of links to aspects of the Lynch story at the bottom of this
commentary that ran June 6th.
And now something completely different
TV station criticized for tying 150 helium balloons to hen
"The bird went adrift, ended up tangled in power lines and had to be retrieved by a lineman from Pacific Gas & Electric Co., which shut off power to more than 1,800 homes. She survived the ordeal."
AGAIN TOMORROW JUNE 26
Car and Driver magazine's editor told me on 6/23/2003 that tailpipe emissions tests are virtually useless. I'll be replaying the clip on my programs, hoping that AACOG Clean Air Planners will hear it and be embarrassed.
Ward's AutoWorld EPA emissions test story has been moved to June Headline Archive under June 18
the $40 Inspection Tag is a possibility under the area
Clean Air Plan now being formulated (see Express-News story 5/29/2003
strategies cautiously approved).
AIR FORCE ACADEMY ISSUE
The Air Force Academy is changing its leadership -- but can it transform its culture? by Julie Jargon in Denver (the reporter who broke the story of the sexual assaults and denials at AFA).
Hi Brad, Thanks for having me on your show again. I'm curious to know what your listeners think about this report and about the problems at the AFA in general. If you have a moment sometime, let me know what kind of calls you got after I left the air. --Julie [Jargon]
World's worst front yard?
Hillary's Arkansas days
National DO NOT CALL list registration begins Click the house <<< or call 1 888 382-1222 from the phone number which you want to have blocked from telemarketers.
Intelligence? Secret German records cast doubt on the Saddam-Al Qaeda connection
House says no to deeper probe of Iraqi weapons
One Marine killed, two missing in separate Iraq encounters
Deaths of two Afghanis in US custody probed as homicides: Bush administration promises no torture of prisoners
Ex-AG Morales is back in jail
Photographer said "art" but jury said "porn" " After their verdict, jurors questioned Tovars court-appointed attorneys on why they never brought in an art expert to testify in their clients behalf. Attorney David Cuellar said he was working under a limited budget..."
Therapy Pets gaining ground
FBI: Mexican ID card "terrorist threat"
Iraq raids are 'ugly business'
Murdered Brit soldiers 'made photo plea' The six British soldiers killed in an Iraqi police station made a desperate attempt to save their lives by showing their attackers photographs of their families.
Supreme Court strikes down Texas' ban on homosexual sex
Choice of Words
"Today, America was dealt a serious blow...."
-- Rev. Louis Sheldon of the Traditional Values Coalition, refering to the Lawrence sodomy case.
POLLUTION "FACTS" POLLUTED The San Antonio Express-News' editorial on local air pollution lacked balance and contained errors. The editorial, and a Citizens Organized for Good Science refutation, on my clean air page
Email reports tell of (1) a man who put a power drill up his nose to cure an itch, hurt himself, and is suing for $25M. and (2) this guy with a different nose situation
troops to Africa? Officials
in Washington met round the clock over the weekend to plan a possible armed
response [in Liberia] - its first mission to Africa since the disastrous intervention
in Somalia almost a decade ago.
Feds increasingly using privacy exemption
Waiting for a bus that will never come
Deputies arrest naked burglar
GM's new pitch: an apology
The Smoking Gun David Carradine divorce: sexual deviancy and so on
Who Lost the WMD?
As the weapons hunt intensifies, so does the finger pointing
U.S. forces storm Iraqi towns in massive sweep
The raids by the 4th Infantry Division and Task Force Ironhorse troops which began early Sunday came as the U.S. civilian administrator of Iraq said U.S. forces must kill or capture Saddam so he can no longer be a rallying point for anti-coalition attacks.
U.S. grapples with refugee challenge in Iraq
Handling the return of millions of Iraqis who fled to other countries or were driven from their homes during Saddam Hussein's rule stands as one of the most daunting long-term challenges for the U.S. administrators running Iraq.
Joe collectors' convention
Japanese return to WWII internment camp
Internet huge, huger
Big surprise about human underwater vision
Three computer programs to spy on those you love
ABC News tests start Reagan-is-dead rumor
"To be honest, I don't think 7 inches is all that long," he says. "Yes, it's big, but it may not be a record breaker." STORY
Trial date set in grisly Brownsville child murders The couple confessed, Brownsville police have testified, to severing their children's heads with a large kitchen knife, pausing to clean house and have sex between the slayings.
"I don't look like the average lesbian. They look like boys, they don't shave under their arms, they have short hair. They just automatically assume that I'm straight." STORY