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Inducted 2002

Website S.O.P.
Usually I clean out the day's headline links between 10 and midnight and load an abbreviated page for overnight. New stuff is normally uploaded between 8 and 10 a.m. and stays all day and evening.
Sometimes I add during the day but only occasionally. Weekends don't get much updating if any at all.
Previous headline links are always available (by month) in the Headline Archive in the left column, or you can keyword search the entire site with the button
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Next Stop Tehran?
With Iraq beaten, the US is now playing the same dangerous WMD game with Iran

War ends, Iraq battle over small arms begins
Iraq, one of the most heavily armed countries in the world, is believed to harbor enough guns to arm every one of its 24 million citizens.

The curse of the quarters
A strange series of coincidences befalls the 50 State Quarters

Red Rover, Red Rover upcoming Mars missions

Probe of DPS role in Killer Ds hunt ends

Nando Times news site shuts down
Canada may okay small amounts of pot: US uptight
Priest gets 20 prison years for sex abuse of children
Bravo cable to air gay dating show
Man with polka-dot house wins remodeling battle
Jacko never gave me what I wanted in bed says Lisa Marie
Neighbors petition against woman's noisy sex


Tailpipe Emissions Test Issue Mark Langford of Citizens Organized for Good Science attended a meeting of the AACOG Air Tech Advisory Committee (5/23/03) at which recommended control strategies were presented to the Executive Committee. Tailpipe emissions testing WAS recommended. Yeah, I know, you're shocked, shocked! There are several more steps in this Clean Air Plan proposal before it would become final. If you have an opinion on the $40 car inspection proposal NOW is the time to email or call the San Antonio mayor and your council member if he isn't in jail. Council links are always in my left column and the Clean Air issue pages are there, too (at the bottom)


Hi Brad,
The SA campaign finance database I initially brought to your attention has been online for 1 month. Since you have aided and abetted in this experiment, I will apprise you of its progress.
Peak usage occured on election day, May 3, with 422 page loads. The following week there were an average of 100 page loads per day. One week after the election, May 10, usage had dwindled to 8 page loads and, thereafter, steadily declined to 0. It has remained there since.
There was a lone, supportive comment submitted to the feedback section by someone named Brad.
There are 2 ways to interpret these data. One, usage was alarmingly poor considering the size of the city, the absence of comparable information anywhere else, and the recent exposure of a criminal element in the city government. On the other hand, interest in campaign activity is probably tied to voter turnout. If the latter is low, the former can't be expected to be any better.
Ever the optimist, I have resumed work and updated the database to the best of my ability. I have also completed a similar database for Austin and I plan on compiling Houston's at some point too. Like SA, neither city provides a database.
Jay Kumar

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