Tuesday, October 21, 2003
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Boxcutter Boy prosecution a sick joke
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The student who put the box cutters and other items on the planes is to be commended. Instead of filing charges against him they should fire the head of airport security at Raliegh-Durham and appoint him to that position, with a bonus for exposing what was called " security ".
David P. - Wimberley , Tx

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Questions surround flier who hid box cutters
"...similar weapons packages were found aboard Southwest planes in Tampa and Raleigh on April 13 and 14 – a discovery the airline declined to confirm.
Those earlier discoveries, coupled with Mr. Heatwole's Sept. 15 e-mail, led some to wonder why it took the agency nearly five weeks to uncover the final two packages – and track down the perpetrator."

Passenger tracking at airports on hold
Carriers say system will violate privacy, without increasing safety significantly.

Two days after Mark Benjamin's UPI story, this ran on CNN
Sick, wounded reservists complain about treatment
Living conditions at Fort Stewart called 'substandard'

Banker sees U.S. war cost at $300 billion
Once the American Congress and public opinion realizes the true cost burden of the Iraqi campaigns on the American taxpayer, they will force this, and any future administration, to quickly look for an honorable exit strategy," he said.

 

Scientist Suspects Many Athletes Are Using Undetected Steroids

 

Doctors Medicate Strangers on Web
SAN ANTONIO -- At his worst, Ernesto A. Cantu was injecting himself 10 times a day with Demerol, swallowing tablet after tablet of hydrocodone, taking Ambien to sleep and using Valium for anxiety.


The Pain to Come
Once Rush Limbaugh and other addicts complete detox, the hardest part of treatment is yet to come. In fact, when it comes to kicking a drug habit, relapse is often the rule rather than the exception.

Williamson Sheriff enters alcohol treatment program

Texas near top in marriage rate
According to newly released Census Bureau statistics, Texans tend to marry at higher rates than the country as a whole.

Man Survives Historic Plunge Over Niagara

Sales of existing homes rise 34% in Austin area

Nissan courts Big Three buyers with full-size pickup truck

Abused boy dies after returned to parents fifth time

Fact-Free News
".. researchers discovered that large minorities of Americans entertained some highly fanciful beliefs about the facts of the Iraqi war. Fully 48 percent of Americans believed that the United States had uncovered evidence demonstrating a close working relationship between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda. Another 22 percent thought that we had found the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq... The fair and balanced folks at Fox, the survey concludes, were 'the news source whose viewers had the most misperceptions.' Eighty percent of Fox viewers believed at least one of these un-facts; 45 percent believed all three."

Added 4:45 p.m.
The source of the study. It's all here
www.PIPA.org

 

Thailand unveils world's largest curtain to hide slums

Caucasian Club founder transfers to new school after being harassed
"Some people would say words like 'racist' when they see me," says Lisa McClelland. "Some people would give me a look. Some people would whisper something."

Texas State Fair fans just love those deep-fried Twinkies
"You come to the state fair for two things: corny dogs and fried Twinkies," says Glen Roya. Deep-fried Oreos are said to be a hit, too.


Men in 'Batman' rooftop protest

Animal lovers, this is sickening
PETA video exposes Columbia 'atrocities'


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An unusual weather pattern has produced unusually high ozone readings for late October in South Texas during the last couple of days. Interestingly enough, the highest readings in this area have been isolated, rural areas, with low vehicular emissions.
On Monday (Oct. 20th) the highest ozone reading within 100 miles of San Antonio, was in Fayette County (near La Grange) with an 8hr high reading of 78ppb.

Seguin: 73ppb
New Braunfels: 70ppb
SA-Marshall: 67ppb
SA-Camp Bullis: 63ppb
Calaveras Lake: 65ppb
Pecan Valley: 57ppb

It's interesting to note that San Antonio had higher ozone readings on Sunday from most of its monitors than on Monday (weekday with increased vehicular traffic).

Once again, regional influences caused ozone readings to balloon under clear skies on Monday. Once again, automobiles played only a minor role in the high ozone values...especially in Seguin and La Grange.

Mark Langford

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