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Man fails to break clothespins-on-face record

Local ozone "experts" to study vehicle emissions testing plan

Texas GOP's mildly-amusing spoof of the runaway Democrats HERE

Von Ormy soldier killed in Iraq ambush

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UPI Investigative followup

Sick soldiers wait for treatment
Turns out Fort Knox is having the same ignore-the-sick-soldiers problem as Fort Stewart

Austin may liberalize smoking ban today
Past council's strict but stalled plan facing effective reversal today.

Though smoke from fires still fills the sky and fire trucks stand by in the street, the situation is relaxed enough for Jack Nichols, left, and Nick Tamburro, both 3, to play with their toys near their home in Stevenson Ranch Wednesday. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) (October 29, 2003)

San Antonio builder may make deal to testify against ex-City Councilmen

President Bush dials for $ this evening at Marriott downtown (you are not invited. Only the fat cats) Will be here about three hours

U.N. evacuates Baghdad staff

Parts of Texas ripe for wildfires

Food cutbacks have some Texas inmates and guards grumbling

Commentary: Maureen Dowd
Eyes Wide Shut
Now Crawford George has morphed into Baghdad Bob.
Speaking to reporters this week, Mr. Bush made the bizarre argument that the worse things get in Iraq, the better news it is.

Commentary: Thomas Friedman
It's no Vietnam
Let's get real. What the people who blew up the Red Cross and the Iraqi police fear is not that we're going to permanently occupy Iraq. They fear that we're going to permanently change Iraq.
"...refusing to dismiss one of his own generals who insults Islam, turning a deaf ear to hints of corruption infecting the new Baghdad government as it's showered with aid dollars, calling on reservists and their families to bear all the burdens of war while slashing taxes for the rich, and undertaking the world's biggest nation-building project with few real allies..."

As heard on my program yesterday in an interview with his lawyer— and reported today in major newspapers

1 New York Times
Ex-C.I.A. Man Wins Verdict Reversal
"In the course of American justice, one would have to work hard to conceive of a more fundamentally unfair process with a consequentially unreliable result," Judge Hughes wrote, "than the fabrication of false data by the government, under oath by a government official, presented knowingly by the prosecutor in the courtroom with the express approval of his superiors in Washington."

2 Washington Post
False Evidence Cited in Overturning Arms Dealer's Case

A federal judge in Houston has overturned a former CIA operative's 1983 conviction for selling explosives to Libya, saying the Justice Department "knowingly used false evidence against him" and suppressed evidence.

3 Houston Chronicle
Reversal of CIA agent's conviction draws fire


Economy Grows at 7.2% Annual Rate in 3Q
The economy grew at a scorching 7.2 percent annual rate in the third quarter in the strongest pace in nearly two decades.

Finally, a few more details about the almost-surreal story of FoxNews supposedly threatening to sue The Simpsons over a parody
"Now Fox has a new rule that we can't do those little fake news crawls on the bottom of the screen in a cartoon because it might confuse the viewers into thinking it's real news.."

Special Forces soldier charged with "cowardice" in Iraq

Technology - Reuters
CIA Used Dragonfly, Catfish as Spy Gadget Models

Prosthetic testicles for neutered dogs are big business

Town doesn't know what to do with Egg-O-Mat vending machine

Results of yesterday's Ten-Foot Poll (the comments are on the 10/29 Daily Home Page link in the right-column Calendar)

Vehicle Emissions Tests Don't Help
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Citizens Organized for Good Science


2004 election calendar
The 2004 political calendar is front-loaded with key presidential primaries. This means the Democratic candidate for president could be decided by early March.