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Government Canyon Natural Area should not be ruined by 200-foot CPS power towers

Brad's 200-Foot Poll

This poll was up for a few hours and then crashed all day Monday. I'm putting it up again to give the issue a respectable amount of time for reaction, re-posted 11:29 p.m.

CPS is about to decide where to run giant 200-foot transmission towers across the northwest suburbs. Sen. Phil Gramm and other influential property owners say the lines should avoid their private property, and instead go across the Government Canyon Natural Preserve.

Private property should be protected. Use taxpayer owned property instead.
Government Canyon is by and for the people and should be protected.



For drivers, lots of change ahead?
San Antonio and other Texas areas wary of toll road schemes
Faced with rising construction costs and demands, the state expects to adopt new regulations by the beginning of next year allowing the Texas Department of Transportation and many counties to convert state highways to toll roads.


OPINION: Ben Wear, Austin American-Statesman
Freeway? No way; call it a 'tax road'

Ric Williamson, a member of the Texas Transportation Commission and an advocate for Gov. Rick Perry's dream of a 4,000-mile network of tollways in Texas, used the expression "tax road" so much in his remarks at last month's commission meeting and in a phone interview later, I felt as if I were listening to the old Subliminal Man character from Saturday Night Live.


Trapeze artist lands on obese spectator
A Chilean trapeze artist survived a dramatic plunge after he landed on a fat spectator who broke his fall.
First freeze by Thanksgiving?
"Penis shrinkers" panic Sudanese
Ash-flicking driver cited for littering
Troy Woods III can't believe he got a littering ticket. "I don't throw cigarette butts out," he says. "I knock the cherry off and I put them in the trash."


Bob Herbert
Living On Borrowed Money

"The Two-Income Trap: Why Middle-Class Mothers and Fathers are Going Broke," ... noted that over the past 30 years home mortgage costs have risen 70 times faster than the average father's income. So you end up with two parents working like crazy just to keep the family economically afloat.

A generation ago the average American family was able to save about 11 percent of its income. Today the average family saves nothing. How can a family possibly save when it's piling up debt like mad?

Stinson previews San Antonio, PGA Village pact

Ohio pollution threatens Big Bend National Park
The increase in air pollution is one of the 800,000-acre park's most pressing concerns, Nations said. While visitors can see for up to 200 miles on clear days, haze severely hinders that view 20 percent of the time.

Early results from an air quality study conducted by state and federal agencies says a significant amount of the pollution comes from coal-fired plants in the eastern United States.

States Planning Their Own Suits on Power Plants
WASHINGTON, Nov. 8 — The attorneys general of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut say they are ready to open a new round of litigation to force power plants to make billions of dollars of pollution-control improvements after a decision by the Bush administration to abandon more than 50 investigations into possible violations of the Clean Air Act.

Under provisions of the Clean Air Act, any individual can sue over pollution violations and seek huge fines that could force some of the utilities back to the bargaining table and reduce pollutants.

Why shouldn't Texas sue the Ohio River Valley powerplants which are sending polluted air into San Antonio and huge areas of the South? 

Vibrator frightens gaggle of females
Livermore nuke lab loses keys

Discrimination lawsuit by illegal immigrants in Wal-Mart raids


A new focus on veterans' benefits
Congress, keen to show support for troops, moves to cut waits at VA hospitals and ease a century-old tax penalty.

Flowers, free airline tickets - support for military families
Bases and towns rally to console military families.

U.S. Opposes Money for Troops Jailed in Iraq
The Bush administration is seeking to block a group of American troops who were tortured in Iraqi prisons during the Persian Gulf war in 1991 from collecting any of the hundreds of millions of dollars in frozen Iraqi assets they won last summer in a federal court ruling against the government of Saddam Hussein.

David Eberly, a retired Air Force colonel whose F-15 fighter was shot down over northwest Iraq and who said his interrogators repeatedly pointed a gun at his head and pulled the trigger on an empty chamber, said he was surprised by the administration's eagerness to overturn the judgment.
"The administration wants $87 billion for Iraq," he said. "The money in our case is just a drop of blood in the bucket."

What World War I's Greatest Poet Would Say About Hiding Our War Dead



Rethinking Iraq's Future
Alarmed by the failure of Iraq's Governing Council to take decisive action, the Bush administration is seeking new ways for U.S. can withdraw its troops and turn over political control of the country.

The United States is deeply frustrated with its hand-picked council members because they have spent more time on their own political or economic interests than in planning for Iraq's political future, especially selecting a committee to write a new constitution, the officials added.


email - edited

Don's email made some comparisons between me and some other KTSA folks. I appreciated the compliments about my timely coverage, Don, but I'm taking out the specific references to who at KTSA did what first.

Hi Brad,
You are to be congratulated. You had the facts on the Jessica Lynch "rescue" 2 months before .. anyone else at KTSA. I heard you report the accurate facts about this story and you had it right. She didn't valiantly fight the Iraqis. She wasn't shot and stabbed. The Iraqi doctors and nurses treated her injuries and cared for her. They attempted to return her to the American side. There was no resistance to her "daring rescue" ...
Now Jessica is out of the Army and is able to come forward and set the record straight. It's to her credit that she is doing so. It takes courage to go against the official story and tell the truth.
By the way, you also beat WOAI on this story.
Those guys were not only caught by surprise by this story today, they were critical of her for telling the truth. This isn't surprising since there is little truth on Clear Channel these days.
Anyway, thanks Brad for keeping us informed.
Don M.

Thanks, Don, but the only credit I deserve is for coming across the Toronto Star article while doing my homework. The Star broke the story, I ran with it and linked to it, that was all. Here it is, from early May:

The real 'Saving Private Lynch'

New York Daily News
Jessica Lynch biographer dwells on anal action
“Fiends raped Jessica”

•• FCC Deserves a Digital Thanks for Nothing
To make digital TV more appealing to consumers who haven't bought into it, the FCC is forcing companies to make hardware that's less capable than what's sold today.

•• Popular Diets Yield Modest Results
The first head-to-head trial of four popular diet plans has found that people who stick with any of them for a year lose about 5 percent of their body weight, far fewer pounds than most dieters hope for.

•• Spam harmed economy more than hackers, viruses
Spam caused more economic damage than hackers and viruses last month, despite indications that the amount of unwanted e-mail actually declined


Remember the banjo boy in the 1972 film "Deliverance"?
He's now 47, and works ten-hour days as a cook and dishwasher at a restaurant. As it turned out.. there wasn’t much demand in Hollywood for banjo boys.


Proposals for Texas state health-care contracts shrouded
Firms fear trade secrets could be compromised

...some firms offering to help the state consolidate health and human services agencies argue the public shouldn't know which or how many individuals are actually working on a given project or what their experience level is.












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