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EU may target Texas citrus
Texas' citrus industry stands to become one of the biggest losers of a trade conflict brewing between the United States and the European Union.


Recently arrested immigrant workers sue Wal-Mart Workers recently arrested in federal raids filed a racketeering lawsuit accusing Wal-Mart of conspiring with contractors in a criminal enterprise that violated the civil rights and wage protections of immigrants who cleaned its stores. PGA reaffirms commitment to Bexar County project Floundering in uncertainty for more than a year, the PGA Village resort in Northeast Bexar County moved a step closer to reality today with a renewed commitment by the PGA to be part of the development.

54,000 children off Texas insurance rolls More than 54,000 low-income children dropped off the rolls of a popular state health insurance program this year as new, stricter rules passed by the Legislature took effect.
"..
figures suggest that estimates of a 169,000 enrollment cut over the next two years is no exaggeration."

2 Vidor students accused of plotting rampage Bag searches and police officers greeted high school students here Tuesday after two students were taken into custody and accused of plotting to shoot 24 classmates and administrators.

Brad's Ten-Foot Poll
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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.
Total votes 247
Private property should be protected. Use taxpayer owned property instead. (146) 59%
Government Canyon is by and for the people and should be protected. (101) 41%

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Good commentary this morning, Brad. I was one of the minority voters in the 10 Foot Poll. I have hiked in the Government Canyon State Conservation Area and it is a real jewel. We don't need no stinking power lines running through that area. Senator Gramm and the others need to pull their heads out ... and get on with life. As my Aggie son likes to say, "Sometimes you just have to suck it up and get on with life."
Pete


 


Zeta-Jones: Don't say I lost weight on the Atkins diet or I'll sue you!
Documents on The SmokingGun.com include lawyer letter

 

Senate will play its own Survivor, pull all-nighter In a legislative version of Survivor, Republicans and Democrats will square off today in an all-night Senate talkathon on who's to blame for some of President Bush's political nominees not making it to the federal appeals bench.
While both parties hope the debate will mobilize their political bases, the contestants already know the winner: the status quo.
For 30 straight hours -- through midnight Thursday -- senators will condemn each other and Bush for the impasse over four U.S. Appeals Court nominees.


 


Sanchez dismisses comparisons to Vietnam

    BAGHDAD, Iraq — America’s top soldier in Iraq said Tuesday a “blanket of fear” that Saddam Hussein will return prevents Iraqis from giving U.S. troops intelligence vital to curb the growing insurgency — stepped up attacks underlined by a late night barrage on the heart of Baghdad.

An act of ‘betrayal’
In the midst of war, key family benefits face cuts
Commissaries and the Defense Department’s stateside schools are in the crosshairs of Pentagon budget cutters, and military advocates, families and even base commanders are up in arms.

“Betrayal — write that down and put it in your report,” said Col. John Kidd, garrison commander of Fort Stewart, Ga., testifying at Tafoya’s forum on the need to keep military-run schools on his post. “As a commander, I will fight this tooth and nail. Folks down there are not just militant on this issue. They will march on Washington.”


 

 

More Natalia students exempt from uniforms Until this fall, no students had been allowed to opt out of the dress code adopted in 1999 in grades six and up in the 1,200-student school district in Medina County.

 

Dallas News
1 Durst's acquittal spurs rich-poor legal debate "Is our system fair? I think it's fairer than any other known system, but it's not even close to as fair as it could be and ought to be," said University of Houston law professor David Dow. Rich people get better results, he said.

New York Times
2 Durst Verdict Tied to Local Mores and a Shrewd Defense Even in Texas, with its history of lenience when it comes to self-defense, they are wondering how Robert A. Durst was found not guilty yesterday.

Mr. DeGuerin, who also teaches at the University of Texas at Austin Law School, said that sometimes he refers in class to an old Texas saying about why horse thieves get hung and some killers get off. "No horse ever needed stealing," Mr. DeGuerin explained. "But there are people who need killing."

Houston Chronicle
3 It was all or nothing: Durst's jurors forced to look past gore
In the court of public opinion, Robert Durst was a goner. People don't chop up bodies and flee the state without good reason. But in the court that mattered, the murder case against Durst was far from overwhelming

 

OPINION Paul Krugman, NY Times
Hold the Vitriol My guess is that if the Democrats stay angry, then they'll offend Southern white guys, with or without pickups and flags, and lose again.

I see the fury in my e-mail messages. In a fairly typical comment, one reader suggested that President Bush and his aides are "lying, cynical greedy pirates who deserve no better than a firing squad." At this rate, soon we'll all be so rabid that Ann Coulter will seem normal.

 

Girl Scouts hunt beavers and fur flies Let other Girl Scouts make bird feeders out of bleach bottles and glue together little birch-bark canoes. Troop 34 in Alaska is learning to trap and skin beavers. Superstitious Iranian hicks riot over Tiger Woman "Some 50 people have been arrested in Iran's clerical capital of Qom after police broke up a crowd that had assembled to watch the rumoured execution of a half-woman half-tigress..."
Driver rolls his truck while changing clothes Terry Gilmore, 59, told police he had set the cruise control to 60 mph and was changing his clothes when he approached a curve.
Pupils hand over baby teeth to make dentures Children at a Brazilian school are being urged to hand over their baby teeth to make dentures for toothless youngsters.

 

Donna Air to hand her baby over to a gorilla Donna Air and her zoo-owner boyfriend Damian Aspinall intend to place their baby daughter in the care of a gorilla.

 

Tigers on way to Texas Wildlife officials removed 24 snarling and sickly-looking tigers from the New Jersey Tiger Lady's compound yesterday. The animals were in filthy cages, officials said. "It smells like a gigantic cat box," said Richard Farinato.

The tigers' owner, Joan Byron-Marasek, ducked into a cab and left her Tigers Only Preservation Society in Jackson, N.J., apparently unable to stand losing the beasts.
"She doesn't want anything to do with it. [She said] I'm stealing her babies," said Carol Asvestas, director of the Wild Life Orphanage in San Antonio, Tex., where the tigers are expected to arrive tomorrow after more than 30 hours on the road.

 

Power wheelchair scam taking Medicare, taxpayers for a ride U.S. authorities have launched 50 separate investigations to stop unscrupulous power wheelchair suppliers from defrauding Medicare and causing anxiety to beneficiaries...

   
     
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