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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.
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.
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.
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.
suggest that estimates of a 169,000 enrollment cut over the next
two years is no exaggeration."
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.
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
property should be protected. Use taxpayer owned property instead.
Canyon is by and for the people and should be protected. (101)
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."
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
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
dismisses comparisons to Vietnam
BAGHDAD, Iraq Americas 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.
act of betrayal
In the midst of war, key family benefits face cuts
Commissaries and the Defense Departments stateside schools are
in the crosshairs of Pentagon budget cutters, and military advocates,
families and even base commanders are up in arms.
write that down and put it in your report, said Col.
John Kidd, garrison commander of Fort Stewart, Ga., testifying
at Tafoyas 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
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.
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.
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.
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."
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
Paul Krugman, NY Times
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.
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
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.
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.
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...