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12:58 p.m.
Resources for Gulf War I ex-POWs lawsuit discussion
White House mealy-mouth Press Sec'y avoids issue HERE (beginning includes phrase "7 former POWs" if you want to go straight to it using a page search)
Good, long NY Times story on the issue HERE


2:50 p.m.
I'm getting the feeling that this entire discussion and Ten-Foot Poll have been based on an erroneous newspaper story, which said in its headline and in the body of the story that CPS waives late fees for certain people, when in fact the late fees are NOT waived but are imposed only after an additional ten-day grace period. Read the story, see if you don't think it says late fees are waived. Tonya says she called CPS about 2:45 and says she was told the seniors do, in fact, have to pay a late fee. I apologize for believing what I read in the paper this time.


No CPS late fee for disabled residents?

Eddie Mason, disabled and a wheelchair-user, appealed to a City Public Service committee to waive its late fee for the community's disabled residents, just as it does for senior citizens.

Brad's Ten-Foot Poll
posted 12:10 a.m.
CPS waives late fees on the bills of senior citizens, and a disabled man now says his late fee should be forgiven, too, or it'll all be kind of unfair.

CPS has no business subsidizing people who can't pay their bills on time.
Hey, ease up, it's the disabled and elderly we're talking about here. They shouldn't have to be responsible with their money!
Okay, give 'em all the time in the world to pay their bills, but give ME the same deal, too.

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Brad,
I think it's fine that the senior citizens have their late fees waived. Just as they are exempt from school taxes, it's as it should be-- giving our seniors a well deserved but still-too-little break.
But if the disabled want a waiver then why not give this exemption to single women trying to make it in an economically unfair society, and to the single parent that has to buy uniforms so their little dumplin' can go to school FOR AN EDUCATION not a fashion show.
Why not offer the exemption to each and every military person, active and retired? Let's not forget the teachers. They make little enough as it is! Why not call CPS and ask about pushing their due date back a little? That worked for me with American Express. All I had to do was pick up the phone and ask!
Sincerely,
Noreen P.

 

National Guard pay delayed, denied
GAO report: 94 percent of those in six units had pay problems

One sergeant, who wanted his identity concealed, said when his unit was in Afghanistan chasing al-Qaida terrorists, every single soldier had pay problems — mostly late or missing checks. “It was very frustrating,” explained the sergeant, “it distracted you from the job at hand.… You have to worry about whether your family has enough food on the table.”  In six Guard units examined by the General Accounting Office, a stunning 94 percent of soldiers had pay problems...

 

BRITISH PROTESTS
First US toxic ship arrives in UK The decrepit former U.S. Navy oil tanker "Caloosahatchee" was the first to arrive of the so-called "Ghost Ships," a fleet of ancient vessels, some of which date back to World War Two and which are contaminated with asbestos and other toxic chemicals.

AVIATION NOW.COM
DHS to study efficiency of aviation security The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) soon will begin a sweeping study of aviation security in the United States, according to a senior DHS official.

"Good Morning, Vietnam!" DJ becomes Supreme Court lawyer Adrian Cronauer, 65, was sworn in Wednesday to the Supreme Court Bar.

 


Senate sends defense bill, with 4.15% military pay hike, to Bush for signature
The Senate gave final approval Wednesday to a $401.3 billion defense bill that gives the Pentagon greater control over its civilian work force and eases environmental restrictions on the military.

Some helicopters in Iraq lack missile defenses
The Pentagon has told an Illinois senator that a third of the helicopters from his local National Guard unit had been operating in Iraq without missile defenses.

 




An Italian soldier next to the barracks in Nassiriya destroyed by a suicide bomb attack. At least 18 Italians and eight Iraqis were killed. Photograph: Anja Niedringhaus/AP

'We could lose this situation' The White House yesterday drew up emergency plans to accelerate the transfer of power in Iraq after being shown a devastating CIA report warning that the guerrilla war was in danger of escalating out of US control.

Toronto Star
Iraqi chicken truckers shot dead by Americans
"U.S. troops opened fire on a truck carrying live chickens near the tense town of Fallujah, killing five civilians aboard the vehicle, including a father and his two sons, relatives said today.

Associated Press
Americans fire on Iraqi politician "U.S. troops opened fire accidently on a car carrying a member of the Iraqi Governing Council, the Iraqi administration said Wednesday.


 

For Albanians, It's Come to This: A Son for a TV A substantial trade in children has established itself in Albania, Europe's most impoverished nation.

Nasal Spray's Use to Curb Hunger Is Found Safe in Small Test A hormone that suppresses appetite has been made into a nasal spray which, in a preliminary test in 15 people, safely entered the bloodstream and appeared to reduce hunger pangs.

Peeking behind the secrecy In George Orwell's "1984," documents deemed embarrassing to the State were tossed down a memory hole, a disposal chute in the Ministry of Truth that led to enormous furnaces. Taking a cue from the novel, Russ Kick, a journalist and author, established www.thememoryhole.org, a Web site dedicated to saving official documents from oblivion and posting them online.

 

 


So, will your landline phone number really switch to cell? "Mark my words: 30 percent of these attempted ports are going to fail," said Bob Egan, founder of Mobile Competency, a consulting firm, and author of a report titled "Wireless Number Portability: This Ain't Y2K." "This is a procedurally complex scenario. You're not just moving a phone number. You're moving from a network based on one technology and particular handset and billing system to another."

Stopping the Internet tax Senate leaders are trying to find a way to extend a ban on Internet taxation that expired Nov. 1.

'Austin City Limits' wins national award President Bush presented honor to KLRU, the Austin PBS affiliate, at Oval Office.


'Mattress Mac' accused of age discrimination Jim "Mattress Mac" McIngvale routinely called sales manager Martin G. McDaniel "old man" and told him to do "such demeaning, age-based work as sweeping the company warehouse," according to a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday.  

Houston radio host Matthews charged with child indecency Ex-KPRC, ex-KSEV conservative radio talk show host Jon Matthews, a fixture of Houston radio for more than a decade, was indicted by a Fort Bend County grand jury on a charge of indecency with a child.


GEORGETOWN KEEPS 'EM IN
Austin United Way restricts Boy Scout support "..to phase out funding to organization that excludes gays."

CDs 'could be history in five years' For original peer-scientict reports go to Nature.com and search PEDOT

 

 

 

Purple and gold house must be repainted
Home in Florida became the talk of the neighborhood after being painted the colors of the homeowner's college fraternity.


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In San Antonio, novelist Sandra Cisneros created a furor seven years ago after painting her two-story Victorian cottage a vibrant purple in the city's King William district. Aghast, members of the town's historical review board cited her and told her to find a more muted color. Cisneros refused, citing her Mexican heritage and that of the town's.

 

 

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