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Monday, December 8, 2003
12/17 = 100th anniversary of controlled, powered flight EAA Countdown to Kitty Hawk


Texas remap trial opens Tuesday With deadlines looming next month for candidates to get on the March 9 primary ballot, the case has shown just how fast complex federal litigation can move. The lawyers say they can plow through a numbingly complicated trial in about a week, at most.
Commentary: Texas Dems Forked


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Security issues raise concerns about e-voting "technical analysis of the four major voting machine manufacturers ... 57 potential security risks ... findings prompted Ohio ... to delay ... computerized system ... for 2004 presidential election."


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How often do San Antonio's ignorant, stupid gang members hit their intended targets during drive-by shootings? As Cary Clack recalls — NEVER! With a roll call of some of the innocent children who have become drive-by victims here


Dead San Antonio switchman was running unmanned train by remote control An accident here in June injured a Union Pacific engineer near KellyUSA after the locomotive he was in was struck by another being operated by remote control. Such occurrences have many railyard workers clamoring for an end to the remote controls, and several cities across the country have passed measures banning the technology.


Bad publicity sends Hitler wine sales soaring (with photo) Christmas sales of Adolf Hitler wine have reached a record high thanks to publicity generated by attempts to ban it in both Brussels and Berlin


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US barb-wiring entire Iraqi villages So far, the new approach appears to be succeeding in diminishing the threat to American soldiers. But it appears to be coming at the cost of alienating many of the people the Americans are trying to win over.


Hillary blanches at being branded as un-American


San Antonio Express-News Military Editor
BAGHDAD — Taxi driver Mazin Yaswen's fuel gauge was flat on "E," the gas station a good half-mile away and his car one of hundreds snaking more than a mile down busy Kerrada Kharij at dusk Sunday.
SIG'S WEBLOG Weapons fire at all hours of the night, for starters. It also looks like a scene from "Escape from New York." It's dark, grim and crazy.

By Express-News photographer Edward A. Ornelas in Iraq
An Iraqi taxi diver waits to get gasoline in Baghdad. The line of cars stretched for more than a mile Sunday. Iraqis sometimes wait overnight for a chance to fill their tanks.

Express-News photographer Ed Ornelas, veteran of Afghanistan coverage, is with Sig in Iraq now. Both will be on my program a time or two per week. They last reported that they were headed for the Sunni Triangle.


Halliburton's no-bid, cost-plus contract $1B and climbing Halliburton, the engineering group formerly run by US vice-president Dick Cheney, has been given $1 billion worth of reconstruction work in Iraq by the US government without having to compete for it, thanks to repeated delays in opening up a key contract to competition.


Frustrated Kerry uses F word 'When I voted for the war, I voted for what I thought was best for the country. Did I expect Howard Dean to go off to the left and say, "I'm against everything"? Sure. Did I expect George Bush to fuck it up as badly as he did? I don't think anybody did.' ... 'That's beneath John Kerry,' the president's chief of staff, Andrew Card, said on CNN's Late Edition.


NY Times
Bob Herbert commentary
Medicare The bill that President Bush will sign today is a giant windfall for the drug companies, opening up a huge new market with virtually no effort to restrain prices. It will give Medicare recipients a modest drug benefit, but at a potentially dreadful cost. The bill starts the process of undermining Medicare by turning parts of it over to insurance companies, H.M.O.'s and other private contractors.

Bagged head, suitcased torso found bobbing in Galveston Bay

Supreme Court to take up Texas death penalty case The Supreme Court today will be asked to rein in what defense attorneys, and some prosecutors, contend is a rogue appeals court that ignores the justices' rulings in order to rubber stamp Texas death sentences.

Several former federal prosecutors and judges are supporting [Delma] Banks' Supreme Court appeal, including former FBI director William Sessions, who says it raises important issues about how capital punishment is administered.

Turner Prize glory for transvestite potter (with photos) A transvestite potter who decorates vases with images of sex and child abuse has won the Turner Prize.


Archdiocese of San Antonio cemetery sued over two bodies in same burial plot John Salas didn't discover the body stacking until two years ago when he asked the cemetery to move his son to new plots he had bought for himself and his family.

Mom ridicules boy's haircut: He murders her

Owner sues pet sitter in loss of dog (mini registration) "I lived a nightmare for 671/2 days," Baker said, referring to a search that included guidance from a white witch, four psychics and a professional animal tracker. "Yesterday was the first day I didn't cry, and last night was the first night I didn't go out and scream."

Venerable JenniCam to go dark 12/31 "..became an Internet curiosity and a quasi-celebrity in the early days of the Web by putting up cameras around her apartment and letting anyone with an Internet connection tune in at any hour.."

Psychic adviser charged $40,000 to get rid of negative energy

Man got guns with Toys For Tots cash, cops say


Creator of beer can tree doesn't advocate irresponsible drinking
Carole Robinson's beer can tree is the talk of the Festival of Trees bash -- and not all of it is nice. "I don't want this to be a black cloud over the festival," she says.
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Virgin Mary bobblehead doll popular gift A nodding Virgin Mary doll is said to be among the popular, but bizarre religious gifts available this Christmas.

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