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death penalty in limbo
U.S. Supreme Court justice stays execution but doesn't say why
On one extreme, the cases could reflect nothing more than a temporary
procedural glitch in the administration of capital punishment.
On the other, they could cast the timing of future executions in Texas
-- and in as many as 27 other states -- into doubt while courts tackle
the question of whether the drugs used by the states are inhumane.
COURT OVERTURNS GORE'S ENDORSEMENT OF DEAN
Transfers Nod to Bush in 5-4 Decision
after former Vice President Al Gore endorsed former Vermont
Governor Howard Dean for President in Harlem yesterday, the
Supreme Court overturned his endorsement by a 5-4 margin.
finding the former Vice President's endorsement of Mr. Dean
unconstitutional, transferred his endorsement to President George
W. Bush instead.
for the majority, Chief Justice William Rehnquist said, "There's
really no explanation necessary - we're the Supreme Court, and
if you don't like it, you can stick it where the moon don't
Democrats howled that the Court was inappropriately politicizing
itself with its controversial decision, Mr. Gore accepted the
ruling, saying, "After four minutes of partisan wrangling
over this matter, it is time for us to move on."
expressed some regret that his endorsement had been transferred
from Mr. Dean to Mr. Bush, but added, "It'll be nice to
be on the winning side for a change."
Gore's endorsement could turn out to be a mixed blessing for
the Bush campaign, as a survey of those who heard Mr. Gore's
Harlem speech showed that 55% felt "drowsy" while
40% "lost consciousness altogether."
In other political news, Senator John Kerry (D-Mass) decided
today to reinvent his campaign once more, officially positioning
himself as "the most potty-mouthed candidate ever to run
In an interview
with Rolling Stone released today, Mr. Kerry said, "If
anyone f---ing says that I'm not f--ing qualified to be f---ing
president, I'm going to f-ck them up."
mother calls suspect's mom
"I asked her to reach out to her son and please ask him to lead
us to Dru," ... "I asked mother-to-mother."
Linda Walker asks Dolores Rodriguez to persuade her son to locate Dru
students file suit over SC school drug raid
worried after worm hits Windows-based ATMs
remap case goes to court today
home insurance rates rise, some car rates down
bars allies from Iraq jobs, then asks their help
of controversial Iraq contracts delayed
in Israel' crackdowns in Iraq won't work
new Iraq soldiers quit
Plans to deploy the first battalion of Iraq (news - web sites)'s new
army are in doubt because a third of the soldiers trained by the U.S.-led
occupation authority have quit
computer system upgrade flopping
"..What we have here is a five-year track record of absolute consistency
of cost overruns and delayed deliveries."
convicted of beating boy at Bible study
camera sales continue to rise
say the darnedest things
I road-tested the Bow-Lingual Dog Translator
no stone unturned to save Round Rock's round rock
priest charged with obscene calls
refurbs gay sex club exterior
prostitutes working the dawn shift
In the last two months, complaints about prostitutes working the early-morning,
before-breakfast, way-to-work crowd have almost tripled, says Sergeant
Phillip Fleming of the Galveston Police Department vice and narcotics
squad. Typically, the prostitution rush hour is after clubs close, between
2 and 4 a.m. But now women are working the white-collar rush hour.
mayor "hurt, embarrassed" by widely circulated nude photos
(oh, not our Houston) Sharon Smith says the photos were taken
during a private moment with her husband. "My privacy has been
violated in every sense," she wrote to a newspaper.
James Gatzke had no job, no heat and no running water, until he bought
a lottery ticket -- worth $5.5 million. He opened a bank account and
bought a car-- a black 1991 Cadillac with 155,000 miles on it.
'Christmas' out of holiday songs
says no to Cabinet, won't say about VP
"Alias" gets cast addition
"Isabella Rossellini has been cast to play secret agent Sydney
Bristow's (Jennifer Gardner) deadly butt-kicking aunt."
Poll 8:50am-6:15pm Wednesday RESULTS
Whoever provided it should confess. Honor pertains to all, man or
Providing alcohol to a minor is illegal. Maybe the young lady has
is the military I spent 21 years in? How politically correct can
you get? If she can put her life on the line for her country, she
should be awarded ALL adult rights. Get real, this is such a non-issue
that would have been laughed at twenty years ago.
should get dishonorable discharges and sent to a Chinese slave factory
her the "Stupid" award for turning herself in AND the
"Courage" award for NOT turning in her classmate.
me a break. She turned herself in, which is commendable, but stupid,
under the circumstances and now they want to know who provided it.
That way they can punish both of them and show the AF that they
are being serious. That is BS.
young people first arrive at any military academy, they agree to
abide by the Honor Code and other regulations pertaining to their
admission to said academy. If they transgress the code or regulations,
punitive measures are called for. Period!
the rules or go home and make room for someone who will!
Accept her disipline and move on
girl turned herself in because of her strong belief and adherence
to the academy's honor code. It is this same honor code that requires
her to name the one that provided the alcohol. She may be a real
"stand-up" girl for refusing to do so, but she isn't allowed
the option of picking and choosing which part of the honor code
she'll follow that day. The true weasel is the upperclassman that
is leaving her twisting in the wind and not standing up as she did.
They aren't worth her protection, but that's the choice she's making.
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those who thought they really could lose weight while they slept,
I offer yet another miracle of Science:
Organized for Good Science Mark Langford, President
wanted to share a few facts in regards to Renee Green's
(Chairwoman of the AACOG Air Tech Advisory Committee) appearance
on Ricci Ware's show yesterday on KTSA.
Renee said that "outside influences" are not significant
enough to make a big difference in our ozone levels.
While she is correct when it comes to pinpointing the influence
from specific cities, such as Austin, Corpus or Houston, what
she failed to explain is that when you get rid of all of San
Antonio's pollution, you only lower ozone readings by 25%. That
means that we are not responsible for 75% of our ozone readings.
As Forrest Mims has pointed out in the past, smoke events from
Louisiana, Mexico and pollution from outside of Texas is a much
larger contributor than our urban pollution. Just look at our
readings in July, when our air originates from the Caribbean.
Our normal summer readings are less than 40ppb. On an interesting
note, Houston contributes more to our ozone levels than our
own CPS coal plants, based on the latest modeling data. In fact,
we could reduce our ozone levels by 2% if we kept Houston air
from entering our city, vs. less than 1/2 of 1 percent if we
test all of our vehicles!
Renee said that automobiles contribute between 40-60% to our
pollution. According to new AACOG data, in 2007, all motor vehicles
(not just cars) will emit 35% of the total NOx (Nitrogen Oxides).
That compares with 33% for point sources (like CPS). Our biggest
single polluter when it comes to VOCs (volatile organic compounds)
is vegetation! Biogenic VOCs will contribute 58% to our VOC
pollution versus 11% for motor vehicles. One of the worst producers
of VOCs are our native oak trees and forests to the NE of us.
That is one reason why our ozone levels skyrocket when our winds
blow from the NE for several days during the growing season.
Renee was not sure how many high ozone days were on the weekends
this past year. Of the four highest days (the only days the
EPA cares about), 2 out of 4 days were weekends for CAM 23 (Marshall
HS) and 3 out of 4 days were weekends for CAM 58 (Camp Bullis).
Out of the 8 days recorded by the two monitors, 5 were weekends.
On another note, Seguin's 4th highest ozone day was 79ppb as
compared with 86ppb at CAM 23 at John Marshall HS.
Renee said that Houston cars are failing their emissions tests
at a rate of 16%. According to the "Air Check Texas Results",
gathered by the Texas State Inspections Association, the overall
failure rate in Harris County was 10.17%, not 16%. Here is a
link to that presentation: http://www.thecogs.org/images/IM_Study_10-03.pdf
Renee never admitted that Houston had 16% more "high ozone"
days this year than last year (no emissions testing). Nor did
Renee admit that San Antonio lowered our "high ozone"
days by 53% with no emissions testing.
I will post the new AACOG "Attainment Demonstration for
the SA EAC Region" as soon as I get a copy from AACOG.
That is where I got my information for #2.