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On this date in 1731 - Fifty-five Canary Islanders arrived
in what is now San Antonio to establish a civilian settlement, San
Fernando de Bexar.
make Texas sales tax rate highest in USA
GOP pushes payroll "not-a-tax" plan "..would
shift the state tax burden by creating a new levy on payrolls
and boosting the state sales tax and other taxes,
to reduce school property taxes for homes and businesses by a third."
Guardsmen say goodbyes, off to Afghanistan
Laredo beefs up street patrols
than 40 vehicles loaded with federal agents rolled into the city
Sunday morning, while soldiers arrived to patrol poorer, violent
Braunfels Council to look at sign ordinance The real estate
industry in New Braunfels apparently has joined ranks to oppose
the city's new sign ordinance.
Antonio Dems would ban free baby formula Health-care
providers would be banned from passing out free infant formula to
new mothers. Sen. Leticia Van de Putte and Rep. Ruth McClendon
have filed the bills, which are meant to stop formula companies
from using health-care providers to "advertise to a vulnerable
As the Los Angeles Times see it:
Rather set to sign off After Bush report fiasco, the TV
anchor's messy exit epitomizes larger problems at CBS News. But
to paraphrase one of his homespun Rather-isms, don't bet the trailer
money that he'll disappear. CBS Chairman and Chief Executive
Leslie Moonves openly speaks of a "revolution" in the
news division, prompting further anxieties internally.
missteps tied to delay in armor for troops in Iraq
The Pentagon's difficulties in shielding troops with armor have
been far more extensive than officials have acknowledged.
In the case of body armor, the Pentagon gave a contract for thousands
of the ceramic plate inserts that make the vests bulletproof to
a former Army researcher who had never mass-produced anything. He
struggled for a year, then gave up entirely. At the same time, in
shipping plates from other companies, the Army's equipment manager
effectively reduced the armor's priority to the status of socks,
a confidential report by the Army's inspector general shows. Some
10,000 plates were lost along the way, and the rest arrived late.
butterfly habitat charms visitors
SAYS IT WANTS TO SPEND MORE TIME WITH ITS FAMILY
Explains Decision to Leave Lebanon
to reporters in Damascus today, the nation of Syria announced
that it would leave Lebanon immediately, explaining that
it wanted to spend more time with its family.
Choking back tears in a forty-five minute press conference
that was suffused with emotion, Syria reflected on its decision
to leave Lebanon.
"As someone who's occupied Lebanon for thirty years,
I don't regret a minute of it," said Syria, flanked
by family members and supporters. "I can look back
and honestly say, I've had a darn good run."
Explaining that it "didn't want to stay too long at
the dance," Syria added, "I've always wanted to
go out on top, and that's what this decision is all about."
Calling its pullout from Lebanon "not an ending, but
a beginning," Syria said it looked forward to having
time to travel, write a book, and drive its kids to soccer
"My family is going to be seeing so much of me, they're
going to wish I was still occupying Lebanon!" Syria
In response to reporters' questions, Syria denied that its
decision to leave Lebanon had anything to do with mounting
pressure from over three hundred nations including the U.S.,
France, Britain, Saudi Arabia and, as of late last night,
Liechtenstein and Andorra.
"This decision is not about Syria bowing to pressure,"
Syria said. "This is all about Syria wanting to work
on Syria's golf swing."
in a crushing blow for the actor Robert Blake, the jury
in his murder trial today found Mr. Blake "not a celebrity."