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HELP LIMIT PRIVATE LAND SEIZURES
Write, email or call your Texas state representative and state senator to encourage action to limit the eminent domain laws in Texas. Start here: Who represents me?
|Ten-Foot Poll on Home Seizures---RESULT
|posted 930a Fri 6/24 - 11a Sun 6/26/2005
Should people's homes on the South Side be seized for a new Texas A&M campus, or should the school be built on nearby land (Brooks City Base) that is already owned by the government?
|Take their homes
|Put it at Brooks
Total votes 2602
San Antonio Express-News
06/26/2005 Lynnell Burkett
Best campus plan or clever land deal?
In an editorial last week, this newspaper asked an important question: Why is the city buying property and displacing nearly 100 homes and businesses for a Texas A&M University campus on the South Side when property nearby is available without cost?
I'm on it:
On Friday 6/24 state rep Mike Villareal told me he has ALREADY asked the Texas Legislative
Council to come up with proposed language for a new state law
that would LIMIT taking people's private property in order to
give it to other private owners, developers and such.
State rep Frank Corte Jr told me he had already contacted the governor in an effort to get this issue on
the agenda for the current Special Session, which is just astonishingly
fast action. I told him that if the governor does allow the issue to
be considered during this session, I will never again call him
One man's castle = another man's mall
Links re. the Freeport private
marina story I was talking about today:
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Four bombings of Iraqi forces kill 38 in North
The attacks came as Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said that the insurgency could last a dozen years. Today, a U.S. helicopter crashed northwest of Baghdad.
Poll shows Bush's Iraq optimism premature
A majority of Americans reject claims by the Bush Administration that the insurgency in Iraq is weakening and are divided on whether victory over the insurgents will have a major impact on terrorism elsewhere in the world
Baghdad's last nightclub closed
Followup report on "Lodi terrorists"
on my program today (6/27) 1:08p
Guest: Attorney Johnny Griffin III
Friday in Sacramento, a Lodi father and son appeared in federal court, where prosecutors agreed to turn over evidence against them.
Umer and Hamid Hayat, 47 and 22 respectively, were arrested earlier this month and accused of being involved with terrorism. Neither man is charged with any terror-related crimes; a grand jury indicted them on charges of lying to federal agents.
Federal prosecutors agreed to turn over some of their evidence, but U.S. Magistrate Judge Peter Nowinski rejected a request to make prosecutors reveal what led them to suspect Hamid Hayat and put him on the government's "no fly" list.
Nowinski said he wasn't going to let defense lawyer Johnny L. Griffin III "muck around in national security information."
"It's a serious false statement case," Nowinski said. "It's a case where someone lied about terrorist activities."
The FBI has said it was investigating possible Lodi links to terrorism for several years. The case sped up when Hamid Hayat boarded a plane and began heading back to the U.S. after spending two years in Pakistan.
--Lodi, Calif. News-Sentinel
Terror suspects will have day in court
Lodi columnist Joe Guzzardi with some of the "Lodi terrorists" story's shades of grey
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SBC, based in San Antonio, has been unable to win battles in state legislatures that would speed up the process for gaining local approval to sell its television service. Reaching agreements with the program providers in Hollywood has been slow, too.
Adios Mofo Sweatshirt
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Ruling on Kentucky case restricts Ten Commandments
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NASA update on the mission to a comet
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Record haul by D.C. speed cameras
The Metropolitan Police Department collected nearly $2.58 million in fines from its automated speed cameras in May -- the most lucrative month in the program's four-year history.
Contractor sues to keep Trans-Texas details hidden
Cintra Zachry, the only developer under contract with the state for a leg of the project, asked a court in Austin to block release of its development and financing plans, which Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has said are public record.
Discovery of small knife sends Rome-bound plane back to Chicago
The "AccuWeather Bill"
Congress could end free weather service forecasts
Boys' baseball team benched for being too good