Thur Dec 8 2005
Blast of winter weather wallops Central Texas
Austin, other districts cancel classes; Austin Energy reports outage; ice still exists on area roadways. KVET meteorologist Troy Kimmel said this morning that temperatures will probably remain below freezing until noon, and only then creep into the mid-30s
Winter blast makes Texas travel treacherous
Central Texas cities of Austin, Georgetown and San Marcos seemed among the worst hit by the winter blast.
Thanks to Cal at Deco Surfaces Plus:
Houston bans stepping into street to collect donations
The council vote, which came after a lengthy debate, didn't address the thorny legal issue of panhandling, which city lawyers say is difficult to prevent without violating free speech and equal protection rights.
Cops asked a Deerfield Township, Ohio, man who covered his house with 25,000 Christmas lights rigged to dance when holiday music plays to pull the plug on the display after a car wreck Tuesday night
Yes, it is the guy whose home was pictured on this website a few days ago. You can re-visit the story - and the video - HERE
College's new handbook bans snow art that isn't "tasteful"
Bush approval rating rose in latest poll
Despite his gains, Mr. Bush's 40 percent approval rating remains among his lowest
House passes three tax cuts but doesn't cut spending
In a highly partisan atmosphere, tax cutting without regard to the growing federal debt appears to be one area that both parties can agree on
George F. Will
Congressional votes to pay for high definition TVs illustrate that no matter how deeply you distrust government's judgment, you are too trusting.
House Deals Casinos Out of Katrina Recovery Plan
Lawmakers vote to exclude Gulf Coast liquor stores, massage parlors, tanning salons and the gambling industry from tax incentives.
Katrina evacuees involved in Houston school trouble
A brawl that began in the Westbury High School cafeteria Wednesday and spilled outdoors capped weeks of growing tension between Houston students and Hurricane Katrina evacuees and resulted in the arrest of 27 students.
Safety group emoting against our higher speed limits
But the nation's traffic fatality rate in 2004 was a record low of 1.46 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled
How common is US abuse of detainees?
Any analysis of America's record on detainee abuse in the war on terror begins with a single set of numbers: Amid the handling of an estimated 70,000 detainees, military officials say they have found fewer than 600 credible allegations of abuse.
New York Daily News
White House officials are telling associates they expect Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to quit early next year, once a new government is formed in Iraq
Christmas Present Wrapping
"Wrappin' with Jack" Riccardi
Next Tuesday Dec. 13, 6-9pm
Northside Ford 281@Nakoma
This Saturday Dec 10 • 4-10pm • St. Mary's Hall • 9401 Starcrest
San Antonio Astronomical Ass'n
"It is to help people who are looking to buy telescopes this Christmas and to show them a little bit about astronomy and what's up there."
Santa blindfolded and hung from homeowner's tree
Akron traffic cams nab school-zone speeders
The take in fines in a 19-day period: nearly half a million dollars. In many cases, the cameras didn't cut much slack: 40 percent of those fined $150 were going 10 mph or less over the posted limit. One person was going only 5 mph over a 20 mph limit.
Citizenship test, called 'too simple,' will be rewritten
The government began studying changes to the test in 1997. The effort is expected to cost more than $6 million.
Seizure of Social Security upheld
The government can seize part of a person's monthly Social Security benefit to pay off old student loans, the Supreme Court ruled yesterday.