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Most school districts reject Texas' new merit pay plan Exclusive: 57% of state's districts reject merit pay plan, leaving more for others 11:32 PM CST on Wednesday, November 14, 2007 By TERRENCE STUTZ / The Dallas Morning News tstutz@dallasnews.com AUSTIN – More than half of...
Military on mission to cover $12K in Dallas parking fees Service branches say GIs who got tickets will pay 08:05 PM CST on Wednesday, November 14, 2007 By DAVE LEVINTHAL / The Dallas Morning News dlevinthal@dallasnews.com The U.S. military found itself negotiating a truce...
The invisible 'double tax' tollway Texas 45 Southeast will have tolls even though tax and fee money is paying for all of it. By Ben Wear Monday, November 05, 2007 Lost amid all the talk these past few months about which proposed Austin toll road is or isn't "double taxation" has...
Shooting of theft suspects may test self-defense law By RUTH RENDON and PEGGY O'HARE Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle In a case legal experts say may "stretch the limits" of the state's self-defense laws, a Pasadena man shot and killed two suspected burglars during a...
LAPD's Muslim mapping plan killed By Richard Winton and Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers November 15, 2007 The LAPD on Wednesday abruptly scrapped a program to map the city's Muslim population, a major retreat for a department that said the system was needed to...
Parents Face Fines, Jail Time for Failure to Immunize School District Orders Parents to Appear in Court for Failure to Immunize By CULLEN DIRNER Nov. 14, 2007 A Maryland school district has ordered parents of more than 2,300 students to court Saturday for failure to immunize...
When Good News is No News By Victor Davis Hanson There's an old expression about war: "Victory has many fathers, while defeat is an orphan." But in the case of Iraq, it seems the other way around. We've blamed many for the ordeal of the last four years, but it is the American...
Teacher dispatches raccoon speciman with nail gun HUNTSVILLE, Ark. — A high school teacher killed a raccoon with a nail gun after discovering the planned subject of a skinning demonstration was alive. Superintendent Alvin Lievsay said a student's parent promised to bring in a...
Blacks divide along class lines template_bas template_bas Many fault individuals, not racism, for lack of success, a poll finds. By Maura Reynolds, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer November 14, 2007 WASHINGTON -- A majority of black Americans blame individual failings -- not...