Mark and Charlie's Blog

Amid talk of budget constraints and environmental impact fees, Anne Arundel leaders took time this week to weigh in on another controversial issue: Halloween. A County Council member -- outraged that some schools have ditched the name of the traditional holiday in favor of "...
AUSTIN — When Texas transportation officials talk about bridges these days, they don't necessarily mean steel spans and concrete girders. Instead, they are being taught how to "bridge" from off-message questions to their own talking points in a toll-road campaign. "You will...
PORTLAND, Me., Oct. 17 — The Portland school board on Wednesday approved a measure allowing middle-school students to gain access to prescription birth control medications without notifying parents. The proposal, from the Portland Division of Public Health, calls for the...
The Army, Navy and Air Force unwittingly advertised for recruits on a website for gays, who are barred from military service if they are open about their sexual orientation. When informed Tuesday by USA TODAY that they were advertising on GLEE.com, a networking website for gay...
It's a movie about the Bible, but family-friendly Disney Co. is moving heaven and earth to make sure the word "God" is stricken from some advertisements promoting an upcoming animated film on Moses and the Ten Commandments. Radio Disney was to broadcast a radio spot for...
Man Texting While Driving Hits Train 15 hours ago EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — When Robert Gillespie looked up from his text message, he saw a freight train. EOM. ("End of message," that is, for non-texters.) Eugene police say Gillespie's car crashed into the side of the Union Pacific...
Katy Student Shocked With Taser Gun By Elizabeth Scarborough KATY, Texas -- Parents are asking questions about how much force officers should use on minors after a high school student was shocked by a Taser gun, KPRC Local 2 reported Monday. The 15-year-old Mayde Creek High...
Obama and Cheney discover hidden family ties 10 hours ago WASHINGTON (AFP) — They are political polar opposites, but for Vice President Dick Cheney and Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama, hidden family ties run deep, as they are distant cousins. The vice president's...
City Council adopts broad smoking ban Christopher Heredia, Chronicle Staff Writer Oakland -- Smoking in ATM lines, parks, bus stops and municipal golf courses will no longer be legal in Oakland, under an ordinance adopted Tuesday by the City Council. The new law, which takes...