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CAROLYN MARSHALL The New York Times A scathing 18-month evaluation of California’s public schools has concluded that the state’s educational system is “broken,” crippled by a complex bureaucracy, flawed teacher policies and misspent school money, leaving it in need of sweeping...
Jonathan E. Kaplan THEHILL.com Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.), the Democratic Caucus chairman, has told new Democratic members of Congress to steer clear of Stephen Colbert, or at least his satirical Comedy Central program, “The Colbert Report.” “He said don’t do it … it’s a risk...
ASSOCIATED PRESS A Christian doctor who calls his practice a refuge from crudeness and vulgarity was accused of discrimination by a tattooed mother who said he wouldn't treat her sick toddler because she didn't conceal her body art. Tasha Childress, 24, said she took her...
Chris Serres and Matt McKinney STAR TRIBUNE Beryl Dsouza was late and in no mood for delays when she stopped at a Target store after work two weeks ago for milk, bread and bacon. So Dsouza was taken aback when the cashier -- who had on the traditional headscarf, or hijab, worn...
ASSOCIATED PRESS A nonprofit that runs a national post-abortion telephone talk line has unveiled a series of electronic greeting cards that concerned friends and family can send to a woman after she chooses to terminate a pregnancy. "Women having abortions are calling our line...
John Kelly THE WASHINGTON POST Monica Hammock and Edwin Castillo did not have the best experience with the contractor they hired in 2003 to work on their Mount Pleasant rowhouse. In fact, they said it was a year-long, $30,000 nightmare. Where once Monica might have voiced her...
TERRENCE STUTZ The Dallas Morning News Texans would have a clear right to use deadly force to protect their homes, cars and businesses – if they believed their lives were threatened – under legislation tentatively approved Monday by the Senate. The measure would remove a current...
LA TIMES Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards pledged to run a "carbon neutral" campaign that would offset any contributions that it makes to global warming. The former senator often travels in private jets that spew carbon dioxide. He vowed to compensate for that, and...
SHARON COOLIDGE ENQUIRER.COM Ricky Lackey has six children on the way. Don't call them sextuplets - they're each with different women. When Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Melba Marsh asked Lackey during sentencing Friday on a charge of attempted theft how many children he...