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Teen gets 60 years for attack on girl By William C. Lhotka ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH 11/16/2007 St. Louis County — A child beaten nearly to death in a 2005 sexual assault in Spanish Lake asked a judge to send the teen who did it to prison for 60 years. That's exactly what Circuit...
Bush plan aims to make holiday travel easier on fliers Bush plan opens more airspace to cut delays 12:00 AM CST on Friday, November 16, 2007 By JAKE BATSELL / The Dallas Morning News jbatsell@dallasnews.com / The Dallas Morning News Suzanne Marta and The Associated Press...
Church rejects interfaith service on its property Hyde Park Baptist says it didn't realize Muslims were leading annual Thanksgiving event. By Eileen Flynn AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF Friday, November 16, 2007 Austin Area Interreligious Ministries, the city's largest interfaith...
A New Effort to Remove Bad Teachers By ELISSA GOOTMAN Published: November 15, 2007 The Bloomberg administration is beginning a drive to remove unsatisfactory teachers, hiring new teams of lawyers and consultants who will help principals build cases against tenured teachers who...
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...
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...