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Danger years for starting to drink as young as fourth grade By Beth Furtwangler, USA TODAY If you wait until your children are in middle school to talk to them about the dangers of alcohol, you may be too late. That's the message being echoed this fall by educators and substance...
Slower I-35 part of deal on toll road Web Posted: 11/04/2007 10:45 PM CST Patrick Driscoll Express-News A recent toll road contract that shoehorns market incentives into a government monopoly would reward the state for lowering speed limits on Interstate 35, effectively steering...
Mother spoke up, now son can't play An e-mail to the family, apparently from the Azalea Bulldogs president, also bans her husband from coaching. By LIBBY NELSON, Times Staff Writer Published November 2, 2007 Michelle Patrick didn't tell her husband or son she had talked to the...
Feminist says Hillary Clinton plays the 'victim' Kate Michelman, advisor to the Edwards campaign, says the sole woman Democrat hopeful raises 'white flag' when pressed. By Richard B. Schmitt, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer November 4, 2007 WASHINGTON -- A prominent feminist,...
Gift of Gall By MAUREEN DOWD Published: November 4, 2007 WASHINGTON Girlfriend had a rough week. First Hillary got brushed back by the boys in the debate. Then some women bemoaned Hillaryland’s “Don’t hit me, I’m a girl” strategy. The Washington Post’s Ruth Marcus deplored the “...
Devices Enforce Silence of Cellphones, Illegally By MATT RICHTEL Published: November 4, 2007 SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 2 — One afternoon in early September, an architect boarded his commuter train and became a cellphone vigilante. He sat down next to a 20-something woman who he said...
Different Rules When a Rival Is a Woman? By ADAM NAGOURNEY and PATRICK HEALY Published: November 5, 2007 DES MOINES, Nov. 4 — A critical question in this campaign — how to run against a female presidential candidate, or as one — has burst into the foreground in the aftermath of...
Teenagers who refuse to work face on the spot finesJack Grimston TEENAGERS who refuse to work, attend training or go to school are to be issued with on the spot fines under government proposals. Any who still fail to comply would then be taken to court where they could face...
Economic Impact of Spending 'Blackout' Protesting Government and Hate Crimes Likely Minimal Friday, October 26, 2007 By Catherine Donaldson-Evans and Kelley Beaucar Vlahos A civil rights advocate and talk radio host — with Al Sharpton's support — is urging Americans not to spend...