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GOP slams 'giant leap' to social health care By Sean Lengell August 1, 2007 Republicans and the White House say Democrats are pursuing a "giant leap" toward socialized health care by trying to draw middle-class families into a federally funded health insurance program for low-...
Man who posed as Marine hero sentenced to tend military graves By MIKE BARBER P-I REPORTER For pretending that he was a decorated U.S. military veteran, 59-year-old Reggie L. Buddle of Puyallup must tend to the graves of those who really were. U.S. Magistrate Kelly Arnold in U.S...
Hurricane Victims Rush to Apply for Grants as Deadline Looms By ADAM NOSSITER Published: August 1, 2007 NEW ORLEANS, July 31 — Hundreds of Louisianians whose homes were ruined by Hurricane Katrina rushed to meet a Tuesday deadline set by the state’s troubled housing aid program...
TEA grants schools a grace period on ratings Agency holds off while it redefines what is a dropout and a graduate By ERICKA MELLON Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle Texas school districts can count their blessings today when the state announces the annual campus performance...
A Teacher Grows Disillusioned After a ‘Fail’ Becomes a ‘Pass’ By SAMUEL G. FREEDMAN Published: August 1, 2007 Several weeks into his first year of teaching math at the High School of Arts and Technology in Manhattan, Austin Lampros received a copy of the school’s grading policy...
Dallas Skyline cheerleaders involved in scuffle 05:59 PM CDT on Tuesday, July 24, 2007 By EMILY TSAO / The Dallas Morning News etsao@dallasnews.com Thirty-three high school cheerleaders from Dallas and Midland were involved in a scuffle at a camp in San Marcos this week. Texas...
One cannabis joint as bad as five cigarettes: study LONDON (Reuters) - Smoking one cannabis joint is as harmful to a person's lungs as having up to five cigarettes, according to research published on Tuesday. Those who smoked cannabis damaged both the lungs' small fine airways,...
Judge rules Texas ESL programs 'adequate' By PEGGY FIKAC Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle Austin Bureau AUSTIN — A federal judge Monday denied an effort by civil rights groups to force changes in the way Texas handles bilingual education, finding that the state is in line with...
Mothers Fight Back Against Pedophile's Web Site Law Enforcement Says There Is Little It Can Do to Stop It Moms fearing for their children's safety are teaming up against a man who prowls playgrounds, amusement parks and fairs stalking little girls and then brazenly boasts about...