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Vultures Are Circling Over Distressed Properties By Kenneth R. Harney Saturday, October 20, 2007; Page F01 Call them grave dancers, vulture funds, turnaround specialists or the more euphemistic "opportunity investors." However you identify them, the deal is the same: When...
What happened to the tax cut? Much-touted rate cut has not lowered school taxes bill as much as was hoped. Click-2-Listen By Jason Embry , Marty Toohey AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF Monday, October 22, 2007 In many Central Texas school districts, the tax bill due on an average-value...
Not All Are Pleased at Plan to Offer Birth Control at Maine Middle School By KATIE ZEZIMA Published: October 21, 2007 PORTLAND, Me., Oct. 19 — Carissa Porcaro, a student at King Middle School here, did not hide her feelings about the Portland school board’s decision to let the...
The Dems' Post-Veto Vote Plan By Jay Newton-Small/Washington The G.O.P. has had a rough month. But if Republicans think things will improve now that House Democrats have failed in their vote Thursday to override President Bush's veto of a $35 billion expansion of the popular...
Transgender pastor prompts uneasy questions for Methodists By Daniel Burke, Religion News Service BALTIMORE — The Rev. Drew Phoenix is many things to many people. To St. John's of Baltimore City, he's the fun-loving pastor who counsels them, takes their kids hiking, explains...
Schools take hard line against public displays of affection Critics say bans on hugging, touching go too far in bid to prevent sexual harassment suits 04:51 AM CDT on Friday, October 19, 2007 By STELLA M. CHAVEZ / The Dallas Morning News schavez@dallasnews.com A 7-year-old boy...
San Francisco considers safe-injection site for drug addicts By Lisa Leff, The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — City health officials took steps Thursday toward opening the nation's first legal safe-injection room, where addicts could shoot up heroin, cocaine and other drugs...
Scouts must pay $200,000 for rent Associated Press October 19, 2007 PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The city has decided that the Boy Scouts chapter here must pay fair-market rent of $200,000 a year for its city-owned headquarters because it refuses to permit homosexual scouts. The...