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Craddick says trial lawyers backed those who tried to oust him 10:40 PM CDT on Thursday, October 25, 2007 From Wire Reports MIDLAND – Texas House Speaker Tom Craddick says rebel House members who tried to oust him this year are backed by plaintiffs' lawyers who want to repeal...
Do you believe in ghosts? About a third of people do, poll finds Associated Press WASHINGTON — It was bad enough when the TV and lights inexplicably flicked on at night, Misty Conrad says. When her daughter began talking to an unseen girl named Nicole and neighbors said children...
Texas may demand deeper thinking in its public schools Web Posted: 10/26/2007 12:28 AM CDT Melissa Ludwig Express-News Writing research papers with citations, explaining plate tectonics and probing why historians have competing versions of the past. Such high level skills could...
Seeking Savings, Employers Help Smokers Quit By MILT FREUDENHEIM Published: October 26, 2007 Corporate America has made big strides toward the smoke-free workplace. Its next goal: the smoke-free worker. Many businesses are seeking to reduce their medical bills by paying for...
Mexicans Miss Money From Relatives Up North By ELISABETH MALKIN Published: October 26, 2007 EL RODEO, Mexico — For years, millions of Mexican migrants working in the United States have sent money back home to villages like this one, money that allows families to pay medical...
RUBBER ROMEOS WANTED By TODD VENEZIA October 24, 2007 -- It may well be the hardest job around - but applicants are expected to be excited, motivated and straight shooters. Condom-maker Durex wants men - and women - to become test pilots in their bedroom brigade, putting...
Argyle school officials, some parents disagree on dress code, dancing 09:17 AM CDT on Wednesday, October 24, 2007 By AMY DODD THOMPSON / Denton Record-Chronicle athompson@dentonrc.com Some parents still don’t share the opinions of Argyle school district administrators about...
Thousands moved into fire-risk areas By Brad Heath, USA TODAY The fires scorching Southern California are burning their way into fast-growing neighborhoods where thousands of new homes spring up each year in some of the West's worst wildfire hot spots, a USA TODAY analysis shows...