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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...
Children detach from natural world as they explore the virtual one Peter Fimrite, Chronicle Staff Writer Monday, October 22, 2007 Yosemite may be nice and all, but Tommy Nguyen of San Francisco would much prefer spending his day in front of a new video game or strolling around...
Districts face taxing dilemma Gary Scharrer Express-News AUSTIN — The much ballyhooed school property tax relief could lose some of its luster if voters in upcoming elections agree their school districts need to raise taxes. At least 120 Texas school districts are seeking the...
NASA Refuses to Disclose Air Safety Survey MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. — Anxious to avoid upsetting air travelers, NASA is withholding results from an unprecedented national survey of pilots that found safety problems like near collisions and runway interference occur far more...
An unlikely treasure-trove of donors for Clinton The candidate's unparalleled fundraising success relies largely on the least-affluent residents of New York's Chinatown -- some of whom can't be tracked down. By Peter Nicholas and Tom Hamburger, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers...
Obey Raises the Specter of War Tax By Elizabeth Williamson Washington Post Staff Writer Friday, October 19, 2007; Page A19 House Appropriations Committee Chairman David R. Obey (D-Wis.) hates this "misbegotten, stupid, ill-advised" Iraq war. He won't even consider President Bush...