Mark and Charlie's Blog

Austin's largesse faces new scrutiny New policy changes how community events get city money after convention center investigation. By Kate Alexander AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF Thursday, September 06, 2007 In the past year, Austin has showered its benevolence upon Sen. Gonzalo...
Riderships falls at Cap Metro Agency cites weather, clamp down on disability rides for some of the loss but acknowledges that its 2007 estimates were a 'bit aggressive.' Click-2-Listen By Ben Wear AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF Thursday, September 06, 2007 Capital Metro, even with...
Chertoff warns meddling 'sanctuary cities' By Audrey Hudson September 6, 2007 Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff yesterday told a House panel that his agency will not tolerate interference by so-called "sanctuary cities" when it comes to hiring illegal aliens. Mr...
Students to see fewer field tests Exams used to fine-tune finals to be reduced after complaints 07:53 AM CDT on Thursday, September 6, 2007 By TERRENCE STUTZ / The Dallas Morning News tstutz@dallasnews.com AUSTIN – In a dramatic shift from recent trends, a quarter million...
Comedian Gets the Hook for Using N-Word MIAMI (AP) - A standup routine by black comedian Eddie Griffin was stopped after he repeatedly used the N-word, a magazine's spokesman said Wednesday. Griffin, who has appeared in movies such as "Undercover Brother" and "Date Movie" and...
First Spanish immersion kids now in junior high By TERRY WEBSTER Star-Telegram Staff Writer Six years have passed since a group of first-graders became the first in the Hurst-Euless-Bedford district to take all classes in Spanish. When they began, the students couldn't...
Girlfriend of slain musician cites anti-smoking drug 08:05 AM CDT on Wednesday, September 5, 2007 By MICHAEL GRABELL and TANYA EISERER / The Dallas Morning News Friends of a popular Dallas musician killed early Monday are at a loss to explain what caused him to spin out of...
HISD teachers could earn up to $7,300 in bonus money By JENNIFER RADCLIFFE Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle Houston teachers could earn bonuses of up to $7,300 this year, about $1,300 more than last year for most teachers, according to a revised incentive pay plan expected to be...
FEMA to Let Katrina Victims Move From Trailers Into Hotels By Spencer S. Hsu Washington Post Staff Writer Wednesday, September 5, 2007; Page A08 The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced yesterday that it will allow 60,000 families displaced by Hurricane Katrina and now...