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Some say schools giving Muslims special treatment By Oren Dorell, USA TODAY Some public schools and universities are granting Muslim requests for prayer times, prayer rooms and ritual foot baths, prompting a debate on whether Islam is being given preferential treatment over...
MU study ties heavy drinking to fake IDs By JACOB LUECKE of the Tribune’s staff Published Wednesday, July 25, 2007 A new study from University of Missouri-Columbia researchers confirms what many college students apparently already know: Fake IDs and heavy drinking go hand in...
Missouri Man Claims He Was Denied Adoption Because of His Weight Wednesday, July 25, 2007 A Missouri man claims he's being discriminated against due to his weight, according to MyFoxKC.com. Gary Stocklaufer said he and his wife, Cynthia, were asked to adopt Gary's cousin's 3-...
U.S. offers way to atone for carbon guilt To offset emissions, individuals can buy vouchers that the Forest Service will use to plant CO2-absorbing trees. By Claudia Lauer, Times Staff Writer July 26, 2007 WASHINGTON — You take public transportation to work, use energy-saving...
While Real Bullets Fly, Movies Bring War Home By MICHAEL CIEPLY Published: July 26, 2007 LOS ANGELES, July 25 — On a night four years ago, five soldiers back from three months in Iraq went drinking at a Hooters restaurant and a topless bar near Fort Benning, Ga. Before the night...
Oprah tops list of highest paid TV stars LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Talk might be cheap, but Oprah is not, topping a list of the highest-paid television stars in the United States. Oprah Winfrey, host and supervising producer of "The Oprah Winfrey Show," earns an estimated $260...
Muslim rejection of suicide hits on the rise ASSOCIATED PRESS July 25, 2007 Muslims around the world increasingly reject suicide bombings and other violence against civilians by those purporting to defend Islam, according to an international poll released yesterday. A wide-...
Impending crackdown on illegals suspected By JAY ROOT jroot@star-telegram.com Reports that the country's largest chicken processing company has begun firing undocumented workers in East Texas have business leaders and immigration experts bracing for a nationwide crackdown on...
English, Math Time Up in 'No Child' Era 44% of Schools Polled Reduce Other Topics By Jay Mathews Washington Post Staff Writer Wednesday, July 25, 2007; Page A03 In the five years since a federal law mandated an expansion of reading and math tests, 44 percent of school districts...