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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...
Defense attorney: Holy Land provided charity 11:13 PM CDT on Tuesday, July 24, 2007 By JASON TRAHAN / The Dallas Morning News jtrahan@dallasnews.com The lead prosecutor in the Holy Land Foundation terrorist financing case told jurors Tuesday morning that the group's organizers...
Cops Nab Virginia Couple That Tried to Escape on Horseback After Public Urination Tuesday, July 24, 2007 CULPEPER, Va. — They weren't charged with drunken driving, but police said two people now charged with public drunkenness did try to evade capture on horseback. They were...
The face of Texas' HPV vaccine debate dies By CINDY HORSWELL Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle When Heather Burcham took her last breath Saturday, she continued to defiantly hope that her death might yet accomplish what she had been unable to do during her short life. Burcham was...
Texas lottery wants to set up statewide raffle Commission says such games offer better odds By PEGGY FIKAC Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle Austin Bureau AUSTIN — Raffles to benefit churches and schools might be joined by a big-money, state-sponsored raffle-style game if the...
Outsourcing the Picket Line Carpenters Union Hires Homeless to Stage Protests By Keith L. Alexander Washington Post Staff Writer Tuesday, July 24, 2007; Page A01 The picketers marching in a circle in front of a downtown Washington office building chanting about low wages do not...
New Austin police chief punches in Acevedo meets officers, gets handgun on first day at work. By Tony Plohetski, Patrick George AMERICAN-STATESMAN Tuesday, July 24, 2007 Art Acevedo showed up at Austin police headquarters at 6:50 a.m. Monday, slinging a tote bag over his...
By Patrick O'Driscoll, USA TODAY Nearly one-third of residents in U.S. coastal areas vulnerable to hurricanes say they won't obey orders to evacuate if a major storm threatens, according to a new survey on preparedness released today. Despite the nightmare experience of...
NBC sued after suicide during predator sting Prosecutor's sister says 'Dateline' tried to trap him for Murphy show 09:54 PM CDT on Monday, July 23, 2007 By TIARA M. ELLIS and BRANDON FORMBY / The Dallas Morning News tellis@dallasnews.com and bformby@dallasnews.com The sister of...