Mark and Charlie's Blog

Well, here we go again: to toll, or not to toll. At least, that's what some foes of the pending toll road plan suggest. The five-road plan the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization board will vote on tonight, they say, is just a replay of 2004: double taxation in the...
I hate school! Yes, I know that's a bit immature for someone 41 years old. But it's true. I hate school -- so much so that my wife, Amy, and I have hired a college student to help our fifth-grade son manage his schoolwork a few times a week. It's not that we can't do the work...
Baseball players sometimes cross themselves before getting into the batter's box. Basketball players might look up for divine support before a free throw. Some soccer players kiss crucifixes around their necks after scoring a goal. But perhaps no sport is more associated with...
WASHINGTON — The Transportation Security Administration plans to expand its use of screening machines that look under passengers' clothing for hidden weapons. New York's Kennedy and Los Angeles International airports will get "backscatter" X-ray machines that the American Civil...
Report: Israel 'blinded' Syrian radar After Israeli missile strike on Syria confirmed by both sides, the question remains – how did Israel's non-stealth jets infiltrate Syrian airspace undetected? US aerospace experts tell Aviation Week magazine that Israel used new US-developed...
SD 122: Christmas stays Students to celebrate Ramadan, too October 4, 2007 BY ANGELA CAPUTO Staff writer Don't mess with Christmas was the message dozens of Oak Lawn residents - including a man dressed as Santa - sent to school officials Tuesday after news got around Ridgeland...
The Angriest Justice Justice Clarence Thomas’s new autobiography dredges up his 16-year-old battle with Anita Hill and fulminates against liberal groups, Democratic senators and others who opposed his nomination. The clash with Ms. Hill has grabbed most of the headlines. But his...
More Doctors in Texas After Malpractice Caps By RALPH BLUMENTHAL Published: October 5, 2007 HOUSTON, Oct. 4 — In Texas, it can be a long wait for a doctor: up to six months. That is not for an appointment. That is the time it can take the Texas Medical Board to process...
FOX News Poll: Nearly 1 in 5 Democrats Say World Will Be Better Off if U.S. Loses War Thursday, October 04, 2007 By Dana Blanton NEW YORK — Nearly one out of every five Democrats thinks the world will be better off if America loses the war in Iraq, according to the FOX News...