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Texas 2nd in sanctions for teacher sexual misconduct By JEFF CARLTON The Associated Press From Aug. 4 to Aug. 17, an assistant band director was arrested, a former substitute teacher was convicted, and an ex-middle school teacher was sentenced. The three men -- one in suburban...
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...
The Dems' Post-Veto Vote Plan By Jay Newton-Small/Washington The G.O.P. has had a rough month. But if Republicans think things will improve now that House Democrats have failed in their vote Thursday to override President Bush's veto of a $35 billion expansion of the popular...
Transgender pastor prompts uneasy questions for Methodists By Daniel Burke, Religion News Service BALTIMORE — The Rev. Drew Phoenix is many things to many people. To St. John's of Baltimore City, he's the fun-loving pastor who counsels them, takes their kids hiking, explains...
Schools take hard line against public displays of affection Critics say bans on hugging, touching go too far in bid to prevent sexual harassment suits 04:51 AM CDT on Friday, October 19, 2007 By STELLA M. CHAVEZ / The Dallas Morning News schavez@dallasnews.com A 7-year-old boy...
San Francisco considers safe-injection site for drug addicts By Lisa Leff, The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — City health officials took steps Thursday toward opening the nation's first legal safe-injection room, where addicts could shoot up heroin, cocaine and other drugs...
Scouts must pay $200,000 for rent Associated Press October 19, 2007 PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The city has decided that the Boy Scouts chapter here must pay fair-market rent of $200,000 a year for its city-owned headquarters because it refuses to permit homosexual scouts. The...
Babies destroy social life, say new mothers By Sarah Womack, Social Affairs Correspondent Last Updated: 2:11am BST 18/10/2007 Two-thirds of new mothers say having a baby has destroyed their social life and they resent their partners for continuing to go out, says a study...