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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...
Officially the First, Democrats' Debate Feels Like Anything But By Anne E. Kornblut Washington Post Staff Writer Monday, July 23, 2007; Page A01 The Democratic presidential candidates will line a stage in Charleston, S.C., tonight for their first official debate. And already,...
Deceased Farmers Got USDA Payments Study Faults Lack Of Case Reviews By Sarah Cohen Washington Post Staff Writer Monday, July 23, 2007; Page A01 The U.S. Department of Agriculture distributed $1.1 billion over seven years to the estates or companies of deceased farmers and...
Police: Man who attacked senior, 70, gets pummeled, arrested Sheboygan Press staff A 50-year-old Sheboygan man picked the wrong "old man" to fight with early Wednesday morning, according to the Sheboygan Police Department. According to a department release: Just after 6 a.m.,...
Aid May Grow for Laid-Off Workers Service Jobs Lost To Global Trade Are Focus of Bills By Lori Montgomery Washington Post Staff Writer Monday, July 23, 2007; Page A01 As part of their campaign to soothe an anxious middle class, congressional Democrats are preparing legislation...
The CNN/YouTube debate Monday night's forum with the Democratic presidential candidates holds out the hope that Internet users' questions can overcome politics as usual. Or is this just a gimmick? By Paul Brownfield, Times Staff Writer July 23, 2007 "Sen. Clinton, I think you...