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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...
What happened to the tax cut? Much-touted rate cut has not lowered school taxes bill as much as was hoped. Click-2-Listen By Jason Embry , Marty Toohey AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF Monday, October 22, 2007 In many Central Texas school districts, the tax bill due on an average-value...
Not All Are Pleased at Plan to Offer Birth Control at Maine Middle School By KATIE ZEZIMA Published: October 21, 2007 PORTLAND, Me., Oct. 19 — Carissa Porcaro, a student at King Middle School here, did not hide her feelings about the Portland school board’s decision to let the...
Children detach from natural world as they explore the virtual one Peter Fimrite, Chronicle Staff Writer Monday, October 22, 2007 Yosemite may be nice and all, but Tommy Nguyen of San Francisco would much prefer spending his day in front of a new video game or strolling around...
Districts face taxing dilemma Gary Scharrer Express-News AUSTIN — The much ballyhooed school property tax relief could lose some of its luster if voters in upcoming elections agree their school districts need to raise taxes. At least 120 Texas school districts are seeking the...
NASA Refuses to Disclose Air Safety Survey MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. — Anxious to avoid upsetting air travelers, NASA is withholding results from an unprecedented national survey of pilots that found safety problems like near collisions and runway interference occur far more...
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...