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City Council adopts broad smoking ban Christopher Heredia, Chronicle Staff Writer Oakland -- Smoking in ATM lines, parks, bus stops and municipal golf courses will no longer be legal in Oakland, under an ordinance adopted Tuesday by the City Council. The new law, which takes...
Study: Dentist Shortage Plagues Britain By THOMAS WAGNER, Associated Press Writer LONDON, United Kingdom (AP) -- A shortage of National Health Service dentists in England has led some people to pull out their own teeth — or use super glue to stick crowns back on, a study says...
Dancers must face each other - or face the music By Jessamy Brown Star-Telegram Staff Writer Rules for Carroll High School students at the homecoming dance Saturday were specific: All dancing had to be "face to face." What? No more conga lines or Macarena because dancers don't...
Harris County GOP opposes $3 billion cancer bond plan Leaders buck the governor, cite lack of payoff certainty By POLLY ROSS HUGHES Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle Austin Bureau AUSTIN — Despite cheerleaders including Republican Gov. Rick Perry and world cycling champ Lance...
Schools using breathalyzers to fight teen drinking By Wendy Koch, USA TODAY High schools are rushing to test students for alcohol at extracurricular events like dances and football games. "It's increased dramatically," says Bill Judge, an Illinois attorney who advises high...
CPS Energy Removes Noose From Manager's Cubicle Noose Had Been Hanging For 10 Years SAN ANTONIO -- A noose that hung in a cubicle of a CPS Energy manager's office has been removed, utility officials said Monday. CPS Energy officials said the noose, which had been hanging for 10...
Tough, Sad and Smart By BOB HERBERT Published: October 16, 2007 They are a longtime odd couple, Bill Cosby and Harvard’s Dr. Alvin Poussaint, and their latest campaign is nothing less than an effort to save the soul of black America. Mr. Cosby, of course, is the boisterous...
The Real Iraq We Knew By 12 former Army captains Tuesday, October 16, 2007; 12:00 AM Today marks five years since the authorization of military force in Iraq, setting Operation Iraqi Freedom in motion. Five years on, the Iraq war is as undermanned and under-resourced as it was...
Hardee's unveils 920-calorie burrito By JIM SALTER, AP Business Writer Mon Oct 15, 2:36 PM ET ST. LOUIS - The people who brought you the Monster Thickburger and the 1,100-calorie salad are at it again — this time for breakfast. Hardee's on Monday rolled out its new Country...