Mark and Charlie's Blog

By Jason Embry AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF Wednesday, October 10, 2007 Texas collected more in taxes last year than expected, Comptroller Susan Combs said Tuesday. The state ended the 2007 budget year Aug. 31 with an $8.5 billion surplus, which was $1.5 billion more than Combs...
LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech has banned the sale of a T-shirt bearing the likeness of Michael Vick hanging the dog mascot of rival Texas A&M. The red and black shirts, with text that says "VICK 'EM" on the front in an apparent reference to the Aggies' slogan "Gig 'em," was...
An estimated 1 million young Californians had a sexually transmitted disease in 2005, including 1 in every 4 or 5 young people in Los Angeles County, researchers said Tuesday. "We were expecting high numbers . . . even to us," said epidemiologist Petra Jerman of the Public...
Pennsylvania Man Jailed After Paying for Groceries With $1 Million Bill Tuesday, October 09, 2007 PITTSBURGH — Change for a million? That's what a man was seeking Saturday when he handed a $1 million bill to a cashier at a Pittsburgh supermarket. But when the Giant Eagle...
Ex-Mexico Prez: Racists Stop Immigration By DIEGO A. SANTOS – 14 hours ago NEW YORK (AP) — Former Mexican President Vicente Fox said Monday that the United States is letting racism dictate its policies, especially when it comes to immigration. "The xenophobics, the racists,...
For Thompson, It's Showtime Michigan Debate Is Seen as a Crucial Test By Michael D. Shear Washington Post Staff Writer Tuesday, October 9, 2007; Page A01 In his month-old quest for the White House, Fred D. Thompson has already endured withering criticism from evangelical leader...
Board approves five new toll roads Texas 45 Southwest only new road in the plan By Ben Wear AMERICAN STATESMAN STAFF Tuesday, October 09, 2007 Ending for now a three-year civic argument, a comfortable majority of Central Texas' governing transportation board approved...
Toll equipment double-billed 50,000 times TxDOT officials say problem has been fixed and everyone will have charges reversed. By Ben Wear AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF Tuesday, October 09, 2007 A glitch in the equipment on three Austin roads has caused about 50,000 double-billings...