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AMY HARMON The New York Times There is no established ritual for how an anonymous sperm donor should contact his genetic children. But for Jeffrey Harrison, Valentine’s Day seemed as good an occasion as any. “It’s a short life,” he said, “and these children need to have some...
KRISTINA SHEVORY The New York Times Construction cranes are dotting the skyline here after a six-year hiatus. Large swaths of downtown, once largely parking lots, low-slung buildings and warehouses, are being demolished to put up glass skyscrapers, and land that had been vacant...
GARY SCHARRER Houston Chronicle Some of the state's corporate heavy hitters and former Lt. Gov. Bill Ratliff are teaming up to defend Texas public schools and ask lawmakers to invest more in education. They want the Legislature to offer high-quality all-day pre-K and...
JAD MOUAWAD The New York Times Western political and economic pressure on Iran over its nuclear program has chilled foreign investment to the extent that it is now squeezing the country’s long-fragile energy industry, adding strains to a government that is burdened by sanctions...
Jason Whitely KHOU.com Flower shops and candy stores are bustling with business as Valentine's Day approaches.. Turns out, private investigators have a full calendar too. That's because the holiday of the heart is one of the busiest times of the year for catching cheating hearts...
CHRISTY HOPPE The Dallas Morning News UBS, one of two large financial firms consulting with the governor's office over the possible sale of the Texas lottery, hired Gov. Rick Perry's son to work in its Dallas office about two weeks ago. The governor's office said that there is...
Peter Baker Washington Post As the House gets ready to begin debating the Iraq war today, President Bush has a piece of advice for his father: Turn off the television. It seems that former president George H.W. Bush has been getting agitated watching all the attacks on his son...
Thomas Harding TELEGRAPH Austrian sniper rifles that were exported to Iran have been discovered in the hands of Iraqi terrorists, The Daily Telegraph has learned. A Steyr HS50 rifle, Austrian supplied rifles, arms trade, Iran equipping Iraq insurgents The Steyr HS50 is a long...
Gregg Zoroya USA TODAY Seven-month-old Benton Drew Smith is the spitting image of his father, with the same blue eyes, fair hair and infectious grin. Bouncing on his mother's lap in olive-green overalls and slippers festooned with lizards, he also holds a special place in...