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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...
Babies destroy social life, say new mothers By Sarah Womack, Social Affairs Correspondent Last Updated: 2:11am BST 18/10/2007 Two-thirds of new mothers say having a baby has destroyed their social life and they resent their partners for continuing to go out, says a study...
An unlikely treasure-trove of donors for Clinton The candidate's unparalleled fundraising success relies largely on the least-affluent residents of New York's Chinatown -- some of whom can't be tracked down. By Peter Nicholas and Tom Hamburger, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers...
Obey Raises the Specter of War Tax By Elizabeth Williamson Washington Post Staff Writer Friday, October 19, 2007; Page A19 House Appropriations Committee Chairman David R. Obey (D-Wis.) hates this "misbegotten, stupid, ill-advised" Iraq war. He won't even consider President Bush...
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. -- A substitute teacher has been arrested for pummeling a disruptive student Wednesday at an alternative school, authorities said. Joseph Brazer, 35, was charged with a single count of felony battery. Students at the Whiddon-Rogers Education Center had to...
Amid talk of budget constraints and environmental impact fees, Anne Arundel leaders took time this week to weigh in on another controversial issue: Halloween. A County Council member -- outraged that some schools have ditched the name of the traditional holiday in favor of "...
AUSTIN — When Texas transportation officials talk about bridges these days, they don't necessarily mean steel spans and concrete girders. Instead, they are being taught how to "bridge" from off-message questions to their own talking points in a toll-road campaign. "You will...
PORTLAND, Me., Oct. 17 — The Portland school board on Wednesday approved a measure allowing middle-school students to gain access to prescription birth control medications without notifying parents. The proposal, from the Portland Division of Public Health, calls for the...