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DWAIN PRICE Star-Telegram Mark Cuban sees a wealthy future for the first NBA player who comes out while he's still playing and admits he's gay. He even believes that player will become a role model. "From a marketing perspective, if you're a player who happens to be gay and you...
Chad Graham The Arizona Republic Oh, for the days when Arizona's high school students could roll pizza dough, sweep up sticky floors in theaters or scoop ice cream without worrying about ballot initiatives affecting their earning power. That's certainly not the case under the...
Dean Goodman REUTERS The Dixie Chicks, who stirred up a hornet's nest with a jibe at President Bush, won all five Grammys for which they were nominated on Sunday, including the coveted album of the year. The victory marked a stunning validation for the female country music trio...
ANABELLE GARAY Associated Press As the only Spanish-speaking staffer in his division, Dallas city employee Norman Herrera takes at least one call a day from a resident en espanol. The questions range from where to pay a parking ticket to how to get trash pick up on a day other...
AMAN BATHEJA Star-Telegram A North Texas lawmaker wants to bring daily gym periods back to Texas public schools. State Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Lewisville, introduced legislation today that would require “moderate or vigorous” daily physical activity for students from kindergarten...
Associated Press A woman who auctioned a painting that belonged to her grandmother, hoping to get a few thousand dollars to pay for her daughter's college tuition, was stunned when the picture fetched $600,000. San Francisco Chronicle The painting, sold Sunday by Clars Auction...
Associated Press With so many non-violent Mexican citizens clogging an increasingly jammed Texas prison system, a state lawmaker thinks it may be time for Texas to set up its own prison in Mexico. After all, he figures, the inmates would be closer to home and they're going to be...
DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press For most of the past five weeks, House Republicans could do little else but watch as majority Democrats passed major legislation without giving them a chance to propose changes or offer alternatives. So when they finally got a chance Thursday...
KRISTEN HAYS Houston Chronicle Big Oil behemoth Exxon Mobil Corp. has dropped any pretense of questioning whether global warming is real. Now the company is seeking to position itself as an active player in efforts to lower greenhouse gases. "The appropriate debate isn't on...