Mark and Charlie's Blog

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...
State Trooper Accused in Porn Star Tryst Arrested LEBANON, Tenn. — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says agents have arrested a former state trooper who resigned after a porn actress said she performed oral sex on him during a traffic stop. The agents arrested James "Randy...
Support Wanes in House for Genocide Vote By CARL HULSE Published: October 17, 2007 WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 — Worried about antagonizing Turkish leaders, House members from both parties have begun to withdraw their support from a resolution backed by the Democratic leadership that...
Clinton courts women in N.H. with family leave plan By Jason Szep Tue Oct 16, 2:31 PM ET MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (Reuters) - Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton courted female voters on Tuesday with a plan to expand paid family leave, boost child-care funding and fight...
Man Texting While Driving Hits Train 15 hours ago EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — When Robert Gillespie looked up from his text message, he saw a freight train. EOM. ("End of message," that is, for non-texters.) Eugene police say Gillespie's car crashed into the side of the Union Pacific...
Katy Student Shocked With Taser Gun By Elizabeth Scarborough KATY, Texas -- Parents are asking questions about how much force officers should use on minors after a high school student was shocked by a Taser gun, KPRC Local 2 reported Monday. The 15-year-old Mayde Creek High...
Obama and Cheney discover hidden family ties 10 hours ago WASHINGTON (AFP) — They are political polar opposites, but for Vice President Dick Cheney and Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama, hidden family ties run deep, as they are distant cousins. The vice president's...
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...