Mark and Charlie's Blog

Well, here we go again: to toll, or not to toll. At least, that's what some foes of the pending toll road plan suggest. The five-road plan the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization board will vote on tonight, they say, is just a replay of 2004: double taxation in the...
I hate school! Yes, I know that's a bit immature for someone 41 years old. But it's true. I hate school -- so much so that my wife, Amy, and I have hired a college student to help our fifth-grade son manage his schoolwork a few times a week. It's not that we can't do the work...
Baseball players sometimes cross themselves before getting into the batter's box. Basketball players might look up for divine support before a free throw. Some soccer players kiss crucifixes around their necks after scoring a goal. But perhaps no sport is more associated with...
WASHINGTON — The Transportation Security Administration plans to expand its use of screening machines that look under passengers' clothing for hidden weapons. New York's Kennedy and Los Angeles International airports will get "backscatter" X-ray machines that the American Civil...
The Angriest Justice Justice Clarence Thomas’s new autobiography dredges up his 16-year-old battle with Anita Hill and fulminates against liberal groups, Democratic senators and others who opposed his nomination. The clash with Ms. Hill has grabbed most of the headlines. But his...
More Doctors in Texas After Malpractice Caps By RALPH BLUMENTHAL Published: October 5, 2007 HOUSTON, Oct. 4 — In Texas, it can be a long wait for a doctor: up to six months. That is not for an appointment. That is the time it can take the Texas Medical Board to process...
FOX News Poll: Nearly 1 in 5 Democrats Say World Will Be Better Off if U.S. Loses War Thursday, October 04, 2007 By Dana Blanton NEW YORK — Nearly one out of every five Democrats thinks the world will be better off if America loses the war in Iraq, according to the FOX News...
Dallas councilman seeks to ban saggy pants Councilman says he wants to help improve young adults' self-image By THOMAS KOROSEC Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle Dallas Bureau DALLAS — Saying he is fed up with seeing young men in saggy pants, a councilman said Thursday he wants to...
24 illegal song downloads cost US woman 220,000 dollars 15 hours ago CHICAGO (AFP) — In the first US trial to challenge the illegal downloading of music on the Internet, a single mother from Minnesota was ordered Thursday to pay more than 220,000 dollars for sharing 24 songs...