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ANDREW D. SMITH The Dallas Morning News Dallas-area school districts spend nearly $20 million a year on extra pay for teachers with master's degrees. The payments make intuitive sense: Advanced training must help teachers teach better. But scores of studies show no ties between...
VALERIE KALFRIN and ANTHONY McCARTNEY The Tampa Tribune and CHIP OSOWSKI News Channel 8 A former Tampa Prep swim coach and teacher charged with secretly videotaping students as they undressed and tried on swimsuits will remain in jail without bond. Judge Walter Heinrich set...
ELIZABETH WHITE Associated Press "Drop and give me 20!" is something you might hear Air Force Staff Sgt. Michelle Manhart yell to airmen trainees at Lackland Air Force Base. Drop her trousers is what Manhart did for Playboy magazine, and now it's landed her in trouble with the...
Dafna Linzer and Walter Pincus THE WASHINGTON POST Iraq is at a violent and "precarious juncture," while al-Qaeda is significantly expanding its global reach, effectively immune to the loss of leaders in battle, Director of National Intelligence John D. Negroponte told Congress...
A California law allowing police to seize cars for up to 30 days if the driver has a suspended license or no license at all is constitutional, an appeals court ruled today, overturning a decision by a Sonoma County judge. Police have used the 1995 law to impound thousands of...
ASSOCIATED PRESS Activists are demanding an investigation into treatment performed on a severely brain-damaged girl whose growth was deliberately stunted to make it easier for her parents to care for her at home. Critics want an official condemnation from the American Medical...
RICHARD ABSHIRE The Dallas Morning News A first-year teacher and coach at Garland's Lakeview Centennial High School was placed on paid leave this week after being accused of improperly videotaping girls competing at a high school wrestling meet in Grand Prairie. The Garland...
Jonathan Weisman and Dan Balz THE WASHINGTON POST Senior House Democrats said yesterday that they will attempt to derail funding for President Bush's proposal to send an additional 21,500 troops to Iraq, setting up what could become the most significant confrontation between the...
Paul Richter LA TIMES U.S. forces will step up their offensive against Iranians and Syrians in Iraq as part of President Bush's new plan for the country, American officials said Wednesday, in a step likely to further inflame Washington's relationship with Tehran. U.S. officials...