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Jeffrey Zaslow WALL STREET JOURNAL Driving on a highway in Howell, John Ellsworth noticed that a giant flag at an outlet shopping mall was at half-staff. Ellsworth was heading to a funeral home, where visitation was being held for his son, a 20-year-old Marine killed in Iraq...
For 103 years, Catholic Charities of Boston has found homes for tens of thousands of needy children, but tomorrow the adoption agency shuts its doors. It is closing because of pressure from the Catholic Church, which opposes the Massachusetts law that protects the rights of gay...
TAWNELL D. HOBBS, KENT FISCHER and MOLLY MOTLEY The Dallas Morning News Dallas school employees like to use their district-issued MasterCards to reward students and staff with catered meals, "incentive" gifts and other awards – to the tune of $2.7 million over two years. The...
Ben Wear AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF You might have heard that Capital Metro is working on plans for a Central Austin streetcar line. What you might not have heard is that the transit agency has no way to pay for it. Capital Metro says it could rustle up at most 20 percent of the $...
David Bowermaster SEATTLE TIMES For years, seniors in the wind ensemble at Henry M. Jackson High School have selected a favorite piece of music to play during commencement. For last month's ceremonies, the 17 students chose an instrumental version of "Ave Maria," which they had...
Lisa Sandberg SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS In her quest to become the next governor, Texas Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn has continued to accept, despite criticism, hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from attorneys whose firms appear to have a stake in...
DAVID E. SANGER and SCOTT SHANE The New York Times The Supreme Court's Guantánamo ruling on Thursday was the most significant setback yet for the Bush administration's contention that the Sept. 11 attacks and their aftermath have justified one of the broadest expansions of...
Anne Harding REUTERS In a study of sleep characteristics in 669 adults in Chicago who were compared by sex and race, investigators found that blacks got less sleep than whites, while men got less sleep than women. Furthermore, the wealthier you are, the more sleep you're likely...
Jamie Talan NEWSDAY A psychologist at Stony Brook University on Long Island, collaborating with scientists at other institutions, has discovered what philosophers have long known: Money doesn't make people happier. Yet the perception that it does continues to motivate people to...