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By Ralph K.M. Haurwitz AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF The Democrat from Houston was one of the architects in 1999 of the Texas Grant program, which helps students from low-income families pay tuition and fees at public colleges and universities. State funding, however, hasn't kept...
By Richard Owen in Rome March 28, 2007 12:00am HELL is a place where sinners really do burn in an everlasting fire, and not just a religious symbol designed to galvanise the faithful, Pope Benedict XVI has said. Addressing a parish gathering in a northern suburb of Rome, the...
By Greg Toppo, USA TODAY Ask a teacher whether her students are on track to earn a college degree, and she'll probably say "Sure." Grant her anonymity, and you may get a different point of view. In a wide-ranging survey being released Tuesday, nearly one in four teachers in...
By Ellen Nakashima Washington Post Staff Writer Tuesday, March 27, 2007; Page D01 Private businesses such as rental and mortgage companies and car dealers are checking the names of customers against a list of suspected terrorists and drug traffickers made publicly available by...
David Armstrong, Chronicle Staff Writer Tuesday, March 27, 2007 Use them or lose them. Frequent-flier miles are going away -- not all of them, and not right away. But several of the nation's major airlines, saying the rapid buildup of unused miles is raising their operating...
By BRIAN ROGERS Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle Authorities have issued an arrest warrant for a pregnant 28-year-old Katy woman after prosecutors charged her last week with sexual assault of a child, accusing her of having sex with a 14-year-old boy. Denise Pham apparently was...
By KELLEY SHANNON Associated Press Writer © 2007 The Associated Press AUSTIN — Who can obtain concealed handgun license information and how much citizens must pay for public records were in the spotlight Monday as Texas legislators and others weighed in on two open government...
Slow Down, Multitaskers; Don’t Read in Traffic By STEVE LOHR Published: March 25, 2007 Correction Appended Confident multitaskers of the world, could I have your attention? When people divide their attention, they react more slowly and make more mistakes, scientists say. More...
Proposed car-smoking ban angers foes of 'nanny' laws They don't want state dictating how kids are brought up Janine DeFao, Chronicle Staff Writer Monday, March 26, 2007 When Anthony Johnson smokes in the car with his 2-year-old son in the backseat, he tries to limit himself to a...