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State spending millions to push Trans-Texas plan Road campaign draws criticism and praise from lawmakers By PEGGY FIKAC Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle Austin Bureau AUSTIN — The Texas Department of Transportation, which complains about chronic underfunding, has launched a...
Activist's Arrest Highlights Key Immigrant Issue She Is Deported; Son Is Left Behind By N.C. Aizenman and Spencer S. Hsu Washington Post Staff Writers Tuesday, August 21, 2007; Page A05 The arrest and deportation to Mexico of an illegal immigrant who took sanctuary in a Chicago...
Democrats see 'results' in Iraq By S.A. Miller August 21, 2007 Top Senate Democrats have started to acknowledge progress in Iraq, with the chairman of the Armed Services Committee yesterday saying the U.S. troop surge is producing "measurable results." Sen. Carl Levin of...
Arellano's Overdue Departure By Debra Saunders Elvira Arellano's story starts out with the most understandable (if expedient and wrong-headed) rationale for breaking American immigration law. Poor and Mexican, she figured that she could make a better life for herself if she...
Educators consider merit pay plans. By Nancy Zuckerbrod, Associated Press WASHINGTON — While the words "merit pay" drew hisses and boos at a recent teachers' union convention, educators are endorsing contracts that pay bonuses for boosting students' test scores. The National...
Pastor: Illegal Immigrant Who Sought Sanctuary in Chicago Church Deported LOS ANGELES — An immigration activist who took refuge in a Chicago church for a year to avoid being separated from her son has been deported to Mexico, the church's pastor said. Elvira Arellano was...
Why women regret their choice of spouse more than men Last updated at 22:08pm on 19th August 2007 Almost twice as many women as men wish they had married someone else, says a survey. More than one in five married women (22 per cent) said that if they could go back in time they...
Poll: Family Ties Key to Youth Happiness Monday, August 20, 2007 By JOCELYN NOVECK and TREVOR TOMPSON, Associated Press Writers NEW YORK — So you're between the ages of 13 and 24. What makes you happy? A worried, weary parent might imagine the answer to sound something like this...
By Nanci Hellmich, USA TODAY Some top fitness experts are angry over a new reality TV show called Fat March, which they say has contestants doing too much walking too fast, putting them at a high risk for injuries. The severely obese contestants on the ABC show, which airs...