Mark and Charlie's Blog

Dell Children's ER already too small to meet demand Hospital making plans to expand beds, hire more doctors after three months. By Mary Ann Roser AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF Wednesday, October 03, 2007 When 11-year-old Daniel Ratcliffe fell from a swing at his Central Austin home,...
Franchione: 'I have no intention of resigning' 10:30 PM CDT on Tuesday, October 2, 2007 By BRIAN DAVIS / The Dallas Morning News brdavis@dallasnews.com COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Dennis Franchione issued a defiant response Tuesday aimed at his critics who want him ousted as the...
Texas border mayors block access to proposed fence sites By JUAN A. LOZANO Associated Press BROWNSVILLE — Mayors along the Texas-Mexico border have begun a quiet protest of the federal government's plans to build a fence along the border: Some are refusing access to their land...
Massive sweep deports hundreds By Anna Gorman and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers Federal officers in Southern California over the last two weeks have arrested more than 1,300 immigrants, most of whom either have criminal records or have failed to abide by...
Two Calif. cities to vote on banning smoking in apartments By Wendy Koch, USA TODAY Lawmakers in two California cities are casting votes this month on unprecedented legislation that would widen a growing voluntary movement by landlords and resident associations to ban smoking...
Forty Men Arrested for Having Sex in Tennessee Public Parks JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — An undercover investigation into public sex in Johnson City parks has led to the arrest of 40 men in two weeks. "Our parks are for family use. People should not be exposed to this while they are...
Police say couple left kids in car while they drank margaritas Couple charged; mother told police she drove drunk from Sixth Street to Hutto. By Isadora Vail Monday, October 01, 2007 AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF A man and a woman were arrested Sunday after police said they left...
Some officers wish to apologize for use of Taser Acevedo praises officers' response to video. By Tony Plohetski AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF Tuesday, October 02, 2007 Several Austin police officers want to apologize to the man who was shocked by another officer's Taser on...
Teacher gets probation for student's sexual assault A former LBJ High School special education teacher and coach was sentenced last week to 10 years of probation after he pleaded guilty to sexual assault of a child and having an improper relationship with a student, who was 15,...