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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...
Supreme Court denies hearing for fired 'honk for peace' teacher Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer Tuesday, October 2, 2007 An elementary-school teacher who was dismissed after telling her class on the eve of the Iraq war that "I honk for peace" lost a U.S. Supreme Court appeal...
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,...
Judge delays crackdown on employers of illegal workers Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer Tuesday, October 2, 2007 A federal judge signaled Monday that he is likely to prevent the Bush administration from threatening employers with prosecution if they fail to fire illegal...
Gay rights groups angered by weaker antidiscrimination bill Carolyn Lochhead, Chronicle Washington Bureau Tuesday, October 2, 2007 Leading gay rights organizations, with the pointed exception of the Human Rights Campaign, withdrew their support Monday from a landmark gay civil...
1.3 billion mental health days Disorders like anxiety and depression top the list of work absences, a study says, with back and neck pain close behind. By Denise Gellene, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer October 2, 2007 Mental disorders account for about a third of sick days,...