Austin's Morning Show

ERIK ECKHOLM The New York Times Over the last five years, Mysheda Autry has received welfare checks and food stamps, gone through a welfare-to-work program and briefly held several jobs. She has also given birth to her second and third children. Ms. Autry, 25, with a 10th-grade...
KIM BREEN and KATHY A. GOOLSBY The Dallas Morning News A sign stuck to the principal's desk outlaws whining. A blue jar on a nearby shelf claims to hold the ashes of problem students. But it's the custom-made, arm-length pine paddle that delivers the old-school discipline that...
SOUAD MEKHENNET and DEXTER FILKINS From his home on the northwest edge of this city, Muhamad al-Massari runs a Web site that celebrates the violent death of British and American soldiers. It is visited by tens of thousands of people every day, he said. Mr. Massari maintains the...
Ilene Lelchuk SFGate.com Claire and Liam Donohue are smiley 8-month-old twins with the chubby cheeks of good eaters and dark thatches of hair atop their round heads. They share a peaceful nursery with pale yellow curtains and end-to-end cribs in San Francisco's quiet Sunset...
STEPHANIE SANDOVAL The Dallas Morning News Illegal immigrants are responsible for much of what's wrong with Farmers Branch, says City Council member Tim O'Hare. So he proposes making it harder for illegal immigrants to live and work in the city. Today, the City Council will...
Bob Egelko SFGATE.com A federal judge's emphatic rejection Thursday of the Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping of calls between Americans and alleged foreign terrorists is far from the last word on the legality of the program, which most likely will be determined by...
Henri E. Cauvin and Rob Stein THE WASHINGTON POST A federal judge ruled yesterday that tobacco companies have violated civil racketeering laws, concluding that cigarette makers conspired for decades to deceive the public about the dangers of their product and ordering the...
Abigail Goldman LA TIMES Andrew Young, the civil rights leader and former U.N. ambassador, said Thursday that he would resign as head of a Wal-Mart advocacy group, acknowledging "demagogic" remarks about Jewish, Asian and Arab business owners. Young, 74, has been lobbying...
Marvin Olasky will be on to discuss his new book The Politics of Disaster: Katrina, Big Government, and A New Strategy for Future Crises.