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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...
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,...
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...