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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...
Cars With Kids: NYC's Next Smoking Ban? Big Apple Could Be Newest Locale to Institute Secondhand Smoking Policy By DAVID SCHOETZ Aug. 16, 2007 Don't light up while driving with minors inside Big Apple city limits. That's the proposal a New York City councilman will unveil today...
Census Bureau Asks That Immigration Raids Halt for 2010 Count Thursday, August 16, 2007 E-MAIL STORY PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION WASHINGTON — The Census Bureau wants immigration agents to suspend enforcement raids during the 2010 census so the government can better count illegal...
38% - Say Premarital Sex is Wrong Fewer than four-in-ten American adults (38%) now say that sexual relations between a man and woman before marriage is always or almost always wrong compared with nearly six in ten (59%) who say that it is only sometimes or never wrong. Not...
Defense Contractor Was Paid $1 Million to Ship 2 Washers By Renae Merle Washington Post Staff Writer Friday, August 17, 2007; Page D02 A South Carolina defense contractor pleaded guilty yesterday to bilking the Pentagon out of $20.5 million over nearly 10 years by adding...
Young Women Defy Labels in Intimacy With Both Sexes Bisexuals Take a 'Flexible' View and Don't Follow a 'Fixed Path,' Say Sexuality Experts By SUSAN DONALDSON JAMES Aug. 16, 2007 Pop culture loves the recreational lesbian -- the woman who dabbles but doesn't stay the course...
Too Young? Teen Gets Stomach Band After Lipo Family Defends Decision to Let Teen Get Gastric Lap-Band Surgery Aug. 15, 2007 A Texas family that attracted national attention — and controversy — for letting its overweight 12-year-old daughter undergo liposuction has gone one step...
D.C. to Fire 3 Over Woman's Detention as a Man Corrections Officers Ignored Inmate's Protests Over Mix-Up During Arrest, Jail Processing By David Nakamura Washington Post Staff Writer Thursday, August 16, 2007; Page B01 District officials plan to fire three corrections officers...
Chanting, bonfire lead police to woman's backyard Posted: Aug. 14, 2007 Waukesha - A woman accused of disturbing neighbors by yelling witch chants around a bonfire she had built 10 feet from her home was arrested early Tuesday, police Capt. Mike Babe said. Brenna K. Barney, 42,...