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House OKs own cost-of-living raise From Times Wire Reports June 28, 2007 The House voted 244-181 to give lawmakers a pay raise of approximately $4,400 that will increase their salaries to almost $170,000. The cost-of-living raise gets lawmakers back on track for automatic pay...
'MOST' TEACHERS ATTACKED OR ABUSED Most teachers have been attacked or verbally abused in the past 12 months, a survey has found. Some were threatened by pupils brandishing weapons, and others by parents, according to the research from the University of Leicester. While most...
Austin police commander sues, claiming racial discrimination Suit comes after he was bypassed for promotion. By Tony Plohetski AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF Thursday, June 28, 2007 A veteran Austin police commander has sued City Manager Toby Futrell, former Police Chief Stan Knee and...
Fla. sheriff targets illegals By MELISSA NELSON -- Associated Press Writer Published: June 27, 2007 Last Modified: June 27, 2007 at 10:32 AM PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) The sheriff's department has developed a remarkably effective - and controversial - way of catching illegal...
Immigration Stance Is Costly for McCain By Michael D. Shear Washington Post Staff Writer Thursday, June 28, 2007; Page A01 Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is not wavering on immigration. This week, he continued to stand firm with President Bush in seeking a Senate compromise on the...
Early class Friday? More sober Thursday, study finds By Beth Sussman, USA TODAY College students kick their weekends off early by drinking more alcohol on Thursday nights when they don't have Friday classes before 10 a.m., a study shows. The study, published in the July issue of...
Foreign students learn to love America Youths spent a year making friends and shedding prejudices By MIKE TOLSON Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle For thousands of teenagers who had arrived in America 10 months ago on the first big adventure of their lives, Tuesday was the...
Giuliani: 'Clinton did not respond' to '90s terror VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani on Tuesday accused former President Bill Clinton of not responding forcefully enough to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing or later terrorist...
Mass. inmate asks for sex change BOSTON (AP) — A trial that opened more than a year ago has become bogged down in Boston federal court. There have been hundreds of hours of testimony from witnesses, including 10 medical specialists paid tens of thousands of dollars. The judge...