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Sanjay Bhatt THE SEATTLE TIMES A year after a statewide smoking ban took effect at workplaces, restaurants, bars and other public places, a new battlefield over secondhand smoke is emerging: apartment buildings. Spurred on by nonsmoking tenants and public-health leaders, more...
DENVER POST If a proposed bill makes it through the Texas Legislature this spring, parents had better think twice before skipping a scheduled parent- teacher conference. Missing the meeting could result in a Class C misdemeanor citation and a fine of up to $500. "Parents should...
SAM ROBERTS The New York Times For what experts say is probably the first time, more American women are living without a husband than with one, according to a New York Times analysis of census results. In 2005, 51 percent of women said they were living without a spouse, up from...
Sharon Jayson USA TODAY Her older daughter's birthday made Julie Printz realize she had gone overboard with a tea party for 15 kindergartners. "I tried to do something simple, but it escalated," she says. "I spent plenty, I'm sure. I got obsessed with the details. I put so much...
CNN.com A journalist who saw videotape of the Monday hangings of Saddam Hussein's half-brother and the dictator's former chief judge has described how one of the men was decapitated. New York Times reporter John F. Burns told CNN's Wolf Blitzer Monday evening that Barzan Hassan'...
Patrick Driscoll EXPRESS-NEWS The Texas Department of Transportation's full-tilt charge to build toll roads wherever possible and let private companies collect fees and profits for half a century or more could hit a wall this legislative session. TxDOT officials are asking for...
ANDREW D. SMITH The Dallas Morning News Dallas-area school districts spend nearly $20 million a year on extra pay for teachers with master's degrees. The payments make intuitive sense: Advanced training must help teachers teach better. But scores of studies show no ties between...
VALERIE KALFRIN and ANTHONY McCARTNEY The Tampa Tribune and CHIP OSOWSKI News Channel 8 A former Tampa Prep swim coach and teacher charged with secretly videotaping students as they undressed and tried on swimsuits will remain in jail without bond. Judge Walter Heinrich set...
CHRISTY HOPPE The Dallas Morning News Sometimes history remembers you for just staying alive: Apollo 13, the Unsinkable Molly Brown and maybe, just maybe, political survivor Rick Perry. As Mr. Perry stands poised Tuesday to take his third oath of office, on his way to becoming...