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TODD ACKERMAN Houston Chronicle Until she came to Houston's Renaissance Hospital two weeks ago, Renee Williams hadn't left her bed in three years. It took eight people to get her in and out of the ambulance. At her first weigh-in at the hospital, she tipped 850 pounds. Williams...
Nancy Vogel LA TIMES A Bay Area lawmaker retreated from her proposed ban on spanking and instead offered a bill Thursday that would criminalize parental discipline involving a closed fist, belt, electrical cord, shoe or other objects. Additionally, the legislation by...
Fake bull testicles and other anatomically explicit vehicle decorations would be banned from Maryland roads under a bill pending in the state legislature. The measure was filed in the General Assembly Monday by Delegate LeRoy E. Myers Jr., R-Washingon, who says children shouldn'...
Associated Press A 10-year-old boy who said he was not allowed to wear a Jesus costume during his school's Halloween activities sued the district, alleging that his religious and free-speech rights were violated. The complaint, filed in federal court Tuesday, says officials at...
RICHARD ABSHIRE The Dallas Morning News Mesquite police have arrested a Poteet High School student accused of creating a MySpace page using the name and photos of a teacher. The 15-year-old, who wasn't identified because he is a juvenile, faces a state jail felony charge of...
Michael Finnegan Republican presidential candidate John McCain was anything but subtle Wednesday as he took swipes at the Bush administration during a meticulously staged appearance with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on the bustling docks of Los Angeles Harbor. President Bush's...
DAVE MCNARY Variety Just in time for the Academy Awards, Jesse Jackson's renewing a push for greater inclusion of minorities in showbiz. The civil rights leader asserts that the timing's right to raise the issue, at a time when there's been widespread recognition received by...
Katherine Shaver The Washington Post Diane Roadcap stared intently at 2-year-old Beatrix as the Welsh corgi leapt around a Bethesda living room. "She's showing me a ghost, like Casper the Ghost," Roadcap said. "She's telling me she has a lot of fears. Let me tell her she doesn't...
SEWELL CHAN The New York Times New York City should allow legal immigrants who are not citizens to vote in local elections, according to an alliance of more than 60 organizations that announced a renewed effort yesterday to secure that right. The alliance, the New York Coalition...