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Serve Breakfast in Class, Advocates for Poor Urge By JULIE BOSMAN Published: August 8, 2007 Advocates for poor children urged the city’s Department of Education yesterday to serve free breakfast in classrooms, saying that the practice of serving it in cafeterias failed to...
It’s a Female Dog, or Worse. Or Endearing. And Illegal? By MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM Published: August 7, 2007 The New York City Council, which drew national headlines when it passed a symbolic citywide ban earlier this year on the use of the so-called n-word, has turned its...
China threatens 'nuclear option' of dollar sales By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard Last Updated: 9:54am BST 08/08/2007 The Chinese government has begun a concerted campaign of economic threats against the United States, hinting that it may liquidate its vast holding of US treasuries if...
Google Maps redraw the realm of privacy As street-level photos are added to the site, fears of intrusion arise. By Alex Pham and Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writers August 7, 2007 Google Inc. has been watching you, Southern California. A caravan of cars and trucks mounted with...
Mayhem ends, ball in hands of Mets fan Demian Bulwa and Steve Rubenstein, Chronicle Staff Writers Wednesday, August 8, 2007 Once again, the polite disagreement over who exactly is the rightful owner of one of Mr. Bonds' baseballs produced blood, bruises and bedlam. Somebody...
Firefighters forced to join in 'Gay Pride' parade File lawsuit against city after enduring 3 hours of lewd remarks, gestures -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted: August 7, 2007 1:00 a.m. Eastern Editor's Note: WARNING – Some...
Ron Paul's Earmarks Texas Congressman Ron Paul -- libertarian gadfly and current Republican Presidential hopeful -- has made a name for himself as a critic of overspending. But it seems even he can't resist the political allure of earmarks. After reporters started asking...
Analysis: Military Shows Gains in Iraq By ROBERT BURNS 08.06.07, 2:18 PM ET BAGHDAD - The new U.S. military strategy in Iraq, unveiled six months ago to little acclaim, is working. In two weeks of observing the U.S. military on the ground and interviewing commanders, strategists...
Bridge Collapse Revives Issue of Road Spending By SUSAN SAULNY and JENNIFER STEINHAUER Published: August 7, 2007 MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 6 — In the past two years, Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota twice vetoed legislation to raise the state’s gas tax to pay for transportation needs. Now...