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A couple of weeks before a 9-year-old boy from The Colony killed himself, his mother sent a letter to the principal at Stewart's Creek Elementary School. The boy was being bullied by other students, she wrote. He felt scared and threatened. And his teachers didn't seem to care...
Christopher Smith learned at an early age that his parents never had a chance to go to college but that with academic focus, he could make it. "They wanted to go to college, but sometimes things just happen," said Smith, who graduated from DeSoto High School this year. Soon, he...
Activists for and against the city of Houston's red-light camera program crossed swords Monday as opponents of the devices turned in more than 30,000 signatures backing a proposed charter amendment to have the cameras banned. The debate immediately turned from the merit of the...
Tyrone McGill, a veteran city of Dallas employee and manager at the city's animal shelter, has been charged with felony animal cruelty in connection with the death of cat in early May. According to an affidavit filed in the case, a cat somehow became trapped in a wall in the...
The City Council's Quality of Life Committee on Monday recommended an unadulterated proposal to broaden the city's smoking ban, but when the full council takes up the measure next week, it's likely to be a battle that could end in a split vote in favor of adding smoking...
A nationally acclaimed program that has helped even the hardest-core addicts to sober up and stop committing crimes is vulnerable to state budget cuts. A staggering 70 percent of the 72,000 offenders freed from Texas Department of Criminal Justice lockups last year were...
Texas has mainly provided a thorn in Barack Obama's side. The governor taunts him. The senators defy him. He lost the state by nearly 1 million votes in 2008. When the president lands today to raise campaign cash in Austin and Dallas, even the Democratic nominee for governor...
School districts across Texas are paying tens of millions of taxpayer dollars for private tutoring that has a mixed track record of improving student test scores. Even districts that want to stop footing the bill to ineffective providers are not allowed. The No Child Left Behind...
Gov. Rick Perry’s Economic Development & Tourism Office has become a sponsor of the 2010 Made in USA Qatar trade show and is seeking Texas companies to participate in the Oct. 12-15 event in Doha, Qatar. Among those working with the governor’s office are San Antonio...