Scrounging puts GIs in jail Six reservists serving in Iraq were court-martialed for what soldiers have been doing as long as there have been wars: scrounging to get what their outfit needed to do its job. Darrell Birt is my guest at 12:35pm today "...when Birt's unit was ordered to head into Iraq in the heat of battle in April 2003 from its base in Kuwait, Birt said the company didn't have enough vehicles to haul the equipment it would need to do the job. So, Birt explained, he and other reservists grabbed two tractors and two trailers left in Kuwait by other U.S. units that had already moved into Iraq..."
Armor shop improvised upgrades Faced with driving unarmored vehicles across the dangerous Iraq roads, members of the battalion began improvising their own armor. We took the initiative on this, said Maj. Mark Paget, the battalion executive officer. Nobody ever told us no.
Norman Moody, Gannet News
Service (last week)
US scrapes barrel further as it sends 70 year old retired colonel to Afghanistan
Christmas for Central Texas?
Andy Borowitz KERIK: BIN LADEN WAS MY GARDENER Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik withdrew his name from consideration for the post of Homeland Security Secretary after admitting that he employed al-Qaeda terror kingpin Osama bin Laden as a gardener during the late 1980's.
NYPD Commissioner had two extra-marital affairs at the same time
"Woman's lap" pillow in demand
Tuesday, December 14
Don't mess with our slogan, TXDot says
Houston considering red-light cameras Under a proposed ordinance that the City Council would consider Wednesday, offenders would simply be ordered to pay a civil fine and not be assigned points on their driving records ó no matter how many times they run red lights
Suspicious airline incidents will head straight to TSA Workers were frustrated there was no industrywide standard for reporting suspicious activity - until now.
Alarm sounded over rate of bird extinctions
Hoax unleashes flood of sign-ups on national do-not-call list
Family tearfully fulfills Army soldier's last wishes Army Spec. David Mahlenbrock had a special request should he die in the line of duty. In a letter to his fellow soldiers in July, the young combat engineer asked that Toby Keith's song "American Soldier" be played at his funeral.
For one man, winning lottery hasn't meant a life of good fortune
Blockbuster to "end late fees" January 1
Google to add research library texts Google plans to begin converting the holdings of leading research libraries into digital files that would be searchable online.
NYC flap continues over Central Park hawks' nest
Army Guard, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force ignorant about how many of their troops have served in Iraq since the war began
Borowitz BUSH TO GOOGLE FUTURE NOMINEES Kerik + Nanny Yields 20,000 Web Pages
Weary Taliban coming in from the cold Some Afghan fighters talk of being duped by bin Laden and pledge to work for his capture.
Tom Wolfe wins bad sex writing prize the American author and journalist won one of the world's most dreaded literary accolades
Teen gets big reward for turning in $21.5K found in shopping cart
Photo shows kids saluting Old Glory with left hand
Cheap perfume is worst Christmas gift
Britney's dog's $180 steak
Wednesday, December 15
seeks partner for Corridor
By Thursday, a piece of one of the biggest public works
projects in Texas history could be in the hands of a single
private entity. The selection of a developer for the
Trans Texas Corridor section that would parallel Interstate
35 amounts to picking a long-term partner that will help
build the 800-mile-long, 1,200-foot-wide route.
A state plan to put trains, trucks and cars along a single 1,200-foot-wide swath of land from the Rio Grande to the Red River will be awarded to a private developer Thursday, intensifying a simmering debate about which cities will win and lose because of the multibillion-dollar project paralleling Interstate 35.
Good info website Corridor Watch.org
Time magazine Dec 6: The Next Wave in Superhighways, or A Big, Fat Texas Boondoggle?
From the I Can't Hardly Believe It file: President Bush awarded Medals of Freedom to the CIA Director who had everything wrong about Iraq including the infamous "slam dunk" on WMDs, and to the general who invaded Iraq with too few troops to maintain order or even guard weapons stockpiles, and to the Iraq occupation boss who warned Iraqis that resistance would be futile, disbanded the Iraqi army, and didn't bother to point out that "we didn't have enough troops" until after returning to the USA.
Medals of freedom awarded to three key to Bush Iraq policy President Bush awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to three prime architects of U.S. policy in Iraq
Christi bans restaurant smoking beginning
Lawmaker Seeks Inquiry Into Ohio Vote ..plans to ask the Federal Bureau of Investigation and a county prosecutor in Ohio today to explore "inappropriate and likely illegal election tampering" in at least one and perhaps several Ohio counties.
Pathologist under fire for incompetence quits Baptist Health System AmeriPath and Baptist said they would continue a precautionary, rigorous review of all cases the 55-year-old pathologist has been involved in since coming to San Antonio.
Taxi driver shoots man in bin Laden mask
Next ground units set for Iraq, Afghanistan including Division headquarters and the four new Brigade Combat Team Units of Action of the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Hood, Texas.
Toyota drives more jobs to S.A. Gov. Rick Perry will announce Thursday that as many as 18 suppliers of automotive parts and services will move onto the Toyota plant site here, creating at least 1,500 new jobs.
Telemarketers can't get cell numbers There's a good chance you've received an e-mail lately warning that your cell phone number will be turned over to telemarketers at the beginning of the new year. Not to worry.
Internet and cell phones may finally be on horizon for fliers Regulators plan to vote today whether to allow travelers wireless high-speed Internet access. And they plan to talk about, without a vote, whether to end the cell phone ban.
Houston expected to delay vote on red-light cameras
Details of Mistreatment of Prisoners in Iraq Revealed Marines conducted mock executions of juveniles, burned and tortured other detainees with electrical shocks, according to documents.
New Guard number shows lower death rate A total of 142 part-timers have died in the war, compared to 659 active-duty soldiers.
More GIs surviving battlefield injuries Quick treatment, armor credited
War funding request may hit $100 billion The Bush administration plans to ask for between $80 billion and $100 billion to fund military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan next year, rather than the $70 billion to $75 billion the White House privately told members of Congress before the election, according to Pentagon and White House officials.
Followup on Darrell Birt story Senator Seeks Clemency for Ohio Soldiers U.S. Sen. Mike DeWine asked the Army to grant clemency to two Ohio soldiers imprisoned for taking Army vehicles abandoned in Kuwait by other units so they could carry out their own unit's mission to Iraq.
Drive to Baghdad filled with tension Some people call this road, the only way from the airport to Baghdad's Green Zone, the most dangerous highway in Iraq. Lately, it has become a magnet for enormous, fiery explosions. People boast that they've traveled it and are relieved when they make it from one end to the other.
As temperature falls in Iraq, malaria seaon ends
Thursday, December 16
posted 12am Mon 12/13 - 10p Wed 12/15/2004
Is there any evidence at all that the See Clearly Method of "vision improvement" actually works? Here's an independent article I found on the internet: The See Clearly Method: Do Eye Exercises Improve Vision?
1:53pm -- Ben Wear, Austin American-Statesman transportation reporter, tells me that Cintra is a consortium which includes H.B. Zachry and many other companies.
12:26pm -- Harvey Kronberg's QUORUM REPORT in Austin reports the $6B contract will go to Spanish toll road operator Cintra. I'll do a segment on this TTC development tomorrow.
Toll Corridor vote today
The Texas Transportation Commission is poised to strike a deal today with a consortium that will build and operate the toll corridor's first segment, an 800-mile stretch paralleling Interstate 35 from Mexico to Oklahoma.
The proposed route would take traffic away from San Antonio: that could be good for traffic but bad for the local economy
Excellent info website Corridor Watch.org
Time magazine Dec 6: The Next Wave in Superhighways, or A Big, Fat Texas Boondoggle?
Austin's "tea party" toll road knockoff Austin Toll Party.com
Texas Dep't Transportation Trans Texas Corridor maps, etc.
disappearing in Nuevo Laredo While noting most visitors
here never get hurt, the U.S. Consulate is warning of an
unusual spike in kidnappings or disappearances of Americans
since mid-August. Of the 21 known victims, an official said
two are dead, 10 missing and nine have been released.
San Antonio seeks rebate on Alcoa tax-abatement deal because plant closing. City Council will decide the issue today
The New York Times' 6th-most Emailed article today: Finding Homosexual Threads in Lincoln's Legend A new book ... concludes that America's greatest president was a gay man.
Military telling Gitmo detainees about court access The Pentagon begins to formally notify some held at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, that they have the right to challenge their imprisonment in an American court.
Iraq terrorists changing tactics Iraqi insurgents and foreign terrorists have become "more effective" at locating and attacking pivotal supply routes for U.S. combat forces in Iraq
Iraqi official shot dead 4 others killed in insurgent attacks.
Pattern of discontent in US ranks While some don't see much defiance, others see an unusual amount of tension surfacing for an all-volunteer military force.
Bush Prepares for Possible GPS Shutdown WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush has ordered plans for temporarily disabling the U.S. network of global positioning satellites during a national crisis to prevent terrorists from using the navigational technology, the White House said Wednesday.
Why the bad grammar? Have you ever wondered why so many reporters don't know that "criterion" is singular and "criteria" is plural? and why so many in the media don't know that "media" is plural, as in "the various news media"?
Casino fined for hidden cameras' wandering eyes ATLANTIC CITY (AP) Women, beware: Those "eye in the sky" surveillance cameras used by casinos don't just look for card cheats and crooked dealers. Sometimes, they look for low-cut blouses.
Newark airport staff loses bag of fake explosives used to test airport security. Barney Fife, where are you when we need you?
Downstream dangers of your perfume Musks used in everything from detergents to air fresheners build up in human tissue as well as in fish and invertebrates.
Judge surprised by buzz over his Ten Commandments robe Two days after an Alabama judge donned a robe in court displaying the Ten Commandments on his chest, his staff was busy fielding calls from media outlets and supporters across the nation. "We have not had a single complaint called in," says a secretary.
Did you hear the one about the gay Mexican cannibal? (No, really.. this one IS sickening)
Woman who rolled murder victim's head down a hill gets life Marcia Ann Johnson, 44, and her partner drained the bank accounts and sold the home of the victim, Mt. Baldy resident Jack Irwin, after the grisly 1999 murder.
Tourists thought getting lost was part of mountain guided tour
Return of the hanging chad: Recount continues in Ohio
email home computer
Subject: 1954 Popular Mechanics Magazine
What do you suppose that steering wheel looking thing is?? Hmmmm, this is the year 2004 and my computer doesn't look anything like this.
Richard is correct. Here's the LINK. Thanks!
Friday, December 17
today... Bill Kurtis (Cold
Case Files, American Justice, 30 years with CBS) joins
me to talk about two death penalty cases which helped
convince him to question and then reject his lifelong
support of capital punishment.
1pm today... An hour in studio with mayoral candidate Phil Hardberger, a personal-injury trial lawyer, ex-Chief Justice of the Court of Appeals, long-distance sailor, solo transAtlantic pilot, and enough other admirable, macho and intellectual qualifications to make you hate him almost instantly.
moves toward huge toll road to supplement Interstate 35
from near San Antonio to near Dallas
Ben Wear - AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Deal makes TTC-35 toll road plan a reality
I-35 alternative estimated to cost $6 billion. Long-term partnership with consortium led by Spanish toll road operator Cintra and San Antonio-based Zachry Construction Corp.
Click for route map (Flash)
State on road to new highway era The Texas Transportation Commission selected a construction consortium that includes a San Antonio firm Thursday to build the first leg of the Trans Texas Corridor ó launching what officials called the nation's most important highway project since the 1950s.
The Trans Texas Corridor is huge and costly. The $184 billion endeavor is eventually supposed to crisscross the state with 4,000 miles of 10-lane highways and rail lines in swaths up to a quarter-mile wide.
Officials will have to charge tolls to finance bonds and pay for operations and maintenance. They'll also have to confiscate farmlands and wildlife areas.
gets shot at PGA Tour project A controversial
proposal to build a PGA Tour golf course over the Edwards
Aquifer recharge zone got its first public airing Thursday,
after weeks of what some opponents call "closed-door
San Antonio strippers must wear ID badges
Council set to okay twin-tower downtown hotel next Tuesday
Kerik never filled out New York background form
Soldier had himself shot to avoid return to Iraq, police say
Police recover JFK artifacts in Dallas drug raid A police card bearing Jack Ruby's nine fingerprints is among the items unexpectedly turned up in a drug raid on a Dallas apartment. Bonnie and Clyde autopsy photos, too.
Puget Sound whales may get endangered status Bush administration, which ruled two years ago that endangered species protections were unwarranted, reversed itself after a federal judge ordered it to reconsider its legal justifications.
KB Home earnings soar 35% in quarter Builder lifts its 2005 outlook even as U.S. housing starts post their biggest drop in 11 years.
DOD seeks emergency OK to resume anthrax shots Anthrax vaccinations by the military have been suspended since late October, when a federal judge ordered the military to stop requiring personnel to take the vaccine.
Guard enlistments off sharply Army National
Guard fell 30 percent below recruiting goals in the
last two months and will offer new incentives, including
enlistment bonuses of up to $15,000.
OPINION - BOB HERBERT Fiddling as Iraq burns
British court says terror suspects denied rights
At Guantanamo, a prison within a prison Inside heavily guarded Guantanamo Bay, the CIA has maintained a detention facility for valuable al Qaeda captives that has never been mentioned in public.
Monday, December 20
|Ten-Foot Poll on Rummy --- Result|
915a-520p Mon 12/20/2004
Rumsfeld letting a machine sign his letters of regret to families of soldiers killed in Iraq was
new miltary life: Heading back to the war "..with
the military stretched thin in Iraq and in Afghanistan,
some soldiers and marines are being sent to war zones
repeatedly, for longer stretches in some cases, and with
far less time at home between deployments than they say
they have ever experienced before."
Last U.S. unit quietly pulls out of France
Saying he coaxed confession, fallen agent turns informant By the time he left Massachusetts in shackles 27 months ago, John J. Connolly Jr. was a pariah a fallen FBI agent, a consort of his underworld informants, and a symbol of the corrupt kinship between the FBI and organized crime. But to the felons he joined at the federal prison in Lexington, Ky., he was something else.
Christmas trees hit $200 in Hawaii
Robbery note had thief's address on back
Kia Spectra gets worst crash rating
Kids throwing life-size dummy into traffic
Golden retriever retrieves stolen handbag
Tuesday, December 21
Antonio moving toward big twin-tower downtown "convention"
Rice grads, professor find flaw in Google Company says security glitch in search tool is fixed
In time for Christmas: Freedom after 16 years Lawyers for a man wrongly sent to prison say DNA cleared him in November 2002 At least the D.A. apologized, which is a lot better example than the Houston D.A. whose head remains in the sand on such mistake cases
FOLLOWUP: Man wrongfully imprisoned walks free
LINK: Brandon Moon, the Innocence Project
|Ten-Foot Poll on Holiday Greetings --- RESULT|
Do you say "Happy Holidays!" now instead of "Merry Christmas!" to avoid excluding someone's non-Christian religion?
Powerball lottery winner's granddaughter found dead
Arrests at "hog dogging" events in three states
Support for Iraq War slips 56% say war was mistake Poll shows that while a slight majority believe the Iraq war contributed to long-term U.S. security, 70 percent think these gains have come at an "unacceptable" cost in casualties.
Attack near Mosul kills at least 22 Mosul was initially peaceful after the U.S.-led invasion but become a worrisome trouble spot since U.S. and Iraqi troops invaded the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah
F/A-22 Raptor crashes at Nellis; pilot ejects safely Flights at Nellis Air Force Base were grounded Tuesday while investigators picked through the wreckage of a next-generation stealth fighter that crashed during combat readiness testing.
Woman is selling a single cornflake on eBay
British Navy paid for a boob job for a man
Male fish bear eggs in Potomac The so-called intersex abnormality may be caused by pollutants from sewage plants, feedlots and factories that can interfere with animals' hormone systems
Wednesday, December 22
Friday: "30% chance of Snow"
New evidence of widepread abuse in Iraq multiple cases of threatened executions of detainees, thefts of private property, assaults and deadly shootings at Iraqi detention camps.
U.S. contractor pulls out of reconstruction effort in Iraq For the first time, a major U.S. contractor has dropped out of the multibillion-dollar effort to rebuild Iraq, raising new worries about the country's growing violence and its effect on reconstruction.
Rocket struck mess tent as hundreds were eating lunch U.S. death toll in dining hall attack reaches 19
Marine's family gets e-mail dispute help
Houston okays red-light camera ordinance
Plastic surgery is trendy holiday gift
RICK CASEY - HOUSTON CHRONICLE A Sweet strategy for the GOP After referring to Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison possibly running for Texas governor against incumbent Rick Perry, Casey notes, "It's hard to feel sorry for a guy who never has a bad hair day. He is, it's fair to say, the prettier of the two candidates.."
AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN Five Texans' stories bring Iraq war home
Drug firms getting a sick feeling as Michael Moore plans a film on the drug industry
U.S. to pay $16M in water rights case to a group of California Central Valley farmers and irrigation districts whose water deliveries were cut to protect endangered fish.
Congratulations: It's a Galaxy Astronomers have discovered three dozen baby galaxies, including Messier 81, that resemble the infant Milky Way 10 billion years ago.
Carolers protest religious-music ban
North Carolina goes hog wild over livermush The award-winning festival packs the streets once a year in celebration of this strangest of meats.
Woman attempts suicide by setting her Christmas tree ablaze apparently distraught over relationship troubles with her live-in boyfriend.
Student admits tossing guinea pig out of 8th-floor dorm window The animal was tied to a makeshift parachute (12/18)
Thursday, December 23
fighting in Fallujah delays return of residents.
Officials said US Marines were killed but would not specify
Team monitoring Iraq election won't go to Iraq I am not making this up
Comal program notifies crime victims allows victims to keep tabs on jail inmates and know when they are released
Victoria's new town plaza bandstand dedicated Hurricane Claudette blew it down in July 2003
Mexican town bans nudity indoors
Firemen accidentally burn up their own sauna
Another guard unit decries training, equipment Members of a second National Guard unit that prepared for duty in Iraq at the Army's Fort Bliss, Texas compound have come forward with allegations that they were not adequately trained.
Cokehead assaulted with part of a food tong
Airport patdown procedure changes ordered for women
"You'll put your eye out!" BB gun maker Red Ryder avoids spotlight
1 Texas woman first to buy cloned-to-order cat The company that created Little Nicky, Genetic Savings and Clone, said it hopes by May to have produced the world's first cloned dog - a much more lucrative market than cats.
2 Cat created in Austin is world's first cloned-to-order pet Woman bought Austin-made clone of her beloved Nicky for $50,000
New rules for US forests will make it easier for forest managers to decide whether to allow logging, drilling or off-road vehicles
New car buying drops sharply
Volcanic activity seen on Mars Red Planet shows signs of recent eruptions
Earbags a popular fashion accessory Earbags.com
Planned 'Who's Your Daddy?' TV show sparks reaction
Pre-school holiday pageant soured by parents fighting over seats
Upset Tammie Josette stabs two in porkchop dispute
Crows invade Idaho town "like the Hitchcock movie"
Franklin Sweger, Marine from San Antonio, killed in Iraq
Aransas Pass Marine Hilario Lopez remembered
Monday, December 27
wave death toll reaches 21,000
A sudden change in geography The earthquake moved the entire Indonesian island of Sumatra 100 feet.
Next Texas legislature to consider various bans on cell phone use in vehicles
As winter settles in, so do homeless ladybugs
Bracelets with names of fallen troops sell quickly Critics say using names of those killed raises privacy issues. HeroBracelets.org
Patriotic magnetic ribbons being stolen in Chicago area
Gulfstream jet an open secret in terror war CIA is flying captured terrorist suspects from one country to another for detention and interrogation
CIA resists request for abuse data The CIA is refusing to disclose any information about abuse of detainees in Afghanistan and at the US naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, invoking a legal precedent that involved a secret project by billionaire Howard Hughes to recover a sunken Soviet nuclear submarine in the 1970s.
Even the cowboy boot now reads 'Made in China' Production of even top-of-the-line brands like Tony Lama is shifting to China and Mexico.
Tents and a laptop: Texas parks go online first state to offer free Web in the woods, pleasing some but angering nature purists. Jan. 1, Texas will become the first to provide wireless Internet service at state parks, with five of them hooked up in a new pilot program.
Is your car spying on you? Infomation from event data recorders has been used to convict drivers after accidents.
Man in miniskirt freed from clothes bin
Tuesday, December 28
Tsunami death toll 44,000+
An entire generation of children swept away UNICEF estimates at least one-third of the tens of thousands who died were children, and the proportion could be up to half
NY supermodel held on for dear life for 8 hours in raging surf Other valuable news-related photos of her HERE I know. I am SO shallow...
US sending only $15 million Powell: U.S. is not 'stingy' when it comes to aid
|Ten-Foot Poll on Aid to Tsunami areas ---RESULT|
|posted 10am-830pm Tue 12/28/2004
The US is sending $15 million in aid to tsunami victims. We are
NEW: U.S. relief package to more than double
Rebels kill 19 Iraqi policemen
Problems mount for Iraqi vote A UN memo details added concerns about registration and security before election Jan. 30.
Ex-official tells of Homeland Security failures The government agency responsible for protecting the nation against terrorist attack is a dysfunctional, poorly managed bureaucracy that has failed to plug serious holes in the nation's safety net
Reserve commander released A former Ohio Army Reserve commander who was court-martialed for taking abandoned Army vehicles in Kuwait so her unit could carry out its mission in Iraq returned home Monday after serving a six-month sentence
Home Depot to sell appliances online
Carlin into rehab, knocked Las Vegas before he left
Victoria Advocate Cameras, film at a premium as the snow fell in Victoria
Wednesday, December 29
Cross: Tsunami death toll may be 100,000+
US defends aid record The Bush administration more than doubled its financial commitment Tuesday to provide relief to nations suffering from the Indian Ocean tsunami, amid complaints that the vacationing President Bush has been insensitive to a humanitarian catastrophe of epic proportions.
Aid grows amid remarks about Bush's absence The Bush administration more than doubled its financial commitment to provide relief to nations suffering from the Indian Ocean tsunami, amid complaints that the vacationing President Bush has been insensitive to a humanitarian catastrophe of epic proportions. Among the world's two dozen wealthiest countries, the United States often is among the lowest in donors per capita for official development assistance worldwide, even though the totals are larger. According to the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development of 30 wealthy nations, the United States gives the least -- at 0.14 percent of its gross national product, compared with Norway, which gives the most at 0.92 percent.
|Ten-Foot Poll on Pot---RESULT|
10am-11pm Wed 12/29/2004
What should the Texas penalty be for possession of 2 ounces or less of marijuana?
would treat early ejaculation
Johnson & Johnson seeks FDA approval for sexual
dysfunction medication that could reap billions in sales Background:
presentations at annual meeting of the American Urological
Lake LBJ hit-and-run boat driver fired
Andy Borowitz PARIS HILTON VOWS TO BE MORE ANNOYING IN 2005 Takes Aim at Britney's 'Most Annoying' Crown
Man burns down home over no gifts
29 die in insurgent trap Insurgents lured police to a house in west Baghdad with an anonymous tip about a rebel hideout, then set off explosives, killing at least 29 people
Navy SEALs sue AP over Iraq prison photos
Veterans needing quick cash sign over pensions, pay horrific interest Schemes are probably illegal Mr. Jones signed over his $1,000-a-month military pension for the next five years, a total of $60,000. That is the equivalent of paying interest at a rate of 56 percent a year.
For US, new hurdles on way to Iraqi vote A key factor in determining the legitimacy of elections is the participation of the minority Sunni population.
tab $1.1 billion for half a year As President
Bush campaigned for reelection pledging to protect doctors
and insurance companies from patient lawsuits while
easing the tax burden on businesses, industry groups
spent record amounts of money lobbying to influence
the White House, Congress and their constituents.
Court rules Harrah's Reno casino bartender was justly fired for refusing to wear makeup
Canada may halt internet U.S. drug sales
Missouri will allow fishing with your bare hands
Southwest and Jet Blue slash fares
Man arrested after peeing into stranger's gas tank
Road rage attack on roller skiiers by 77-year-old
Man kisses car for 54 hours
Dogs to get facelifts on new reality show
Friday, December 31
Survivors fight over packs of noodles
|As tsunami death toll passed 100,000, one of the biggest relief efforts came to life as ships, helicopters and planes were sent from around the globe.|
area local newspaper (English) Jakarta
Large python saved lives As she struggled for her own life and that of the twins, she said a large snake as long as a telephone pole approached her. She and the nine-year-olds rested on the reptile, which was drifting along with the current.
Internet providing instant donations Americans are finding an instantaneous way to reach out to tsunami victims via their home computers.
WHO says bodies not health threat "Dead bodies do not pose any health threat, but they feed fears and can divert precious attention and resources from effective relief efforts."
Comal sweetens Home Depot bait County commissioners join New Braunfels city officials in offering Home Depot 50 percent rebate on sales taxes for 10 years.
Carlin still scheduled for Corpus Christi Although he is entering drug rehab, the show March 10 at American Bank Center Selena Auditorium will go on.
Laser beams hit planes over Cleveland and Colorado Springs
Thieves steal $10,000 in toys from Alvin storage unit
Company makes apparel out of fur from living pets
Faulty signals common at US rail crossings Peggy Wilhide, a spokeswoman for the Association of American Railroads [said] "I would put our safety record up against any industry"
Republicans to make ethics inquiries harder to start
Christmas Snow photo archives from Victoria Advocate
WARNING: SATIRE Top Scientists Warn: Sea Gods Angry Washington, DC - Pointing to the devastating weekend Indian Ocean tsunami that left over 24,000 dead, an international blue ribbon committee of climatologists and ecoscientists today issued a stark warning that man-made pollutants have increasingly "make water spirits angry."
Falloujans jolted by city's condition Refugees eager to return change their minds after seeing the ruin. Will balloting be feasible?
25 insurgents killed attacking US Mosul outpost
Memorial for soldiers at Fort Lewis The Christmas presents he had promised to send her, the ones she had promised not to open until he came back from the war, made it all the way to Tumwater from Iraq.
The box arrived at the house near this military base a few days before Dec. 25. It was a delivery that might have offered Stephaine VanKomen some proof, if only imagined, that her husband would be coming back to watch her open them. But he was not coming back: on that same day, 30 minutes before the postman came with presents, the Army came to tell her he was dead.
Baghdad house blown up after police enter Insurgents lured police to a house in western Baghdad and then set off a powerful explosion that killed at least 28 people late Tuesday night, including three families whose homes were completely flattened in the blast, officials said Wednesday.
Honk! The quiet progress of Iraq. Many Iraqi families have been able to afford cars as the government has doubled the salary of its million or so workers.