I listened to this during council yesterday for about as long as I could take it before I tuned out.
A developer wants to take its own property and do something less blighted with it (and yeah, horrors, make some money, that's what businesses do), and residents of these old run-down apartments are shocked to discover that a 12-month lease isn't a permanent claim.
I don't mean to be insensitive, but am I the only who just doesn't give a rip?
Zalmay KhalizadU.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalizad told the Los Angeles Times this week that the overthrow of Saddam Hussein opened a "Pandora’s box of ethnic and sectarian strife that has created the threat of civil war" in Iraq.
In his interview with the Times, the Ambassador warned that parts of Iraq would become a base for religious extremists if civil war broke out. The U.S. Ambassador emphasized the importance of the Shiites, Sunnis, and Kurds forming a national unity government in order to prevent the outbreak of a civil war.
The Dallas City Council approved a new policy to tow and impound the vehicle of any uninsured motorist who gets in a collision. The policy goes into effect in April.
While some like Councilman Leo V. Chaney argued the policy was a feel-good measure that wouldn't have any real affect on the number of uninsured motorists on Dallas roads, others said they were worried it would have a disproportionate impact on the poor.
But Councilman Mitch Rasansky said he thought the policy would benefit the poor. He argued that lower income drivers were less likely to have proper health insurance, and if they were hurt in an accident with an uninsured driver, they would be up the proverbial creek.
Rasansky further said he would have preferred impounding the car of any uninsured motorist for any violation, but was willing to accept the compromise.
The city kicked off a campaign to convince the producers of the feature film Dallas to film in Dallas. They hope to draw in as much as $30 million to the local economy if they can snag the production over top contenders like Calgary.
Sad reality is, it's unlikely to happen - except maybe some establishing shots filmed here - and let's be honest - Dallas starring John Travolta? This may stink worse than Battlefield: Earth. Still, can't win it unless you're in it.
Gov. Ann RichardsFormer Gov. Ann Richards has cancer of the esophagus and will undergo treatment at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. She will be treated at the MD Anderson Tumor Institute in Houston. The cancer is considered highly treatable.
The faction on the State Board of Education that includes conservatives David Bradley (R-Beaumont) and Terri Leo (R-Spring) has picked up one and maybe two seats. Cynthia Dunbar has won a vigorously contested race against Tony Dale for the seat of the retiring Cynthia Thornton (R-Round Top). In the other contested primary, former Rep. Ken Mercer is leading incumbent Dan Montgomery (R-Fredricksburg) but is hovering just below the 50 percent needed to avoid a runoff. Dunbar and Mercer are affiliated with the Bradley/Leo faction. If Mercer wins, that would give the faction seven of the 15 seats on the board, effective in Jan. 2007.
Robert NovakHere is what Robert Novak says today about a major rift between the Bush Administration and the Republicans in Congress:
"All the evidence suggests that the Bush Administration now has an all-out rebellion on its hands from the GOP Congress. This is not isolated in any single issue, such as the ports deal, but in fact extends to that and numerous other issues as well. Republican congressmen are tired of being bullied and ignored by a heavy-handed executive, and they are playing hardball with their President. Given his unpopularity, many of them find it useful to distance themselves from Bush anyway."
"In short, Bush has little leverage left within his own party, and his transformation to lame-duck status is all but complete. On all sides, conservative Republicans are working against him. The biggest visible difference between their conduct and that of a Democratic Congress is that they have not begun impeachment proceedings."