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RAIN SATURATES DFW AREA, ONE DEATH REPORTED
by Trey Garrison    Mon, Mar 20, 2006, 02:55 AM

More than 5 inches of rain fell today in parts of North Texas, causing high-rising floodwaters that killed at least one person, the Associated Press reported.

Dallas police Sr. Cpl. Max Geron said the body of a woman was recovered about 6:30 p.m. in Turtle Creek. Her identity was not released but Geron said officials believed she died after her car was swept off the road and into the water.

"There are houses that have water coming in them, and there are cars that are submerged" across the Dallas-Fort Worth area, said National Weather Service meteorologist Ted Ryan. He said at least two high water rescues were reported in Arlington.

The area has received 6 inches of rain since Friday, and more than 5 inches fell today near downtown Dallas, Ryan said. He said the storms were expected to continue through early Monday.

"Any more rain that falls ... is going to cause some tremendous flooding problems," Ryan said.

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BUSH CENSURE GETS SUPPORT IN NEWSWEEK POLL
by Scott Bennett    Mon, Mar 20, 2006, 01:52 AM

A Newsweek poll finds that 42% of the American people believe a "censure" of President Bush is in order over the issue of warrantless wiretaps. While 50% oppose such action the fact that a a majority of "independents" favor censure must be worrying to the White House.  Still, an overall majority of all voters and independents believe that such a censure would be done purely for partisan advantage.  Go figure.

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TRIAL LAWYERS BACK SHARP PLAN
by Scott Bennett    Mon, Mar 20, 2006, 01:47 AM

If Texas' leading law firms are in lock step opposition to the likely recommendations of Gov. Perry's tax overhaul commission headed by John Sharp the richest of Texas lawyers, the Texas Trial Lawyers Association are in lock step support.  The organization announced its support over the weekend.  The backing of the usually staunchly Democratic attorney group put Gov. Perry is the awkward position of having as an ally a group that appears to largely be funding the campaign of independent/Republican Carol Strayhorn. 

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MANUFACTURERS ONLY GROUP START IN AUSTIN
by Scott Bennett    Mon, Mar 20, 2006, 01:39 AM

While there is no shortage of business organizations in Austin a new one is about to be born.  Tomorrow the Texas Association of Manufacturers will kick itself off at a luncheon in Austin.  Acting Chairman Tony Bennett indicates that Texas is one of the nation's leading manufacturing states and that manufacturers frequently have different needs and interests than service industries.  He notes that the group will have the singular purpose of preserving and expanding manufacturing jobs in Texas.

The existing Texas Association of Business and Chambers of Commerce (TABCC) was created from a merger of the Texas Chamber and the Texas Association of Business which was previously known as the Texas Manufacturers Association.  The organizations have existed as one for nearly 15 years.  Besides direct members the TABCC represents about 150 local Chambers.  However, some major organiztions such as the Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce do not belong.

Bennett noted that the new organization will launch with 25 charter members representing a broad range of industries including pulp and paper, autos, snack foods, and chemicals. 

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FORMER IRAQI PRIME MINISTER SAYS COUNTRY ALREADY IN CIVIL WAR
by Special to DallasBlog.com    Sun, Mar 19, 2006, 03:26 PM

In an interview Sunday with BBC, Ayad Allawi (the former Prime Minister of Iraq) said that his country is in the midst of a civil war.  "It is unfortunate that we are in civil war.  We are losing each day as an average 50 to 60 people throughout the country, if not more.  If this is not civil war, then God knows what civil war is."  Allawi warned of the increasingly sectarian violence in his country and that his nation was moving towards "the point of no return".  He said that it was absolutely critical that there be a speedy formation of a government of national unity in order to avoid further chaos in his country.

Neither US nor British officials have acknowledged that a civil war in Iraq is imminent.

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KATRINA EVACUEES TO SWELL HOUSTON, DALLAS HOMELESS POPULATION
by Trey Garrison    Sun, Mar 19, 2006, 02:50 PM

Interesting piece this morning down at the Houston Chronicle on the looming boom in the homeless population, all thanks to the ongoing fallout from Hurricane Katrina.

Houston social workers figure that when FEMA funds run out - and let's keep in mind we're going on eight months since the hurricanes - Houston's homeless population will swell by 4,000-6,000 to a total of between 18,000 and 20,000.

Many New Orleans officials have sent the signal they're not that interested in getting back the folks who were already a drain on their economy before the hurricanes.

Dallas' current homeless population is estimated at 9,000. No word yet on how many New Orleans evacuees may join those ranks when FEMA funds run out, but we do have a large number of them.

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CORNYN, DELAY RESPOND TO JUSTICE O'CONNOR'S UMBRAGE
by Trey Garrison    Sun, Mar 19, 2006, 02:17 PM

You may have caught former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's somewhat over-the-top criticisms of congress members who dared to question some of the Supremes' decisions in the past couple of years. Between her comments and those of current Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, one might think judicial figures and their rulings are writs from Mount Olympus. (Maybe it's the robes.)

Todd Gillman over at the daily has a good piece that has two of Texas' congressional delegation -- Rep. Tom DeLay and Sen. John Cornyn -- responding to the comments. Link here, registration required.

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JERRY & T.O. & RAPPIN' & TAMPERIN'? by The Fish
by Mike Fisher    Sun, Mar 19, 2006, 12:18 AM

Now, I'm not saying Jerry Jones did any tampering here.

And I'm not saying Terrell Owens doesn't have a quick-and-efficient connection with a rapper who sounds suspiciously like Mike Jones. And I'm not saying a good webmaster can't re-format a website real fast-like. And I'm not saying a T-shirt maker can't print him up some blue No. 81's toot-sweet. And I'm not saying that T.O. isn't enough of a multi-tasker to have spend Saturday morning changing his entire football life while ALSO having his finger on the pulse of so many other T.O.-related business concerns. But when you check out T.O.'s website ... and when you listen to TerrellOwens.com's theme music. ... well, like I say, I'm not saying Jerry Jones did any tampering here. ...

 Except how did the lyrical Terrell Owens know he was going to get "$10 mil upfront,'' unless. ... ?

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T.O.'S A COWBOY; THE HOUSE OF CARDS by The Fish
by Mike Fisher    Sat, Mar 18, 2006, 06:55 PM

"Terrell,'' said Jerry Jones during Saturday's blockbuster announcement, "is emptying his bucket.'' Reporting from the Cowboys' T.O. press conference at Valley Ranch, The Fish finds out if there is anything but slime in that bucket. Click into the 'School of Fish' for more. ...

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GERMAN BIRTH RATE LOWEST IN EUROPE
by Tom Pauken    Sat, Mar 18, 2006, 06:15 PM

The UK Guardian newspaper reported this week that the "number of children born in Germany last year was the lowest since the end of the second world war...According to provisional figures, 680,000 babies were born in 2005, down from 1.36 million in 1964.

Meanwhile, the Muslim birth rate in Europe is three times higher than the non-Muslim one, according to Foreign Policy magazine.  The article, entitled " Europe's Muslim Street" goes on to state:  "If current trends continue, the Muslim population of Europe will nearly double by 2015, while the non-Muslim population will shrink by 3.5 percent."  Are we witnessing  the slow suicide of western civilization in Europe?

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