February 29, 2016 |
All things being equal, Frederick Steiner probably would have stayed in Austin as dean of the University of Texas' prestigious architecture program. But last week, he announced he was leaving to take the identical job at the University of Pennsylvania's somewhat less-stellar design school. The deciding factor? Steiner didn't want to police a new Texas law allowing licensed gun owners to bring concealed weapons to class. Although gun-rights advocates have promised that the looser rules will keep college campuses safe from mass shooters, Steiner concluded that he would be better off in Philadelphia, where - let's be honest - the homicide rate is nothing to brag about.
January 23, 2014 |
Could headline-grabbing scenarios like those in Texas and California involving brain-dead patients happen here? Yes, experts say. First, Texas: Marlise Munoz, 33, was found by her husband, Erick, at 2 a.m. Nov. 26 on their 2-year-old son's bedroom floor. Her heart had stopped for perhaps an hour after a pulmonary embolism. Her husband began CPR, called 911. She was 14 weeks pregnant. Her family stated from the beginning - only confirmed by the hospital last week - that Munoz was brain-dead.
July 15, 2013 |
AUSTIN, Texas - Republican lawmakers passed a bill that would give Texas some of the nation's most restrictive abortion laws and force most of its clinics to close, leading Democrats to promise a fight over the contentious measure in the courts and at the ballot box. More than 2,000 demonstrators filled the Capitol building in Austin to voice their opposition to the bill, including six protesters who were dragged out of the Senate chamber by state troopers...
June 28, 2013
Transportation chief confirmed WASHINGTON - Anthony Foxx, mayor of Charlotte, N.C., was confirmed by the Senate, 100-0, to be transportation secretary Thursday. As secretary, Foxx, 42, will oversee the agencies within the department that regulate the nation's aviation, rail, transit, and highway systems, as well as auto safety. He replaces Ray LaHood, who campaigned against distracted driving and led the Obama administration's efforts to boost the economy by improving the nation's transportation.
June 27, 2013
WASHINGTON - Far-reaching immigration legislation cruised toward passage in the Senate as House Republicans pushed ahead yesterday on a different approach that cracks down on millions living in the United States illegally, rather than offering them a chance at citizenship. Presidential politics took a more prominent role in a long-running national debate as Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., tried to reassure conservatives that many of the criticisms of the bill, which he helped write, are "just not true.
June 26, 2013 |
AUSTIN, Texas - The Republican-dominated Texas Legislature pushed Monday to enact wide-ranging restrictions that would effectively shut down abortion clinics across the nation's second most-populous state, and Democrats planned an old-fashioned marathon filibuster to stop the final vote. After the House easily approved it Monday morning, the wide-ranging package of antiabortion measures was headed to the Senate. But with the special session scheduled to end at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, the clock presented a far bigger obstacle than the votes to win approval there.
January 23, 2013 |
HOUSTON - A fight Tuesday between two people led to a shooting at a Texas community college, where a maintenance man was caught in the crossfire and wounded, officials said. One of the people involved in the fight had a student ID, and both people were wounded and hospitalized, Harris County Sheriff's Maj. Armando Tello said. A fourth person also was taken to a hospital with a possible heart attack, he said. The two people involved in the fight are considered people of interest, Tello said.
January 1, 2013 |
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas can cut off funding to Planned Parenthood's family planning programs for poor women, a state judge ruled Monday, requiring thousands to find new state-approved doctors for their annual exams, cancer screenings, and birth control. Judge Gary Harger said that Texas may exclude otherwise qualified doctors and clinics from receiving state funding if they advocate for abortion rights. Texas has long banned the use of state funds for abortion, but had continued to reimburse Planned Parenthood clinics for providing basic health care to poor women through the state's Women's Health Program.
October 3, 2012 |
In a week marking the 50th anniversary of civil rights pioneer James Meredith's defiance of angry mobs to become the first black student at the University of Mississippi, the Supreme Court is beginning a new term. Fittingly, race and higher education feature prominently on its calendar. Next week, the court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in a new diversity case, Fisher v. University of Texas . At issue is to what extent the university can consider race in undergraduate admissions.