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1:20pm

Tue April 19, 2011
The Two-Way

Houston Kindergartner Reportedly Brings Gun To School; Three Injured

Details are still coming in from Houston, where the Chronicle's main headline at this moment is "Kindergartner's Gun Injured 3 At Houston School."

Local TV station KPRC says that "three children were injured [this morning] when a gun brought to an elementary school by a 6-year-old discharged."

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1:12pm

Tue April 19, 2011
The Two-Way

Iranian Lawmakers Propose Ban On Owning Pet Dogs

Dogs have increasingly become a part of the culture war in Iran: Traditionally Iranians in urban areas haven't had dogs, because they're thought to be dirty. But as Western culture crept in, more and more people — in Tehran, especially — began keeping them as pets.

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1:03pm

Tue April 19, 2011
The Two-Way

Report: Job Growth In 47 States Over Past Year

Though the unemployment rates in most states changed little last month vs. February, the Bureau of Labor Statistics offers this additional data that signals there's been at least some improvement in the labor market over the longer term:

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12:40pm

Tue April 19, 2011
The Two-Way

Rescuers Trying To Reach Idaho Miner Forced To Take Longer Route

Falling rock and the ongoing threat of more rock falls have forced rescuers to give up on the direct route to 53-year-old Larry Marek, who has been trapped in an Idaho silver mine since Friday.

Rescuers had been trying to dig through the rubble that fills a mine tunnel more than a mile underground. But a relatively small, remotely-controlled mucking machine was only able to make 40 feet of progress in three days.

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12:38pm

Tue April 19, 2011
Opinion

Breathing Life Into Bland, Blunt Birth Certificates

Jake Halpern teaches journalism at Yale University.

President Obama's birth certificate, the one that his campaign released in 2008, is one seriously boring document. It tells us almost nothing about his actual birth — other than the bare-bones details. I assumed all certificates were like this until one day, a few weeks ago, when my dad discovered his father's birth certificate — which was issued in Poland, 107 years ago.

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