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In Texas, some students who show up late for class too many times, or just plain don't show up, are being sent to courtrooms instead of principals' offices, while other youngsters face heftier charges and fines for offenses that used to be handled by schools' internal disciplinary officers and structures.

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney launched his memoir this week, and on Tuesday, Lawrence Wilkerson, our Truthdigger of the Week, said he would be willing to testify in criminal court against Cheney should the opportunity ever arise.Lawrence Wilkerson, our Truthdigger of the Week, says he would be willing to testify in criminal court against Dick Cheney should the opportunity ever arise.

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The company formerly known as Blackwater (now renamed Xe Services) has agreed to pay $42 million in fines, thereby avoiding criminal charges for the hundreds of alleged export violations it committed as a leading private contractor in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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A British insurance price comparison service is predicting that use of social media could eventually lead to increases in home insurance premiums. Membership on Twitter or Facebook could become just another variable in determining costs, based on fears that such sites let potential criminals know when a user is not at home.

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We tearfully regret to inform you that an agreement that would legally extend the US imperial occupation of Iraq is at risk of falling apart, as Iraqi officials continue to make the audacious demand that U soldiers and mercenaries be subject to Iraqi law for crimes committed outside the scope of military operations.

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If you thought reality TV was only for wannabe warblers, petulant teens and bug-eating fetishists, guess again. The Department of Homeland Security, "as well as several other government agencies," according to The Hollywood Reporter, is working with ABC on a new "unscripted" show called "Border Security USA," brought to you, creepily enough, by the executive producer of "Big Brother."

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