One was a former Marine with a strong law-enforcement pedigree and an insatiable appetite. The other could often be found on a surfboard, earrings and ponytail garnering him a reputation as a hippie.
It’s no wonder that Texas Gov. Rick Perry has recently been the focus of speculation about whether he might run for president in 2012. Texas has been on an economic roll since 2001, creating far more new jobs than any other state in the nation even as its population increased to 25 million. Love him or hate him, Perry is in his fourth term in Austin and thus deserves a big chunk of the credit for many of the good things happening in the Lone Star State.
In Ken Garcia’s Thursday column, he reports Supervisor Sean Elsbernd’s view that the mayor’s pension reform plan (which saves The City much less money than Jeff Adachi’s pension reform plan) is still better — because the Adachi plan may be illegal. Elsbernd defends the mayor’s inferior plan by arguing that the Adachi plan impacts city employees’ vested pension rights by requiring increased contributions without giving the employees “commensurate compensation.”
Zheng, a 17-year-old high school student in China’s Anhui province, told a local newspaper “I wanted to buy an iPad 2 but could not afford it. A broker contacted me on the Internet and said he could help me sell one kidney for 20,000 yuan.” The kidney was removed and Zheng received the equivalent of some $3,000. His mother was surprised to see him bring home a costly Apple tablet and notified the authorities.
WHAT: The U.S. gave away a total of $1.4 billion in foreign aid during fiscal year 2010 to 16 countries that owned at least $10 billion of our Treasury securities, according to the Congressional Research Service.