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AL.com (AL)

by Sean Reilly and Joe Danborn

October 10, 2004

A high-profile federal crackdown on gun crimes is producing uneven results in Alabama, a new analysis has concluded.

The report singles out Alabama and three other Southern states -- all known as significant sources of illegally trafficked firearms -- that brought no prosecutions against gun dealers who broke the law.

St. Augustine Record (FL)

by Bryan Noonan

October 6, 2004

State law allows arrests and prosecution

A St. Augustine woman recently became the first county resident arrested this school year for allowing her grandchild to skip school, but she probably won't be the last, authorities said.

Black Hills Pioneer (SD)

by Dan Carlson

October 4, 2004

A public school teacher who spends his/her own money to purchase supplies, materials, texts, and learning aids for the classroom may deduct the money spent on those items on their itemized federal tax return.

Parents who educate their children at home with materials purchased using their own money may not deduct the cost of those materials on the family tax return. These parents are no less teachers than those working in a local school, but current tax laws treat them as if they are.

Washington Post

by Albert B. Crenshaw

October 4, 2004

For the third time in less than a month, the government this week lost a multimillion-dollar case in which a federal judge concluded that a deal that saved a company large sums of taxes had a legitimate business purpose and thus was not an illegal tax she

In two of the cases, the judges specifically told the Internal Revenue Service that if it has a problem with the outcomes, the solution lies with Congress, not the courts. In the most recent case, a U.S. district judge in Connecticut determined Monday that an arrangement by which General Electric Co., through subsidiaries and partnerships, shifted $310 million in income to two Dutch banks that don't pay U.S. taxes was not a sham and, as a result, GE was entitled to a $62 million tax refund.

Newark Star Ledger (NJ) - [Archive Subscription Required]

by John P. Martin

September 29, 2004

Teacher, psychologist and school janitor are among the latest arrests in global crackdown on Internet sites

Federal authorities arrested nine more New Jersey men yesterday in connection with downloading child pornography, the latest roundup in a global investigation that has charged nearly 1,000 people with arranging, viewing or profiting from the sexual exploitation of children.

by Assemblyman CHIVUKULA

September 27, 2004

Allows parents of dependent home-school children gross income tax credits for tuition expenses for certain gifted and talented distance learning classes.

Under the bill, a taxpayer is allowed a credit against the tax otherwise due for the taxable year pursuant to the "New Jersey Gross Income Tax Act," in an amount equal to 50% of the amount of tuition for a class or classes offered by a distance learning program for the gifted and talented paid by the taxpayer during the taxable year, not to exceed $750 of credit for each dependent child.

Tyler Morning Telegraph (TX)

by Kenneth Dean

September 23, 2004

Entrusted with education children, a former Tyler Independent School District substitute teacher was arrested Thursday for the sexual assault of a John Tyler student.

Antigone Overstreet, 39, of Tyler, was arrested by Tyler police after state District Judge Carole Clark issued a warrant, based on a police investigation, for the woman's arrest.

Jackson Citizen Patriot (MI)

September 23, 2004

A former Northwest High School teacher will spend a year in jail after pleading guilty to trying to lure an underage girl online.

As part of a plea agreement, Adam Goodrow received five years probation after pleading to one count in Wayne County Circuit Court in August. The arrest was part of an Internet sting.

by Assemblyman Diegnan, Assemblyman Barnes

September 13, 2004

Provides that children under care, custody or supervision of DYFS may not be home-schooled.

This bill provides that children under the care, custody or supervision of the Division of Youth and Family Services, including children placed in resource family homes or in kinship care homes, may not be home-schooled and are required to be enrolled in a public or nonpublic school.

lewrockwell.com

by Chris Powell

September 11, 2004

Lately, Democratic presidential contender John Kerry has been making laughable attempts to appeal to gun owners, despite his very clear record in favor of gun control.

This would probably be funnier if it weren't for the fact that Bush, too, has a very clear record of undermining the Second Amendment. Most supporters of gun rights seem to be oblivious to this, or at best only dimly aware. Pointing out the failure by Bush to protect the right to bear arms nearly always brings out the question "So you think Kerry would be better?" Obviously only those who agree with Sarah Brady think Kerry would be better on guns, but it would take some considerable effort for Kerry to do worse, as Bush has attacked gun rights in his domestic agenda, by Administration actions in the courts, and in his foreign policy.

      
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