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Rain Expected, Free Sandbags Available

Weather forecasters now predict a wetter-than-normal winter with the return of El Niño. Stormy weather over the Thanksgiving weekend also served as a reminder to prepare for the fast-approaching winter rainy season.

Weekly Wrap: Taxpayers in 29 States Hit with Hikes

Eleven states upped their personal income taxes, accounting for $10.7 billion in new revenue. But a closer look reveals that most of that comes from just two states: California and New York, which raised payroll taxes for a combined $8.4 billion. California also accounted for $4.4 billion of the $6.1 billion in new sales taxes nationally.

Weekend Eight Greats: December Nights and Nearly-naked Aussies

During a Vegas bachelorette weekend (yes, I was a bridesmaid), I pulled myself out of a vodka-induced coma long enough to accompany the girls to Thunder From Down Under. The Aussie strippers (umm, adult entertainers?) don’t go Full Monty (and if they did, I must have missed it!), but they’re charming, and the interactive show is a riot.

Lawmakers Propose Carve-out to 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Congressman Alcee Hastings (D-FL) yesterday introduced legislation to allow gay members of the armed forces to testify openly at Congressional hearings. If it becomes law, it will allow gay troops to testify openly without risk of discharge or other punishment.