Wendy Davis' inspiring life story smooths over some details

DALLAS, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis' trailer park-to-Harvard Law School story is true in outline but mushy on details, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Abortion bill passes Texas House; goes to Senate

AUSTIN, Texas, July 10 (UPI) -- The Texas House, with opponents shouting from the gallery, overwhelmingly passed a bill Wednesday that would place new limits on abortion.

'Kinky Boots' leads Tony nominations with 13

NEW YORK, April 30 (UPI) -- Broadway's "Kinky Boots," with music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, led New York's Tony Award nominations with 13, followed by "Matilda: The Musical" with 12.

Web campaign aims to build 3rd U.S. party

BOSTON, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- A grassroots group says it will use the Internet to allow U.S. voters to help it select a third-party candidate for the 2012 presidential election.
Bill Clinton puts Democratic convention back on track

Bill Clinton puts Democratic convention back on track

WASHINGTON, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- The Democrats finally started sprinting on Night Three of their convention in Denver, with former President Bill Clinton and vice presidential pick Sen. Joe Biden giving Sen. Barack Obama the boost he so badly needed.

Austin Batfest may be scrubbed

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Opposition from a furniture store owner threatens what has become a tradition in Austin, Texas -- the city's annual celebration of bats.

Kinky Friedman to court Democratic support

FORT WORTH, Texas, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Former Texas gubernatorial candidate Kinky Friedman says he plans to run for the Democratic Party nomination for governor in 2010.

Late Gov. Anne Richards not for Kinky

HOUSTON, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- New York Post columnist Liz Smith stirred the Texas gubernatorial pot from across the country by writing the late Gov. Anne Richards supported Kinky Friedman.

Richards lies in state at Texas capitol

AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Laughter and tears marked the return of the body of former Texas Gov. Ann Richards to Austin to lie in state at the Texas Capitol. Former President Bill Clinton led a private ceremony in the Rotunda, where the popular politician lay in state Sunday, the A

Bush praises Richards

WASHINGTON, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- U.S. President George Bush Friday expressed his condolences over the death of former Texas Gov. Ann Richards, praising her as a real Texas politician.

Ann Richards dead of cancer at 73

AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Former Texas Gov. Ann Richards died Wednesday at her Austin home of esophageal cancer at the age of 73.

Texas ex-Gov. Richards battling cancer

HOUSTON, March 9 (UPI) -- Former Texas Gov. Ann Richards, 72, has disclosed she has esophageal cancer which will be treated at Houston's University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

West Virginia town to miss Martha Stewart

ALDERSON, W.Va., March 3 (UPI) -- Residents of the West Virginia town where Martha Stewart has been a federal prison inmate since October will miss the attention she has brought the community.

Filmmakers allege Rove behind Swift Boat ad

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- The makers of a documentary about Karl Rove allege the senior presidential adviser is the force behind the Swift Boat attacks on Democrat John Kerry.

Clinton supports Kerry fundraiser

WASHINGTON, March 16 (UPI) -- Former U.S. President Bill Clinton is headlining an effort to raise $10 million in 10 days for Sen. John Kerry's presidential race, the campaign says.

Feature: Turning first film into a career

LOS ANGELES, March 9 (UPI) -- Eric Saperston confounded conventional wisdom by making a successful first film without any actual training in the medium, and the project has now made him an i
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Dean announces key endorsements

DES MOINES, Iowa, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Howard Dean, the former Vermont governor running for U.S. president, has picked up the endorsement of two powerful ladies in the Democratic Party.

Democrat Turner to retire from House

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Jim Turner, D-Texas, said Thursday his current term in office would be his last.
PETER ROFF, UPI Senior Political Analyst

Ex-Bush ticketmate Lezar dies in Texas

DALLAS, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Harold J. "Tex" Lezar Jr., a Dallas lawyer who ran for lieutenant governor in 1994 on the GOP ticket with George W. Bush, died Monday of a heart attack. He was 55.

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include trumpeter Hank Lawson, in 1911; composer Betty Comden in 1915 (age 88); Pete Seeger, who was born in 1919 (age 84); Joe Ames of the Ames Brothers in 1924 (age 79); James Brown, in 1928 (age 75); Dave Dudley in 1928 (age 75); Engl
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for May 3-9.
By United Press International


A 23-year-old California film school graduate has been tapped to direct a redo of the classic movie "Bye Bye Birdie."
DENNIS DAILY, United Press International

Book Review: 'Bush's brain' is brain dead

WASHINGTON, March 23 (UPI) -- UPI's Book at a glance: Bush's Brain -- How Karl Rove Made George W. Bush Presidential by James Moore and Wayne Slater. Wiley, 395 pages, $27.95.
PETER ROFF, UPI National Political Analyst

Entertainment Today: Showbiz News

Critics are describing the British documentary "Living with Michael Jackson" as a journalist's attempt to understand, not exploit, his subject.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

UPI Political Roundup

President Bush on the hustings ... campaign ad controversies ... Ted Nugent for governor ... a digest of national election and campaign news from United Press International.
AL SWANSON, United Press International
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