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  • The data collected would help shape policy in New York, but it would not be used in so-called high-stakes decisions, such as teacher hiring, firing and pay.

    States Ready Tests for Kindergarten

  • After years of skirmishing on the issue, Mr. Salmond's plan for the independence vote, including a target date for the ballot in the fall of 2014, set the stage for what some in Britain have described as a high-stakes constitutional poker game pitting Mr. Salmond against the British prime minister, David Cameron, with the prize the right to dismantle - or preserve - Britain's existence as a united country.

    NYT > Home Page

  • The two countries are now engaged in what you might call a high-stakes game of _ you guessed it _ chicken.

    KansasCity.com: Front Page

  • "The Night Circus" has elements of Harry Potter (magic), "Twilight" (forbidden romance) and the postapocalyptic young-adult trilogy "The Hunger Games" (a high-stakes competition).

    Conjuring the Next Harry Potter

  • Now, with her first novel coming out in September, she's at the center of the most high-stakes competition in the entertainment industry: the race to discover the next Harry Potter.

    Conjuring the Next Harry Potter

  • Known for its conservative approach to the high-stakes game of oil exploration, Exxon had kept mum on two 2009 and 2010 discoveries in the Hadrian prospect until it could resume drilling in the area after the end of a months-long exploration moratorium.

    Exxon's Billion-Barrel Secret

  • This high-stakes standoff is likely to spark a political, as well as legal, showdown between the federal government and the nation's largest oil company.

    Exxon, U.S. Government Duel Over Huge Oil Find

  • Carter plunges the reader into a boisterous, two-timing, high-stakes drama about the business of comedy at a sinking TV network that wanted to preserve a rare success – late night – in the worse way, and did.

    Conan vs. Jay: New Book Details 'War For Late Night' TV Dominance

  • The court already has slated high-stakes cases involving broadcast indecency, union dues, food-safety regulation and government tracking of suspects by GPS device.

    Court Conservatives Prevail

  • What Smith calls a "high-stakes political thriller" will be done in the Kreeger.

    Backstage: Arena Stage's 2011-12 season; Michael Kahn directs opera in Dallas

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