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Baltimore City Council member: Police commissioner had to go

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:35:00 PST

Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis was let go this morning by Mayor Catherine Pugh. It was the right call.

I’ll share my own experience with Mr. Davis, which I think is indicative of what has happened in the department under his leadership. Seeking to play a useful role in police-community...


Cal Thomas: Thanks, China (maybe)

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 03:00:00 PST

"When prosperity comes, do not use all of it." -- Confucius

Is China about to do the United States a big favor, however unwittingly?

According to Bloomberg, China is considering whether to slow, or even stop, purchases of U.S. Treasuries. At $3.14 trillion, China holds the world's largest foreign...


Mayor Pugh gets 'impatient' about Baltimore crime. It's about time.

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 07:50:00 PST

Mayor Catherine Pugh says she fired Police Commissioner Kevin Davis this morning because she is “impatient.” Violence is too high, she said, and the rate of shootings and murders isn’t going down fast enough. She gets no argument from us about that. Whatever his merits, Mr. Davis presided over...


Hawaii was panicked by a false missile alert. Could that happen in Maryland?

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 07:15:00 PST

On Saturday, Jan. 13, Hawaii suffered a false alarm that rocked Russell J. Strickland’s world. A warning went out statewide that a nonexistent nuclear missile strike was imminent. Roughly 38 minutes later, residents of the 50th state were alerted that it was all a mistake. Officials soon after...


Baltimore won't get HQ2, but neither will Montgomery County

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:35:00 PST

Take a quick look at the finalists for Amazon’s second headquarters, and one factor stands out: the nation’s capital. Montgomery County, Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C., itself are among 20 jurisdictions the company is considering for its “HQ2,” which comes with $5 billion in direct investment...


An act of cruelty at a Baltimore hospital, and an inhumane system everywhere

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:15:00 PST

There is no excuse or explanation for a woman to be escorted from a hospital emergency room by security guards and left at a bus stop wearing nothing but a hospital gown and socks on a near-freezing January night. The attorney now representing the woman calls that “cruel and inhumane,” and he’s...


Witcover: On edge in the age of Trump

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 11:55:00 PST

The false alarm in Hawaii over the weekend warning of an imminent nuclear attack had particular relevance in my family, because I have a cherished granddaughter going to graduate school there.

Also, television images of frantic Hawaiians seeking underground shelter or other havens brought back...


Baltimore's loss — and Amazon's

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 10:05:00 PST

Baltimore’s pitch for Amazon’s second headquarters was much like the one social activists made after the 2015 riots — if you want to change the world, this is the best place to do it. Trouble is, Amazon appears not to have been particularly interested in the potential for its proposed $5 billion,...


Making museums matter in the 21st century

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 03:00:00 PST

Museums in 2018 face a great crisis and a great opportunity, and they are one in the same: relevance. The historical assumption that museums extend to their audiences intrinsic value has been subjected to great pressure in recent years. Audiences are now asking why museums matter in the 21st century....


Alternative Fact of the Week: Crazytown

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 07:00:00 PST

Our view: Presidential prevarication reaches new heights, or lows, on the one-year anniversary of post-fact life at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

The check-up results are in: After one year in office, President Donald J. Trump has retained his ability to never let reality stand in his way. Some may...


Goldberg: Is diversity a strength, and should strength be a core value?

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 03:00:00 PST

What if diversity isn't our strength?

Sen. Lindsey Graham says he scolded the president for saying something scatological about certain countries and their emigrants. "Diversity has always been our strength," Mr. Graham allegedly said. By my very rough count, this makes Mr. Graham the bazillionth...


Could reducing alcohol access solve Baltimore's murder problem?

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 06:10:00 PST

Baltimore City leaders and communities have many potential solutions to address surging homicides, Among them: reducing the number of alcohol outlets.

Murder clusters around alcohol outlets. Each additional alcohol outlet in a census tract raises the homicide rate 1.6 percent. Nearly half of all...


Hawaii missile debacle illustrates importance of user interface in technology

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 03:00:00 PST

A week ago, one wrong click on a computer screen sent out an emergency alert to the people of Hawaii, telling them a missile strike was imminent. Of course, people panicked. It took more than half an hour for a correction to be made. Now, as blame is assigned and officials work to improve their...


Clearing out Baltimore's homeless — again

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 06:45:00 PST

Baltimore has cleared homeless encampments from its streets and underpasses many times before. Sometimes it’s been done brutally and suddenly, with people’s few belongings trashed. Sometimes the city has tried to be more sensitive, preceding the action with ample warning and efforts to connect...


Carroll County's civil action

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 10:15:00 PST

Who knew that Carroll County, where two decades ago the county commissioners refused to join a regional conversation about race relations (that all eight of the county’s municipalities had agreed to participate in, by the way), could demonstrate enlightenment on the subject — and, in the process,...


Pitts: Dr. King's words still ring true ... 61 years on

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 03:00:00 PST

A few words on the difficulty of voting while black.

As we mark what would have been his 89th birthday, it seems fitting to recall that Martin Luther King spoke to that difficulty in a 1957 speech whose words ring relevant 61 years later. "All types of conniving methods are still being used to...