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Gun safety starts with finger off the trigger

Tue, 15 Feb 2011 22:41:01 EST

Learning the ropes of safely carrying a concealed weapon is one thing. Feeling comfortable about it could take time.

Socked by the economy, it's time for blacks to wise up

Wed, 09 Feb 2011 11:11:00 EST

Where do we go from here, black America? An economic levee breaks, sweeping away millions of our homes, jobs, cars and savings accounts. It's a Wall Street hurricane, and black communities throughout the country are being submerged in a torrent of red ink.

Snyder's devil is in the details - and a name

Sun, 06 Feb 2011 22:39:00 EST

Psst, Dan Snyder, ready to kick some behind? Want to get even with the jerks who say all you care about is money and not building a winning football franchise? Then huddle up, buddy. Let's put some points on the board.

How can the state of the union be sound if our minds are not?

Tue, 25 Jan 2011 22:09:05 EST

President Obama understandably could not mention everything to Congress on Tuesday night. But to really convey the state of the union, you have to say at least a thing or two about our state of mind.

A husband in the eye of Amy Chua, the Tiger Mother

Sun, 23 Jan 2011 21:54:00 EST

Suppose you discovered before tying the knot that your sweetheart would someday morph into a screaming, nagging nana known as a "tiger mom." Would you marry her anyway? Heck, no.

Oldest African American, and one of my church ladies, carried no anger, no stress

Tue, 18 Jan 2011 22:24:03 EST

Mississippi Winn usually sat in the pew in front of my parents, my two sisters and me at the Avenue Baptist Church in my home town, Shreveport, La. If I had known that she'd become the oldest living African American in the country, I might have at least spoken to her more often, not just nod and...

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After Tucson tragedy, how long will the goodwill last?

Sun, 16 Jan 2011 22:52:00 EST

Where had all the civility gone before the rampage in Arizona, this newfound cordiality that 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green never got to see? It's as if we keep our good-heartedness on ice - only to be thawed in case of emergency.

For MLK's birthday, the gift of love from a 9-year-old girl

Tue, 11 Jan 2011 22:38:01 EST

Well, Martin Luther King Jr., another birthday approaches. So let's open a few presents, see what your friends sent this year - starting with that box from Nonviolence postmarked Tucson.

After 'armed and dangerous' messages, who bears responsibility for violence?

Mon, 10 Jan 2011 19:10:01 EST

Where are John Boehner's tears now? You'd expect a man who cries at the drop of a hat to at least show some emotion over the mass shootings in Arizona. But while addressing the tragedy at a news conference Sunday, the newly elected House speaker was as dry as tumbleweed.

It's time once again to tell Washington's football team to ditch the 'Redskins' racist moniker

Tue, 04 Jan 2011 20:25:01 EST

After a recent visit to the National Museum of the American Indian on the Mall, I'm wondering how much longer our city will tolerate having a football team known as "Redskins."

A lost dog is finally home for Christmas: Coincidence, luck or something more?

Fri, 24 Dec 2010 18:21:07 EST

Willis, the long-lost Clumber spaniel, was in just about the worst pickle a dog could be in: Lost, hundreds of miles from home, he had been put on the equivalent of death row at the Tri County Animal Shelter in Hughesville, Md.

8-year-old Cheyenne Browne's selfless act inspires Post readers' generosity

Fri, 17 Dec 2010 22:03:03 EST

It was a typical Christmas wish list - but one that 8-year-old Cheyenne Browne had drawn up with uncommon longing: a firetruck, police car and Barbie doll.

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Charles County sheriffs help make girl's Christmas merrier, despite loss of her firefighter father

Sun, 05 Dec 2010 20:12:02 EST

Thanks to the Charles County Sheriff's Office, 8-year-old Cheyenne Browne has pretty much everything she wants for Christmas - a new dress, jeans, pajamas, sneakers and boots.

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Obama, the Great Placator, needs to throw some elbows

Tue, 30 Nov 2010 22:23:01 EST

Watching President Obama walk back to the White House with a busted lip from a recent basketball game, I was hoping he would step toward the TV cameras and show off his scar. Taste the blood in his mouth, tell us that he'll just have to take it out on the Republicans or something.

Hard time and testimonials

Tue, 23 Nov 2010 19:37:01 EST

I've been hearing testimonials from celebrated black ex-offenders lately about how going to prison may have been the best thing that ever happened to them. And, frankly, it makes me queasy.

Jack Johnson and my secret Prince George's shame

Sun, 21 Nov 2010 19:58:00 EST

As a resident of Prince George's County, I am so embarrassed by the arrest of County Executive Jack B. Johnson that I don't even want people to know I live there. So I'm looking for a place where citizens aren't shamed by scandal.

Westboro church's message of hate crosses the free-speech line

Tue, 16 Nov 2010 22:18:02 EST

When the family of Marine Lance Cpl. Terry E. Honeycutt Jr. arrived for his funeral at a church in Charles County on Monday, thousands of flag-waving supporters were there to greet them. Hopefully, the outpouring made the Honeycutts feel better after driving past those six hateful protesters who...

Get real, G-men. Only an idiot would do what the FBI says Johnson did.

Sun, 14 Nov 2010 19:21:00 EST

Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson ought to have a fairly easy time getting the charges against him dropped. It's obviously a case of mistaken identity. Only a nincompoop would do what the FBI alleges he did.

After Perry's 'Colored Girls,' there's plenty of bashing to go around

Tue, 09 Nov 2010 21:51:02 EST

Tyler Perry fans are calling me a "Perry hater" because I criticized his new movie, "For Colored Girls." But check out what some of his defenders are saying - and tell me who's hating whom.

For black men who have considered homicide after watching another Tyler Perry movie

Mon, 08 Nov 2010 17:30:00 EST

Can anyone name a movie that came out recently starring a black man who wasn't a sociopath? Someone who had a terrific screen presence, like a young Paul Robeson? And he portrayed a character who was complex and fully drawn? Did he respect black women, too?

At 100, D.C. voter still going strong

Tue, 02 Nov 2010 19:54:04 EDT

Alma M. Coleman, who is 100 years old, got up early Tuesday, washed up, dressed up, fixed breakfast and then headed off to vote in the D.C. general election. No time to waste. She had the hang of this thing called life and wanted to savor every senior moment.

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A mayor from the past ponders Gray's future

Tue, 05 Oct 2010 19:39:00 EDT

I chatted over coffee the other day with former D.C. mayor Anthony Williams, who is widely credited with transforming the city and setting the stage for ramped-up school reform. Raised a few questions about the future of all that; here's how it went:

D.C. schools' evaluation rules, IMPACT, can't measure all the good teachers do

Tue, 28 Sep 2010 22:30:01 EDT

Using the D.C. public schools' new teacher evaluation guidelines, called IMPACT, I've been doing a little reviewing of my own. When it comes to those old-school teachers I've met through the years, could this new system have accurately gauged the artistry that they used to turn many a student's l...

Rhee needs to take a look in the mirror

Sun, 26 Sep 2010 22:24:00 EDT

Listening to D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday, I noticed a familiar refrain. She readily accepts credit for success while always attributing failure to the shortcomings of others.

A vile caldron of hatred

Tue, 21 Sep 2010 22:41:04 EDT

Why do so many people seem to be hoping that the presumptive D.C. mayor-elect Vincent Gray will fail? Predicting it. Betting on it. Declaring that his victory in the Democratic primary last week was "devastating" to black children and that the city is already heading "backwards."

D.C. election didn't just unseat abrasive Mayor Fenty. It was a populist revolt.

Thu, 16 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDT

In a stunning repudiation of divisive, autocratic leadership, District residents Tuesday toppled the city's ruling troika: Mayor Adrian Fenty, Attorney General Peter Nickles and Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee. All busted up. The trio's contempt for everyday people was handed back to them in spades.

Despite Rhee's missteps, her egalitarian vision for schools inspires

Mon, 13 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDT

From its birth in 1790, the District has inspired grand visions of a more perfect union among diverse peoples. Even the landscape has been infused with our common striving; a design by French architect Pierre L'Enfant intended "principally to connect each part of the city," as he put it, "by maki...

Mary Cheh's endorsement of Vincent Gray is a hard sell for Ward 3 voters

Wed, 08 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDT

When D.C. Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) endorsed Council Chairman Vincent Gray for mayor last week, a lot of her constituents were shocked and dismayed. "I've gotten more negative than positive reaction, that's for sure," said Cheh, whose ward is predominately white and well-to-do, and a st...

Rhee's appearance at D.C. Mayor Fenty's rally shows disregard for law

Mon, 06 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDT

"I'm here as a private citizen," D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee said at Saturday's campaign rally for Mayor Adrian M. Fenty. "I consulted with my lawyer, and he told me it was okay to be here as a private citizen."

Mess with Washington at your own peril, Hurricane Earl

Wed, 01 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Come on, Hurricane Earl, take your best shot. Brush up against us; make high clouds over Washington. We don't much like weather around these parts. And if you so much as send a band of tropical rain our way, we'll go grocery shopping on you. We mean business, Earl. Ever heard of Storm Tracker, Li...

Beware the wolf and its twisted call

Mon, 30 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

And it came to pass that a sign of the end times appeared as Glenn Beck in the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s clothing. And as he reveled in the rapture of his own twisted dreams, not everyone could see that he bore the mark of the wolf and was, in fact, the Anti-King.

Adrian Fenty's snubs of black women make a win at the polls unlikely

Wed, 25 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

How did D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty lose the love of so many black women -- the most faithful and forgiving constituents a black man in public office can have? The answer: He worked at it, went out of his way to snub and disrespect even the most revered sisters of distinction.

We can't say the N-word, but how should we write it?

Mon, 23 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The Macon Telegraph in Georgia calls it "the iniquitous N-word."

Fenty's an arrogant 'bonehead' in this wise woman's book

Wed, 18 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

On a recent Sunday afternoon, 84-year-old Minnie Green invited me to sit a spell at her home in Northwest Washington. Just to chat and chuckle about the D.C. mayor's race. Nothing like the wit and wisdom of someone who has lived long enough to tell wheat from chaff.

As bad as the Metro melee was, it could've been much worse

Wed, 11 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Fisticuffs? Dozens of people get into a fight in downtown D.C. and everybody turns out to be a pugilist or kickboxer? No guns, no knives, no deaths; a melee without mayhem on a Metro subway car? Looks like progress to me.

'D.C. Housewives,' get real: You're no Michelle Obama

Mon, 09 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

So, first lady Michelle Obama leaves town for a vacation in Spain -- and in come these tawdry Washington housewives, dominating public discourse and TV ratings, pretending to take her place.

Gun safety training leaves much preparedness to be desired

Wed, 04 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

As a first step toward getting a permit to carry a concealed handgun in Virginia, I recently completed a state-approved firearms safety class. Might as well get my Roscoe and shoulder holster ready because I nailed that test.

With the conversation turning to race, Obama and Steele need to talk

Wed, 28 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Not so long ago, President Obama and Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele were being hailed as the post-racial hope of our times. But the two black men soon became mired in racial muck. Circumstances cried out for them to meet and have their own conversation about race.

WWII hero Vernon Baker fought fascism over there, racism at home

Wed, 21 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

With the death last week of Medal of Honor recipient Vernon J. Baker, who was 90, the time has come to heed his final commands: You don't have to remember him as a hero, the retired Army lieutenant told me during a visit to Washington in 1997; just don't forget the sacrifices made by African...

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D.C. police chief transcends race and gender in serving the city

Sun, 18 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier had taken a dinner break Friday while checking up on officers deployed for All Hands on Deck, her controversial crime-stopping tactic, which saturates the city with a highly visible police presence.

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A vote for doing away with race-based politics

Wed, 14 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

White: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East or North Africa.

For a soldier's mother, only the loss is certain

Wed, 07 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

There is much about the war in Afghanistan that Hannah Lewis still does not know -- the location of Vashir City, for instance, where her son was killed in 2007.

In Clarence Thomas's gun rights opinion, race plays a major role

Wed, 30 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

He hardly ever speaks during oral arguments, often appearing asleep on the bench. But in his written opinion Monday supporting the right to bear arms, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas roared to life.

Tolerance of white militias exemplifies racial double standard

Wed, 23 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Imagine that the inauguration of President George W. Bush had sparked an explosive rise in African American militia groups. Suppose thousands of heavily armed black men began gathering at training camps in wooded areas throughout the country, devising military tactics for "taking back their count...

Taking a hard line on BP

Wed, 16 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

How could anybody pump gas at a BP filling station these days? Look closely at their logo. That's no environmental green and sunny yellow circle. It's a toxic, flesh-eating spore. Just touching one of their slimy nozzles ought to be enough to make you hurl.

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Go-go icon Lil' Benny could teach some politicians about character

Mon, 14 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Anthony "Lil' Benny" Harley had a band that played go-go music. That's D.C.'s homegrown yard song, with echoes of African drumming that drives free-form hip-hop horns. It'll make you dance until your clothes are wringing wet.

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Wed, 09 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Courtland Milloy is away. His column will resume when he returns.

Obama can't seem to catch a break on his oil spill response

Wed, 02 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

So now the rap on President Obama is that his response to the oil spill along the Gulf Coast hasn't been heartfelt enough. He comes off as emotionally detached, critics say, and, by the way, isn't it a pity that the white folk from the coastal red states who never wanted a black man in the White ...

District's XL effort in encouraging safe sex should be applauded

Wed, 26 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

You have to credit the makers of Trojan Magnum condoms. Using blinglike gold packaging and capitalizing on mentions by rap artists, the super-size Magnum XL has become the condom of choice throughout urban America.

D.C. victims do better than get even with vandals

Wed, 19 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The code of the street called for payback. When vandals trashed the Benning Terrace Soldiers youth football team headquarters in Southeast Washington on May 7, even some parents began expressing a desire to mete out vigilante justice.