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  • Witcover: The political earthquake in Alabama

    Witcover: The political earthquake in Alabama

    President Trump's late decision to go all-out for accused sexual predator Roy Moore in Alabama's Senate election has cost him greatly in terms of his own political credibility, and it has clouded his legislative prospects in dealing with the Congress controlled by his own party. Instead of a Moore...

  • Educating prisoners gives them — and their communities — a shot at a better future

    Educating prisoners gives them — and their communities — a shot at a better future

    Over the years, I have been blessed to spend time in thousands of classrooms across the country — including those in prisons and juvenile detention centers. Some of my most inspiring conversations have occurred in those rooms. In these profoundly moving discussions, I have been struck by how easily...

  • Alternative Facts of the Week: GOP tax bill edition

    Alternative Facts of the Week: GOP tax bill edition

    We struggle at times to narrow down our choice to just one Alternative Fact of the Week, and with Republicans in the House and Senate embracing a full divorce from reality in their rush to pass by Christmas a “compromise” tax bill that the American public roundly opposes, it was simply impossible....

  • Politics and the Mueller probe

    Politics and the Mueller probe

    Had Rod Rosenstein not chosen a career in law enforcement, he could have played a serviceable TV cop on “Dragnet.” Like the fictional Joe Friday, the deputy attorney general is unflappable, and he demonstrated that Wednesday when he told members of the House Judiciary Committee plainly and unwaveringly...

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  • When Curtis Bay was a hockey hotbed

    When Curtis Bay was a hockey hotbed

    Seventy-five years ago, Curtis Bay was a mecca for … ice hockey? Early on in World War II, the Coast Guard station there trotted out a team of American hockey stars, pro and amateur, whose wartime chores included lacing their skates for Uncle Sam. Thus, in November 1942 were the Coast Guard Cutters...

  • Virginia couple injured in Charlottesville rally take engagement photos in Baltimore

    Virginia couple injured in Charlottesville rally take engagement photos in Baltimore

    Virginia couple Marissa Blair and Marcus Martin were engaged in January and were looking to plan their wedding, but after a fateful day this summer, planning for their nuptials was no longer a priority. On Aug. 12, the couple were standing among the counter-protesters at a rally of white nationalists...

  • Baltimore children practice reading with dogs, learn compassion

    Baltimore children practice reading with dogs, learn compassion

    The gray and white pit bull sat in the center of the circle of fifth-graders. He listened attentively as the students took turns reading to him. At times, his droopy eyes appeared to lock with those of the readers. Four-year-old Knox is one of the “pet ambassadors” who travel to Westport Academy...

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  • As violence mounts, trust in Baltimore police wavers

    As violence mounts, trust in Baltimore police wavers

    Staggered by a succession of crises — civil rights violations, corruption convictions and the unsolved killing of a homicide detective — the Baltimore Police Department is closing out its dismal year with a depleted force struggling to contain soaring violent crime while also trying to restore...

  • U.S. health care spending growth slowed last year

    U.S. health care spending growth slowed last year

    U.S. spending on health care increased 4.3 percent last year to $3.3 trillion, or $10,348 per person, according to an annual report released last week by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The rate of spending slowed compared to the previous two years, the Baltimore-based agency reported....

  • Possibility of suicide in Baltimore Det. Sean Suiter case puts some family benefits on the line

    Possibility of suicide in Baltimore Det. Sean Suiter case puts some family benefits on the line

    The families of Baltimore police officers who are killed in the line of duty are eligible to receive a host of benefits: lump-sum payouts from the state and federal governments, a special pension arrangement, workers’ compensation. The value can be hundreds of thousands of dollars. But if investigators...

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