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  • Despite the headlines, most people are 'inherently decent'

    Despite the headlines, most people are 'inherently decent'

    Many years ago, while my wife and I were back in India for about a decade, we lived for a year in the city of Ghaziabad, near Delhi. Our house, a single-family bungalow, shared a wall with a friendly Muslim family: the Rahmans, perhaps the only Muslim family in our neighborhood. A low wall separated...

  • Where's the outrage over mass shootings?

    Where's the outrage over mass shootings?

    Following two of the deadliest shootings in U.S. history — where 26 were killed and 20 injured at a church in Texas this month, and 58 were killed and 546 injured at a concert in Las Vegas the month before — we find ourselves in familiar territory in the gun debate: inaction. Briefly, it looked...

  • Goldberg: Roy Moore's supporters chalk up scandal to conspiracy

    Goldberg: Roy Moore's supporters chalk up scandal to conspiracy

    I'll cut to the chase: I think Roy Moore did it. And I can predict what Moore supporters will say: "Of course you would believe that!" After all, I called for conservatives to repudiate Mr. Moore, the Alabama Republican candidate for the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions, before the Washington...

  • Pitts: As if you're not worried enough ... enter Brett Talley

    Pitts: As if you're not worried enough ... enter Brett Talley

    You are not worried enough. Granted, that may seem a nonsensical claim. Assuming you don't belong to the tinfoil hat brigades who consider Donald Trump the greatest thing to hit 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue since Abraham Lincoln left for the theater, you've spent the last year worrying as much as you...

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  • Rehoboth Beach, Del., doubles residential rental tax

    Rehoboth Beach, Del., doubles residential rental tax

    A popular Delaware beach town has voted to double its tax on residential rentals. The City of Rehoboth Beach announced Saturday that its commissioners approved an increase on the rental tax from 3 percent to 6 percent. The tax applies to places like bed and breakfasts, condos, cabins and rentals...

  • Record growth continues at port of Baltimore

    Record growth continues at port of Baltimore

    The port of Baltimore set another record for cargo volume, handling more than half a million more tons of cargo in the first nine months of the year than it ever had before. The Maryland Port Administration reported that its public marine terminals imported and exported just over 8 million tons...

  • Tenable to relocate to new building in downtown Columbia

    Tenable to relocate to new building in downtown Columbia

    Tenable, the fast-growing cybersecurity company based in a Columbia office park, plans to relocate its headquarters to an urban-style campus in downtown Columbia and add hundreds of employees in the next few years. The expansion, expected in 2019, will bolster the Baltimore-Washington region’s...

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  • Instant analysis from the Ravens' 23-0 win over the Packers in Green Bay

    Instant analysis from the Ravens' 23-0 win over the Packers in Green Bay

    How our reporters and editors saw the Ravens’ 23-0 win over the Packers in Green Bay Sunday: Jeff Zrebiec, reporter: The Ravens might not face as inept as a quarterback the rest of the way as Brett Hundley but this indeed is how they’re going to win. Hit the quarterback, force turnovers and give...

  • No. 1 St. Frances pulls away from No . 8 Gilman in MIAA A Conference football final, 44-7

    No. 1 St. Frances pulls away from No . 8 Gilman in MIAA A Conference football final, 44-7

    Gilman managed to stall the St. Frances football juggernaut for a little while in Sunday’s Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship. In the second half, however, there was no stopping the No. 1 Panthers. With their size, strength and depth, the Panthers (12-0) have...

  • Martin Truex Jr. wins the NASCAR Cup championship

    Martin Truex Jr. wins the NASCAR Cup championship

    Martin Truex Jr. capped the most successful season of his journeyman career as NASCAR's champion. Truex wrapped up his first Cup title Sunday night by winning at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where he beat Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski for the championship. All but Truex were former...

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  • Robert E. Lee portrait moved from hometown City Hall to museum

    Robert E. Lee portrait moved from hometown City Hall to museum

    The city of Alexandria, Va., has quietly removed a portrait of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that hung on the wall of the City Council chambers for 54 years, relocating it to the Lyceum, a local history museum. Mayor Allison Silberberg, a Democrat, called the museum "a more appropriate place"...

  • Many Christian conservatives are backing Alabama's Roy Moore

    Many Christian conservatives are backing Alabama's Roy Moore

    Alabama's Christian conservatives see Roy Moore as their champion. He has battled federal judges and castigated liberals, big government, gun control, Muslims, homosexuality and anything else that doesn't fit the evangelical mold. The Republican Senate candidate has long stood with them, and now,...

  • Tax bill reflects rift between many Republicans, higher education

    Tax bill reflects rift between many Republicans, higher education

    Ending a tax deduction for interest paid on student loans. Raising taxes for more than 100,000 graduate students who receive tuition waivers. Imposing a levy on endowments at certain private colleges and universities. These actions are anathema to higher education leaders across the country. Yet...

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  • Coalition urges limit when officers can view own body camera footage

    Coalition urges limit when officers can view own body camera footage

    As more police departments use body cameras, a coalition of civil rights groups is raising concerns about officers’ unrestricted access to view their own footage, saying it can affect their memory of events. The Baltimore County Police Department is among the agencies that allow the practice, according...

  • Troubled Spring Grove lacks required citizens advisory board

    Troubled Spring Grove lacks required citizens advisory board

    State law is clear: Every psychiatric hospital operated by the Maryland Department of Health must have a citizens advisory board to help consult with its administrators. Each does except one — the troubled Spring Grove Hospital Center in Catonsville. By law, the advisory board at Spring Grove is...

  • FBI data shows decrease in hate crimes in Maryland, but State Police says numbers are flawed

    FBI data shows decrease in hate crimes in Maryland, but State Police says numbers are flawed

    The number of hate crimes rose nearly 5 percent across the country in 2016, according to new data released by the FBI this past week. It marks the second year in a row hate crimes have increased. In Maryland, however, hate crimes have decreased 14 percent, according to the data. Experts caution...

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