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  • Seven Maryland professors grade the Obama presidency

    Seven Maryland professors grade the Obama presidency

    With just two days left in the 44th presidency, I asked seven college professors to grade Barack Obama’s two terms in the White House, for a companion piece to my Wednesday column. I have benefited greatly from knowing some of these astute and knowledgeable people for more than 30 years. I developed...

  • Attention, ex-offenders: Click here and get help staying out of trouble

    Attention, ex-offenders: Click here and get help staying out of trouble

    I feel like I’ve been saying this for 10 years -- actually, it will be 12 years in June since I first started writing on this subject in a sustained way -- but if Baltimore wants to reduce violent crime and crime generally, the state of Maryland has to do a better job of preparing offenders for...

  • New Baltimore City Council a bright spot in a lousy year of politics

    New Baltimore City Council a bright spot in a lousy year of politics

    In a year when American politics hit rock-bottom — only 30 percent of voters in a recent Pew Research Center poll gave President-elect Donald J. Trump an A or B grade for the way he conducted himself during the campaign — it might seem odd to look to politics for bright spots. With eyes so jaundiced,...

  • Roughly Speaking podcast: Celebrating the winter solstice with Pat Montley (episode 189)

    Roughly Speaking podcast: Celebrating the winter solstice with Pat Montley (episode 189)

    In this podcast:   On Wednesday, the first day of winter, there will be a celebration of the solstice at First Unitarian Church in Baltimore — and, of course, it will be celebrated all around the world. Druids, Wiccans, Pagans and Neopagans everywhere will be hanging the evergreens and mistletoe,...

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  • The big 'ifs' that hold Baltimore back

    The big 'ifs' that hold Baltimore back

    I know: The shootings and homicides continue at an insane pace. But almost every time I turn a corner in Baltimore, I see scaffolding. Or I look up from a walk-and-talk on my smartphone to spot shiny steel framing in new buildings, or in the additions to old ones. From Greenmount West to the Johns...

  • Obama approval would be even higher in less polarized nation

    Obama approval would be even higher in less polarized nation

    Over the last eight years, I've listened to (and read many emails from) people who blasted away at President Barack Obama in the most hostile terms, and without specifics, which always led me to conclude — too many times, I'm sorry to say — that the complainant's issues were more visceral than...

  • 'We did everything we could, Chief'

    'We did everything we could, Chief'

    By the time their chief arrived, firefighters from Engine Company 54 and Truck Company 30 had knocked the fire down, but not before the fire had knocked most of the house down, with the six Malone children inside. There were still hot spots in the charred and smoldering ruins of the house on Springwood...

  • In Baltimore, progress by decrees

    In Baltimore, progress by decrees

    Good thing Baltimore and the U.S. Justice Department will finish a consent decree on policing before Inauguration Day. With Alabama's Jeff Sessions likely to become U.S. attorney general, there's no guarantee he would stay on the path established by his predecessor. Sessions is not a fan of consent...

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