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Baltimore's gun violence paradox

Baltimore City Police Commission Kevin Davis recently noted an unsettling fact. His department's arrests for gun crimes and officers' seizures of illegal weapons have increased significantly over this time a year ago, but the expected reduction in homicides and nonfatal shootings hasn't materialized....

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  • Was Hinckley treated fairly?

    Was Hinckley treated fairly?

    One of the more frightening human rights violations of the former Soviet Union was its practice of locking up political prisoners in psychiatric facilities. Such "punitive medicine" was practiced under Joseph Stalin's regime and continued through Leonid Brezhnev's days as general secretary. Psychiatry...

  • Opinion: Mosby was right to file charges, right to drop them

    Opinion: Mosby was right to file charges, right to drop them

    State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s decision to pursue charges against the officers involved in Freddie Gray’s arrest was the right one. His treatment and the circumstances surrounding his fatal injury while in custody raised serious questions about the legal standards to which we hold police, and...

  • The heat is on in Philly

    The heat is on in Philly

    Whether inside or outside the Wells Fargo Center, it's been a hot week in Philadelphia. Temperatures have reached the mid-90s or above each day, and that's without putting a thermometer to those jeering supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders at the Democratic National Convention. But for all the focus...

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  • Biofuels help protect the Chesapeake Bay

    As a boater from southern Maryland, I read Chris D. Dollar's latest boating column with interest ("Outdoors: Polish skills before tackling busy ramps," July 16). But he cited some inaccurate claims from the Boat Owners Association of the United States about ethanol-blended fuel. In reality, the...

  • How to keep the circulator bus rolling

    Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has said ridership on the Downtown Circulator buses is 13,000 a day ("Circulator detour ahead?" July 22). If each rider paid $1 for an all-day ride, that would be $4.75 million right there against the $6 million shortfall. There is no need to create "a whole fare...

  • Democratic double-dealing

    Democratic double-dealing

    Most Americans know now that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is above the law, and we now know that no matters what happens around the world, she did not care about the nine people killed in Germany last Friday because she needed to introduce her running mate. Now we know that the Democratic...

  • Praying for justice for McKenzie Elliott

    Praying for justice for McKenzie Elliott

    Monday, Aug. 1 is the 2nd anniversary of the death of McKenzie Elliott, the 3-year-old girl who was killed by a stray bullet while playing on her front porch on a Friday afternoon ("McKenzie Elliott's killer should be Public Enemy No. 1," March 25). No one in the community has come forward with...

  • Cardin takes on the fossil fuel industry

    Cardin takes on the fossil fuel industry

    We appreciate Sen. Ben Cardin's recent efforts to expose the vast network of organizations funded by the fossil fuel industry to undermine climate science research in an attempt to block action. We were pleased to see him join colleagues on the Senate floor to call out this polluter-funded web...

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  • 'Why are so many people afraid of black people?'

    'Why are so many people afraid of black people?'

    We're not going to spend a lot of time talking about what happened. Not that Austin Police Officer Bryan Richter's June 2015 takedown -- let's not dignify it by calling it an "arrest" -- of 26-year-old school teacher Breaion King is not worthy of discussion. As seen in a dashcam video unearthed...

  • Does Hillary get it?

    Does Hillary get it?

    Does Hillary Clinton understand that the biggest divide in American politics is no longer between the right and the left, but between the anti-establishment and the establishment? I worry she doesn't -- at least not yet. A Democratic operative I've known since the Bill Clinton administration tells...

  • Cause and effect

    Cause and effect

    In 1926, speaking about the Declaration of Independence on its 150th anniversary, President Calvin Coolidge noted the unique philosophy behind the creation of the United States: "We cannot continue to enjoy the result, if we neglect and abandon the cause." Speaking at a news conference in Baton...

  • Republican convention a showcase of rancor, poor taste

    Republican convention a showcase of rancor, poor taste

    The Republican National Convention to nominate Donald Trump for president had the usual hoopla. But it also was shrouded in questions concerning the very viability and future of the party itself. The efforts of anti-Trump delegates to release pledged delegates to vote their "conscience" was crushed...

  • Cop killers serve no cause

    Cop killers serve no cause

    How can anyone ever explain this to Mason? He's only 4 months old, so that moment still lies years in the future. Still, at some point, too soon, he will ask the inevitable questions, and someone will have to tell him how his dad was shot to death for being a police officer in Baton Rouge. Montrell...