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Integrity at the ballot box

One of the last questions asked of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump at Monday night's debate at Hofstra University deserves to be revisited. Moderator Lester Holt asked both candidates whether, if they lost the election, they accept the results as the "will of the voters." Both indicated that yes,...

  • Freddie Gray and déjà vu

    Freddie Gray and déjà vu

    One of the few consolations of last year's unrest in the wake of Freddie Gray's death was that at least Baltimore had the opportunity to set an example to the rest of the country when it was time to pick up the pieces. No matter what happened to the 25-year-old African American man before and after...

  • The lottery of the future?

    The lottery of the future?

    Among the most interesting details exposed by the dispute over the $263 million contract to run the operations of Maryland's lottery is one buried on page 126 of the agency's request for proposals. At some point during the term of the contract, the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency may,...

  • Millions on the move

    Millions on the move

    Around the globe some 60 million people are on the move. They pack what belongings they can carry and set off as families or in groups, making their way as best they can on rickety boats, crammed inside trucks, perched atop trains or on foot. Some seek a better life, but many are just fleeing war...

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Body donation is 'greatest good'

Burying bodies, with or without embalming and caskets, is not the most "gracious and grateful way" of giving our bodies back to the world ("Natural burials: the ultimate recycling," Sept. 23) as Liza Field claims in her recent commentary. I have decided to donate my body to the Maryland State Anatomy...

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  • Give Baltimore control over its police

    Give Baltimore control over its police

    City Councilman Brandon M. Scott's idea to create an oversight committee to monitor the Baltimore Police Department's efforts at community engagement is a good one. The recent report by the Department of Justice on the city police's record of civil rights violations underscores just how much work...

  • No more foot-dragging on Confederate monuments

    No more foot-dragging on Confederate monuments

    The final report by the commission that debated what to do with Baltimore's Confederate-related monuments makes a clear and compelling case: We should remove two statutes that don't illuminate Baltimore's history during the Civil War years and the decades thereafter, and we should keep two that...

  • Putting the 'public' back in the Public Information Act

    Putting the 'public' back in the Public Information Act

    In the last few months, here are some of the things we've learned because of Maryland's Public Information Act: •Baltimore spent $2.5 million on riot gear in the days before protests over Freddie Gray's death turned violent — including nearly $85,000 in charges for next-day delivery. •Police in...

  • Family leave gets a boost

    Family leave gets a boost

    Pity the poor reporters covering this week's announcement by Donald Trump that he wants to guarantee new mothers six weeks of paid leave. What's the lead? Is it his complete and utter departure from conservative orthodoxy on the role of government in business decisions? The softening influence...

  • Syria's fragile cease-fire

    Syria's fragile cease-fire

    The cease-fire in Syria brokered by the U.S. and Russia last week appears largely to be holding after it went into effect on Monday, despite what were described as sporadic, minor violations of the accord. In the next few days we should know whether the cessation of hostilities can last long enough...

  • Adam Jones and the real 'white man's game'

    Adam Jones and the real 'white man's game'

    Orioles outfielder Adam Jones' remark in an interview with USA Today that baseball "is a white man's sport" is getting a lot of attention, but it's not exactly a new observation. He later explained that he was referring to pure demographics — about 8 percent of Major League baseball players are...

  • School bus danger ahead

    School bus danger ahead

    Move over, air conditioning. For all the concerns expressed in recent days over too-hot classrooms in Baltimore County when temperatures soar to 90 degrees and above, students may face a bigger safety threat from motorists who fail to stop for school buses loading and unloading children on county...

  • EBDI's momentum

    EBDI's momentum

    The question of whether Sagamore Development's recently announced community benefits agreement for its massive Port Covington project would help bring an end to the "two Baltimores" phenomenon sucked up most of the attention this weekend. But meanwhile, far from the waterfront, another attempt...

  • Clinton's unforced error

    Clinton's unforced error

    Hillary Clinton already had a transparency problem when she abruptly left a Sept. 11 memorial ceremony in New York on Sunday, then appeared to stumble as she was being helped into a van a few minutes later. But what appears to have been a minor episode that easily could have been explained at the...

  • Children of violence

    Children of violence

    Far too many Baltimore students come from impoverished inner-city neighborhoods wracked by drug and gang violence where shootings, stabbings and beatings occur on a daily basis. When impressionable young people witness dreadful things happen to family, friends and neighbors, it leaves a mark on...

  • The enduring loss of Sept. 11

    The enduring loss of Sept. 11

    Fifteen years after the attacks of Sept. 11, the wounds lie not far below the surface. We may not mark each anniversary with as much ceremony as we once did. We may encounter the quotidian legacies of the attacks — longer security lines at airports, primarily — without so much as a passing thought...

  • Approve the Port Covington TIF

    Approve the Port Covington TIF

    To call the agreement between Sagamore Development, city officials, Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development and others on community benefits related to the Port Covington development "unprecedented," as speaker after speaker did in announcing it Thursday, doesn't say much. The precedent for...

  • Maryland's RGGI choice

    Maryland's RGGI choice

    From the start, Maryland's participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative has been an unmitigated success. The multi-state cap-and-trade compact has substantially reduced greenhouse gas emissions from power plants while reducing average utility bills and investing more than $1.3 billion...

  • Kevin Plank's pitch

    Kevin Plank's pitch

    It's about time we heard from Kevin Plank. Almost precisely six months after the Under Armour founder and CEO's development company requested a jaw-dropping $535 million tax increment financing deal to facilitate a new city-within-a-city in Port Covington, and on the eve of word that a new community...

  • A question of temperament

    A question of temperament

    For a U.S. president, temperament is destiny, and nowhere was that more evident than during President Barack Obama's trip to Asia last week. Confronted with a series of unforeseen glitches, diplomatic mishaps and potentially dangerous military provocations, the president kept his cool even when...

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