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Monday's eclipse demonstrated our faith in science

Monday’s total solar eclipse, which stretched a band of black night across the continent at mid-day, displayed the awesome power of nature in ways that make an individual human shudder at his smallness. But as the moon intruded on the sun’s direct line to Earth, another great power was on display....

  • Goldberg: Alt-right's despicability doesn't make 'antifa' the good guys

    Goldberg: Alt-right's despicability doesn't make 'antifa' the good guys

    Fighting Nazis is a good thing, but fighting Nazis doesn't necessarily make you or your cause good. By my lights this is simply an obvious fact. The greatest Nazi-killer of the 20th century was Josef Stalin. He also killed millions of his own people and terrorized, oppressed, enslaved or brutalized...

  • Why is NASA testing bomb-grade materials for its Mars mission?

    Why is NASA testing bomb-grade materials for its Mars mission?

    A new space race is afoot. President Donald Trump and CEOs Elon Musk (Tesla) and Jeff Bezos (Amazon) are all advocating manned missions to Mars, a tantalizing objective. However, in humankind’s drive to explore strange new worlds, we must be careful not to endanger life here on Earth. Regrettably,...

  • Pitts: Sadly, America is not 'better than this'

    Pitts: Sadly, America is not 'better than this'

    It has become the go-to cliche for moments like this. We whisper it when someone breaks the mosque window or scrawls hatred on the synagogue wall. It is our assurance and our hope. "We are better than this," we say. "This is not America." So it is no surprise to be hearing that sentiment days after...

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Testing for the future means accepting low scores today

The motivational set loves quotes like this one, funnily enough attributed both to Henry Ford and Soichiro Honda: “Success is 99 percent failure.” They may know more about cars than test scores, but it would be interesting to have them kick the tires on the school assessment test results released...

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  • Taylor Swift sets example for women by refusing to 'shake it off'

    Taylor Swift sets example for women by refusing to 'shake it off'

    I wish Taylor Swift had taken him to the cleaners. David Mueller — a 51-year-old DJ — had the gall to not only grab her 23-year-old behind during a photo op in 2013 (standing next to his then-girlfriend, no less), but to also sue the world-famous pop star for losing his radio job because of it. But...

  • Love and non-violent resistance are our best weapons against hate

    Love and non-violent resistance are our best weapons against hate

    I’ve been struggling for days with how to properly hold all the thoughts and emotions swirling around the disgusting displays of hatred, violence, intolerance and racism in Charlottesville last weekend — compounded by our president’s failure to properly condemn the domestic terror of the white...

  • Pitts: With this president, subtlety would be the greater sin

    Pitts: With this president, subtlety would be the greater sin

    A few words on trash-talking the president. Said words are occasioned by emails from a large number of readers who have noted an increased propensity toward that practice in this space. Many found that rather ironic in light of an admonition that appears in the auto response received by any person...

  • 'Overcome with emotion' as Baltimore's Confederate statues come down

    'Overcome with emotion' as Baltimore's Confederate statues come down

    Entering the area Baltimore police had cordoned off last night as contractors prepared to take down the Lee-Jackson Monument in Wyman Park Dell felt like walking into a dream. First my husband and I had to move past an officer standing guard at the intersection of 29th and Howard streets, the light...

  • Gauging the real risks and benefits of a medical procedure

    Gauging the real risks and benefits of a medical procedure

    As Republicans assail the Affordable Care Act but find nothing to replace it, as Democrats seek Medicare for all, both are failing to address the most salient problem crippling our health care system: wasteful spending. The Institute of Medicine estimates that we squandered $750 billion in unnecessary...

  • Plank gave Trump a pass on racism before, he shouldn't again

    Plank gave Trump a pass on racism before, he shouldn't again

    For too many people, President Donald J. Trump’s racism is not a deal-breaker when it comes to supporting him. Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank is but one high-profile example of this phenomenon. Mr. Plank joined Mr. Trump’s business advisory board and praised him in February, stating, “To have such...

  • How to talk to kids about current events

    How to talk to kids about current events

    Children are aware of what’s happening around them and in the world — usually more than we know. Between social media, television news and friends at school, they are constantly exposed to information about current events. As parents and educators, we play an important role in helping our children...

  • Baltimore police officer is a tough job, treat it as such

    Baltimore police officer is a tough job, treat it as such

    The task of persuading jurors in the City of Baltimore that they can rely on the veracity of officers of the Baltimore Police Department recently has gone from difficult to nearly impossible because reform of the department is not moving fast enough. Only dramatic changes are going to fix the problems,...

  • Reich: Making America hate again

    Reich: Making America hate again

    Two days late, Donald Trump finally condemned violent white supremacists. He was pushed into it by a storm of outrage over his initial failure to do so in the wake of deadly violence in Charlottesville, Va. But the damage has already been done. Mr. Trump's unwillingness to denounce hateful violence...

  • Proposed cuts to anti-hunger programs 'most significant' in decades

    Proposed cuts to anti-hunger programs 'most significant' in decades

    As more activists and organizations join the growing food recovery movement, it’s tempting to believe that food rescue is a new phenomenon. But we’ve been at it for nearly 40 years. In 1979, the Maryland Food Bank was formed as the nation’s third food bank with a simple idea: rescue good-quality...

  • Bringing back Baltimore one student at a time

    Bringing back Baltimore one student at a time

    In challenging times, we must always acknowledge the power of utilizing the voices around us. That’s when our Baltimore community came together — students, parents, educators, religious leaders, community groups and city leaders — to fight for our public schools. Faced with a $130 million budget...

  • Shifting the narrative on North Korea

    Shifting the narrative on North Korea

    The North Korean nuclear threat is too often portrayed as an insoluble problem, a choice between "holocaust or humiliation," in John F. Kennedy's words. But just as Kennedy, backed by vast nuclear superiority, looked for ways for the Soviet Union to extricate itself from the Cuban missile crisis,...

  • Horsey: Trump obsession is clouding America's sunny summer days

    Horsey: Trump obsession is clouding America's sunny summer days

    Not so very long ago, August was the doldrums in the news business. If it were not an election year, major political news was scarce. Reporters, columnists and cartoonists scrambled to find things to write about and comment upon. The country was on vacation, and so were Congress and the president....

  • Here's why we need more Kaepernicks and fewer Ray Lewises

    Here's why we need more Kaepernicks and fewer Ray Lewises

    Ray Lewis, I thought we already went down this road. In 2016, you posted an outlandish Facebook video criticizing the Black Lives Matter movement for their efforts to make substantive changes in the lives of people of color. Now you’ve offered up misguided comments about Colin Kaepernick and his...

  • Witcover: The nuclear threat, then and now

    Witcover: The nuclear threat, then and now

    This is how mankind has made progress in the more than half a century since the Cuban Missile Crisis: Then, out of fear of nuclear radiation fallout, we at home were urged to build concrete shelters in our basements. Now, the plan is to rely on two mutually menacing leaders in Pyongyang and Washington...

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