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We must redouble our efforts now that the Freddie Gray cameras are gone

When Baltimore burned during the recent uprising, there were news cameras everywhere to document the mayhem and rage. As pastor of the only church whose property was torched during the chaos — housing we were building to redress systemic inequities and to revitalize blighted communities was destroyed...

  • The poverty of Obama's foreign policy

    The poverty of Obama's foreign policy

    President Barack Obama has proclaimed Hillary Clinton an effective secretary of state. All along, it must have been the plan for Russia to seize the eastern Ukraine, Beijing to build airstrips and assert sovereignty over international shipping lanes in the South China Sea, and Iran to have the...

  • #FreeIceCream in Baltimore

    #FreeIceCream in Baltimore

    Hey Bawlmereans, have you heard of the "Free Ice Cream" campaign? No? Well, it's not surprising because the media do not have wall to wall coverage when Muslims do something positive for the community. However, they make the headlines when they are part of "terrorist" activities. Americans need...

  • Unchain Maryland's children

    Unchain Maryland's children

    In the media storm surrounding the death of Freddie Gray, one item stands out for me and my colleagues: An NBC reporter interviewed a teen, a kid who had never been arrested before, who got picked up by Baltimore police during a protest. The boy talked about being shackled and feeling like a "caged...

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Ready for Kindergarten?

Even Maryland's youngest students are feeling the effect of the state's switch to the more rigorous academic requirements of the Common Core standards. This week state officials reported that fewer than half the state's 4- and 5-year-olds are "fully ready" to succeed when they enter Kindergarten,...

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  • Understanding Sandtown after Freddie Gray

    Understanding Sandtown after Freddie Gray

    Deciding whether the 1990s investment in Sandtown-Winchester succeeded or failed is a red herring in the fight for a city where our fundamental needs of education, health care, housing, food, income security, and work with dignity can be met.

  • State 'smog regulations' ensure bad air quality

    State 'smog regulations' ensure bad air quality

    Even though we've been enjoying spring's warmer breezes, the truth is that regardless of your Baltimore city or county ZIP code, we are all breathing contaminated air. This isn't just Baltimore's problem. Who knew that 85 percent of Marylanders breathe air that's never met the Environmental Protection...

  • Mark Halperin's biased grilling of Ted Cruz

    Mark Halperin's biased grilling of Ted Cruz

    Imagine it's 2007 and a prominent journalist is interviewing then-Sen. Barack Obama. "Senator, people are really interested in you and your identity. I just wanted to ask you as a historical matter, when you filled out your application to Columbia, to Harvard Law School, did you list yourself as...

  • Baltimore students have something to say on Freddie Gray

    Baltimore students have something to say on Freddie Gray

    "Oh it's on!" my student said about the Baltimore purge. "I'm gonna get me some new shoes."

  • Freddie Gray reactions shows the melting pot is full and boiling over

    Freddie Gray reactions shows the melting pot is full and boiling over

    There is a Chinese idiom that sometimes it takes 100 years to solve a problem. It took 100 years from Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation to the end of legal segregation. That was only half of the move to racial equality. We now face two unpleasant futures — anarchy and mob rule or living under...

  • Teachers are on Baltimore's front lines

    Teachers are on Baltimore's front lines

    In the aftermath of Freddy Gray's death and the ensuing protests that made Baltimore the center of a national debate, our city, like many others, is taking a long look in the mirror. Opinions vary among politicians, grassroots activists and thought leaders on the solutions to some of our city's...

  • Baltimore, Reginald Lewis and Freddie Gray

    Baltimore, Reginald Lewis and Freddie Gray

    Chances are if you walk the streets of Baltimore and ask anyone under the age of 35 who Reginald Lewis was, many would offer a blank stare. But, Lewis was one of them — a street smart, athletic African American kid growing up in the economically forgotten neighborhood that Freddie Gray called home.

  • Journalists' contributions to Clinton Foundation raise credibility questions

    Journalists' contributions to Clinton Foundation raise credibility questions

    While much of the political community frets over the influence of billionaire money in presidential campaigns, the much smaller world of journalism occasionally worries over the ethics of politicians crossing over into the news-and-analysis business.

  • Stop demanding the impossible of police

    Stop demanding the impossible of police

    The events surrounding Freddie Gray's death all but shattered what remained of Baltimore's confidence in its police department. The department's relationship with the community did not break down overnight. It eroded gradually, as a result of overzealous police tactics that left many residents...

  • Clinton deserves black vote

    Clinton deserves black vote

    Political pundits have wondered whether Hillary Clinton will enjoy the same enthusiastic support from the African-American community in her presidential bid that President Barack Obama received. Others have wondered whether she deserves it. After her April 29th speech at Columbia University in...

  • NFL settlement will make football safer

    NFL settlement will make football safer

    Though I don't regret playing years of football, I never realized that in doing so, I would be sacrificing my central nervous system, linked directly to my brain. Fans of the game certainly remember the crowds roaring after helmet-to-helmet hits. Those sounds still resonate today, though they are...

  • Should we collect intelligence domestically?

    Should we collect intelligence domestically?

    The terrorist threat to western democracies has taken a complex turn that will greatly complicate our ability to detect and counter internal threats to our security. The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) and al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) have harnessed the Internet to appeal...

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