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  • Outliers are made, not born

    Outliers are made, not born

    How do people go haywire and shoot up a school, a concert, a random crowd? Humans are hardwired to be connected, and when those connections cannot be found, the result is emotional pain. Isolation and loneliness are painful experiences. There are 85 billion to 100 billion neurons in your brain...

  • Witcover: Reading midterm tea leaves

    Witcover: Reading midterm tea leaves

    Democrats who were looking to last Tuesday's mixed bag of special and primary elections for firm confirmation of their much-sought "blue wave" of public Donald Trump rejection had to settle for an interim “maybe.” Perhaps the best they had to show for it was a very near miss in a congressional...

  • Goldberg: Are we to blame for the Alex Jones problem?

    Goldberg: Are we to blame for the Alex Jones problem?

    The behemoths of the internet have shunned Alex Jones, the worm-tongued, often shirtless conspiracy theorist and paranoia monger who hosts a show called "Infowars." The debate over this cartel-like decision is much larger than Jones now, and it's taking place mostly on the right. While I have no...

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News media won't back down under pressure from president

Last week, The Baltimore Sun’s editorial board, like many editorial boards across the country, received a message from The Boston Globe asking us to join with them and “publish an editorial on August 16 on the dangers of the [Trump] administration's assault on the press.” “This dirty war on the...

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  • Goldberg: We're all living in Trump's kayfabe world

    Goldberg: We're all living in Trump's kayfabe world

    President Donald Trump's demonization of the media as the "enemy of the people" is mostly kayfabe. A professional wrestling term, "kayfabe" means presenting staged events as if they're real. Pro wrestling is theater, not sport. But it thrives on the illusion that it is the latter, not the former....

  • Six decades at The Sun: newspaper librarian recalls changes to business, building on Calvert Street

    Six decades at The Sun: newspaper librarian recalls changes to business, building on Calvert Street

    As I sit at my desk looking out my window for one of the last times (I have a direct view of the dome of Johns Hopkins hospital and Old Town and the tower of old Engine House No.6 and cars whizzing up and down the Jones Falls Expressway), memories of The Baltimore Sun on Calvert Street flash through...

  • Witcover: Had enough of Trump?

    Witcover: Had enough of Trump?

    Some irate Donald Trump supporters have had enough. Enough, that is, of my columns harping on the damage their man has done and is doing to American democracy by attacking the press and Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating possible obstruction of justice by him that could lead to...

  • More transparency needed to change Baltimore

    More transparency needed to change Baltimore

    In Baltimore — for our children — it is imperative that we all stand together as we work in changing the future. We know the issues facing our city. And we know the strategies that have been used, misused, overworked and unsuccessful in addressing the issues we face: racialized poverty, wealth...

  • The inferiority of supremacists           

    The inferiority of supremacists           

    Supremacists of various stripes continue to resurrect. Neo-Nazis in Europe are reviving anti-Semitism, while the Taliban in the Middle East charge all other faiths to be infidels. And in Southeast Asia and Central Africa mini-genocides of some supposedly evil or inferior group of humans has become...

  • Pitts: Jeffrey Whitman thinks he got a raw deal

    Jeffrey Whitman feels like he got a raw deal. It's true that Mr. Whitman, a contractor in central Ohio, has had a rough last few days. His life, he says, has been "completely and thoroughly ruined." He doubts he'll ever work in Columbus again. That may be an accurate prediction, given the scalding...

  • Politics have no place in the judiciary

    Politics have no place in the judiciary

    If the only consequence of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s 293-day delay in scheduling a consent hearing for Judge Merrick Garland’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court by President Obama was that a conservative rather than a moderate Supreme Court justice would replace Justice Anthony...

  • Kirwan Commission wrestles with best way to teach struggling learners

    Kirwan Commission wrestles with best way to teach struggling learners

    Sometimes to solve a problem of the present you need to look to the past. We members of the Maryland Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education — also known as the Kirwan Commission — have come to our first major philosophical juncture as we address the question of how to best help struggling...

  • Design Baltimore County streets for people, not just vehicles, to make everyone safer

    Design Baltimore County streets for people, not just vehicles, to make everyone safer

    On a late July morning, an out-of-control SUV speeding down Girdwood Road in Lutherville veered off the road and onto the sidewalk, careening into the bodies of an intensive-care nurse and her 5-year-old granddaughter out for a morning walk, killing both. This tragedy was no anomaly. Just 10 hours...

  • Reich: Trump sees foreign danger in the wrong places

    Reich: Trump sees foreign danger in the wrong places

    What's the most worrisome foreign intrusion into the United States — unauthorized immigrants, Chinese imports or interference in our democracy? For Donald Trump, it's immigrants and imports. He doesn't care much about the third. "Border security is national security," Mr. Trump said last week,...

  • The might-have been of Peter Beilenson's health co-op

    The might-have been of Peter Beilenson's health co-op

    Leaving for a new job in his native California, Dr. Peter Beilenson, one of Maryland’s — and, particularly, Baltimore’s — most effective public servants of the last three decades, closes out his time here with frustrating irony. So rich is this irony that Beilenson could write a book about it,...

  • When our sports heroes were our neighbors

    When our sports heroes were our neighbors

    Art Donovan, the Baltimore Colt great, died five years ago this month. He was a Hall of Fame player, but his national profile exploded after his retirement in 1962 through his many television appearances, including multiple showings on “Late Night with David Letterman.” Like the rest of us, Dave...

  • Anti privatization charter amendment would protect Baltimore's water system, residents

    Anti privatization charter amendment would protect Baltimore's water system, residents

    The City Charter lays the foundation for how Baltimore operates. After Mayor Catherine Pugh set up a team to review and update this document, which was last updated more than 20 years ago, the City Council has been using the review as an opportunity to bring positive change to our city. Councilman...

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