Rapper's murder leaves peers with bleak outlook on Baltimore

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Last month, over 500 people from philanthropic organizations from across the country descended on Baltimore for the bi-annual Mission Investors Exchange conference. With ideas and inspiration from leading minds in philanthropy and finance, the conference introduced and explored major trends disrupting...

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    Smart guns are a smart choice

    As the debate over access to guns in America rages in the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, we aren't loudly discussing one thing we really should be, despite a presidential push to do so: smart guns. They may not stop a committed killer, but they could save a child's life. With...

  • Baltimore archbishop: Addressing climate change is a 'moral imperative'

    Baltimore archbishop: Addressing climate change is a 'moral imperative'

    One year ago this spring, Pope Francis released his landmark encyclical letter on ecology, Laudato Sí, which called upon all of us to serve as diligent stewards of creation. Pope Francis delivered this message with great urgency — and with good reason. Climate change is already having severe impacts...

  • Don't save the monarch -- please

    Don't save the monarch -- please

    Monarch butterflies have become iconic in a way no other insect has. What grade-schooler hasn't had the obligatory unit on butterfly metamorphosis, illustrated by a zebra-striped caterpillar and robin's-egg-blue chrysalis and capped with a fast-forward movie of the adult butterfly struggling out,...

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Another ISIS outrage

The suicide bombers who killed at least 41 people and wounded hundreds more at Istanbul's main airport Tuesday have suddenly upped the ante for the Turkish government and its ambivalent attitude toward the Islamic State terrorists suspected of being responsible. Like the recent attacks in Brussels...

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  • What's wrong with NYT's 'mom hair'

    What's wrong with NYT's 'mom hair'

    The most sexist thing I read this week came not from the mind of Donald Trump but from a New York Times columnist who devoted roughly 900 words to the concept of "mom hair" in a piece so insulting I initially thought it was a parody. It laments the choice "by even the city-dwelling mom" to chop...

  • Judges should stay out of the PC debate

    Judges should stay out of the PC debate

    Defending his remarks questioning the impartiality of Mexican and Muslim judges, Donald Trump said that we "have to stop being so politically correct in this country." It is a familiar refrain from a candidate who often claims that political correctness is "killing us." Large numbers of Democrats...

  • The NRA's America

    Even before the horrific attack in Orlando last week, life in 21st century America has become intolerably, pervasively fearful. Our mad proliferation of guns, and the obscene loopholes that allow dangerous people to access them freely, are the most consistent engines of terror in our society today....

  • A Hopkins prof tries to intern as a rapper

    A Hopkins prof tries to intern as a rapper

    Baltimore enjoys a reputation for its innovative urban music scene, which includes club music with its own Baltimore beat, and many talented artists, musicians and producers. But the business of the rap and hip-hop music industry is complex and competitive, and not always well-understood by those...

  • Chasing after parents in police cars

    Chasing after parents in police cars

    On March 7, 2000, my father was sent to prison. I thought I remembered everything about that morning. I had a vivid picture of the six of us — my mother, three siblings, father and me — sitting closely in the living room, huddled together on our maroon and gold striped sofa, lit by the early light...

  • A crisis in Md.'s psychiatric systems

    A crisis in Md.'s psychiatric systems

    Two recent articles in the Baltimore Sun caught my attention. One focused on the suspension and expulsion of preschool children; the other on the lack of psychiatric care for mentally ill adults. As the director of a nonprofit program that provides early childhood behavioral health, I have repeatedly...

  • Resident efforts key to a more sustainable Baltimore

    Resident efforts key to a more sustainable Baltimore

    In 2003, Hurricane Isabel struck Baltimore, destroying homes and disrupting many lives. Devastation from the resultant flooding cost the city $4.6 million to repair while tens of thousands of residents saw their basements deluged, their power knocked out or the roofs over their heads severely damaged....

  • What happens when Medicare won't pay for your life-saving cure?

    What happens when Medicare won't pay for your life-saving cure?

    As a registered nurse, I knew to go to the hospital when I started experiencing severe chest pain. After routine blood work, my doctor called and advised me to immediately see an oncologist. I was told I had Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS), a type of cancer that prevents the body from forming healthy...

  • Decision time arrives for Sanders

    Decision time arrives for Sanders

    With the 2016 presidential primaries finally over, Bernie Sanders seems to be clinging to his surprisingly strong if losing campaign for the Democratic nomination essentially to keep his "revolution" within the party going. He says he can "do the arithmetic" that indicates he has the slimmest of...

  • Fighting the good fight with Ali

    Fighting the good fight with Ali

    In September 2004, as chairman of the Legal Committee for the Association of Boxing Commissions and general counsel to the Association of Ringside Physicians, I was honored and privileged to be invited to testify before a congressional subcommittee at a hearing entitled Examining Professional Boxing:...

  • BGE: the wrecking crew?

    BGE: the wrecking crew?

    It is the season in which BGE trims trees around the Baltimore area. The devastation that is inflicted on the landscapes of homeowners is hard to comprehend. Although I and most others agree that BGE must do tree trimming in order to prevent power outages, the way in which its representatives do...

  • Consenting prostitutes or trafficked victims?

    Consenting prostitutes or trafficked victims?

    This isn't the movie "Taken." Liam Neeson isn't going to show up in a black Audi and Versace suit to rescue his innocent victim daughter from gun-wielding Albanian mobsters. Sex trafficking across America is a more clandestine activity, hidden within the commercial sex industry that has flourished...

  • A truly special education in Baltimore

    A truly special education in Baltimore

    This June, as schools across Maryland hold uplifting graduation ceremonies, there will be particularly joyful moments for hundreds of students graduating from nonpublic special education schools. These schools, which are part of our state's educational system, serve thousands of students with significant...

  • Where have all the good jobs gone?

    Where have all the good jobs gone?

    The good jobs are disappearing. Those that predated the digital revolution are dropping away altogether or being replaced by low-paying service jobs and other less secure employment. These include part-time jobs, freelance contracting and gig opportunities. The number of Americans working under...

  • Waking up to the Pulse

    Waking up to the Pulse

    I spent last weekend in gay clubs and other gathering places celebrating Pride with my many LGBT friends in our nation's capital. When I woke up Sunday morning to the news that more than 100 victims had been injured or killed in an Orlando night club much like the ones I'd been in, I felt like...

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