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A basketball in one hand and a BB gun in the other

There was not fire this time. Rather there's been an eerily muted response since a plainclothes detective shot a fleeing 14-year-old boy whose fake gun he mistook for the real thing in East Baltimore a week ago. The boy, Dedric Colvin, was treated at Johns Hopkins Hospital for gunshot wounds to...

  • Cruz/Fiorina pairing is a stunt worthy of 'House of Cards'

    Cruz/Fiorina pairing is a stunt worthy of 'House of Cards'

    I've been a fan of the Netflix political drama "House of Cards" since I got hooked on the first episode and spent a night binge watching most of the first season on my computer while sitting at the kitchen table. For those who have never seen the show, it is the story of Frank and Claire Underwood...

  • What's killing white Americans?

    What's killing white Americans?

    For the first time in decades the life expectancy of whites is falling, particularly among women, the middle aged and those with little education. One study by two Princeton economists found that in 1999, decades of falling mortality statistics for American middle aged whites reversed course, began...

  • Ed Schultz chooses limelight over principles

    Ed Schultz chooses limelight over principles

    Like most people, I never paid much attention to Ed Schultz. A loud, bullying, meaty man in the even meatier middle of the distribution when it comes to smarts, Mr. Schultz was your classic "lunch pail populist" as host of MSNBC's "The Ed Show." During his six-year run on the network, I don't think...

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The cease-fire card

The fragile cease-fire in Syria brokered by the U.S. and Russia earlier this year appears all but dead after the country lurched back toward full-scale civil war last week. On Monday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Geneva to restart negotiations aimed at ending the renewed fighting...

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  • Light City's afterglow in Baltimore

    Light City's afterglow in Baltimore

    For seven nights this spring, Baltimore was electric. More than 400,000 people gathered to experience Light City, the first large-scale light, music and innovation festival in the United States. Light took on many lovely forms, from the literal glow of the art (think: an animatronic peacock proudly...

  • A new NATO: Trump's opening for Obama

    A new NATO: Trump's opening for Obama

    Following Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump's recently and repeatedly expressed desire to end NATO, the future of the alliance is relevant and urgent, for perhaps the first time in the Obama administration. Perhaps perversely, Mr. Trump has provided an opening for a new NATO. President...

  • A Baltimore med student gets to know her patient population riding the bus

    "Eww, what is that?" she said staring at the slides I was reviewing. "It is hookworm, a parasite that can live in your intestines" I replied. Nervously, she asked, "Can I get that?" "It would be highly unlikely," I comforted her, "it has mostly been eradicated in the U.S. thanks to sanitation efforts...

  • A Baltimore med student gets to know her patient population riding the bus

    A Baltimore med student gets to know her patient population riding the bus

    "Eww, what is that?" she said staring at the slides I was reviewing. "It is hookworm, a parasite that can live in your intestines" I replied. Nervously, she asked, "Can I get that?" "It would be highly unlikely," I comforted her, "it has mostly been eradicated in the U.S. thanks to sanitation efforts...

  • Rehabilitate, rather than incarcerate, young offenders

    Rehabilitate, rather than incarcerate, young offenders

    Amid this election season's biting rhetoric, it's encouraging to see our country engaged in a substantive debate about reforming our broken criminal justice system, with headlines focusing on bipartisan support for bail and sentencing reform and a push to end mass incarceration. While not attracting...

  • Don't miss the boat on shipping

    Don't miss the boat on shipping

    When the Panama Canal opened 102 years ago, it was one of the largest and most difficult engineering projects ever undertaken. The result revolutionized the global shipping industry by saving cargo ships from the precarious 5,000-mile trip around South America, reshaping both international and...

  • The role of black women in Baltimore's future

    The role of black women in Baltimore's future

    This month, we mark the one-year anniversary of disturbances that followed the death of Freddie Gray. Since that time, Baltimoreans have openly pondered how best to address the needs of residents in neighborhoods left behind by the city's new economy. African American women, who comprise a sizable...

  • What Bernie Sanders wants

    What Bernie Sanders wants

    With Hillary Clinton's double-digit victory over Sen. Bernie Sanders in the New York Democratic primary, the assumption has taken hold that his presidential candidacy is just about over, and the questions now are how he should be handled and how he should behave. Ms. Clinton has taken the predictable...

  • Why isn't Md. No. 1 in the primaries?

    Why isn't Md. No. 1 in the primaries?

    By the time Maryland voters finally get a say Tuesday in who should be the presidential nominee in the respective parties, the early primary states have already winnowed down the slate of candidates and shaped the popular narratives. So why isn't Maryland one of the first states to vote in primaries?...

  • An alternative to continued decline in Baltimore

    An alternative to continued decline in Baltimore

    Confronting the root causes of violence surrounding Freddie Gray's tragic police encounter April 12 of last year remains our greatest challenge as elected officials and mayoral candidates struggle to define a political strategy that renews Baltimore in the wake of the riots. Voters will essentially...

  • Who is Md.'s wizard behind the curtains?

    Who is Md.'s wizard behind the curtains?

    Recently, I had a conversation with my colleague and friend Delman Coates, the pastor of the Mount Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton, Md., about endorsements in our local and state elections. He said that when he thinks about black politics in Maryland he thinks about the children's novel written...

  • Federal Reserve should focus on inflation

    Federal Reserve should focus on inflation

    The Federal Reserve has kept a watchful eye on labor markets, but as it meets this week to chart interest rate policy, it would do well to recognize that inflation is heating up too. Since the summer of 2014, falling gasoline prices have pulled down headline inflation, as measured by the consumer...

  • Voting rights for all

    Voting rights for all

    In January, the General Assembly overrode Governor Larry Hogan's veto of legislation that automatically restores the right to vote to individuals released from prison. As a result, 40,000 formerly incarcerated Marylanders whose voices had been removed from our democracy now have access to the voting...

  • A time of renewal for Baltimore

    A time of renewal for Baltimore

    It has been nearly one year since I spoke at Freddie Gray's funeral — and since our city found itself in the throes of unrest. During the past year, I have had the opportunity to work with many people who are dedicated to securing a better future for our city and our nation. Yet, at this one-year...

  • Does poetry have a place in Common Core?

    As a visiting poet in Maryland's schools, I work with hundreds of students every year. I am often surprised by how powerfully poetry workshops affect emerging writers. Once, I was "in residence" with a Baltimore County school's fourth grade. The students had already drafted several poems, each...

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