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Md. is developing the next generation of life-saving vaccines

Flu season is upon us and the influenza vaccination is the most effective way to protect you and your family from the virus and related complications. Each year, millions of people are sickened by the flu, hundreds of thousands are hospitalized, and thousands die. Receiving the vaccine is the first...

  • Protect the forest patches that protect Baltimore

    Protect the forest patches that protect Baltimore

    Recent news that Baltimore’s tree canopy — the proportion of the city shaded by trees — has expanded from 27 percent to 28 percent is wonderful, and is thanks to the dedicated work of TreeBaltimore and its partners. But the target is 40 percent, and if we don’t take steps to protect our forest...

  • Truths revealed at a high school reunion

    Truths revealed at a high school reunion

    High school reunions can be a lot of fun or excoriatingly painful, depending upon whether one has recovered from the coming of age experiences well depicted in the popular culture, and from taking high school gym class. The high school reunion I recently attended affirmed several universal truths...

  • Horsey: Grifter Trump spins tax cuts for the rich as a boon for workers

    Horsey: Grifter Trump spins tax cuts for the rich as a boon for workers

    Donald Trump is a salesman who has never let truth get in the way of peddling a product. As president, he tried unsuccessfully to sell various schemes to repeal and replace Obamacare by using the same technique he used to sell the bogus curriculum of Trump University: make outlandish claims of...

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How did the Edgewood shooter get the gun?

Now that police have apprehended Radee Prince, the man accused of killing three co-workers, injuring two others and later shooting a sixth man on Wednesday, we may get some answers about what would lead someone to unleash such a murderous outburst. Mr. Prince had been accused of workplace violence...

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  • What’s considered disrespectful to flag, veterans subject to change

    What’s considered disrespectful to flag, veterans subject to change

    I’ve been to ballgames where the national anthem is disrespected, so I can understand why people get upset. I’m not talking about the players. I’m talking about people in the stands. They laugh, talk, slurp beer, head to the bathrooms — they can’t even be bothered to take off their hats. It’s a rare...

  • Pitts: The GOP is finally, sorta, willing to admit the obvious

    Pitts: The GOP is finally, sorta, willing to admit the obvious

    Yes, he's childish and incompetent. Is that really news by now? But of course, it wasn't that assessment of Failed President Trump that made jaws drop last weekend so much as it was the person making it. Meaning Sen. Bob Corker, who unleashed an extraordinary barrage of contempt on Twitter and...

  • Cal Thomas: Why criticize Harvey Weinstein?

    "Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom's instruction." (Proverbs 29:18) Ancient wisdom from a higher authority, which is available to anyone who takes the time to consider it, was provided to constrain people like Harvey Weinstein from...

  • Goldberg: Weinstein scandal leaves a trail of hypocrisy

    Goldberg: Weinstein scandal leaves a trail of hypocrisy

    If hypocrisy were a greenhouse gas, the ice caps would be gone by now. Let's start with the obvious: Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein wasn't fired for being a pig, he was fired for being exposed as one. The Weinstein Co. board members probably didn't know everything, but they surely knew enough....

  • Baltimore, squeegee boys and a robbery — in perspective

    Baltimore, squeegee boys and a robbery — in perspective

    I got robbed. I was driving home. My route includes the corner of Bloomingdale Road and N. Hilton Street. Squeegee boys hang out there. My windows were down. As I reached the stoplight, the boys approached, asking if I wanted a wash. One boy didn’t have a squeegee and was clearly upset about something....

  • The war on birth control

    The war on birth control

    The Trump administration may be bogged down in the legislative trenches, but on the regulatory front, it is a rolling juggernaut, killing or maiming Obama regulations almost at will. This month, in the name of religious freedom, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued new rules...

  • Witcover: Being 'unpresidential' is not grounds to remove Trump

    Witcover: Being 'unpresidential' is not grounds to remove Trump

    As prominent Republicans fret over Donald Trump's"unpresidential" behavior, that broad and undefined sentiment was aptly summed up by GOP Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, who lamented that the White House has become "an adult day care center." In response to a fresh outburst from the president, Mr....

  • The Harvey Weinstein in the room

    The Harvey Weinstein in the room

    “I’ve known Harvey Weinstein for a long time, I’m not at all surprised.” — President Donald Trump It seems most everyone who knew film producer Harvey Weinstein knew Harvey Weinstein — the private Harvey Weinstein, the serial sexual assaulter Harvey Weinstein who was publicly revealed in disgusting...

  • Bottle litter is an eyesore — and a hazard

    Bottle litter is an eyesore — and a hazard

    As a recent transplant from Canada, there were many differences I expected living in Baltimore: humid summers, less colorful money, more colorful politics. Pleasantly unexpected was the amount of green space and the rudimentary cycling network that serves me well traveling between Hopkins campuses....

  • Maryland fails those with mental illness

    Maryland fails those with mental illness

    Maryland’s poor treatment of those with severe mental illness was exposed last month when Judge Gale Rasin held the acting state health secretary and four other top state officials in contempt of court. The judge found that these officials had willfully disregarded orders to increase the number...

  • Pitts: When ignorance is impervious to fact

    Pitts: When ignorance is impervious to fact

    You could call it a moment of truth, except that what actually came out of that moment was a realization of how little truth now matters. This is back in 2010, after I recounted in this space an astonishing feat of World War I heroism — a small African-American soldier named Henry Johnson, wounded...

  • Wanted: workers with actual skills

    Wanted: workers with actual skills

    Last month, the consulting firm Education Strategy Group presented a 75-page report to the Montgomery County School Board. The report detailed how this 161,300-student school system, Maryland’s largest, needed to alter its overall strategy and career emphasis because its current programs are not...

  • False hope for Md. childhood sexual assault survivors

    False hope for Md. childhood sexual assault survivors

    At first glance, the newly enacted Maryland law that extends the statute of limitations for victims of childhood sexual abuse from age 25 to age 38 appears to offer hope to individuals who, for any number of reasons, are psychologically unable or unwilling to seek a remedy for the horrors they...

  • BSO tickets, can't give them away?

    BSO tickets, can't give them away?

    The Baltimore Symphony's vice president of marketing and communications, Linda Moxley, wrote me the nicest email about a free ticket program. Subscribers are offered one or two free tickets to a Baltimore Symphony concert to introduce their friends to the BSO. She wrote that this program has been...

  • Until there is a cure for breast cancer...

    Until there is a cure for breast cancer...

    A pink spotlight is shown on breast cancer awareness every October, but for patients diagnosed with the disease, battling breast cancer is their focus 365 days of the year. Roughly 4,600 women in Maryland will be diagnosed with breast cancer annually, joining the 50,000 women already living with...

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