| Aug 25, 2014
The heartfelt letter Sybrina Fulton penned to Michael Brown's family reminds us that Brown was a human being whose life mattered.
That sentiment seems to be missing from the cacophony of voices weighing in on the latest cop killing of a young black man...
| Aug 21, 2014
| 2:30 AM
Violence following the recent fatal shooting of an unarmed robbery suspect in Ferguson, Missouri, has tragically followed a predictable script.
On average, more than 6,000 African-Americans are killed by gun violence each year. That startling figure is...
| Aug 21, 2014
As I watch the coverage and read the accounts of what has happened in Ferguson, Mo., I keep asking myself: "Is this really 2014?" In many ways, it seems more like 1964.
After all, the apparent quick-trigger mentality of mostly white law enforcement, a...
| Aug 19, 2014
| 2:30 AM
It was in a college theater class that I learned about a genre called "Theater of the Absurd." These were plays written mostly by European playwrights between the 1940s and 1960s, as well as a certain style that flowed from their work.
What reminded me...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 5:58 PM
America is the land of second chances.
Look at Michael Vick.
The NFL player spent nearly two years in prison for running a dog-fighting ring but rebuilt his image so successfully that Nike hired him back as a spokesman.
Tiger Woods withstood the...
| Nov 10, 2013
| 1:57 PM
Seven months into the job, Sanford police Chief Cecil Smith still is learning the lay of the land.
Last week, however, he learned something else: In the digital age, threats — real or imagined — to gun rights go viral faster than a...
| Jul 15, 2013
| 5:50 PM
Nearly 18 months after Trayvon Martin died with a bag of Skittles in his pocket, it's finished.
All the tar-the-victim blogosphere blather that damned the unarmed teen for standing his ground when his fight-or-flight response kicked in when followed...
| Jun 24, 2013
| 5:01 PM
The first day of testimony in the murder trial of George Zimmerman delivered a series of powerful and, at times, cringe-inducing moments.
Here are the five most interesting takeaways:
Rambling man. Defense attorney Don West struggled through a more...
| Jul 19, 2013
| 3:47 PM
George Zimmerman shouldn't take his gun back.
No matter that the Department of Justice is delaying the return of evidence in the case while it investigates, including the gun that Zimmerman used to kill Trayvon Martin.
If Zimmerman has learned...
| Jul 13, 2013
| 9:44 PM
Like it or not, the jury got this one right.
Nobody wants to see two parents who already lost their teenage son also lose out on what they saw as justice.
As painful as it may be, though, acquitting George Zimmerman was the only verdict the jury could...
| Jul 1, 2013
| 5:04 PM
Well, that didn't take long.
A week's worth of testimony in the George Zimmerman trial is in the books. And anyone who still believes the nonsense that race wouldn't play a starring role in this legal drama had better consult the playbill.
| Jan 20, 2013
The Orlando Sentinel's first Floridian of the Year for 1983 was a strong-willed woman who slugged it out with this state's power brokers.
Coincidentally, so is our 30th honoree, Deirdre Macnab.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas wasn't afraid to fight for their...