| Dec 14, 2013
| 12:16 PM
With Baltimore police taking (and accepting) flak recently for failing to track and analyze its officers' use of the controversial stop-and-frisk tactic, another agency has the data and isn't doing much with it, either.
State law requires police agencies...
| Dec 16, 2013
| 9:58 AM
The Obama administration said Monday that it is processing Social Security benefits for same-sex couples, six months after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act.
Carolyn W. Colvin, acting commissioner of the...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 8:01 AM
If Maryland’s bolloxed rollout of Obamacare has taught us anything, it is the failure of technocracy — especially the snake oil the O’Malley administration has been selling since 2006. The idea that they are a results-oriented, data...
| Dec 23, 2013
| 2:00 AM
In a case that could have implications for ministries across the country, a Catonsville-based group of nuns who care for the elderly poor are awaiting a federal judge's decision on whether it must comply with the federal health care law's requirement to...
| Dec 28, 2013
| 4:19 PM
A group of Catonsville nuns who claimed that the new federal health care law's contraceptive coverage requirement would violate their religious beliefs are actually exempt from the mandate, a U.S. district judge concluded Friday.
The Little Sisters of...
| Dec 30, 2013
| 3:00 AM
"Why do no white kids go to school here?"
A 14-year-old ninth-grader asked me this question earlier this semester about the school she attends and where I teach. Smart and genuinely curious, she asked the question without any of that world-weary irony...
| Jan 1, 2014
| 11:00 AM
It was sad to read that a court has approved the National Security Agency's spying on American citizens ("Judge upholds NSA phone scrutiny," Dec. 28).
The agency is gathering "intelligence" on me when I make phone calls and collects the dates and...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 3:22 PM
Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler said Friday that same-sex marriages performed in Utah -- but thrown into question there amid a court battle -- will be recognized in Maryland.
"It is an affront to the idea of basic human rights that the battle for...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 11:20 AM
The outcome of a federal lawsuit over the Board of Carroll County Commissioners' custom of saying a prayer before each meeting could hinge upon an upcoming U.S. Supreme Court decision involving a similar situation.
In May of 2013, Carroll County...
| Jan 22, 2014
| 11:43 AM
Public employees have a right to be represented by a union and to collective bargaining in states like Maryland where the law allows it. And the only way such a system can work — at least on a practical level — is to require all those...
| Oct 7, 2013
| 3:00 AM
Campaign finance limits are back before the U.S. Supreme Court this week, and that's probably bad news for those who like good government. Think what this country needs is to give more political clout to the wealthy and those who seek special favors...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 11:53 AM
The Baltimore County burglar who helped trigger an ongoing constitutional challenge to Maryland's handgun laws shot himself to death, police said, after he assaulted his estranged wife and beat his parents with a pipe.
Police found Kris Lee Abbott dead...