| Nov 18, 2013
| 9:00 PM
As they rushed toward a suburban Utah home with guns drawn, agents knew they were on to a significant figure in the Silk Road online drug bazaar -- a major cocaine dealer, perhaps.
Message boards on Silk Road -- the world's most popular online drug...
| Oct 24, 2013
| 1:18 PM
The roll out of Common Core standards in education has been as big a disaster as the roll out of Obamacare.
Baltimore County Superintendent of Education, Dallas Dance, commented, "We are building the plane as we fly it." That telling...
| Nov 23, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Regarding commentator Jules Witcover's column on President Barack Obama's leadership, Mr. Obama's competence is in politics and campaigning; he is not a leader, a manager or even an administrator ("His cool gone, Obama needs to show competence," Nov. 18)....
| Nov 30, 2013
| 11:00 AM
John Kinnaman III, a retired National Security Agency intelligence analyst and Olympics enthusiast, died Nov. 16 of lung cancer at Casey House Hospice in Rockville. He was 74.
The son of a career Army officer and a homemaker, he was born in Indianapolis...
| Dec 9, 2013
| 8:15 AM
I could not help note that while reading "NSA tracks location of phones, documents show" (Dec. 5), there was a nearby ad for a cell phone and other electronic devices. Readers should also know that the National Security Agency provides "intelligence" in...
| Oct 28, 2013
| 2:13 PM
President Obama has been busy this week taking calls from European leaders who seem really upset that the United States has been spying on them, perhaps to the point of tapping their cellphones.
First Obama heard from French President Francois Hollande....
| Dec 7, 2013
| 8:31 AM
Pray consider this sentence from one of Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe murder mysteries: "Everyone has something they don't want anyone to see; that is one of the functions of a home, to provide a spot to keep such things."
I offer it not as a response to...
| Oct 3, 2013
| 8:16 PM
As an accounts manager with the U.S. Department of Energy, Steve Bruno has endured a wage freeze, the sequester and now the partial shutdown of the federal government.
Waiting at Penn Station last week for the train to his job in Washington, the...
| Sep 13, 2013
| 5:39 PM
While the main campus of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore is open and inviting, there is another division of the school that discourages visitors.
The Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory is tucked miles away in Laurel, with building access...
| Sep 16, 2013
| 10:34 AM
When an interim engineering dean at the Johns Hopkins University asked a well-known cryptography professor to remove a blog post about the National Security Agency from university servers, he said he did so because he feared “legal consequences.&...
| Oct 6, 2013
Kenny Irwin Jr. has seen the future, and it is fast and fierce — intergalactic travelers catching flights from an Afghan spaceport, extraterrestrials so weary of human warfare they swoop down and blast away our weapons.
The 39-year-old artist says...
| Oct 5, 2013
| 6:54 PM
Under a blistering sun Saturday morning, demonstrators gathered on the Gorman Road Interstate 95 overpass in North Laurel, waving American flags and holding up signs to traffic in the north and southbound lanes.
The signs read "Honk for Impeachment" and...