| Mar 4, 2014
| 10:21 AM
In our religious relationships there are frequently rituals and symbols: the sign of the cross, prayers, special embraces, a kiss. These customs are expressions of our humility, love and heartfelt needs.
Many people who seldom go to church make a...
| Mar 3, 2014
| 9:41 AM
On Sept. 12, 2001 senior managers and technical experts crammed into the narrow and stuffy conference room of the National Security Agency's Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) director. Each was trying to make sense of what had just happened the previous...
| Jan 25, 2014
| 11:33 AM
Americans who engage in the outrage business — populist politicians, social activists, civil libertarians, tea party hell-raisers, grouchy bloggers, Fox News talking heads, newspaper columnists — relish an opportunity to bash the government....
| Jan 30, 2014
| 11:42 AM
"I told him, 'Dude, I can't play GTA today.'" Damanti Melvin, a lanky young man in a red plaid shirt, shook his head as he related the conversation to the stocky blond kid standing with him.
Damanti and Collin Morley were waiting patiently in line...
| Feb 2, 2014
| 5:00 AM
As much as I would love to see monster Dzhokhar Tsarnaev executed, one consideration holds me back and is missing from your report. Namely, if he were put to death, it would make him a martyr in the eyes of radical Islamic terrorists ("Death penalty...
| Feb 3, 2014
| 7:31 AM
As President Obama embarks on his sixth year in the Oval Office, he does so with a greater reality of the political equation he faces, as clearly demonstrated the other night in his State of the Union address.
The freshman chief executive five years ago...
| Dec 19, 2013
| 5:05 AM
At age 86, Alfred Bassler can still climb nimbly into the snug cockpit of his Kolb Firestar ultralight, a single-passenger plane that resembles a three-wheeled go cart suspended from a fixed wing.
The plane's lightweight construction and simple rudder...
| Jan 17, 2014
| 7:26 PM
When the CIA's chief lawyer, John Rizzo, first came across the term "enhanced interrogation technique" shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, he was struck by the phrase's deceptive blandness.
The words sounded mild, possibly even salutary. But...
| Jan 20, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Iraqi insurgents kicked off 2014 with fireworks in Fallujah and Ramadi where Sunni militants — part of an al Qaida group active in Syria, according to news accounts — burned police stations, freed prisoners and occupied mosques.
| Jan 21, 2014
Earlier this month, 28-year-old Todd Wheeler Jr. of Glen Burnie was arrested on charges of making explosives. Had they detonated, the radius of the blast could have caused extensive damage, deaths and injuries.
Also this month, Ellicott City resident...
| Jan 24, 2014
| 8:15 AM
In response to Anhvin Doanvo's commentary, "Is every al Qaida group our problem?" (Jan. 20), I would answer no, but I certainly consider that every one of the militant forces in the world should be of deep concern, not only to our operating forces abroad,...
| Dec 31, 2013
| 8:24 AM
It's almost the end of 2013 and in Havre de Grace that means it's time for another New Year's Eve celebration tonight, Tuesday.
As has happened nearly every year since the millennium, a duck and fireworks will be part of the turn of the year, a...