| 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 4, 2013
| 10:01 AM
American drones have been operating since 2004 in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan, my motherland. But on Nov. 21, a drone fired missiles at a religious seminary in Hangu, a settled area in mainland Pakistan, killing five men in...
| Dec 9, 2013
| 6:39 AM
Christmas, along with a sharp chill, was in the air in Aberdeen Saturday as residents turned out for the city's annual Christmas Street Celebration.
The 2013 Christmas Street Celebration included the annual holiday parade and tree lighting; this year's...
| 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...
| 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...
| Jan 1, 2014
| 10:28 AM
The skies over Havre de Grace were joyously bright for the first minutes of 2014 as one fireworks after another went off over families gathered on the campus of Havre de Grace Middle School.
The families came from throughout Harford County for the city'...
| Jan 13, 2014
| 9:13 AM
In early 2003, I marched through downtown Washington, D.C., with my fellow University of Maryland students to protest the Bush Administration's push toward war with the Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein.
The American people were being told that invading...
| 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,...
| Oct 21, 2013
| 3:00 AM
Fake driver's licenses have long been considered the holy grail of underage youth — many have been brazenly handed over to liquor store cashiers in the quest for alcohol.
While that practice persists despite crackdowns, fraudulent IDs can...