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  • Baltimore's 'Fiddler on the Roof' 'Heil' incident shows where we are as a country

    Baltimore's 'Fiddler on the Roof' 'Heil' incident shows where we are as a country

    Eighteen years ago, during Martin O’Malley’s first year as mayor of Baltimore, the man he had just named housing commissioner, Paul Graziano, got drunk, loud and homophobic in a Fells Point restaurant. He used a slur and made sexually graphic comments to men he apparently thought were gay. Police...

  • The Catholic bishops should have stood up to Rome on sex abuse

    The Catholic bishops should have stood up to Rome on sex abuse

    I try to write about things I care about, and apparently I still care about the Catholic Church. I can’t let it go. I was raised a Catholic. I have been a struggling Catholic, a fallen-off Catholic, a comeback Catholic, and several times an angry Catholic. I once thought myself a former Catholic,...

  • Back at Chestnut Ridge, Jill Kamenetz votes for 'the smartest guy I ever knew'

    Back at Chestnut Ridge, Jill Kamenetz votes for 'the smartest guy I ever knew'

    She went out in the rain to her polling station in Baltimore County and voted for the smartest man she ever knew. On a day whose approach she had dreaded, Jill Kamenetz voted for her late husband for governor of Maryland. She skipped past Larry Hogan, the Republican incumbent, and Ben Jealous,...

  • Should college presidents get out of the big-time football business?

    Should college presidents get out of the big-time football business?

    What happens to the University of Maryland football program if a federal judge in California rules that the whole system of restricting compensation for athletes violates the nation’s antitrust law? What happens if colleges are allowed to pay athletes what they’re actually worth to a team’s success?...

  • Rodricks: The plan to turn cargo containers into homes starts to take shape

    Rodricks: The plan to turn cargo containers into homes starts to take shape

    We could all stand to hear about something good today, some little piece of good that somebody somewhere decided to create from scratch. There is so much sad and bad — the attempted pipe-bomb assassinations of political leaders, the mass murder of worshipers in a synagogue, a hate killing in a...

  • I want a country better than this

    I want a country better than this

    I want my country back. I want a country that’s better than the one we have now, and at least as good as the one we had two years ago. I don’t expect perfection and permanent peace in a country of 325 million. But how can anyone say, after a week of attempted political assassinations and anti-Semitic...

  • Hogan or Jealous, the next governor needs to keep the Preakness in Baltimore

    Hogan or Jealous, the next governor needs to keep the Preakness in Baltimore

    Marylanders accustomed to hearing the owners of Pimlico Race Course grouse grimly about the condition of the historic track and the future of the Preakness probably experienced seasonal confusion over the last couple of weeks. Usually, we hear ownership’s tiresome complaints about Pimlico in May,...

  • Message to the man who shot Bryan McKemy in Northeast Baltimore: Stop killing, stop killing our city

    Message to the man who shot Bryan McKemy in Northeast Baltimore: Stop killing, stop killing our city

    You killed Bryan McKemy. You didn’t even know his name. In case you have shot too many people to remember, let me refresh your memory: On Tuesday, Aug. 7, around 1 o’clock in the afternoon, you jumped a fence into a yard behind a modest white house on Woodlea Avenue in Northeast Baltimore. Someone...

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