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Mystery solved: Old friend left quarter on headstone to honor soldier's service

The person who left a quarter on the headstone of Ronnie Crain's grave came forward Thursday morning shortly after my column was published about the Vietnam War medic from Brookland. Crain was killed in action on July 12, 1967, near the Cambodian border. He was. . .

One way to vote your conscience

You know how you're always told that if you vote for a third party, you're taking a vote from the major party candidate you'd otherwise support? Sam Husseini, a D.C.-based writer and activist, has a simple solution for that conundrum, "Vote Pact," but it's going. . .

College graduates critical to economic development

Arkansas is about to fix the way it distributes taxes among its 33 public colleges so they will turn out more and better-prepared graduates and thus pep up the state's moribund economy. The money will be delivered not so much based on a school's enrollment as on. . .

Hillary's heel

When I wrote the headline "Hillary's heel," I was thinking of Achilles, not Bill, though the former president is usually within nipping range of his wife's pantsuit hem. Hillary Clinton's Achilles' heel is her very Clinton-ness. Rather than tell the truth as soon. . .

Car technology moving at uncomfortable pace

Automotive technology has come so far since I first grasped a steering wheel. I learned to drive behind the wheel of my dad's Ford Clubwagon, a long, unforgiving passenger van that had none of the bells and whistles of today's cars with the exception of a plush. . .

National Park Service celebrates 100 years

Thursday marked the 100th anniversary of one of the most important American institutions: The National Park Service. The NPS was begun when on Aug. 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the act, which was passed by Congress. The original intent for the NPS...

The bribery standard

Bernie Sanders never understood the epic quality of the Clinton scandals. In his first debate, he famously dismissed the email issue, it being beneath the dignity of a great revolutionary to deal in things so tawdry and straightforward. Sanders failed to. . .

A character test for America

To appreciate what's at stake for the world in this year's U.S. presidential election, it's useful to visit a place like Australia that has been one of our most faithful allies � and that appears to be mortified at what's happening in American. . .