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Lacking security, procedures played role in courtroom brawl

I listen to a local radio station on the drive in to work each morning, and for the past week or so I've heard repeated commercials about a popular wrestling outfit coming to town. But some courtroom spectators may have thought Wednesday the wrestlers came to. . .

If Sandy Hook is ‘bearable,’ what’s not?

You frequently find fortune cookie aphorisms, yes, but it's not often that you find searing insight within Twitter's 140-character confines. Which is why a June tweet from one Dan Hodges — his profile describes him as a British political commentator — stood. . .

Affirming a right to die

Brittany Maynard was soon to die. The question was whether she could do so on her own terms, as a last act of autonomy. Dr. Lynette Cederquist, who regrets that Maynard had to move to Oregon in order to do so, is working with others to change California law to...

Don-Don and the Trumpettes

The Trump riddle continues to compel: How has he managed to successfully execute such a mass deception? He's by no definition a conservative, and yet he continues to plow ahead of all but the other least likely presidential nominee, Ben Carson, who has tied Trump. . .

Flustrated America

You hear people say the word "flustrated" sometimes. Is that a word? It should be. English needs a word that blends "flustered" and "frustrated." "Flustered" means "confused," while "frustrated" means you're angry about something you can't accomplish or. . .

Remembering a towering figure in Maryland politics

Although he certainly did not look the part, Marvin Mandel thought of himself as a latter-day Duke of Windsor. Just as the duke had abdicated the British throne to marry "the woman I love," so did Mandel lose the Maryland governorship and even go to jail so that. . .

Arms race escalates in major-college athletics

As the college football season kicks off this week, the arms race for athletic supremacy has escalated. Two recent changes in National Collegiate Athletic Association rules have resulted in members providing some $160 million a year in additional benefits to. . .

Enjoy Trump while we can

The day is approaching — and Sept. 17 is probably it — when the nabobs of the Republican Party must come to grips with the reality they thought was farcical back when the last rains of spring fell: Either Donald J. Trump will be their nominee for president or he. . .

The Clinton ‘scandal’ that isn’t

Does Hillary Clinton have a serious legal problem because she may have transmitted classified information on her private email server? After talking with a half-dozen knowledgeable lawyers, I think this "scandal" is overstated. Using the server was a. . .

Tragedy in Roanoke

The horrible murder of two local journalists in Roanoke, Va., has affected me more than I thought it would. Journalists are taught early on to compartmentalize. As a local TV reporter, I saw bodies from plane crashes and victims of mass murder. I covered natural. . .

NEA World War II vets being recalled for action

World War II veterans have reached an age when nearly 500 of them die each day. Every three minutes, according to The National World War II Museum in New Orleans, "a memory of World War II — its sights and sounds, its terrors and triumphs — disappears." By 2036,. . .

What six years of ‘reset’ have wrought

On Sept. 5, 2014, Russian agents crossed into Estonia and kidnapped an Estonian security official. Last week, after a closed trial, Russia sentenced him to 15 years. The reaction? The State Department issued a statement. The NATO secretary-general issued a tweet.. . .

Men are always guilty: Micromanaging campus sex

In our politically correct culture, men are always guilty until they prove their innocence. Any male student accused of rape on a college campus has to prove it was either consensual or the incident never happened. We saw this all too well in the Duke lacrosse. . .

Economic impact of immigrants in Arkansas

From an economic perspective, immigration should not present a problem. Economic growth requires land, labor and capital, and immigrants are labor pure and simple. As a matter of fact, there are almost no examples of nations with shrinking populations that still. . .

JLTV pursuit offers lesson for future deals

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas' failure to land a major military vehicle contract is a disappointment for officials who hoped to tout another "superproject" in the state. But it's not the setback that other missed economic deals have been, nor will it prompt the same. . .