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  • How deep are the problems in Baltimore's police department?

    How deep are the problems in Baltimore's police department?
    The decision by Baltimore State's Atty. Marilyn J. Mosby to bring murder, manslaughter and other criminal charges against six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray brought cheer to protesters in that embattled city and their counterparts in other cities where civilians have long complained of abusive or violent police practices. That reaction is understandable. The charges send an important signal that police conduct resulting in the death of a suspect will be taken seriously.
  • The other Mayweather-Pacquiao fight

    Saturday's championship bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao generated an estimated $475 million in ticket sales and pay-per-view fees, a tribute to the promoters' ability to frame the long-delayed fight between two past-their-prime...

    Trust issues at DWP, and City Hall

    Trust issues at DWP, and City Hall
    After a year and a half of political fights, lawsuits and protests, City Controller Ron Galperin was finally able to open the books of two nonprofit trusts associated with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and reveal, at least partially, how...

    Baltimore and the language of change

    Baltimore and the language of change
    For the last half-century, invoking the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to condemn or explain black urban uprisings has been a mandatory exercise. Recent events in Baltimore are no exception. Critics say that destroying property and attacking police desecrate...

    To break the cycle of poverty in Baltimore, fix the culture of poverty

    To break the cycle of poverty in Baltimore, fix the culture of poverty
    Neighborhoods matter. That's the upshot of two fascinating new studies from Harvard economist Raj Chetty and his colleagues. In the 1990s, the federal government launched an experiment, called the Moving to Opportunity project. It created a lottery...