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  • Shoddy U.S. roads and bridges take a toll on the economy

    Shoddy U.S. roads and bridges take a toll on the economy
    It was a beautiful May afternoon when Donnel Gomes took his week-old silver Mercedes for a spin into the city. He turned onto Broad Street, a main thoroughfare downtown, and … kaboom! The car fell into a huge pothole, blowing its right tire,...
  • Chill out, America: An Ebola reality check

    In West Africa, uneasiness is in the air. The world’s worst Ebola outbreak, one that has killed more than 900 people in four countries, is slowly but surely taking its toll on the region. There is no cure for the disease. It’s fair to say,...
  • U.S. looks to smartphones and satellites to monitor Afghan projects

    WASHINGTON — As the U.S. military presence dwindles in Afghanistan, officials are finalizing a $200-million plan to use smartphones, GPS-enabled cameras and satellite imagery to monitor relief projects that will continue in areas deemed too remote...
  • Coastal flooding could cost cities $60 billion by 2050, study says

    Coastal flooding could cost big cities more than $60 billion a year by mid-century, with losses jumping even more dramatically if nothing is done to counter rising sea levels and subsiding land, a new study has found. A team of researchers analyzed data...
  • India passes massive program to feed 800 million in poverty

    NEW DELHI — India passed into law Monday an ambitious program to provide nearly free food to some 800 million Indians. Supporters hailed it as a long-overdue fix for the nation’s rampant poverty, while critics slammed it as a shameless and...
  • The Ambrosetti Forum: Economic brainstorming, Italian-style

    It’s been a hangout of intellectuals and politicians for about 450 years, and for the last 40, the gorgeous Villa d’Este on Lake Como in Italy has been the place where other politicians and intellectuals, joined by the modern-day aristocrats...
  • What if insurgents close the Suez Canal?

    Most of the attention these days is on Syria, but there is also a growing problem in Egypt with global implications. Nine Egyptian policemen were wounded by a bomb in the northern Sinai Peninsula on Monday. The week before, suicide bombers killed nine...
  • Pregnant Hopkins grad among those killed in Kenyan mall massacre

    Pregnant Hopkins grad among those killed in Kenyan mall massacre
    A graduate of Johns Hopkins University's international studies school, eight months pregnant, was among dozens killed in the weekend massacre at a Kenyan shopping mall. Elif Yavuz, 33, who earned her graduate degree from the Paul H. Nitze School of...
  • Ehrlich should clarify his Chávez comments

    Ehrlich should clarify his Chávez comments
    I teach at Towson University in the College of Liberal Arts, where it is part of our core mission to help students develop their critical thinking abilities — a skills platform essential for career advancement. One key skill is finding the best...
  • Public-private partnerships: the new model for infrastructure

    Public-private partnerships: the new model for infrastructure
    There's a P3 in your future. Maryland is poised to join 34 states and key federal agencies in transforming the way government works. The new mantra, "P3," is shorthand for public-private partnerships. Maryland's P3 legislation, championed by Lt. Gov....
  • Despite canceled trip, Obama 'committed' to U.S. pivot toward Asia

    WASHINGTON -- President Obama pushed his staff for several days this week to keep a long-planned trip to Southeast Asia on his schedule, even after advisors concluded he could not leave the country with the government in shutdown mode. But with dozens...