| Jul 27, 2011
| 6:53 PM
We live in an age of unprecedented freedom. Freedom of speech, for example.
The United States Supreme Court has spoken. Loud and clear. The Westboro Church has a First Amendment right, subject to reasonable local ordinances, to picket military funerals...
| Jul 28, 2011
| 10:34 PM
Lollapalooza wasn’t built to last two years, let alone intended to be around long enough to celebrate a 20th anniversary Aug. 5-7 in Grant Park.
“I haven’t said this before, but after the first year, I went on my merry way, thinking...
| Aug 5, 2011
| 7:45 AM
Thomas A. Firey's recent suggestion in The Sun ("Better pension reform," July 27) of a statewide "buy-back" program for public employees to reduce Maryland's future public pension should be vetted very closely by citizens and officials, given the...
| Aug 5, 2011
| 10:13 AM
Friday’s story about lead found in Chicago drinking water has been in the works for awhile. At first glance, it wasn’t really a new issue. Then I found out some testing methods underestimated actual amounts.
Water systems have been...
| Sep 18, 2011
A west suburban school district puts its driver's education students in a fleet of Chevy Cobalts, small cars that earn poor side-crash ratings. A Will County district teaches fledging drivers in cars that are more than a decade old. And some north...
| Apr 3, 2011
Ever since the 1920s, Chinese film history has been grouped into large, monolithic blocks, as imposing as the Great Wall. There's the First Generation of silent-movie pioneers, the Fifth Generation of "post-Maoist humanists," the Sixth Generation that...
| Aug 15, 2011
| 3:13 AM
Looks like the screaming was wrong. On both sides.
A decade back, the religious right said secularists would sacrifice freedom of religion to a tyrannical, God-denying state.
Meanwhile, secularists were warning that "fundamentalists" would seize power...
| Jun 14, 2011
Among the most painful chapters in modern Chinese history is Japan's 1937 invasion of Nanjing. Hundreds of thousands were killed, countless women were raped, and soldiers and civilians alike suffered unspeakable brutalities. So when Chinese writer-...
| Aug 13, 2011
| 9:01 PM
The owner of a Corona del Mar pet shop has withdrawn a harassment claim against an animal rights protester but faces more than $5,000 in legal fees because of a so-called SLAPP motion, according to online court records and the woman's attorney.
| Aug 15, 2011
| 2:32 PM
As a Catholic, a 20-year member of the Virginia General Assembly, the author of Virginia's 2006 voter-approved one-man, one-woman Constitutional Marriage Amendment, and a graduate ofMaryland public schools, I take issue with Gov. Martin O'Malley's...
| Mar 22, 2011
Poking around a pirate DVD shop down the block from the Apple Store in central Beijing one recent afternoon on her lunch break, Zhou Xin eyed the floor-to-ceiling selection of Oscar-nominated films, indie flicks and B-movies such as "Nude Nuns With Big...