| 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...
| 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The owner of a Corona del Mar pet shop has withdrawn a harassment claim against an animal rights protester but faces more than $5,000 in legal fees because of a so-called SLAPP motion, according to online court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...
| Aug 19, 2011
| 9:38 AM
The former Navy hospital ship USS Sanctuary, which served in the aftermath of World War II and in Vietnam, has been sold and is now under tow from Baltimore to Brownsville, Texas, for recycling.
The move marks the end of a 22-year residence in...
| Aug 21, 2011
Dozens of companies doing business in the Chicago area are routing their sales through small outlying municipalities with low sales tax rates, siphoning tens of millions of dollars from city and suburban taxing districts.
These companies, ranging from...
| Sep 12, 2011
| 6:20 PM
Spray-paint artist Mark Chase typically spends his summers in Ocean City along the boardwalk where he creates sci-fi landscapes in a matter of minutes, spraying and smudging to pulsating music as crowds gather.
He earns his living as a showman, taking...
| Aug 24, 2011
| 7:00 AM
China bought $91.9-billion worth of U.S. goods last year, including boatloads of medical devices, precious metals and electrical equipment. But when it comes to America's most celebrated cultural export — Hollywood movies — crossing China's...