| Jun 27, 2010
Cash-strapped, jobless and denied a loan modification, Del Phillips faced the same straits as millions of homeowners who risk losing their homes to mortgage lenders.
Some have struggled unsuccessfully to keep their homes, and others have just walked...
| Nov 4, 2011
Want to increase the value of your house? Add a third bathroom.
That's the single attribute, across the spectrum of single-family homes, that has the greatest impact on a home's value, according to an interesting little gizmo that the National...
| Sep 5, 2011
Politics is making Americans dumb and mean. It's turning a generous, forward-thinking people into glib, defensive, narrow-minded bores.
Pundits tell us that the answer to all this nastiness — from the disgusting comments on message boards to the...
| Jan 15, 2012
Mitt Romney isn't a naturally eloquent man. His stump speeches are nearly content-free. They combine exaggerated denunciations of President Obama ("a pessimistic president," "the great complainer") and ardent professions of patriotism. "I love our...
| Sep 27, 2011
"You woke the bears! Why did you do that?"
That's from one of my favorite scenes in "Anchorman." In the Oscar-robbed film, Ron Burgundy (played by Will Ferrell) loudly leaps into a bear pit to rescue his girlfriend and then falsely blames her for...
| Oct 17, 2011
They loped in like a pair of old lions, one a bit stooped, both proud to a fault. On the left, sipping from his bottled water, was Gov. Jerry Brown. On the right, fidgeting with note cards, was Michael Milken.
The occasion was last week's State of the...
| Oct 10, 2011
| 5:31 PM
A Baltimore law firm lost a portable hard drive containing information about its cases, including medical records for 161 stent patients suing cardiologist Dr. Mark G. Midei, a firm client, for alleged malpractice at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson....
| Sep 15, 2011
"We have not had the courage to stand up and look Americans in the face," Texas Gov. Rick Perry said when he was asked about Social Security at the Republican presidential candidates' debate this week. "It has been called a Ponzi scheme by many people...
| Sep 6, 2011
Since President Obama has been having a rough time lately, let me belatedly congratulate him on his apparently successful policy of regime change in Libya.
Initially, I favored a more robust and decisive intervention when Obama seemed to dither, and then...
| Nov 2, 2011
| 7:00 AM
Former Chicago police Sgt. Eddie Hicks vanished eight years ago on the eve of his high-profile corruption trial.
Federal authorities had charged him with running a crew of rogue cops who robbed drug dealers, pocketed the illicit cash and sold the...
| Feb 8, 2012
| 8:43 PM
A man from the District of Columbia pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiring to commit bank fraud as part of a plan to gain about $1.4 million from the Baltimore Housing Authority, prosecutors said.
Keith Eugene Daughtry, 50, allowed his identity to be...