| Mar 4, 2013
| 3:00 AM
The welcome lifting of the federal consent decree on Baltimore City Public Schools does not mean all is well for students with disabilities in Baltimore and Maryland — far from it. Yet, the General Assembly rarely pays any attention to the fact that...
| Mar 29, 2013
| 6:24 PM
This year is the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s decision to violate an injunction forbidding him to pray, sing or march in public in Birmingham, Ala. On Good Friday 1963 (which fell on April 12 that year), King led a march from...
| Sep 29, 2011
| 10:00 PM
It's tempting, looking at the fall's books, to think of this as a political season. Dick Cheney got it started with "In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir," and in November we'll see a different (and perhaps conflicting?) take when Condoleezza...
| Sep 15, 2011
| 4:10 PM
When some students at Top of the World Elementary School finish for the day, they will stay for an after-school program called Good News Bible Club and learn about Jesus.
It may even be in their same classroom.
The program is offered to first- through...
| Sep 17, 2011
| 9:31 AM
Charles H. Percy, a brilliant businessman who represented Illinois for nearly 20 years in the U.S. Senate, once headed the chamber’s powerful Foreign Relations Committee, and harbored unrealized ambitions to run for the presidency, died early...
| May 4, 2011
| 12:37 PM
Former longtime Chicago Tribune reporter Bill Barnhart and his writing partner, Gene Schlickman, were among five Chicago-area writers winning recognition from the Society of Midland Authors, which announced winners of its annual Author Awards Wednesday...
| Nov 30, 2011
The Age of Movies
The Selected Writings of Pauline Kael
Edited by Sanford Schwartz
Library of America, $40
Witty, entertaining and often exhilarating, this wide-ranging collection of pieces captures the film critic at her best.
| Oct 2, 2012
| 10:14 AM
Whenever proponents of Maryland's new congressional districts make their pitch, there is something missing: the map itself. The gerrymandered map of Maryland's congressional districts produced by Gov. Martin O'Malley and a majority of the General Assembly...
| May 21, 2012
| 11:01 AM
"While American democracy is imperfect, few outside the majority of this Court would have thought its flaws included a dearth of corporate money in politics."
That penultimate sentence in now-retired Justice John Paul Stevens' brilliant dissent in the...
| Jun 12, 2012
| 3:00 AM
It should come as no surprise that in the latest New York Times/CBS News Poll, less than half of Americans surveyed -- 44 percent -- said they approve of theU.S. Supreme Court. Furthermore, three-quarters said they believed individual personal and...
| Mar 30, 2012
The Supreme Court's three days of arguments on the constitutionality of the Obama health care law have triggered a guessing game, replacing for the moment the 2012 presidential campaign as topic A on the nation's nonstop talk shows. Did the justices'...