| Jan 19, 2015
"If I can get up there, I'll help change things down here."
— Unnamed student pilot at Tuskegee, Ala., eager for combat in World War II.
In 1940, on the cusp of America's entry into World War II, the country had a serious shortage of experienced...
| Jan 16, 2015
I saw Selma this week. It's a powerful movie about the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It's worth seeing, and certainly deserves better than what it got this week from that star-chamber Oscar nominating process of the Academy of Motion...
| Jan 11, 2015
| 7:31 PM
Marcus Faella first shaved his head in the early 1990s.
Then 18, Faella and his buddies would pack into their cars and travel to punk-rock concerts and clubs. Usually thrown out after slam-dancing in front of the stage, Faella said that's where skinheads...
| Jan 7, 2015
| 2:17 PM
Recent events from Ferguson, Mo., to Staten Island, N.Y., might prompt an observer to infer that American cops are racist and that a bigoted white populace tolerates unnecessary lethal force against minorities.
One might also conclude that America has a...
| Jan 6, 2015
| 9:00 PM
Defending law officers
Friday's side-by-side commentaries on body cams for police should have been from opposing viewpoints, and yet it was as if both guest columnists were members of the same anti-police cabal.
Eric Smaw writes that police "who...
| Dec 29, 2014
| 1:10 PM
A man who tucked a revolver into his waistband before fleeing police claims an Allentown officer used excessive force by continuously shocking him with a Taser, according to a federal lawsuit.
Brian Morgan Jr. also alleges that officer David M. Howells...
| Dec 18, 2014
| 5:08 PM
A former white supremacist was convicted of murder Thursday in the beating and stabbing death of a black man in the Antelope Valley desert.
A Los Angeles jury deliberated for five hours before finding Richard Phillip Ritchie, 39, guilty of first-degree...
| Nov 14, 2014
| 5:55 AM
See Internet? This is why you can't have nice things. The New England Patriots are winners, but in their effort to celebrate, the nasty face of racism took over.
The Patriots official Twitter account was the first for an NFL team to reach 1 million...
| Oct 28, 2014
| 9:40 PM
Michael B. Hannon, who caused an uproar and nearly lost his job as a Los Angeles police officer for his off-duty participation in 1960s civil rights and peace protests, has died. He was 77.
Hannon, who later defended police officers as a lawyer, died...
| Oct 29, 2014
| 5:06 PM
In the final stretch of one of the nation's most competitive Senate contests, the politics of race — always present in this Southern capital — are dominating the campaign.
Long, festive lines of mostly African American voters stretched...
| Nov 2, 2014
| 1:30 PM
A 42-year-old Maryland man accused of threatening to kill President Barack Obama and first lady Michele Obama in an explicit email strewn with racist remarks was in custody on Sunday, the United States Secret Service said.
Christopher Perkins O'Brien, of...