| Jan 12, 2015
| 3:29 PM
Growing up, Trevor Noah did not know comedy existed.
Sitcoms, sketches and entertainment as a whole were a figment of his imagination. “Comedy” wasn’t a hobby, it wasn’t a business, it wasn’t anything at all.
| Jan 17, 2015
| 5:56 PM
Roberta Meek's memory of the day she met the man is fading.
It was 1965 or 1967. She was 9 years old or 11 years old. She and her father walked through a hotel lobby in Philadelphia, his big hand cradling her little one. She recognized a man striding...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| Dec 4, 2014
| 4:30 PM
It's one of the best-known lines of any English-language poet -- Robert Burns' reflection on the upper-class church lady who doesn't realize there's a louse crawling around on her bonnet. "O wad some Pow'r the giftie gie us, To see oursels as ithers see...
| Nov 30, 2014
| 2:37 PM
With relations between Jews and Arabs increasingly strained by the recent chain of violence and contentious legislation, the latest victims of hostility are the few trying to coexist in Jerusalem, where vandals set fire to a Jewish-Arab school in the city...