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  • In Theory: Why are people downloading 'Mein Kampf'?

    E-books have taken off in a huge way among the iPad- and Kindle-obsessed, but one electronic tome that's topping the charts — both free and paid-for — is Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf," the book of political writings by the Nazi leader...
  • In Theory: On crime and punishment and Sharia law

    The Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party, known as PAS, a political party with a strong base in the Malaysian state of Kelantan, pushed through the Sharia Criminal Code Enactment (II) 1993, which calls for hudud, or extreme corporal punishment when there is strong...
  • In Theory: Should the Boy Scouts salute inclusion?

    One of the topics up for discussion at the national meeting of the Presbyterian Church (USA) this year is the suggestion that the Boy Scouts institute polices that allow membership and leadership in the organization regardless of gender and sexual...
  • In Theory: On the legacy of Fred Phelps

    Fred Phelps, the founder the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan. who was known for his fire-and-brimstone anti-gay public protests — as many as 53,000 of them since 1991, according to church officials — died March 19 at the age of 84. Q:...
  • Thursday's multi-sport local college roundup: HU, W&M, NSU women's basketball standouts going to Nashville combine

    Women’s basketball: Hampton University senior standouts Alyssa Bennett and Nicole Hamilton, former George Mason and Bethel High player Amber Easter, William and Mary senior Kaitlyn Mathieu and Norfolk State senior Rachel Gordon are among the...
  • In Theory: Should churches take a position on fracking?

    In Theory: Should churches take a position on fracking?
    Having recently made legal claims to historical gas and mineral rights under vast tracts of British land, the Church of England has taken a position against those who oppose hydraulic fracturing, or fracking — the process of breaking up rock...
  • Gloucester father of spice-addled teen due to plead guilty

    A 19-year-old resident of Gloucester, Michael Scott Smith, avoided prison on Tuesday for felony convictions of burglary and larceny when a judge ordered him into a detention program with drug treatment and life and vocational skills training. Smith...
  • In Theory: Electing to bypass natural selection

    A Missouri lawmaker, Rep. Rick Brattin (R-Harrisonville), contends that public school children in his state who question Darwinian theory are ridiculed. He introduced a bill into the state's General Assembly that would allow parents to opt their...
  • Man who went missing from Towson hospital found

    Man who went missing from Towson hospital found
    A 63-year-old man who went missing from a Towson hospital late Sunday night has been found, Baltimore County police said. At around 2:30 p.m. Monday, William Thomas Lauer was located and returned to St. Joseph's Medical Center, police said. Police...
  • Southern Lehigh High School graduates 269

    Southern Lehigh High School graduates 269
    Southern Lehigh High School held graduation ceremonies June 13. Abigail Kohler was the valedictorian and Nikita Mhatre was the salutatorian. Diplomas were awarded to 269 students. Graduates are: A Benjamin Arza Adams, John Joseph Albenzi Jr.,...
  • State likely didn't know of Allegany doctor's rape conviction

    State likely didn't know of Allegany doctor's rape conviction
    To become licensed as a nurse, a social worker or even to drive around dead bodies in Maryland, a criminal background check is required. But not to get a doctor's license. Instead, the state Board of Physicians asks would-be doctors to voluntarily...