| Sep 10, 2011
Berkeley landscape architect Peter Walker has designed bigger projects than the 9/11 memorial in New York, but probably none has carried more weight. The opening of the eight-acre plaza Sunday marks 10 years since the terrorist attacks, and almost as many...
| Sep 17, 2011
The first California election that Kim Alexander cast a ballot in was a pip; voters decided 16 state propositions -- on creating a state lottery, capping welfare, limiting campaign contributions -- and gave their former governor, Ronald Reagan, a second...
| Sep 20, 2011
Over the years, I've run across a fair bit of prejudice against lawyers. I'll not suggest that lawyers don't earn a certain amount of disdain, but when a white, tobacco-chewing, sheriff implied that if I came through his county after dark I'd never...
| Nov 22, 2011
| 7:20 PM
Republican presidential contenders jousted over Pakistan, Afghanistan and the Middle East on Tuesday night in a tense national security debate that laid out sharply contrasting views on how to keep America safe from attack.
Candidates raised the...
| Nov 22, 2011
| 9:45 PM
All I could hear was the sound of perpetually falling water.
I stood recently in the shadow of the Freedom Tower under construction, and faced one of the two parapets with names of the dead etched in bronze. Not even the rattle of jackhammers in the...
| Oct 6, 2012
| 6:11 PM
By the time Gregory Weiler II was in his late teens, his family said, the Elk Grove Village native was well down a path toward destruction.
Both his mother and father had committed suicide before he was 16, and Weiler had also tried to kill himself in...
| Oct 20, 2012
| 8:29 PM
The Social Security Administration is planning to build a "security barrier" at its Woodlawn headquarters that officials say is needed to protect employees and visitors.
Though available details of its design are sparse — several elected...
| Jun 30, 2012
| 3:04 PM
Fourteen years after a truck bomb ripped through the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, the families of 12 Americans killed in the attack are still fighting for federal compensation that has been granted to other terrorism victims — a struggle that has...
| Nov 9, 2012
| 5:41 PM
A former head of the FBI office in San Antonio has been tapped to run its office in Chicago, a source said today.
The appointment of Cory B. Nelson is expected to be announced early next week, the source said.
Nelson will succeed Robert Grant, who...
| Dec 2, 2012
Maryland's first Angel of Hope statue stands in a garden across from the South Carroll Senior and Community Center, on Mineral Hill Road, in Eldersburg.
The statue, depicting an angel with her arms raised and standing about 4 feet tall, is surrounded by...
| Feb 24, 2013
| 1:31 PM
As the clock ticked down Sunday, the morning clouds disappeared, as if they were in on the months-long planning that went into the destruction of Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.'s final natural-gas holding silo.
Then, as if someone were turning on...