| May 2, 2011
| 4:09 AM
Pat Shanower of Naperville lost her son on 9/11. Naval Commander Dan F. Shanower, 40, was killed in the Pentagon, and while his mother never gave up believing that Osama bin Laden would be found, she said the importance of the al Qaeda leader’s...
| Jul 12, 2011
In 1994, the Republicans took back the House of Representatives for the first time in 40 years. The significance of that victory is hard for some younger people to appreciate, as the parties now seem to rotate power. The House then was the Democratic...
| Jul 26, 2011
| 12:24 PM
I don't even want to say the animal's name. As a matter of fact, I think that's what should happen to murderers, terrorists and assassins. They should lose their names and be given a number, as in "146728 was the crazy guy who killed all those people in...
| Aug 14, 2011
| 12:11 PM
After over five years of planning and fundraising, Maryland's first Angel of Hope statue will be arriving in Eldersburg this fall.
The statue, which was ordered last week by Cindy Hughes, of the JOSH Foundation, will be placed in a garden near South...
| Aug 21, 2011
| 11:49 AM
Several TV networks will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, with news specials, live coverage from Ground Zero, films and special episodes of scripted series. Many of those specials begin this week, and I've tried...
| Sep 8, 2011
| 9:00 PM
Events like the anniversary of September 11th, the Oklahoma City bombing and the recent shooting as far away as Norway can bring up difficult feelings for people who live thousands of miles away from the events.
“Disorientation, disbelief, horror,...
| 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...