Petula Dvorak

02/12/2016 - 1:00pm

    I know. It sounds totally preposterous. Paying criminals not to commit crimes.

    The D.C. Council unanimously voted for this bananas-sounding plan last week.

    A Hail Mary scheme to cut the increase in the...

11/13/2015 - 9:00am

    Like everything connected to Christmas, this year's "War on Christmas" freakout has arrived early. And it has taken the form of a red Starbucks cup.

    Never mind that stores across America are...

11/05/2015 - 10:00am

    Did you know that it's against the law in more than 50 U.S. cities to give food to a homeless person?

    That nearly half of our cities prohibit people from sleeping in cars (according to a report by the...

11/02/2015 - 3:30pm

    At 4:30 in the afternoon, Jill McCabe's third shift began in a cul-de-sac in suburban Virginia.

    She started her day 12 hours earlier, getting one kid to swim practice before dawn, then getting the other...

10/30/2015 - 2:00pm

    Twice this week, the nation was moved by the way a white cop confronted a black teenaged girl and her mobile phone. For very different reasons.

    In South Carolina, the teen was texting in math class and...

09/30/2015 - 3:00pm

    It's just before midnight on a Friday in downtown Leesburg, and a young couple just stumbled out of the biker bar in this historic Virginia town, past the American flags, quaint lamposts and cascading petunia pots and ducked into an alley, furiously making out....

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