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01/23/2015 - 3:42am

    Just after Christmas, Veronica Rutledge of Blackfoot, Idaho, took her 2-year-old son to a Wal-Mart store to spend holiday gift cards. As they strolled by the electronics section, according to news reports, the toddler reached into his mom's purse and pulled out a handgun that she legally carried. He...

01/23/2015 - 3:41am

    I went Friday morning to see "Selma" and found myself watching it in a theater full of black teenagers.

    Thanks to donations, D.C. public school kids got free tickets to the first...

01/23/2015 - 3:41am

    Every time I read about the actor Mark Wahlberg's bid to be pardoned by the state of Massachusetts for crimes he committed in his youth, I flash back to the days I spent with him for a Times magazine profile just before "Boogie Nights" came...

01/23/2015 - 3:40am

    Andrew Gutierrez steeled himself for Christmas as soon as the stores started blaring carols in November.

    Those holiday songs, the piney smell of fresh-cut Christmas trees, the gingerbread...

01/23/2015 - 3:40am

    Good thing I don't live in Montgomery County, Maryland. Because the cops, apparently, would be at my door.

    They showed up at the Silver Spring home of Danielle and Alexander Meitiv last month...

01/23/2015 - 3:33am

    The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s economic message was fiery and radical. To our society's great shame, it has also proved timeless.

    As we celebrate King's great achievement and...

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