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08/28/2014 - 3:51pm

    Televised scenes of fires and looters ravaging storefront buildings in Ferguson, Missouri brought flashbacks in my memory to other urban riots a half-century ago -- and to lessons that Ferguson officials failed to learn.

    Among them: Never...

08/21/2014 - 6:16pm

    The story of a young man's speed-hiking the 2,663-mile Pacific Crest Trail has raised some environmentalist eyebrows, albeit only slightly. He was racing from California's border with Mexico to Washington state's with Canada.

    The cause...

08/21/2014 - 6:14pm

    Some of President Barack Obama's supporters sound notably disappointed by his third speech on the Ferguson, Missouri, crisis. Too timid, they say. Here are some representative tweets.

    Ta-Nehisi Coates of The Atlantic: "Feel like he is...

08/21/2014 - 6:13pm

    Mike Johnston's mother was a public-school teacher. So were her mother and father. And his godfather taught in both public and private schools.

    So when he expresses the concern that we're not getting the best teachers into classrooms or...

08/21/2014 - 6:13pm

    The fire this time is about invisibility. Our society expects the police to keep unemployed, poorly educated African-American men out of sight and out of mind. When they suddenly take center stage, illuminated by the flash and flicker of Molotov cocktails, we feign surprise.

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08/21/2014 - 6:12pm

    Late last month, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued an oblique news release announcing that it was awarding an unnamed whistle-blower $400,000 for helping expose a financial fraud at an unnamed company. The money was the latest whistle-blower award - there have been 13 so far - paid as part...

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