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Columns share an author’s personal perspective.*****Thirty years ago this week — March 12, 1990 — the People of the State of California arraigned Erik and Lyle Menendez on murder charges. They became subjects of collective contempt as Rolexes, Ralph Lauren polo shirts and Alfa Romeos decorat…

Few folks find earthworms charming - except maybe 10-year-old boys who cut them in two and watch them writhe to see if both halves live (in fact both head and tail ends can regenerate, depending upon the species). But there are wizards who charm worms like Indian mystics charm snakes, and so…

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Old Joe Biden has revived his presidential candidacy, something even hostile or indifferent media have had to admit. On Feb. 29, the extra day of Leap Year, he won the South Carolina primary by a decisive margin.

The United States Supreme Court may soon stamp-out the last bastion of state sanctioned racial inequality in the criminal justice system. The high court is weighing the constitutionality of nonunanimous verdicts in criminal trials, and is expected to hand down a decision very soon.

The latest televised media melee among the surviving seekers of the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination in 2020 is important. The significance stems from the fact that this sort of traveling circus has now become the main arena and process by which we, the American people, select the …

Last week, prosecutors in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York submitted a sentence memorandum in the case of longtime President Donald Trump associate Roger Stone. The recommendation, based on the federal sentencing guidelines, proposed a sentence of between seve…

I’m a tad amused and confused by the hubbub over whether President Donald J. Trump, an elected official, has any legitimate authority to toy with the federal criminal legal system by getting Attorney General William Barr to weigh in on Trump’s old friend Roger Stone’s criminal case.

“Fog in channel, Continent cut off,” is a very old joke about an alleged British newspaper headline regarding weather over the waterway separating them from Europe. Even a brief visit to the British Isles can confirm this sense of distance.

It was only three years ago, but the commencement of the presidency that could have ended on Feb. 5 started with the words “crime and gangs and drugs that have stolen too many lives” and “American carnage stops right here and stops right now.”

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This past month NASA released a dramatic new video, employing state-of-the-art visible light, X-ray, and infrared technology, of the Crab Nebula, the remnant of a star explosion first observed on July 4, 1054 A.D., and recorded by Chinese and Japanese astronomers, the Baghdadi physician Ibn …

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Today, mass media coverage of the Korean Peninsula focuses on two flamboyant personalities. President Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un regularly vie for center stage.

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s alter ego and fictional hero Sherlock Holmes greatly raised the prestige of previously lowly detective stories. Sherlock, like Shakespeare, had acute insight. One of Holmes’ most brilliant inductions concerned evidence which was not present. In “The Silver Blaze,” a …

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Reading the title of this column you might think it is an advertisement for the sale of a long term care insurance policy. It isn’t. In fact, it is just the opposite. Much of what follows is very personal with me, perhaps too personal to be published in newspapers across the country. Too bad…

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Correction: The title of Paul Lombardo’s book was incorrect in an earlier edition of this column. The book is called “Three Generations, No Imbeciles: Eugenics, The Supreme Court, and Buck V. Bell.”

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Finally Fire Drill Fridays are over. In the 14 Fridays since Oct. 11, activist Jane Fonda led hundreds of people to be arrested as they protested what they deem the federal government’s insufficient response to climate change.

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President Tsai Ing-wen has been reconfirmed dramatically as leader of the government of Taiwan. The election of Jan. 11 gave her 57.1% of the vote, a stunning landslide. She is the first woman to hold this top government position, a milestone of tremendous importance.

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Our nation is enmeshed in impeachment “fever.” There was an investigation by the Democrats in the House of Representatives to ascertain whether there is enough evidence against President Donald Trump to bring impeachment charges. Multiple officials from several government agencies were broug…

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Incarcerated women are 30 times more likely to be raped than free women, according to figures cited by The Nation in a 2015 article. Since July, reports of rampant sexual abuse in women’s prisons have appeared in California, Connecticut, Florida, Kansas, Missouri, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Vermont.

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Up close and personal - that describes targeting individuals in wartime, even when impersonal unmanned drone aircraft are employed. The lethal remotely guided aircraft have become extremely popular with the United States military and intelligence agencies.

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Many people with felony convictions are getting their voting rights back in Kentucky and New Jersey. It’s less a holiday miracle than you might expect. Places such as California, New York, North Carolina and Washington D.C. are mulling similar moves.

President Vladimir Putin of Russia held his traditional year-end press conference on Dec. 19. The main news is there was none, save for coy hints he may change the constitution to remain in office beyond 2024.

Watching the rhetoric in Washington D.C. in recent days I am reminded of the Broadway musical entitled, “1776.” In the midst of that play the northern delegates to Congress were giving John C. Calhoun, the delegate from South Carolina, a hard time about slavery. He responded with a song that…

Every year, about 11 million people funnel through local municipal and county jails. According to the Prison Policy Initiative, between 1970 and 2017, the number of people incarcerated in the nation’s 3,000-plus local jails ballooned - from 150,000 to about 720,000 per day.

Christmas season this year falls on the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge, the largest battle in the history of the United States. On Dec. 16, 1944, Nazi Germany launched an enormous offensive through the quiet, thinly defended Ardennes Forest in Belgium. Adolf Hitler and planners …

“I’m dreaming of a white Christmas,” Bing Crosby crooned in his 1942 recording of Irving Berlin’s holiday reverie. Though Bing was initially underwhelmed by the song (he is said to have unenthusiastically remarked to its composer, “I don’t think we have any problems with that one, Irving”), …

As the year comes to a close, it is abundantly clear that the death penalty has fallen out of favor in America’s criminal justice system. This year will end with the second fewest executions since 1991.

Rejoice, prophecy is fulfilled, Jesus is born, the long awaited Messiah has come. How do we know? The Bible tells us so. Research tells us that the United States is a country where most believe in a supreme being. We owe that belief to the King James Bible whose 409th birthday we celebrate t…

As I write this, fires are raging in California and the number of icebergs floating in the North Seas is at an all-time high. That tells us that more ice is breaking off of the ice pack than in previous decades. A section of the ice pack in Antarctica the size of Rhode Island broke off last …