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  • Oaks leaves his mark in the annals of Maryland corruption

    Oaks leaves his mark in the annals of Maryland corruption

    By now there have been so many cases of political corruption in Maryland, you can understand why the sentencing judge in the Nat Oaks case took a minute Tuesday to determine if there was something unique about it. Was history being made here? If not history, then at least trivia? Surely there must...

  • Where have you gone, Mister Rogers?

    Where have you gone, Mister Rogers?

    Fred Rogers, the extravagantly kind and mild-mannered “Mister Rogers” of children’s television from 1968 until 2001, is the subject of an excellent documentary in theaters this summer, and he is the inspiration for a feature film starring Tom Hanks — of course, Tom Hanks — due for release next...

  • Is Kavanaugh Trump's 'Get-Out-of-Jail-Free Card'?

    Is Kavanaugh Trump's 'Get-Out-of-Jail-Free Card'?

    Imagine this: In July 1974, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the president of the United States had to turn over evidence in a criminal proceeding, a decision that led, less than a month later, to that president’s resignation. And imagine this: Three of the justices at the time, including...

  • On leaving baseball, flipping the First, discovering an awesome tree

    On leaving baseball, flipping the First, discovering an awesome tree

    Nobody asked me, but outfielder Colby Rasmus’ midseason departure from the Orioles seems so understandable, so human, that it’s a wonder such a thing does not occur more often among professional athletes: Acting on a desire to leave the game they’ve played since they were children, and long past...

  • Rodricks: 10 ways to be a great American citizen for the Fourth of July

    Rodricks: 10 ways to be a great American citizen for the Fourth of July

    On this Fourth of July we recognize the birth of our nation with parades, fireworks, new-car clearance sales and the grilling of mass quantities of meat. But we ought to take a couple of minutes to consider what it means to be an American and, more specifically, what it means to be a great citizen....

  • In Annapolis, a perfect breeze to heal and unify

    In Annapolis, a perfect breeze to heal and unify

    A breeze stirred softly from the west — not strong enough to blow out the vigil candles, but strong enough to cool the sweaty brows of the people who gathered near the Westfield Annapolis mall to pray for the victims of the shooting at the Capital Gazette, a few hundred yards away, across Bestgate...

  • On the death of a wordsmith, words come hard

    On the death of a wordsmith, words come hard

    Once upon a time, the Capital Gazette was a competitor of the The Baltimore Sun. But since 2014, when the Cap became part of the Baltimore Sun Media Group, that edge went away and those of us who work for The Sun now feel a familial pride for what the talented and enterprising staff in Annapolis...

  • Anti-Muslim prejudice matters in a Maryland county, but not at the White House?

    Anti-Muslim prejudice matters in a Maryland county, but not at the White House?

    Noted: The striking similarity — and, ultimately, the striking difference — between a ruling last week on a Harford County housing matter by a federal judge in Baltimore and this week’s ruling on executive power and immigration by the Supreme Court. Both cases involved anti-Muslim expression and...

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