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December 22, 2014

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Steve Wynn throws his haymaker as ‘Showstoppers’ bows at Encore Theater
Monday, December 22, 2014
“Showstoppers” is personally pertinent to Steve Wynn. He’s been an impassioned fan of musical theater since his days as a student at Penn (where he studied English lit) and was introduced to great Broadway musicals ...
Politicians say the darndest things
Monday, December 22, 2014
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Pols say the darndest things! We have culled from masses of malapropisms, silly statements, dumb observations and, sadly, few words of wisdoms from our national leaders in 2014. Hope it gives you a better idea of what goes on in D.C.
A glimpse into the minds of cops
Monday, December 22, 2014
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Like a lot of people in journalism, I began my career, briefly, as a police reporter. As the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases have unfolded, I’ve found myself thinking back to those days. Nothing excuses specific acts of police brutality, especially in the Garner case, but not enough attention is being paid to the emotional and psychological challenges of being a cop.
Where are Ebola’s fear-mongers?
Monday, December 22, 2014
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Remember Ebola? Only two months ago, many Americans were gripped by fear of the uncontrollable spread of an apparently incurable disease that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention projected could strike 1.4 million people in West Africa before it came under control.
Lesson in race relations, mercy from shooter and his victim
Sunday, December 21, 2014
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Ian Manuel is a black man who has spent most of his life in prison. Yet, he still has a most unusual advocate calling for his release: a white woman whom he met when he shot her in the face.
America, who are we?
Sunday, December 21, 2014
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I recently spoke at a seminary and graduate school in New York about the protests after the grand jury decisions in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases.
Why 2014 is a big deal for America
Sunday, December 21, 2014
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I was just about to go with a column that started like this: When they write the history of the global response to climate change, 2014 could well be seen as the moment when the balance between action and denial tipped decisively toward action. That’s thanks to the convergence of four giant forces: São Paulo, Brazil, went dry; China and the United States together went green; solar panels went cheap; and Google and Apple went home.
When football gets the ax
Friday, December 19, 2014
The most unpopular man in Birmingham, Ala., these days is Dr. Ray Watts, the president of the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Earlier this month, Watts announced …
Democrats against reform
Friday, December 19, 2014
It’s easy to understand why Republicans wish health reform had never happened and are now hoping the Supreme Court will abandon its principles and …
The imitation of marriage
Friday, December 19, 2014
In the past two weeks, my colleagues at The Times’ data-driven project, the Upshot, have offered two ways of looking at the most important cleavage in America — the divide, cultural and economic, between the …
Mark of ‘Mark & Mercedes in the Morning’ leaves; J.C. Fernandez steps in Jan. 5
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Half of the long-running and market-topping KXMB 94.1 “The Mix” morning radio team has announced a departure. Mark DiCiero, who teamed with Mercedes Martinez for 18 years ...
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Human Nature heats up, cools off for holidays; Extreme Thing dumped for ’15; ‘Mondays Dark’
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
The Kats Report Bureau at this writing is the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel. I am positioned on the actual floor seating area of the music hall, in which The Killers played on opening weekend and Imagine Dragons ...
Cop cams: A good tool, not a cure
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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As the tragic chokehold case of Eric Garner illustrates, police body cameras are not the solution to all police brutality complaints. But they can bring a much-needed clarity to what we’re arguing about.
The cheerfulness of tax reform
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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If America’s long-term economic growth were 3.5 percent, the result would be the restoration of cheerfulness. If long-term growth is closer to 2 percent, the result will be continuing social disappointment and political crankiness.
On anniversary of Sandy Hook tragedy, Congress should act on gun laws
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Two years ago this week, at Sandy Hook Elementary School, 20 children and six adults were killed in one of the deadliest school shootings in our nation’s history. I will never forget the horror of how those children died — shot at close range with a high-powered rifle, with each child hit as many as 11 times, as a shooter fired more than 150 rounds of ammunition within five minutes. The tragedy was magnified by the realization of what could have happened if the killer had more time — given the time and capacity, he would have killed hundreds of ...

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