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The unanimous decision of the U.S. Supreme Court Monday that states can compel electors to vote as each state wants or have their vote voided (and be fined) might seem at odds with the Constitution, inasmuch as the original intent of the Electoral College was for the “most enlightened and re…

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Let’s get rid of cops, defund them, at least make them less active, deplete their ranks and agree they suffer from systemic racism bred into their modes of behavior, always acting as if to be Black is to be guilty. That’s what some protesters and politicians are now saying in the wake of a h…

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I’m getting a whole-house attic fan installed this week – just like the one my father had installed in my childhood home – and I cannot wait to cool my house using his old-time methods.

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Our public spaces have been put under extreme pressure in the last few months. Since the pandemic lockdown, people have headed for open spaces to revive their mental and physical health. More recently, public spaces across the city and the country have played a key role in protests and demon…

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When the U.S. Supreme Court this week overturned a Montana law that had outlawed the use of state-subsidized scholarships for religious schools, it also eliminated any constitutional doubts about Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit program.

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In the spring of 2019, I was walking through a Providence, R.I., airport concourse after what had been a very painful, yet rewarding day. I had just bid a final goodbye to Armand LaValle, my pal since we were seventh-graders in Florida, who had courageously battled a cancer that we both knew…

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I’m a sucker for horror movies, but not the new ones filled with blood, gore and articulate zombies. My tastes trend toward the classics, and my favorite is the original “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.”

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DC should be a state. Pass it on. That’s the message supporters of D.C. statehood pushed on social media late last week as the U.S. House of Representatives prepared to vote on D.C. statehood.

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Fans of the national pastime, there is good news: The baseball gods have answered your prayers. The summer of 2020 will not be a total loss. The Major League Baseball season will be drastically abbreviated, short on spectators and different in ways that may cause purists to pound the ground …

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My mental discography may not hold up forever, but here goes another song lyric: “Why do you build me up (build me up), buttercup baby, just to let me down (let me down), and mess me around....” – Tom Macaulay & Mike d’Abo, 1968, The Foundations.

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Modern political campaigning requires innovative tools and technology to facilitate canvassing, phone banking and other outreach. But the 2020 campaign apps released by President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden far exceed political organizing, instead exploiting careless use…

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Recently, I visited my local gym for the first time after snacking-in-place for over two months. It was like going to see an annoying former friend – out of guilt. I’ve always had a tolerate-hate relationship with working out. I hate spending my time sweating and hyperventilating when I coul…

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Most Americans know Lou Gehrig’s tragic story. Fewer know how his widow, Eleanor, lovingly kept the baseball Hall of Famer’s memory alive for decades after his untimely death.

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Last Thursday morning as I journeyed to the daily grind, if you told me that the day would end in a three-day weekend thanks to a new state holiday, it would have actually made perfect sense given the ever-changing and bizarre daily news’ milieu.

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What you think about removing Confederate statues has less to do with your opinions about race and more with how you perceive the motivation behind removing them in the first place.

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There has been much uncertainty surrounding how the coronavirus spreads. Myriad questions have come and gone unanswered or with unclear answers: Can you get the virus from food? How about the mail? What about surfaces? If you are outdoors? If you are 6 feet apart? Experts are coming to a con…

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Here’s one good thing about the COVID-19 pandemic: Bike sales are booming. I hope that means kids will begin riding in big numbers again.

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For practically my entire career, when I’ve written about the experiences of Black people I’ve had to do so using a lower case “b.”

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Public sentiment on police accountability appears to have taken a definite and welcome turn, best witnessed by the competing proposals emerging among the two political parties at the state and national levels.

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The lyric “I’m not dumb but I can’t understand” is from “Lola,” the 1970 song by The Kinks. The song is about an ordinary guy attempting to sort out the ambivalent gender of a crossdresser named Lola.

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The Trump administration’s decision to remove more than 9,000 troops from Germany by September is part of a dispiriting pattern. It serves little strategic purpose and will be virtually impossible to pull off. News of the proposal provoked the ire of the German government, which wasn’t brief…

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“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an …

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On Tuesday, the same day that Florida posted the largest number ever of confirmed cases of the coronavirus in a single day (since eclipsed), Gov. Ron DeSantis stood firm declaring, “We’re not rolling back.” Meaning that, instead of letting the full picture of the spread of the virus in the s…

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There are bad ideas, foolishness, and just plain stupidity. Defunding and or eliminating any police department throughout our fruited plain harmonizes all three.

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The coronavirus outbreak forced students at colleges across the U.S. to finish the spring semester at home. As Congress considers additional relief for higher education, lawmakers should focus on helping students at greatest risk of abandoning their studies altogether.

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Set aside the emotions. Defunding the police — reducing the money spent on policing and reallocating it to other local priorities — is common sense, whether you look at the issue from a budgetary, criminal justice or social point of view.

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George Floyd’s murder was a horrific crime, and it has literally changed the world. But we need to take a moment to calm ourselves. We must reflect on our goals for fixing law enforcement problems before letting radical activists take control of the criminal justice reform agenda.

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My father’s mission was to tame the stupidity out of me – a powerful blessing too few children are experiencing now.

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I’d like to think I’m not the “Lone Ranger” when I state that I honestly feel like I’m losing my country, watching radicals and extremists burning and looting businesses that were already reeling from the government shut-down due to the COVID-19 crisis. This seems surreal to me. Those same e…

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A disproportionate number of those who have gotten sick or died from COVID-19 have been people of color and immigrants. Not surprisingly, many of them, considered “essential workers,” have been on the job. These two facts together make a compelling case for how we ought to respond when these…

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There’s so much to say on this subject, I’m not sure where to begin. So, why not start with a good ole’ Pennsylvanian, Mr. Rogers, Fred Rogers, that is.

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Speaking as a father (“What – am I made of money? Go ask your mother! When you have your own roof, you can make your own rules! No, my abs aren’t flabby, they’re just meditating…”)