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The nation's fair-housing rules became clearer this month when the Department of Housing and Urban Development finalized a rule that it hopes makes it easier to determine whether a housing practice is discriminatory. The formal adoption of uniform...
I'm ticked off at the family who brought the screaming child to a nice restaurant. She was so loud we could not hear our conversation. I can't believe no one took her outside. The manager should have asked them to leave. I'm ticked off because some...
The takeaway from Diana Wasserman-Rubin's misdemeanor plea deal: Crime pays, especially for politicians who abuse the public trust. Broward State Attorney Mike Satz and his corruption prosecutors took pity on a woman ravaged by illness, rolling over...
According to a 19th-century poet named Francis Scott Key, the United States is the "land of the free and the home of the brave." If he were writing those lyrics today, he might add an asterisk with the notation: "Void in the aftermath of terrorism."...
Ordinary people, elected and unelected, behaved heroically last week. Unfortunately, it all happened hundreds of miles from Washington. In Boston, strangers gave clothes and shelter to shivering runners. They comforted injured spectators. They saved...
If you're mad it's Monday, remember: Tuesday is just a Monday that has had an extra day to practice. (I'll give you a moment to think about that.) OK. As much as I'd like to be a philosopher, I remain a newspapery question-answerer. So, on to the...
Before we move off the issue of gun control — and it's dead for now, believe me, for reasons this column will make clear — let's take a close look at just how something as popular as expanded background checks failed to pass the U.S. Senate...
In 1931, economist John Maynard Keynes lamented, "A sound banker, alas, is not one who foresees danger and avoids it, but one who, when he is ruined, is ruined in a conventional way along with his fellows, so that no one can really blame him." Substitute...
Tags: Martin O'Malley, Banking, AFSCME, Politics, Employees
State media keep talking about the fiscal cliff as if it will obliterate Maryland's wealth if Congress does not reach a compromise on debt talks. The truth is, cuts are far down the road if they happen, and Maryland will continue to thrive as an extension...
Would you borrow money to pay off your mortgage and instead risk it in the market? That is in essence what Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz would like to do by floating $255 million of pension obligation bonds to fill the official hole in the...
Call it the "cockroach theory." It's the assumption among investors that if one cockroach takes you by surprise, there are more to come, even if you see no sign of another at the moment. You apply the same thinking to investing as you apply at home....
Tags: Finance, Chicago Mortgages, Banking, Loans, Mutual Funds
The complaint I hear most often about this race for mayor of Los Angeles is that the candidates, Controller Wendy Greuel and Councilman Eric Garcetti, spend too much time talking in generalities without providing details about what they'd do. But when...
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