Raymond "DJ Freez" Rowe got away with murder for more than two decades. As a popular fixture on the party scene in and around Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, he was "the" man to call for music at high school dances, restaurants, clubs and weddings. He was the last person his fans would have suspected in the brutal sexual assault and murder of 25...Read more
More than two years after COVID-19 sent the country into a shutdown, life is looking close to the old normal. The job market is hot, restaurants have rebounded, sports and concert venues are packed and travel is up. But mass transit? It's still running slow, with no speedup in sight.
The pandemic ravaged urban transportation systems in two ...Read more
Commencement season is upon us as college graduates prepare to enter the "grown folks' world" full time. Some were already "adulting" by working their way through school and paying their own tuition. I was thinking about my college graduation last Sunday, since commencement ceremonies are often held on the "Lord's Day" at historically Black ...Read more
Vladimir Putin has had to embark on the five stages of grief about his invasion of Ukraine, and he may yet arrive at the final one: acceptance. On Monday, "Victory Day," Russians commemorated the triumph over Nazi Germany in World War II. But the president didn't pretend he could celebrate what has happened in Ukraine.
He even gave signs of ...Read more
A Fox News poll completed last week, the day before Politico published a draft majority opinion indicating that the Supreme Court will soon overturn Roe v. Wade, found that just 27% of respondents favored that outcome. Yet 54% thought their own states should ban abortion after 15 weeks of gestation -- the very policy at issue in the case before ...Read more
After all these years, my dad inspires me still.
As I write this, the almost 89-year-old fellow is fighting to get back onto his feet as stenosis, bad knees and general old age are wearing him down.
But though his body shows wear and tear, his mind remains as agile as his sense of humor.
And as he fights his daily battles he continues ...Read more
We talk a lot about sexual abuse and harassment here in the United States. We are a country with a heightened sense of what's right and wrong when it comes to sex crimes. We are also a nation that preaches to others around the globe about the evils of forced marriage and marriages involving children.
Our State Department has told officials in ...Read more
Now may be a good time to max out your investments in airlines, car rental agencies and intercity bus companies. Travel has picked up as the pandemic has ebbed, but the Supreme Court could give it an extra boost by revoking the constitutional right to abortion.
If that happens, a lot of American women are going to find that "shop local" is a ...Read more
Showing complete indifference to his party’s fate, President Joe Biden is doing all he can to damage Democrats’ chances for election in the upcoming mid-terms and his re-election in 2024.
Biden’s resolute determination to harm the Democrats may be explained several ways. At age 79, Biden has achieved his lifelong goal of becoming ...Read more
May 5 was National Prayer Day, and judging by media headlines of this week and the end of April, humble supplications before God are sorely needed. The leak of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito's draft majority opinion to overturn Roe v. Wade has ramped up the already bitter, partisan opposing sides of pro-life against pro-choice. The fight ...Read more
Roe v. Wade may not be dead, but it appears to be terminally ill, with a life expectancy of less than two months. So supporters of abortion rights, including me, are confronted with the grim prospect of returning to the bad old days when abortion was illegal in most of America and many women were forced to travel out of state to end their ...Read more
The Department of Homeland Security is dismayed by the uproar over its new Disinformation Governance Board. DHS this week emphasized that the "internal working group," which has no "operational authority or capability," will focus on developing "best practices" to counter disinformation from foreign states and criminal organizations while ...Read more
Rosalie Mercurio DiMaggio, a Sicilian immigrant, bore nine children, three of whom became Major League center fielders.
Since the boys’ father, San Francisco fisherman Giuseppe, considered baseball a “a bum’s game,” Rosalie covered for the Vince, Dominic and Joe Jr. so they could practice with other local boys. Then and now, the Bay ...Read more
I started my first business in the 5th grade when I convinced a neighbor to allow me to cut her grass with her electric lawn mower.
That project ended in immediate failure.
The mower was powered by a long extension cord — a cord I ran over and sliced in two shortly after I began mowing.
Such is the life of the entrepreneur, a life ...Read more
As a run-up to the Fourth of July, Americans typically buy beer, barbecue meats and fireworks. In the summer of 2020, as so many became overwhelmed by the anxiety and uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans were buying guns at a record pace.
Make no mistake: more guns equal more suicides.
This is not an attack on citizen's Second ...Read more
The pandemic has hung like a storm cloud over America for more than two years, but for some people, it has had a silver lining, or maybe gold. Since March 2020, the federal government has excused student loan recipients from both payments and accrual of interest -- saving them, and costing the federal government, $200 billion so far.
Joe Biden ...Read more
ABC's award-winning sitcom "Black-ish" recently ended an impressive eight-year run on primetime television. When it debuted back in 2014, the show quickly became America's No. 1 comedy, with a primary focus on the social, cultural and racial identity challenges of a well-off Black family living in plush Sherman Oaks, California. The Johnson clan...Read more
Between August 1 and August 5, 1945, the Washington Senators played five consecutive double headers. In a normal season, a scheduling burden of that magnitude wouldn’t have mattered much to the lowly Senators. But in 1945, the “first in love, first in war, and last in the American League” Senators were in a neck-and-neck pennant race with ...Read more
Tyrades! by Danny Tyree
Millions of young women dream of being honored on Mother’s Day.
Millions of others know in their hearts that they don’t want to have children, or at least not on someone else’s timetable.
Many in both groups run the risk of someday facing an unplanned, unwanted pregnancy.
Society assures us these women ...Read more
When Elon Musk bought Twitter, conservatives were ready to hold a ticker-tape parade. "Free speech is making a comeback," proclaimed Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio. Fox News host Tucker Carlson exulted in this victory over liberals who are "trying to control what we say and think." Gloated Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, "The Left is terrified of free speech."...Read more