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12/18/2014 - 4:41am

    During my decades of journalism I have been alternatively amused and appalled by the sarcastic newsroom slogan: "A story too good to check out."

    I've been amused by the battlefield sarcasm that comes from having a hot story lead...

12/18/2014 - 4:27am

    In the summer of 1991, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit overturned the conviction, for stock manipulation, of a man named John Mulheren.

    Mulheren was a stock trader who had been...

12/18/2014 - 4:22am

    The medical community has been no match for the National Rifle Association for decades. By the time Congress leaves town for the holidays, we'll know if senators have shown an ounce of courage or if the NRA has bagged one more trophy. Either way, we won...

12/18/2014 - 4:14am

    Hail the lowly bar code. By enabling retailers to track sales and inventory, it allows them to order goods from warehouses and manufacturers only when needed, reducing overhead and costs. Just-in-time production is a signal achievement of our digitized age...

12/18/2014 - 4:13am

    In the responses to my "When Whites Just Don't Get It" series, I've been struck by the lack of empathy some whites show for members of minority groups. So imagine if the world were reversed. Then "the talk" might go like this:...

12/18/2014 - 4:09am

    ‘Tis the season for mindless consumerism.

    I love giving gifts when they’re from the heart. But I hate giving or receiving presents if they’re things nobody needs, given out of a sense of obligation.

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