Depressing news about black students scoring far below white students on various mental tests has become so familiar that people at different parts of the ideological spectrum have long ago developed their different explanations for why this is so. But both may have to do some rethinking, in light of radically different news from England.
Trendy Seattle must add a new word to its progressive vocabulary: resilience. In a time of severe storms and evident climate change, prudent investments are being made around the country in public infrastructure — roads and bridges, traffic lights and storm drains — that learn from horrific weather events and anticipate rising sea levels.
I'm not a big one on celebrities and award shows, but my law firm represents the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which is how I found myself in the audience last week as Angelina Jolie received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. I did not expect to be deeply moved. I was.
The Communist Party can't wait to see the back of Gary Locke, the outgoing U.S. ambassador who ruffled many a feather during his two-plus years in Beijing. The 1.2 billion Chinese who aren't party members should be begging him to stay.
In 2011, tens of thousands of government employees and others, enraged by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's determination to break the ruinously expensive and paralyzing grip that government workers' unions had on the state, took over the Capitol building in Madison.
Meet Simile and Sui Generis. Simile, to refresh memories, is a favorite rhetorical device of writers that compares two essentially unlike things that nonetheless have similar characteristics: The quarterback was like a locomotive.