Diehl: Venezuela, the uprising no one is noticing

There are plenty of reasons to worry about Venezuela. A country with the world’s largest oil reserves now also manages to beat the world in inflation, violent crime and shortages of essential goods. The government’s response consists mostly of arrests of opposition...

Russia says Yanukovych requested troops in Crimea

U.N. Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin shows a document as he speaks during a meeting of the U.N. Security Council, Monday, March 3, 2014 at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) U.N. Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin shows a document as he speaks during a meeting of the...

Editorial: D.C. schools still have too many unmet challenges

NOT SO long ago, public schools weren’t talked about much during D.C. political campaigns. What point would there have been? City schools were seen as hopeless. The public didn’t expect much, and candidates didn’t promise much. It’s a hopeful sign, then,...

Editorial: The U.S. can’t afford to get complacent about obesity

HEADLINES LAST week offered a glimmer of hope on obesity: A government study found that the obesity rate for children ages 2 to 5 dropped by about 40 percent between 2003 and 2012. That comports with another recent government report finding that, in several states, young, poor...

Indians’ John Axford 18 For 18 In Oscars Picks

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — After converting 49 consecutive saves from 2011 to early 2012, John Axford has another streak going. The Cleveland Indians closer went 18 for 18 on his Academy Awards picks. Axford made the projections after the Indians’ game Sunday on his Facebook...

Officials Eye $38 Million In Aid To Cooper Tire

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Local officials are supporting tax breaks to modernize Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.’s Tupelo plant, while state officials mull a contribution. The Lee County Board of Supervisors has approved a plan to cut property taxes for 10 years, which could save...

Ohio Group Refiles Petition In Voter-access Effort

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio group has refiled its paperwork after hitting a snag in an effort to guarantee certain voter protections in the state constitution. Last month, Attorney General Mike DeWine rejected the petition for the proposed “Ohio Voters Bill of...

Limit Md.’s solitary confinement use

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Fairfax County budget sends a troubling message

Regarding the Feb. 26 Metro article “Property tax cap in Fairfax may jump”: Fairfax County Executive Edward L. Long Jr.’s fiscal 2015 budget plan is sadly one-sided in that it satisfies the needs of the county government but ignores the significant needs of our schools. The...

A counterproductive tax credit

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