How many “have to’s” will gay marriage require?

Michael Peppard is an assistant professor of theology at Fordham University. In not too long, our entire country will probably sanction marriage equality. To same-sex partners, equal-protection laws say, “Let them eat cake.” The civil rights side of the issue appears settled. But...

Will: Democrats are making income inequality worse

Someone who is determined to disbelieve something can manage to disregard an Everest of evidence for it. So Barack Obama will not temper his enthusiasm for increased equality with lucidity about the government’s role in exacerbating inequality. In the movie “Animal House,”...

Parker: Noah’s arc of triumph

There’s nothing quite so helpful as a fatwa and threats of a Christian boycott to create buzz in advance of new movie. “Noah,” scheduled for its U.S. release on March 28, has become such a target. The United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain have banned the movie because it...

Marcus: The CIA as its own worst enemy

Watching Dianne Feinstein tear into the Central Intelligence Agency on the Senate floor the other day brought to mind a 1970s-era television commercial about a margarine supposedly indistinguishable from butter. “Chiffon’s so delicious, it fooled even you, Mother Nature,”...

King: Jeffrey Thompson’s illegal campaign activities are ‘the tip of the iceberg’

I began a November 2012 column on this page with this question: “Which candidate accepted an off-the-books, five-figure payment in exchange for dropping out of a race for a D.C. political office?” [“When city hall is stuck in greed’s grip,” Nov. 17, 2012]. The answer...

After Cosmos: The universe in 31 numbers

Michael West is director of the Maria Mitchell Observatory on Nantucket. 8.5 million: The number of people who watched the premiere Sunday of “Cosmos: A Space­time Odyssey” on Fox and affiliated networks. 13.3 million: The number of people who watched the premiere ...

Some Time Warner customers see 6.5 percent increase

Some Time Warner Cable customers are seeing increases averaging 6.5 percent in this month’s cable bill, a spokesman said today. The increase applies to new customers or customers not in a “promotional package,” according to spokesman Mike Hogan. “The majority of...

Findlay’s Birchaven ranked high among nursing homes

Blanchard Valley Health System today said its Birchaven Village has been named one of the best nursing homes by U.S. News & World Report, receiving an overall rating of five out of five possible stars.  It said only the top 21 percent of nursing homes in Ohio earned this...

Cooper Tire posts a profit

Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. posted a profit for the fourth quarter, and for all of 2013, despite its takeover troubles last year. Profits did deflate last quarter by 73 percent, to $19.6 million, because of cheap Chinese tire imports and troubles at a Cooper joint venture plant...
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Athearn Makes the Trek to Novi as Well…

Milepost 811 Even after the original company was bought by Horizon Hobbies, Athearn remains one of the “heavy hitters” in the world of model railroading and their presence at the show in Novi strongly reinforced that stance. While the once a-staple-of-the-hobby...
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