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...

Limit Md.’s solitary confinement use

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Ind. Guardsman Faces Federal Explosives Complaint

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Explosive devices seized from an Indiana Guardsman who was pulled over for speeding in Ohio were capable of causing injuries and death to people nearby if they were detonated, according to a federal complaint. Investigators also found numerous videos and...

Ohio’s 4 Casinos Mark 1st Full Year Of Operations

CINCINNATI (AP) — As the last of Ohio’s voter-approved casinos celebrated its first birthday Monday, revenue projections for the first full year of operations for all four gambling destinations are falling far short of campaign promises. Cincinnati’s casino opened...

Obama’s 2015 budget appeals to Democrats

FILE – In this Feb. 28, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. Striving for unity among Democrats rather than compromise with Republicans, President Barack Obama unveils an election-year budget...

Walloped Again: Another Storm Hits Much Of US

WASHINGTON (AP) — Winter kept its icy hold on much of the country Monday, with snow falling and temperatures dropping as schools and offices closed and people from the South and Mid-Atlantic to Northeast reluctantly waited out another storm indoors. Four to 8 inches of snow were...

Crisis in Crimea sharply divides small town

Local residents gather outside the Ukrainian naval base headquarters in the town of Novo-Ozerne, some 90 km west of the Crimean capital Simferopol, Ukraine, on Monday March 3, 2014. For years, the little Crimean town was closed off from the rest of the world, a secretive...

What is to be done? Putin’s aggression in Ukraine needs a response

Zbigniew Brzezinski was national security adviser from 1977 to 1981. Regarding the Russian aggression against Ukraine, much depends on what Vladi­mir Putin does next. But what Putin does depends on not only his calculation of the likely NATO (and especially the U.S.) response but...

Harsh US winter extends into March

Dana Maxwell tries to keep warm at Intermodal Transportation Center in Fort Worth, Texas, Monday, March 3, 2014. The couple said that they are homeless and had to leave the Presbyterian Night Shelter at 7 a.m. and plan to ride the bus all day to keep warm. The National Weather...