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  1. Bowen: Bringing some common sense to the search for a sense of place


    Where is the elusive sense of place?

    It's got to be around here somewhere. It sure gets talked about a lot.

  2. A Chevy in Japan is indeed a rare sight. But why?



    Billionaire businessman Donald Trump's presidential campaign hinges on Americans who share Trump's assessment that the United States is losing all over the world.

    A man drives an old but tricked-out Chevy Impala on the streets of Shibuya, a Tokyo neighborhood. American cars are a pretty rare novelty on Japanese roads.
  3. Woodrow Wilson's racist policies ended my grandfather's career


    Over the last week, a growing number of students at Princeton have demanded that the university confront the racist legacy of Woodrow Wilson, who served as its president before becoming New Jersey's governor and the 28th president of the United States. Among other things, the students are demanding that Wilson's name be …

    The author’s grandfather, John Abraham Davis, center, and his family at their farm in the early 1900s in a time before Woodrow Wilson ruined him.
  4. Voters and self-interest: riddle solved


    It is one of the central political puzzles of our time: Parts of the country that depend on the safety-net programs supported by Democrats are increasingly voting for Republicans who favor shredding that net.

    Anti-welfare Maine Gov. Paul LePage was re-elected with support even from towns where many get public aid.
  5. My white neighbor thought I was breaking into my own apartment


    I locked myself out of my apartment in Santa Monica, Calif. I was in a rush to get to my weekly soccer game, so I decided to deal with the lock afterward.

    Fay Wells
  6. Review: FDR and 1944


    Jay Winik's 1944: FDR and the Year That Changed History is a sprawling yet detailed story of World War II encompassing political-military biographies of key participants, vivid battle scenes and a clear picture of the world political environment of the time.

    FDR book cover
  7. Column: Parents undocumented, daughter a voter


    When I turn 18 in January, I will be the first person in my family eligible to vote. I don't take this responsibility lightly as my parents remain undocumented, and I don't feel as if it's only my vote — it's a vote for my entire family.

    Mariel Perez, right, is a U.S. citizen who will be turning 18 in January and voting for the first time in 2016. From left are her sister Karen, mother Beatriz, and brother Jassiel. The Perez parents came from Mexico 22 years ago and would be eligible for the president’s order protecting undocumented immigrants from deportation.

Photo courtesy Perez family
  8. Dockery: Plenty of space for hunting besides parks


    The perfect example of "if it ain't broke" is Florida's State Park System. At least it was before Gov. Rick Scott and his Department of Environmental Protection secretaries started to meddle.

  9. Ruth: NPA voters missing out on primary elections


    When campaign season rolls around, too often our electoral choices range between Mr. Ed and Sasquatch.

  10. Column: Families, from far and near, reconnect



    Four centuries after the pilgrims, families are still celebrating their successful arrival on North American shores with a big meal at the end of November.

  11. Column: A nation blessed with abundance


    For most Americans, food scarcity is when we wait until the last minute and the exact brand of lowfat, gluten-free, heart-healthy, fair trade, organic, local, handcrafted marshmallow is sold out, forcing us to "make do" with an inferior sweet potato casserole topping. Though the grocery stores may temporarily run low on …

  12. Column: Time for White House to step up on TB


    The World Health Organization just released new data showing tuberculosis kills more people than even HIV/AIDS, and it called multidrug-resistant TB a public health crisis.

    Dr. Jennifer Furin is shown working in southern Africa to combat what the World Health Organization has called a public health crisis: multidrug-resistant tuberculosis. In the United States, there are about 100 cases diagnosed each year. A plan to eliminate the threat will require increased funding.

Photo by Justin Ide
  13. Column: Fed chief and Nader debate rates


    Debates over monetary policy normally play out through spreadsheets and statistics, but an argument between political activist and five-time presidential candidate Ralph Nader and Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen has turned personal — and public.

  14. Column: Searching for Richard Nixon


    It's a truth universally accepted that every Republican who runs for president wants to be Ronald Reagan, and that every Democrat wants to be either Franklin Roosevelt or (God help us) John F. Kennedy.

    President Richard Nixon consults with adviser Henry Kissinger in 1972. Today’s challenges could use some cold-eyed Nixonian realpolitik.
  15. Column: Court's double standard on free speech


    Armed with 535 letters, one addressed to each member of Congress, Ruskin mail carrier Doug Hughes piloted a small gyrocopter onto the U.S. Capitol's front lawn in April. His message to the lawmakers? It's time to reform our nation's pay-to-play system of money in politics and to give everyday people a bigger voice.

  16. Ruth: Smart strategy shift by Tampa police


    Last year, the City Council of the North Florida metropolis of Waldo voted to excommunicate its own Police Department following a long-festering scandal involving a speeding ticket scam by officers that in one year alone produced 12,000 dubious citations and more than $400,000 in ill-gotten fines.

    Tampa police wrote more tickets last year than sheriff's offices in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties combined; more per capita than cops in Jacksonville, Miami, St. Petersburg and Orlando, the state's four other largest cities. And no other law enforcement agency in the state arrests more people than the Tampa Police Department. Once you understand how the department measures officer productivity, it's easy to see why. Each arrest, each ticket, feeds into a formula that calculates an officer's "productivity ratio" - number of hours worked divided by the number of tickets and arrests. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times]
  17. Column: Stand with Syria's victims


    I could speak to the recent wave of fearmongering wearing any number of hats. I could speak as a father who, if Syrian, would most certainly choose to flee in order to save my children. I could speak as an American who would not be here if it weren't for Ellis Island. I could speak as a native New Yorker who benefited …

    A Syrian kisses his daughter last week after disembarking from a dinghy
at the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing from the Turkish coast.
  18. Column: The petulant, reluctant wartime leader



    An event that invokes widespread fear and confusion, such as the Paris attacks, is also an occasion for leadership. The resulting intense public focus opens a brief window for explanation and inspiration. In moments of crisis or challenge, a leader can figuratively speak from the ruins.

  19. Column: Clinton's take on ISIS


    We've just had a chance to watch Hillary Clinton respond in real time to a complex foreign policy challenge. On Thursday, six days after the Paris attacks, she gave a comprehensive antiterrorism speech at the Council on Foreign Relations.

    Hillary Clinton takes questions after her speech Thursday at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. She pointed to the reality that ISIS will be toppled only if there is an uprising by fellow Sunnis.
  20. Ruth: It's un-American to reject Syrian refugees


    Oh, we do so love waving the flag. After all, we're patriots. It says so right there on the bumper sticker, the one with the eagle. We're brave, too. And the mere sight of the Statue of Liberty gets us all verklempt. We're Americans. We adore freedom, and that pursuit of happiness stuff is simply swell.