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Sep 12, 2022

What tragedy becomes banal: Why news consumers experience crisis fatigue

When Vladimir Putin launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine by land, air and sea on Feb. 24, 2022, the images of war were conveyed to dismayed onlookers around the world. Far from the action, many of us became aware of the unprovoked aggression by reading online coverage or watching TV to see explosions and people […]

Sep 12, 2022

The Supreme Court’s selective reading of history

The history of abortion in the U.S. guided some of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s arguments in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision. Alito argued that abortion has never been a “deeply rooted” constitutional right in the United States. But as a historian of medicine, law and women’s rights, I think Alito’s read […]

Sep 6, 2022

How to cross-examine an expert witness

The purpose of cross-examination is to continue to argue — and defend — your case by using leading questions to obtain affirmative answers. The leading question with the desired answer is the key to effective cross-examination of all witnesses, including the expert. It allows you to control the witness and obtain the desired answer most […]

Sep 2, 2022

Here’s what is really driving our polarization (it’s not social media)

The past two election cycles have seen an explosion of attention given to “echo chambers,” or communities where a narrow set of views makes people less likely to challenge their own opinions. Much of this concern has focused on the rise of social media, which has radically transformed the information ecosystem. However, when scientists investigated […]

Sep 2, 2022

Financial education is fundamental education

Within our ever-evolving financial landscape, financial education should be treated as a fundamental aspect of K-12 education for students in Maryland and beyond. As investment opportunities, wealth management practices, and banking as a whole continue to shift and evolve with technology, it is more important than ever for our students to become financially literate or […]

Aug 26, 2022

Conviction of two Michigan kidnap plotters highlights danger of violent conspiracies to US democracy

Two of the six men facing federal charges in a plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in 2020 were found guilty by a federal jury on Aug. 23, 2022. The verdict in the trial of co-defendants Adam Fox and Barry Croft Jr. comes after a previous trial ended in acquittals for two other co-defendants, Daniel Harris and Brandon […]

Aug 25, 2022

The missing link in regional rail transportation

There is about a 20-mile gap between Newark and the northeastern terminus of the Penn line at Perryville in Cecil County. It turns out that’s the only segment along Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor from Virginia to Connecticut not served by regional rail.

Aug 18, 2022

Don’t get distracted over ARPA-H fight; let’s win the bigger prize

Congress has approved a new agency — the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H) — that will ‘supercharge’ breakthrough medical research and provide over $1 billion in new research funding. A fight has broken out, however, over ARPA-H’s headquarters’ location. The Maryland congressional delegation is working to locate it in state, but when a […]

Aug 18, 2022

Editorial Advisory Board: Baltimore police should make full use of new technologies

We are in a transition phase regarding policing in America. Throughout the history of policing, much of the citizen and officer contact has been by way of face-to-face interactions requiring both a citizen willing to concede to the authority of an officer and a police officer who is willing to engage. Due to public sentiments […]

Aug 16, 2022

Helping Maryland companies counter the ‘great resignation’

According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, more than 600,000 people in Maryland quit their jobs in 2021 as part of the “great resignation.” As a result, local businesses have struggled to rehire workers as many are now looking for more flexibility, as well as better pay and benefits. However, in this highly competitive job […]

Aug 11, 2022

How to talk with each other about our differences on abortion

The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade has split the country into joyous supporters and furious dissenters. Emotions are running high, and some protests have turned violent. Yet research shows that people on either side of the abortion rights issue can bridge their divide if they speak directly and respectfully with one another. […]

Aug 11, 2022

Editorial Advisory Board: Questions for Md. GOP nominees

Dan Cox, the Republican nominee for governor of Maryland, not only is an acolyte of former President Donald Trump, but chartered buses to take protesters to the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.  Michael Peroutka, the Republican nominee for attorney general, was a member of the League of the South, an organization that the Southern Poverty […]

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