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C. Fraser Smith: Signs of hope on the gun front

AUSTIN, Texas – Did the modern version of dramatic mass shooting deaths begin here? Some of us remember when a deranged, former Marine sharpshooter murdered 16 people and wounded 32, firing from the clock tower at the University of Texas. ...

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C. Fraser Smith: O’Malley’s big chance

Whatever else happens in this bizarre election year, Martin O’Malley will have clips of Anderson Cooper announcing him as a Democratic candidate for president of the United States. With O’Malley’s standing in the polls near zero, some had wondered if ...

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C. Fraser Smith: Even Schaefer would be impressed

William Donald Schaefer would be shouting, “Hallelujah!” The mayor would be on the phone to Ronald J.  Daniels, president of The Johns Hopkins University, and to Ronald R. Peterson, head of the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System. He’d be ...

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C. Fraser Smith: The making of a mayor

William Donald Schaefer won the mayoralty in 1971, moving into City Hall with more knowledge of the job than many mayors have when they leave it. He’d been a member of the city council. He’d been president of that body. ...

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C. Fraser Smith: How zero tolerance became the rule in Baltimore

Baltimore’s discredited zero tolerance arrest policy of the 1980’s draws justified condemnation, but critics forget an important factor: Neighborhood leaders and clergy, not to speak of residents, wanted it. They had zero tolerance for crime. Why should police tolerate it? ...

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