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Updated Jun 24, 2016 at 10:14 AM

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the exclusionary rule does not apply when an officer makes an illegal stop and finds out the “suspect” has a warrant for his arrest and searches the suspect as a result.

Posted Jun 24, 2016 at 1:01 AM

I woke up, about an hour later than usual, and dragged myself out of bed. It did not feel much like a special day. I was tired, still worn out from the day and week before.   But this day was special, and I was about to be...

Updated Jun 23, 2016 at 11:18 AM

Disputes and confrontations over portions of the Pacific Ocean continue to grow. Indonesia’s government seized a Chinese fishing vessel on June 17 off the Natuna Islands, administered by Jakarta. That nation’s Vice President, Jusuf Kalla,...

Posted Jun 22, 2016 at 1:01 AM

Another month has passed and we are not any closer to a solution to the equitable distribution of state funding for schools than we were when I wished I had a crystal...

Updated Jun 21, 2016 at 10:21 AM

After the killing of 49 innocent people dancing in an Orlando, Florida nightclub, my heart shrunk with despair. The familiarity of mass murder is paralyzing because hate cannot be legislated away when such a killer believes his murderous rage is...

Updated Jun 20, 2016 at 12:23 PM

As soon as the picture of the man behind the massacre at Pulse, my friend barked at the TV.“Don’t show his face!” he said. “That’s half the problem. The killers just want to get on TV. Show the victims’ faces instead.”

Updated Jun 17, 2016 at 10:22 AM

In the aftermath of the horrific slaughter of patrons at an LGBT club in Orlando, Florida, the worst mass shooting in American history, we have learned that the homicide rate in major cities across the country also rose dramatically in 2015.

Updated Jun 16, 2016 at 1:16 PM

“Fog in channel, Continent cut off,” is a very old British joke about an alleged newspaper headline regarding weather over the waterway separating them from Europe. Even a brief visit to the British Isles can readily confirm this sense of distance...

Updated Jun 13, 2016 at 11:11 AM

The number of people who are trying to equate Donald Trump’s political rise to Ronald Reagan’s is staggering.Both shared a background in the entertainment industry before becoming candidates, but that is the only true comparison.

Updated Jun 13, 2016 at 11:02 AM

Four years ago she was a little-known Harvard professor who had never run for anything. Now Elizabeth Warren is leading the Democrats’ charge against Donald J. Trump and at the top of every list of Democratic vice-presidential candidates.

Posted Jun 10, 2016 at 8:19 PM

I may not have been born in a small town, but I can still relate to the words of John Mellencamp. While I grew up in the bustling metropolis of Salina, small towns have always been a big part of my life. That influence, one I am glad to...

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