Friday, September 19, 2014
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 Police tape blocks off Seqouia Drive at Mallard Court as the Elkhart County Sheriff's Department investigates a fatal shooting on Falcon Court.

We can’t control our kids’ actions all of the time but every now and then we have to step in, be forceful and say “You can’t hang out with him or her.”


Posted on Sept. 18, 2014 at 3:42 p.m.
 Convict Frank Van Den Bleeken appears in court in Brussels, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2013. Van Den Bleeken convicted of murder and rape who has been imprisoned for almost three decades has been granted the right to die after doctors agreed his psychiatric condition was incurable, an official and a lawyer said Tuesday.

Whatever modern political theories may claim, human life has a value greater than autonomy and choice.


Posted on Sept. 18, 2014 at 3:26 p.m.
 President Barack Obama, right, waves as he and U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh exit Air Force One at the South Bend Regional Airport Wednesday, August 5, 2009.

In Bayh’s mind, the chance of putting a serious dent into GOP majorities was a faraway thing. So was his agenda.


Posted on Sept. 18, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.
 In this Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 photo, shoppers browse the Levi's men's jeans department at a J.C. Penney store, in New York. Columnist Steve Chapman says he's baffled by men's clothing sizes.
Posted on Sept. 17, 2014 at 5:42 p.m.

Real life has a way of reminding me that I'm just an average-sized guy, no matter what the tags say.

Posted on Sept. 17, 2014 at 4:06 p.m.

Not even a credulous soap opera viewer would buy a tale so tawdry and ridiculous. Not only is it not credible, it's pathetic.

 In this still image taken from a hotel security video released by TMZ Sports, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice drags his fiancee, Janay Palmer, out of an elevator moments after knocking her off her feet into the elevator's railing at the Revel casino in Atlantic City, N.J., in February 2014. The Ravens terminated their contract with Rice Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, hours after the video surfaced on TMZ's website, and he was suspended indefinitely by the NFL.
Posted on Sept. 17, 2014 at 3:49 p.m.

Let him use his time off to think about who he is, what he did and where it has led him. And let certain of his fans use the time to ponder their reflexive need to excuse him.

 Members of the anti-war activist group CodePink interrupt a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. It was the first in a series of high-profile hearings that will measure congressional support for President Barack Obama's strategy to combat Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria.
Posted on Sept. 16, 2014 at 5:01 p.m.

The Islamic State is vulnerable to its local enemies — which include nearly every country in the region. But that doesn't mean it can be destroyed by us.

 Larry Miller holds up his hands after speaking during a public comments portion of a meeting of the Ferguson City Council Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. The meeting was the first for the city council since the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a city police officer.
Posted on Sept. 16, 2014 at 12:04 p.m.

A grand jury is less likely to deliver an indictment if a prosecutor doesn't ask for it.

 In this Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, photo, a health worker, right, sprays a man with disinfectant chemicals as he is suspected of dying due to the Ebola virus while onlookers stand behind in Monrovia, Liberia.
Posted on Sept. 16, 2014 at 11:41 a.m.

The Ebola outbreak is a continuing crisis that will doubtlessly demand further resources and effort. But it is also a stress test for future emergencies.

 In this file photo taken Monday, June 23, 2014, fighters from the Islamic State group parade in a commandeered Iraqi security forces armored vehicle down a main road at the northern city of Mosul, Iraq. (AP Photo, File)
Posted on Sept. 15, 2014 at 2:50 p.m.

Wait on discussing it until after the mid-term elections, says columnist E.J. Dionne Jr.

Posted on Sept. 15, 2014 at 2:37 p.m.

A new book with research could help frustrated parents.

 A Baltimore Ravens fan wears a Ray Rice (27) jersey during the first half of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, in Baltimore.
Posted on Sept. 14, 2014 at 5:47 p.m.

A full 35 percent of pro football TV viewers are women, and with them, trying to turn a blind eye to domestic violence isn’t going to play well.

 President Barack Obama addresses the nation from the Cross Hall in the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. Obama is committing the United States to a broad military campaign to root out militants in two volatile Middle East nations, authorizing airstrikes in both Syria and Iraq that could last well after his presidency.
Posted on Sept. 14, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.

It is one thing to have a strategy; another to pursue it with creativity and absolute resolve.


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 Michelle Singletary

Posted on Sept. 14, 2014 at 8:01 a.m.
 Former Vice President Dick Cheney waves after speaking at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI)  in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, about the current state and future of American foreign policy. Cheney spoke at the AEI a day after he spoke to House Republicans.

Posted on Sept. 13, 2014 at 7:45 p.m.
 U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, in the foreground, works on the headlight assembly of a Thor Motor Coach recreational vehicle at the company's Elkhart plant. The Democratic senator visited Aug. 4, 2014, as part of a series of planned stops at Indiana companies during the August Senate recess. Columnist Richard Leib calls the visits and the photo ops they created

Posted on Sept. 13, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.
 This Saturday, July 5, 2014, image made from video posted on a militant website, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, purports to show the leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, delivering a sermon at a mosque in Iraq.  U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 ordered the United States into a broad military campaign to “degrade and ultimately destroy” militants in two volatile Middle East nations, authorizing airstrikes inside Syria for the first time, as well as an expansion of strikes in Iraq.

Posted on Sept. 12, 2014 at 12:29 p.m.
 In this image made through a window of the Oval Office, President Barack Obama speaks on the phone to Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah from his desk at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, ahead of his address to the nation tonight regarding Iraq and Islamic State group militants.

Posted on Sept. 12, 2014 at 12:11 p.m.
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