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Posted Aug 28, 2014 at 11:01 PM

George Santayana, the Spanish-American philosopher and novelist, once said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” As increasingly aggressive police tactics are exposed across the country, discontent grows. Discontent shortens the memory. What was a crisis not so long ago seems less significant in the face of new concerns about heavy-handed, overreaching police conduct.

Updated Aug 26, 2014 at 8:17 AM

Ferguson, Missouri, doesn’t have just a race problem. It also has a math problem.

Updated Aug 25, 2014 at 9:12 AM

Our newspapers and TV newscasts are full of conflicts, both statistical and otherwise, some of which make no sense at all. For instance:

Posted Aug 21, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Ferguson, Missouri, has stumbled into the national spotlight for all the wrong reasons. From the tragic homicide of Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager, at the hands of the police, to the large-scale protests—peaceful and violent — to the...

Posted Aug 14, 2014 at 11:01 PM

The World Health Organization has officially declared the Ebola virus an international health emergency.

Updated Aug 14, 2014 at 12:56 PM

I’m missing a lot. You probably are, too.Times moves quickly. There are many things to do. Not all of them can be done.

Updated Aug 8, 2014 at 10:10 AM

College interns are a unique category of employee. Rather than simply being hired to perform a task at an appropriate rate of pay, managers are asked to teach these temporary employees about the world of business — the “real” skills that will be...

Updated Aug 7, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Predictive analytics is the process by which analysts are able extract information from a huge amount of data in order to reveal patterns and make predictions about what might happen in the future. Predictive analytics is not a crystal ball, but it...

Updated Aug 7, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Media reports this weekend, including from the New York Times and The Associated Press, shine new light on Arizona’s execution of killer Joseph R. Wood III on July 23. It took Wood nearly two hours to die, long enough that attorneys for the...

Updated Aug 7, 2014 at 12:22 PM

We have never had so much access to information, but we have never truly known less than we do now.

Updated Aug 5, 2014 at 7:06 AM

In recent years the focus of education has shifted from placing value on liberal arts to an emphasis on science and technology. Also, with the high cost of education and mounting student debt, greater value is now being placed on how education...

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