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I meant to write about this last weekend, but was traveling for a wedding and didn’t get to it. In any case, this past Sunday (June 10) marked the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Terry v. Ohio decision. In Terry, the United States Supreme Court dramatically expanded the power of police officers in America, giving them constitutional […]
IHOP (International House of Pancakes) recently teased that the restaurant’s name would soon be changing to “IHOb.” Today they announced that the “b” stood for “burgers”: When  IHOP said it would change its name to IHOb, the speculation ran rampant: The International House of Breakfast, or Bacon, or even Blintzes? But, as it turns out, […]
Today the NFL voted to implement a new policy concerning player conduct during the national anthem: NFL owners reached a consensus Wednesday on a policy regarding the national anthem and players’ conduct during its playing before games. Under the new policy, players who do not choose to stand for the playing of the anthem before games […]
When I was living in Chicago earlier this decade, one of the big social movement stories then unfolding was the fight to get the University of Chicago to reopen an adult trauma center at its Medical Center. The movement started after the death of Damian Turner, who was shot four blocks away from the Medical […]


On April 20, 2018

On Monday, rapper Kendrick Lamar won the Pulitzer Prize for music for his 2017 masterpiece DAMN. It was the first time that a musician who isn’t a jazz or classical composer has won the music Pulitz

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