Give juvenile lifers a second chance

Last Friday, by agreeing to hear argu­ments in Toca v. Louisiana, the U.S. Supreme Court opened the door for another impor­tant move toward ratio­nal­izing the admin­is­tra­tion of juve­nile jus­tice. Two years […]

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Make school security invisible: Column

A while back, I had a not-​​​​so-​​​​close encounter of the bizarre kind during a visit to a physician’s office in a rel­a­tively safe suburb of Boston. Upon entering, I was […]

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Lovesick over Charles Manson. Really?

Wed­ding bells are about to ring for con­victed mul­tiple mur­derer Charles Manson, arguably America’s most noto­rious of his ilk. Of course, Manson, the pied piper of the 1960s hippie movement, […]

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A soothsayer for the digital age

Of course, pre­dic­tion is a proven hazard. Just ask the weath­erman, or seis­mol­o­gists or, for that matter, eco­nomic fore­casters, whose reams of data and super­com­puters don’t seem to help much. […]

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Active shooter’ incidents on the rise

The FBI study defined “active shooters” as a person or people “actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people” in a “pop­u­lated area.” That is dif­ferent from mass shooting […]

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