Columns

The teens laughed and chuckled as they watched the man die

One of the big drawbacks to social media is how much it has turned us into a culture of spectators. With the advent of social media platforms, we all seem to spend a significant amount of time...

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Woman uses social media to accuse the police of sexual assault; roll the tape, please

On June 22, 2017, Burlington, Vt. police officers found Logan Huysman and two of her friends passed out in a running vehicle. According to police accounts, the officers spent four minutes trying to...

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A journalist and county sheriff are at odds about what really happened on this car stop

Last week, Boone County, Mo. Sheriff Dwayne Carey was irked. A local journalist, Bill Clark, also known as Ol' Clark, published a column in the Columbia Daily Tribune highly critical of the way he...

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Vargas: When it is reasonable for officers to fear dying

On May 18, 2017, Tulsa, Oklahoma Police Officer Betty Shelby was found not guilty of first-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Terence Crutcher. On June 16, 2017 St. Anthony, Minn. Police...

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Trying to stem the tide of illegal fireworks is an uphill effort

It’s almost the Fourth of July, a great American holiday filled with time with family, friends and hopefully good food. But it's also a time when normally law-abiding people suddenly feel the...

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Thieves are getting stung left and right, but not by bees

You leave your bicycle locked in a rack only to return and find the lock has been cut and the bicycle stolen. Or, more likely, you’ve been waiting for that special package ordered online to be...

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Vargas: What would you do if suddenly attacked

The woman was working alone at the Mon Beau Bebe store in Irvine Saturday evening when a man entered the store. When the woman looked away, the man grabbed her by the hair and attempted to drag...

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It's been a violent couple of weeks, and it's not even summer yet

Did anyone else notice what a violent couple of weeks we’ve had? On June 5, in Orange County, Fla., a disgruntled employee entered a factory and proceeded to shoot and kill four of his former...

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Officer who weathered abusive rant by Philadelphia woman showed great restraint

In the past few days, a video has gone viral showing Colleen Campbell unleashing an expletive-filled tirade at a Philadelphia police officer and employees of the Helium comedy club. According to...

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Roman: 'When I grow up, I want to be just like you'

A few weeks ago, I was typing reports in Starbucks when a woman and two children walked in. I looked up and glanced over as they went up to the counter. The mother ordered and sat down on the other...

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