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Deadly encounters spark dialogue
WILLIAM WIDMER

Deadly encounters spark dialogue

Editor’s note: Three events in three consecutive days last week thrust race and police-community relations to the center of the national stage once again.

On Tuesday, in Baton Rouge, La., police officers responding to a 911 call by a homeless man wrestled 37-year-old Alton Sterling to the ground and fired shots into his chest. Sources report that the homeless man had repeatedly asked Sterling, who was selling CDs outside the store, for money, and that Sterling showed his gun to the homeless man and told him to leave him alone.

On Wednesday, in a St. Paul, Minn., suburb, 32-year-old Philando Castile was pulled over on a traffic stop and asked for his license and registration.

TODAY'S MODERATOR

Pushups, not Prozac

Exercise may be the next medicine.

More doctors are prescribing exercise instead of pharmaceuticals, according to Rodrique Ngowi, writing for the Associated Press.

For example, in a health center in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood, where the life expectancy is only 59 years, primary-care physicians as well as psychologists and internists are prescribing affordable gym access for low-income patients, many with obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and depression.

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FROM THE LEFT

Police are not the big problem — we are

This is not about the police.

At least, not solely. Granted, the police are the reason we are heartbroken today, the reason cable news networks are assembling panels to talk about black and blue, the fraught intersection between African-Americans and the law. Last week, after all, saw two more African-American men shot by police under questionable circumstances and then, five Dallas police officers assassinated by a sniper at a Black Lives Matter rally.

FROM THE RIGHT

The travesty and tragedy of teacher tenure

LOS ANGELES — The mills of justice grind slowly, but life plunges on, leaving lives blighted when justice, by being delayed, is irremediably denied. Fortunately, California’s Supreme Court might soon decide to hear — four years after litigation began — the 21st century’s most portentous civil rights case, which concerns an ongoing denial of equal protection of the law.

COLUMN OF INTEREST

Memories of ‘64 Goldwater nomination haunt GOP

Whether Gov. John R. Kasich stays in or gets out of the Republican presidential derby is between him, his advisers, his pollsters — and his ego. But given that polls suggest Kasich could beat Democrat Hillary Clinton, but Donald J. Trump and Ted Cruz couldn’t, why would Kasich step away now?

Still, assume for a moment that when the Republican National Convention meets in Cleveland in July, it nominates Trump (a sometime campaign contributor to Clinton and Harry Reid).


LETTERS & SPEAK UP

Obama’s Supreme Court pick and the GOP

Reader: The Supreme Court waits for no one

President Obama made a brilliant choice in Merrick Garland for nominee for Supreme Court Justice. If the Republicans refuse to cooperate, neglect performing their duties, procrastinate the hearing or if they want to close down and go home for the rest of the year, by all means let them. But their pay should be automatically suspended until they’re ready to roll up their sleeves and get back to work.

FRESH IDEAS

Dreaming up writer’s block solution

From The New Yorker, on overcoming writer’s block: “It’s useful to escape from external and internal judgment — by writing, for instance, in a dream diary, which you know will never be read — even if it’s only for a brief period. Such escapes allow writers to find comfort in the face of uncertainty; they give writers’ minds the freedom to imagine, even if the things they imagine seem ludicrous, unimportant, and unrelated to any writing project … (a dream) serves as a reminder that, no matter how blocked you may be, you still have the capacity to imagine something new.

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