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George Will: Iowa practices civil health

WASHINGTON — When Huck Finn asked Tom Sawyer what a Moslem is, Tom said a Moslem is someone who is not a Presbyterian, which is true, but not the whole truth. Donald Trump says he is a Presbyterian ("I drink my little wine ... and have my little cracker"), which apparently was not good enough for enough of Iowa's evangelicals.

Jim Dey: Suit over driveway litigates on

A bizarre lawsuit stemming from a University of Illinois physician's desire to acquire his neighbors' driveway continues to consume the time and resources of the courts.

Champaign County Circuit Judge Jeffrey Ford issued a $242,400 judgment in May 2015 against Dr. Milorad Ketchens for his allegedly underhanded attempt to acquire the driveway of his neighbors, Ross and Leslie McNeil.

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Small step toward justice

Last week, a group of church friends held a town hall meeting in Brunswick, Ga. Their purpose is embodied in their name: Justice for Caroline Small.

Chances are, you've never heard of her.

Jim Dey: Court reverses long-held 'public duty' ruling

Most people's eyes glaze over when the subject of civil lawsuits and the rules that guide them come up.

But the nuclear bomb dropped last week by the Illinois Supreme Court will wake some of them up, particularly those local public officials who now find themselves with dramatically broader exposure to expensive lawsuits.

Jim Nowlan: Dueling visions for Illinois

I decided "to get outta Dodge" for a couple of weeks and set down in Austin.

Texas has been booming. The state's population has grown by more than 20 percent a decade since it became a state in the 1840s and is on course to do so this decade as well.

State capital Austin is really hot. On average, 100 new people settle in the city — every day.

George Will: Smart tax reform would ignite growth

WASHINGTON — Woodrow Wilson, who enjoyed moralizing about the mundane, called paying taxes a "glorious privilege." In 1865, when there was a Civil War income tax, one taxpayer shared this sensibility, sort of. Mark Twain said that his tax bill of $36.82 (including a $3.12 fine for filing late) made him feel "important" because the government was paying attention to him. Today, Rep.

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Vindication for Planned Parenthood

"A lie can get halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes."

That nugget of wisdom dates from the 1800s, i.e., decades before anyone ever heard of the Internet — much less Fox "News."

Sundiata Cha-Jua/Real Talk: The importance of African-American history

In the early 1970s, historian Sterling Stuckey implored scholars of black history to produce scholarship that would "become a searchlight flashing over the train wreck of the American night, illuminating hidden horrible truths" (Williams and Harris, (ed.), Amistad 2).

Whatever Happened To: Landfill worries

When was the last time you thought about where your garbage goes?

Of today's issues — state budget impasse, presidential primaries, gas prices — overflowing landfills don't crack the top 10.

But it wasn't that way in the 1980s.

George Will: Yet another New Yorker?

WASHINGTON — Michael Bloomberg's epiphany about the 2016 presidential proceedings is that what is missing is a second bossy, big-government billionaire from Manhattan's East Side — another candidate with malleable party loyalties.