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Secret maritime society treads water
BY DAVID SHRIBMAN PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE EXECUTIVE EDITOR
SALEM, Mass. — For four generations, members of my family have walked through the doors of the Hawthorne Hotel here, attending Rotary or Chamber of Commerce meetings, stepping into the basement for teen parties, mingling in the lobby after Thanksgiving-morning 5K races that took our family harriers through town and around the shoreline. …

7/28/2014 12:00 AM
Why a tobacco heir isn’t fuming
BY THOMAS WALTON BLADE COLUMNIST
You might assume that Patrick Reynolds is furious these days. R.J. Reynolds was his grandfather, and the giant tobacco company he founded just got socked with a $23.6 billion judgment by a Florida jury that was determined to send a strong message about the evils perpetrated by the cigarette industry. …

7/27/2014 12:00 AM
Energy mess must be cleaned up
BY DAVID KUSHMA BLADE EDITOR
Is there anything hopeful to say about the lousy new law that is freezing Ohio’s clean-energy mandates? Only that it could have been even worse — and that Gov. John Kasich and the General Assembly still have a chance to start to reverse the damage they’ve done. …

7/27/2014 12:00 AM
Workers’ consciences deserve protection
BY BENJAMIN G. DAVIS
The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last month in the Hobby Lobby case is bringing battles over religious beliefs to nearly all American workplaces. No worker should have to go along with an employer’s beliefs, however sincere, to get along in his or her job. …

7/26/2014 12:00 AM
What would Thomas Edison do?
BY MARILOU JOHANEK BLADE COLUMNIST
If Thomas Alva Edison had to rely on committees, commissions, and shifting political sensitivities, the light bulb might have stayed a theory. It might have been talked to death or shelved for lack of consensus. …

7/25/2014 12:00 AM
At 90, Detroit judge still learning
BY JACK LESSENBERRY BLADE OMBUDSMAN
DETROIT — Nearly everyone in Michigan’s legal community knows U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn. He is one of the most colorful, fascinating, and occasionally temperamental justices on the federal bench. He is brilliant and hard-working. He turned 90 last week. …

7/21/2014 12:00 AM
History on a Mediterranean cruise
BY S. AMJAD HUSSAIN BLADE COLUMNIST
A recent cruise took me to famous cities on the Mediterranean Sea. I have been to some of these cities before, but visiting them by sea was different. An added attraction was the company of my friends Naveed and Rehana Ahmed of Toledo. …

7/20/2014 12:00 AM
Toledo's blight war is winnable
BY DAVID KUSHMA BLADE EDITOR
The Blade’s recent reporting on blight in Toledo — thousands of empty homes that have decayed beyond salvation, derelict commercial buildings, neglected lots turned into dump sites — is causing some longtime Toledoans to lament that their city has never looked worse. …

7/20/2014 12:00 AM
Spector of 1936 hovers over Cleveland
BY DAVID SHRIBMAN PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE EXECUTIVE EDITOR
Republicans have made a choice, and it’s the last easy one they will have for the next 23 months. They will hold their 2016 national political convention in Cleveland. …

7/19/2014 12:00 AM
Catholic Church protects its priests
BY MARILOU JOHANEK BLADE COLUMNIST
When the worldwide scandal of pedophile priests tore a hole in the robes of the Roman Catholic Church hierarchy, hypocrisy was starkly exposed. The perception that the church cared more about its clerics and institutional preservation than the mortals it was meant to serve and save was reinforced. …