R.J. Lehmann

Fannie, Freddie, and the Big One


Twenty years ago today, the 6.7-magnitude Northridge Earthquake struck the San Fernando Valley 20 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles, killing 60, injuring 7,000, and damaging more than 82,000 buildings. The price tag for the quake was a record $20 billion in property damage, only about half of which was insured. The two decades since […]

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President Obama? Could you be more specific?


Among the many “firsts” the president-elect will bring to the White House, one less-noticed change is how the daily newspapers will address him. That is, by first name on first reference. Breaking with a decades-old tradition, the Associated Press — keepers of the AP Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law, which purports to serve as […]

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Happy Birthday, Thomas Jefferson


“And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances.” — Exodus 15:20 At the climax of the 1984 film Footloose, Kevin Bacon’s loose-footed protagonist uses the biblical tale of Miriam at the waters to persuade a council […]

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