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Oklahoma City Bombing

The Long and Faraway Gone Explores Tragedy and Redemption in Oklahoma City

Mary Pauline Lowry | Posted 02.19.2015 | Books
Mary Pauline Lowry

When novelist Lou Berney was 13 years old, living in his hometown of Oklahoma City and working at Braum's, two men and a woman robbed the local Sirloin Stockade, murdering six employees. The horror of the killings stayed with Berney.

Oklahoma Is Where the Heart Is

Dustin DeMoss | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
Dustin DeMoss

Oklahoma is a thriving farming utopia that years later would be discovered and once again the "white man" would betray his words by making it part of the frontier.

FBI Denies Witness Tampering In Oklahoma City Bombing Lawsuit

AP | BRADY McCOMBS | Posted 11.10.2014 | Crime

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The FBI did not pressure a former government operative into backing out of testifying in a lawsuit claiming the agency failed ...

Man Seeks To Explain Brother's Mysterious Jail Cell Death

AP | TIM TALLEY AND BRADY MCCOMBS | Posted 07.27.2014 | Crime

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — One man's quest to explain his brother's mysterious jail cell death 19 years ago has rekindled long-dormant questions about whe...

Nullification, the Bundy Ranch and Right-Wing Lawlessness

Dave Johnson | Posted 06.21.2014 | Politics
Dave Johnson

Does the right get a free pass to ignore laws? Is armed intimidation the way we decide which laws should be followed? Is conservative media whipping up the conditions for another Oklahoma City bombing? These questions are popping up with more and more frequency in light of recent events.

Bombing Anniversary a Reminder of the Radical Right's Rage

Mark Potok | Posted 04.19.2014 | Politics
Mark Potok

The threat from the homegrown white supremacist movement in America is real. We shouldn't need yet another bloodbath to face that sobering reality, much as many on the political right would like to deny it.

Killing to Heal?: One Year After the Boston Bombing

Jessica S. Henry | Posted 06.17.2014 | Crime
Jessica S. Henry

U.S. Attorney Eric Holder announced the federal government would seek the death penalty against Tsarnaev. But the death penalty, even in this horrible case, is unlikely to serve the interests of the people of Massachusetts and the taxpayers of America.

Response to April's Rogue Destroyers

Deborah J. Levine | Posted 06.14.2014 | Religion
Deborah J. Levine

Every April, I write about domestic terrorism in the U.S. and the neo-Nazi, white supremacist movement. My articles began with the 168 people who died...

Thinking Up a Suffering Self

Mack Paul | Posted 04.14.2014 | Religion
Mack Paul

As long as we sit with discomfort, we are fine. Discomfort is not a problem. It is simply the energy of life manifesting as it is. Meditation practice is all about gracefully witnessing the ebb and flow of that energy.

The Moment Oprah Says Was Too Raw For Television

OWN | Posted 10.23.2013 | OWN

Over 25 years of "The Oprah Winfrey Show," Oprah watched hundreds of people who had experienced horrific moments of tragedy find a way to rise up from...

David Lohr

The 10 Most Notorious Criminals In American History | David Lohr | Posted 09.12.2013 | Crime

Violence and crime stain the pages of U.S. history, and sadly, they're all but certain to be part of our future. Still, the criminal mind fascinate...

Tragedy and Love in Oklahoma City

Jeanne Bishop | Posted 07.21.2013 | Religion
Jeanne Bishop

Two elementary schools had been hit by the level EF4 storm. Children were dead. Parents who flocked to the school were reportedly kept away from the perimeter so that rescuers could hear any voices that might be crying for help. My first thought as I surveyed the rubble was, Why?

Miranda, McVeigh, and the Boston Marathon Bombing: Where's the Distinction?

Adam Banner | Posted 07.09.2013 | Crime
Adam Banner

When investigators had their answers and Tsarnaev had already incriminated himself, only then did they read him his rights. He immediately fell silent, protecting the rights previously denied him.

Reflections on Boston

Ron Brounes | Posted 07.06.2013 | Parents
Ron Brounes

To my daughters, a bad day simply means "time out" and a meal without dessert. Bad guys look like Darth Vader and the Joker and they don't know about Adam Lanza or Timothy McVeigh. I fear those conversations are coming one day soon.

Boston Should Not Be Excuse to Deny Human Rights in Immigration System

Alisa Wellek | Posted 06.24.2013 | Politics
Alisa Wellek

Conservatives hastily called for delay of the Senate's upcoming immigration reform debate, perhaps with the intent of proposing more extreme immigration measures and scoring political points with immigration opponents.

Parents Of Martin Richard Facing Grief That 'Never Ends' | Posted 06.18.2013 | Parents

When it was revealed Monday that 8-year-old Martin Richard was one of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, Aren Almon Kok felt an immediate, sickening tightness in her gut. She's never met the Richard family and lives nearly 2,000 miles away.

Muslims and the Boston Bombing: A Statement

Ethan Casey | Posted 06.17.2013 | Politics
Ethan Casey

Each new incident represents both a need and a fresh opportunity to say the same things over again: We're all in it together; there is no "us" versus "them"; Muslims and Americans are not each other's enemies; the fact that terrorism is wrong does not excuse bigotry.

Being Brown After The Boston Bomb Blast

Deepak Sarma | Posted 06.17.2013 | Religion
Deepak Sarma

I weep for the families and friends for those immediately affected and for those whose lives and memories have forever changed. But I worry, especially after incite-ful rumors that automatically point the finger at (an) international terrorist(s), who, is/are in the imaginations of those easily deluded, brown-skinned.

Love and Justice For Boston

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 06.16.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Praise, even for love and justice, may seem hard to sing in the wake of yesterday's murderous attack in Boston. But it is precisely the One Who breathes and interbreathes all life, and makes such violence a wound in every soul and body, that we praise.

Dissecting the Long, Deep Roots of Racial Profiling in America

Keith Rushing | Posted 05.01.2013 | Black Voices
Keith Rushing

At its core, racial profiling is about racism and stereotypes and assuming the worst of people based on a biased perception of reality that is then projected and multiplied, affecting and endangering everyone of that same race, ethnicity, nationality or religion.

School Killings: Why Have We Learned Nothing in 85 Years?

Dan R. Fink | Posted 02.22.2013 | Politics
Dan R. Fink

I have wondered for decades why the incident in which my great-uncle was murdered is simply called a "disaster" in the popular media, while more recent events are called "massacres," "mass killings," "killing sprees," "mass murders," "rampage killings" and such.

Deadly Assumptions: When the World Is Shattered

Ian I. Mitroff | Posted 02.17.2013 | Politics
Ian I. Mitroff

The basic assumptions that all of us depend on and use daily to make sense of the world are in far too many cases completely shattered.

Why Attention Must Not Be Paid: The Consequences of Obsessive Media Coverage of Criminal Suspects

Jody Lyneé Madeira | Posted 10.08.2012 | Crime
Jody Lyneé Madeira

Right now we are dangerously close to repeating earlier mistakes in granting so much airtime to notorious suspects.

McVeigh's Execution, 11 Years Later

Jody Lyneé Madeira | Posted 08.12.2012 | Crime
Jody Lyneé Madeira

I am writing about Timothy McVeigh because I am afraid that we will forget him. For in forgetting him, we overlook others like him -- individuals who not only have an insidious world view but who have the conceit to take others' lives in acting upon it.

No Medium, No Message, No Closure?

Jody Lyneé Madeira | Posted 07.01.2012 | College
Jody Lyneé Madeira

If the federal government had the capacity to successfully arrange a secure broadcast of the execution of Timothy McVeigh in 2001, then surely it could arrange for a secure viewing of a select number of images of bin Laden's corpse now.