When employees don’t get the racial-bias message, disaster looms for business

What is it about “shopping while black” that’s so hard for some store employees to understand? This month, two troubling incidents involving African-Americans at local retail outlets should prompt employers to offer a refresher course on customer relations. It should be made crystal clear that it’s not just morally wrong but catastrophic for business when people assume that skin color equates with potential criminality.

After nixing the Iran nuclear deal, is containment our only option?

WASHINGTON — The path to today’s problems with Iran passed through the University of Chicago squash court where on Dec. 2, 1942, for 4 1/2 minutes physicist Enrico Fermi, making calculations on a slide rule, achieved the controlled release of energy from an atomic nucleus. Historian Richard Rhodes says that Fermi and his colleagues were risking “a small Chernobyl in the midst of a crowded city.”

Senate Democrats move to revive net neutrality rules — the wrong way

Senate Democrats opened up a new front Wednesday in the fight to preserve the internet from interference by the broadband providers that control its on-ramps. But as good as it was to see them push back against the wrongheaded approach taken by the new Republican majority on the Federal Communications Commission, the maneuver is likely to be more of a distraction than a solution.

The case for Gina Haspel as CIA director

Nothing about the Central Intelligence Agency is easy for outsiders to comprehend — not the dangers faced by employees, the secrecy of the profession or even its cultural norms. Gina Haspel, who describes herself as a typical middle-class American with a strong moral compass, is also a career spy whose CIA duties, she notes, included “brush passes, dead drops (and) meetings in dusty alleys of Third World capitals.”

They slaughter horses, don’t they?

CAMDEN, S.C. — When Justify barreled across the finish line to win the rain-drenched Kentucky Derby on Saturday, he was notably clean — free of the mud that covered the faces of his 19 competitors. Justify won by two-and-a-half lengths.

Cartoon for May 10

The world as seen by cartoonist Steve Breen, The San Diego Union-Tribune.