Producers of the Grammy Awards recently announced they were postponing the ceremony — scheduled for later this month — to March 14. “Nothing is more important than the health and safety of those in our music community,” the producers stated, noting the rising number of coronavirus cases in t…

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On Jan. 22, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons will enter into force. The treaty bans the development, production, possession, deployment, testing, use and just about anything else you can imagine related to nuclear weapons.

We find ourselves at the beginning of another year. And although we had hoped that things would be different, new, and better in 2021, the truth is things are pretty much the same. Now I don’t mean that to be depressing, but just truthful. We need to understand where we are to appreciate and…

It’s been about a year since we first began to hear about a new virus that was invading us humans. Exhibiting a hubris that has plagued kings and potentates since ancient times, some world leaders denied the dire predictions of scientists who foretold the coming plague. But by the time the w…

In just 21 days, Israel had inoculated 20% of its 9.3 million citizens and permanent residents and, even more significantly, 70% of its initial target group — medical personnel and people over 60 of age.

Twitter Inc. has done something that was once thought unimaginable. It shut down one of its biggest attractions – Donald Trump’s account – and in doing so also canceled a sitting U.S. president.

The swift development of highly effective vaccines for the novel coronavirus was a marvel of modern science, holding out the prospect of an early end to a pandemic that has rampaged across the country. But creating vaccines is one thing; getting them administered is another. That part of the…

Almost 50 years ago, in May 1971, Vietnam War protest leaders called for “May Day” protests in Washington, D.C. If the federal government would not stop the war, then the nation’s capital would be brought to a standstill — by non-violently clogging its major intersections with thousands of s…

If you look around, you will notice that everyone has a phone. You can go to dinner and see a couple at a booth with their noses in their phone, not even paying attention to one another. Seconds go by, minutes and they don’t even acknowledge one another.

A new strain of Covid-19, more contagious than previous strains, is now circulating in dozens of countries. Other new strains, such as one first detected in South Africa, will almost certainly emerge.

For end-of-the-year columns, it’s customary to recap the events of the past 12 months, usually highlighting a mix of the good and the bad. Because this year has been dominated by health, in particular COVID-19, and my beat is health, it seems fitting to reflect on where we are. Where we are …

This time last year I wrote a column about the New Year, 2020.

Some years ago, my partner’s father, a man then in his 70s and a lifelong Republican, told me he’d given up Fox News. In the past, Fox had struck him as a useful conservative alternative to CNN. Now it was the opposite of conservative. He couldn’t vote for Trump, and he wouldn’t watch Fox fo…

Weekend moviegoers who get to their seats a bit early at Chicago’s Music Box Theatre in normal times know the delicious lagniappe that awaits. On the left side of the movie screen, house organist Dennis Scott delights on a refurbished 1929 Kimball and Co. organ. No charge for the ambience, t…

The News-Examiner asked: What is your favorite way to bring in the New Year?

To understand why we have a student loan crisis – and with $1.6 trillion in outstanding student debt, it surely is a crisis – just look at the U.S. bankruptcy code.

The $900 billion fiscal stimulus approved by congressional leaders late Sunday, and now headed for speedy enactment, is, like the accompanying funding deal to avert a government shutdown, more than a little underwhelming. Not just because it’s a shadow of the multi-trillion-dollar CARES Act …

If you lent someone money to start a business that made big bucks, you would expect to be repaid, right? You took a risk and the borrower profited. Federal student lending is kind of like that, only you did not choose to lend, and now there is a movement to let the borrower just keep the mon…

A long overdue antitrust push is gaining steam. But it’s focusing on large technology companies like Facebook Inc. and Google-parent Alphabet Inc., which present complex problems that classic antitrust approaches won’t always solve.

Since his election, Joe Biden has kept his focus firmly on his prospective personnel and policy plans, mostly ignoring at least publicly such potential distractions as President Donald Trump’s legal maneuvers and his son Hunter’s legal problems.

With a deadline looming, stimulus talks between congressional Democrats and Republicans remain deadlocked over four issues: a liability shield for business, aid for state and local governments, stimulus checks for all Americans and a boost in unemployment compensation for workers who have lo…

As hospitals in New York City grew overwhelmed with coronavirus patients earlier this spring, New Yorkers began a daily ritual. They stood on their porch steps, their balconies, their sidewalks and clapped, sang and played music at 7 p.m. when hospital workers changed shifts. They shouted, “…

It’s fitting that Attorney General William Barr submitted his resignation on the same day that the Electoral College certified President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election. President Donald Trump continues to say that the election was stolen, but Barr made it clear that the Justi…

Polio no longer stalks children in this country, but in the early 1950s, outbreaks caused more than 15,000 cases of paralysis each year. Until smallpox officially was declared eradicated around the globe in 1980, the devastating disease wiped out about 3 of every 10 people who contracted it.…

What would happen if Facebook disappeared tomorrow? Would people suddenly be unable to communicate online? Would the economy screech to a halt? Would anyone be deprived of a good, service or piece of information that was somehow crucial to their existence?

E bikes a growing form of transportationThe E Bike market is a fast growing segment of the transportation industry. In the larger cities they are giving commuters more flexibility and freedom. There are many drive systems to fit the needs of a variety of riders. Build quality of the bikes, b…

For the past eight years, Dec. 14 has marked one of the most tragic moments in recent American history. On this day in 2012, a disturbed young man walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., with a semiautomatic firearm and killed 26 people, 20 of whom were children.

President Barack Obama wanted gun control laws. He shouted for them and didn’t get them, but gun-lovers, afraid that he would, purchased firearms to the point of sales doubling. Congress wanted affordable colleges. It passed a student loan program in effect telling colleges they could reckle…