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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…

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

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 $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 …

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, “…

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.

Remember Florida’s plan to save money by importing prescription drugs in bulk from Canada?

When you board a commercial airliner, you know there are certain risks that go with this mode of transportation. You may be placed next to someone with a squalling infant, or behind a traveler who insists on reclining, or alongside an overly talkative stranger – hopefully wearing a tight-fit…

Ohio State Buckeyes defensive end Jonathon Cooper races towards Nebraska Cornhuskers quarterback Adrian Martinez during the fourth quarter on Oct. 24, 2020 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. COVID-19 cases are on the rise throughout the conference.

COVID-19 is surging in Big Ten football locker rooms and in the states that the conference’s universities serve. Conference officials should cancel what’s left of the 2020 season not just to protect student-athletes and staff but to prevent team outbreaks from spreading to the broader community.

If you think it was stressful waiting for election boards around the country to count the millions of votes in the presidential election, imagine being the workers who were doing the counting.

More Americans voted in the 2020 presidential election than in any previous election.

In the fall elections, Democrats won the headliner but lost many undercards. With sizable gains in state legislatures and the U.S. Congress, Republicans are poised to control redistricting based on the 2020 Census and potentially take back the House of Representatives in 2022.

Thanksgiving will no doubt be different this year. I know there will be less weight gain at the Wolfsies’ because Mary Ellen is requiring that we put on our mask between every bite. That will slow down the time to consume the meal, which, according to my wife, results in less food intake. Th…

The welcome news that a COVID-19 vaccine now under development appears to be far more effective than initially hoped is a much-needed burst of good news as the pandemic gathers force across the nation.

The 2020 campaign has mostly focused on domestic dynamics. But because most issues are internationally interrelated, foreign policy is on the ballot, too.

Americans are pinning their hopes on a vaccine for COVID-19 to bring this long pandemic nightmare to an end. And while it seems likely that there will be one or more federally approved vaccines by year’s end, even best-case scenarios estimate that it will be spring before there are enough do…

My desk drawers have been full of paperwork and pictures, files have laid on my desk and Post-it Notes have adorned my workspace with scribbles of notes about Denise Pflum.

Suffragettes overcame decades of obstructionism and violence to secure the right to vote for women a century ago, when, on Aug. 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified.

Now more than ever, we all have a role to play in helping others – including children – stay as safe and healthy as possible, given the coronavirus pandemic that has descended upon us.

As we begin the sixth month of this strange journey through a coronavirus pandemic, we see clearly that the disease is affecting more than just those unlucky enough to actually contract it.

You people who think it’s your decision about whether to wear a face mask in public during the coronavirus pandemic are thinking about it all wrong.

The killing of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police is a single point in a larger narrative. It is personalizing, once again, a seemingly forever struggle, and it is testing anew this nation’s commitment to justice on the individual level and across a land that always promises…

The Indiana State Department of Health releases helpful COVID-19 statistics every day, but it’s also withholding some of its most important information from the public.

It is time for Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to move forward with a $10 billion emergency loan to the U.S. Postal Service without using the coronavirus outbreak as a pretext for forced privatization. In a letter, 29 Democratic senators urged the agency move forward with the loan to avoid…

When former first ladies Michelle Obama and Laura Bush teamed up on April 18 to help raise private dollars for global health and front-line workers in the midst of this pandemic, you’d think there would be universal praise that something worthwhile and sorely needed had been done.

President Donald Trump is not wrong to question the World Health Organization’s early response to the emerging coronavirus outbreak and its apparent deference to what we now know were false assurances by Chinese officials about the seriousness of the outbreak.

Reasonable people can disagree about how long stay-at-home orders should last and whether the off-label use of drugs like hydroxychloroquine to fight the COVID-19 pandemic will prove as efficacious as many hope.

You can't say we didn't see this one coming. Scientists and policymakers have been aware for decades of the enormous threat to society of a viral pandemic. Yet still, it feels like the outbreak of a novel coronavirus caught the United States unprepared for some of the main challenges it poses.

Cheap gas isn’t always a good thing. After Saudi Arabia announced a deep discount in its crude oil prices, global stock markets plummeted, with the Dow dropping nearly 8 percent Monday. If history is any guide, gas prices will recover from this clobbering far sooner than the value of your 40…

On Sunday, you may have felt a little tired, a little rundown, a little off your game. This is normal. Do not despair. It wasn’t you, it was your clock. For of course, on Sunday we switched from standard time to daylight saving time. You time traveled one hour into the future. Or, to put it …

It took a while for Indiana’s Legislature to take action against embattled state Attorney General Curtis Hill. Better late than never. Ever since Hill embarrassed himself and our state two years ago by drunkenly groping four women at a party celebrating the end of the 2018 legislative sessio…

The attorney general of the United States should not be influenced by the president or members of the White House staff on how to prosecute particular cases before the Department of Justice.

The Indiana legislature appears on course to enact measures that would protect health insurance-holders from being charged out-of-network rates for services they receive at an in-network medical facility. Proposals are also moving along to set up something called an “all-payer claims databas…

In 2015-16, more than three-fourths of the public schools around the country conducted drills to teach students how to react to a shooter on campus, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. In the four years since then, many additional horrifying shootings — especially the …