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Here’s why the CDC recommends wearing masks indoors even if you’ve been fully vaccinated

By: - August 2, 2021

The recommendation that fully vaccinated people continue wearing masks is primarily intended to protect the unvaccinated – which includes kids under age 12 who are not yet eligible for vaccines in the U.S. The CDC further recommends masking in public for vaccinated people with unvaccinated household members, regardless of local community transmission rates.

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The largest news agency in the US changes crime reporting practices

By: - August 1, 2021

AP’s new policy signals a shift in U.S. politics and culture. It takes a small step away from the traditional “tell-all” practice of American crime reporting. It embraces a bit of the empathy toward wrongdoers shown by reporters in some European countries.

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Nurses care for us – it’s time we stand up and do more for them | Opinion

By: - August 1, 2021

Having worked as a registered nurse in hospital settings for 27 years I can attest a nurse spends about 75 minutes with a patient. A nurse sees the truth behind the diagnosis. A nurse sees the reality of a treatment. A nurse is a caregiver, a counselor, an advocate.

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Bob Moses played a critical role in civil rights and math literacy for Black students | Opinion

By: - July 30, 2021

By Hasan Kwame Jeffries As an organizer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee during the 1960s, Bob Moses traveled to the most dangerous parts of Mississippi to help African Americans end segregation and secure the right to vote. But it would be tutoring students in math 20 years later at his daughter’s racially mixed middle […]

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White critics know nothing about critical race theory | Michael Coard

By: - July 30, 2021

By Michael Coard Critical Race Theory (CRT) is not what lying white racists claim it is. CRT is not Black Lives Matter. It is not reparations. It is not defunding/defanging the police. And it is not taught and was never designed to be taught in preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, junior high schools or high […]

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Pa. Sen. Laughlin: Forensic probe of 2020 election will ‘further paranoid atmospherics’ | Opinion

By: - July 29, 2021

If two sides want to fight over a year-old election, I advise them to take it outside. We have real work to do in the Capitol.

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When Americans recall their roots, they open up to immigration | Opinion

By: - July 29, 2021

Migration is a key component of the American story. Reminding people what they share with immigrants can help build support for more inclusive policies.

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Americans are deserting the pews. How one simple step could reverse it | John A. Tures

By: - July 29, 2021

Isn’t it true that you miss 100 percent of the fish you don’t cast your line out for?

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Hoarding billions in stimulus dollars leaves small businesses behind | Opinion

By: - July 28, 2021

If you ask the men and women struggling to keep the doors of their family business open, they’ll tell you they’re weathering the worst storm they’ve ever seen – and they need help now.

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DEP steamrolling power plant approval is out of step with agency rhetoric | Opinion

By: - July 28, 2021

The agency must reopen the public comment period for a proposed pipeline in Clinton County

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States and schools should reinstate mask mandates | Trish Zornio

By: - July 27, 2021

If we don’t act now, masks could become a long-term fashion accessory.

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Should fully immunized people wear masks indoors? An infectious disease expert explains | Analysis

By: - July 27, 2021

There is clear and mounting evidence that – though rare – breakthrough COVID-19 infections can occur, even in the fully vaccinated.