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Spark Therapeutics recently launched a pioneering new drug that can improve the vision of patients with a rare hereditary form of vision loss. That’s not the only thing pioneering about this drug, called Luxturna. Its price is, too. Spark announced...
The world as seen by cartoonist Steve Breen, The San Diego Union-Tribune.
Not much change
WASHINGTON — After visiting Tehran in 2013, I wrote that the Iranian capital seemed suspended somewhere between Pyongyang and Los Angeles. We’ve seen this past week how passionately Iranians want the latter, not the former — as they denounced their...
The world as seen by cartoonist Steve Breen, The San Diego Union-Tribune.
WASHINGTON — New year. Same old president.
To TV watchers in Chicago, the frustration with most dramas that take place there is how poorly they represent the city, particularly the preoccupation with violence, which crowds out other storytelling, and the geographical sloppiness, which drives...
The federal Wilderness Act of 1964 was not vague about its intent: to protect significant and as-yet unspoiled land and wildlife habitat from the ravages of “an increasing population, accompanied by expanding settlement and growing mechanization.”...
WASHINGTON — Today’s political discord is less durable and dangerous than a consensus, one that unites the political class more than ideology divides it. The consensus is that, year in and year out, in good times and bad, Americans should be given...
Death with dignity
As the #MeToo movement unearthed myriad accounts of sexual assaults and unwanted advances, several of the accused — from Harvey Weinstein to Charlie Rose — said they thought the encounters were consensual.
The world as seen by cartoonist Tom Stiglich, Creators.com.
The world as seen by cartoonist Ken Catalino, Creators.com.
Every city has a story. Chicago’s is tough and tender. Gangster and Midwestern. Violent and benevolent.
In December, the FCC repealed “net neutrality” — a policy that allows equitable access to content on the Internet — in a 3-2 vote along party lines. While there are stakeholders who think the end of net neutrality will result in an online...
As anyone knows who has thought about the subject for more than a minute, there’s nothing new about sexual harassment. Women (and to a lesser degree, men) have been experiencing it for as long as there have been workplaces.
Despite some decidedly mixed reviews, the Donald Trump Morning Show on Twitter has been picked up for a second season, at least apparently.
Let’s get this out of the way first: This is not a call for new gun control laws.
There’s a difference between nostalgia and sober reflection. The arrival of 2018 will bring an unusually powerful cocktail of both: It marks a half-century since 1968, one of the most consequential, dramatic years in American life.

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