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From the editor

Scaling down the hype in local news

Sentinel Editor & Publisher Dylan Smith was asked by NiemanLab at Harvard University to contribute to a set of predictions about journalism: "We need more local news entrepreneurs who can bring together teams with business smarts, reporting chops, and deep community knowledge to kick ass, take names, and cash checks.”... Read more»

Study: 10 million Americans gained health insurance

About 10.3 million Americans gained health coverage this year, primarily as a result of the Affordable Care Act, according to a study by the federal government and Harvard University, published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.... Read more»

Eating processed red meat boosts risk of dying young

Eating a portion of red meat daily can increase a person's risk of dying young by up to 20 percent, especially if the meat is processed, according to a Harvard study.... Read more»

Overturning Citizens United isn't enough, expert says

In contrast with many other campaign finance reformers, Harvard Professor Lawrence Lessig believes fixing the U.S. election system will require more than just overturning the Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission Supreme Court ruling.... Read more»

Cambridge tops world university rankings

The University of Cambridge claimed the top spot in the QS World University Rankings for 2011/2012, beating out Harvard for the second year in a row.... Read more»4

Islam and the West not so different

Islamophobia in America has recently seen a sharp upsurge. Historically, hard economic times often fan fears and suspicions of "enemies from within." The rhetoric of this new wave of intolerance has been more extreme than any similar expressions that came in the wake of Sept. 11.... Read more»

The skyrocketing cost of a UK degree

One more hole in the fabric of Britain's welfare state has been torn by the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government in its "austerity" drive to reduce Britain's deficit. The government announced that the cost of higher education in Britain will double.... Read more»

Opinion: Gloom and doom in U.S. news

Gloom and doom sell books. Bad news sells newspapers and grabs television viewers. Especially bad news about America and dire predictions about where the country is heading.... Read more»1

Health care reform

Federal database will show industry payments to doctors

Doctors who accept speaking fees, five-star meals and other compensation from pharmaceutical or medical device companies will soon see their names – and the value of the gifts they accept – revealed on the Web, under a new federal law that follows several states in drawing attention to such financial benefits.... Read more»

Comic: Kimjongilia

The Talented Mr. Kim

Kim Jong-il is widely known to have shot 38 under par in his first ever game of golf, but he's more than just a pretty face.... Read more»