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FactCheck: Hospital payments & the COVID-19 death count

Q: Are hospitals inflating the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths so they can be paid more? A: Recent legislation pays hospitals higher Medicare rates for COVID-19 patients and treatment, but there is no evidence of fraudulent reporting.... Read more»

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Amid pandemic, gun control advocates celebrate wins on NRA’s home turf

Taking time out from overseeing Virginia’s response to the pandemic, Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam signed a slate of bills: requiring universal background checks on firearm purchases, restricting handgun purchases to one a month and allowing law enforcement to seize guns from people who may be a risk to themselves or others.... Read more»

FactCheck: Trump’s attack on the WHO

Trump made his announcement on funding at the White House coronavirus task force daily briefing on April 14, accusing the WHO of “severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of the coronavirus.” There is no evidence that the WHO has covered up the spread of the novel coronavirus. There has, however, been evidence that China was slow to report the outbreak. ... Read more»

Switch to remote learning may leave students with disabilities behind

School leaders are grappling with how to deliver special education services — and stay compliant with state and federal civil rights law — as governors shut down school buildings to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. ... Read more»

Arizona hospitals could be overwhelmed by COVID-19 surge

A surge in coronavirus patients could overwhelm Arizona hospitals in the coming months if action is not taken now to expand hospital capacity and curb infections, according to a new study by the Harvard Global Health Institute. ... Read more»

How measles detectives work to contain latest outbreak

Across the nation, public health departments are redirecting scarce resources to try to control the spread of measles. Their success relies on shoe-leather detective work that is one of the great untold costs of the measles resurgence.... Read more»

Frank Lloyd Wright

Wright's Taliesin West archives to be moved to NYC

The archived sketches, models and manuscripts of the late Frank Lloyd Wright are moving from Taliesin West in Scottsdale, to Columbia University and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. What does this loss mean to Arizona and will it affect the guest experience at Taliesin West? ... Read more»1

Comic: Occupy Wall Street

Master class: crowd control

Though Mayor Bloomberg didn't call in the tanks, New York City police officers were filmed using pepper spray on 'Occupy Wall Street' protesters in a clearance of the city's downtown Zuccotti Park.... Read more»

Tucson events mark 10th anniversary of 9/11

Tucson-area events marking the 10th anniversary of 9/11 include discussions, film screenings, theater productions, art exhibits, prayer services and tributes.... Read more»

Comic: Osama bin Laden

OBL is Dead

Well, Osama bin Laden is dead. After 11 long years. And the frat boys are celebrating outside the White House gates. That's a big W-I-N for U-S-A, then.... Read more»

Education reform

Nation's wealthiest learn making the grade is tough work

Philanthropists spend $4.4 billion over 10 years to improve schools, but are humbled by setbacks and the need for new approaches. Has this big money made the big impact that they — as well as teachers, administrators, parents and students — hoped for?... Read more»


9/11: Our own worst enemy comes to downtown

The anniversary, again, is upon us. Each year since 2001, I've made a pilgrimage to the site, in part to pay tribute to people I know who died there, in part to gauge how raw the wounds opened that day remain — both personally and nationally. This year, Americans are focused on a trumped-up, hateful debate, while the important things go unmentioned. ... Read more»1

Experts: Argue all you want, N.Y. mosque project on firm legal ground

For all the anger, political strategizing and stabs in the heart that the plans to build a Muslim community center near ground zero may have brought about, land-use and zoning experts say opponents of the project have very little legal basis on which to rest their argument.... Read more»

Opinion: Bigotry at Ground Zero

The controversy over a mosque close to the World Trade Center site can do irreparable harm to United States foreign policy and its struggle against Islamic extremism. It gives strength to Osama bin Laden's contention that the West is at war with Islam, and that it is the duty of every Muslim to resist.... Read more»

Opinion: Myths and realities about charter schools

Charter schools have been around since 1992, but this is a breakthrough year.... Read more»2

Times Square bombing investigation focuses on Pakistani army major

U.S. and Pakistani investigators are pursuing a new lead in the failed Times Square bombing: That a major in Pakistan’s army knew of Faisal Shahzad’s plans to attack U.S. targets months before Shahzad tried to ignite a car bomb in the heart of New York City.... Read more»

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