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Renee Zellweger can’t win

BY MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS: The Oscar winner’s new look is getting way too much scrutiny. But if she had shown up at a recent event looking exactly like what she is — a normal 45-year-old woman — she would have gotten plenty of grief.

Smart cities invest in play

BY MAYOR RAHM EMANUEL: When we put money and energy into play and parks, we put a priority on the health and development of our children and our city. It’s an important way to attract and retain a talented workforce and top businesses.

Baby boomers, quit knocking millennials

BY ALEXANDER S. BALKIN: The seemingly endless list of complaints about millennials begins with lazy and pampered, and ends with “selfies.” Frankly, I am tired of it.

Midwest pushes ahead on immigration reform

BY JULIANA KERR AND PAUL MCDANIEL: While Washington continues to do nothing, cities and states, especially in the Midwest, are devising new immigrant-friendly policies.

Does Obama care about people?

Can you walk out on the messiah? Appearing at a campaign rally for gubernatorial candidate Anthony Brown in Maryland on Sunday, President Obama sought to capture the magic that had electrified audiences in 2008 and, to some considerable degree, even in 2012. Obama isn’t doing …

Cannabis grows best in the sunshine

BY SCOTT MARKLE. While cannabis is still illegal under federal laws, Illinois is now one of 21 states that have created a legal framework for its medical production and distribution. There has been a lot of reporting on the new industry, but a fundamental question has been largely overlooked: How should legal cannabis be grown?

  • Election coverage fearless and fair

    At the Sun-Times, we like to report the news, not be the news. Unfortunately, this weekend we were the political story in Illinois. Our journalistic ethics were questioned by the campaign of Bruce Rauner, the Republican candidate for governor, in regard to a story we …Read More

  • Ebola hysteria driven by ratings

    “First of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror …” — President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1933 Inaugural Address One time, my wife and I went walking near a pasture …Read More

  • Unjustified panic over Ebola

    BY LINDA CHAVEZ: Ebola is an awful disease that has tragically infected a handful of Americans. But it should not be dominating our news.

  • Making magic  in the classroom

    BY LAURIE HENDRICKSON: At a time of increasingly standardized curriculum in American public schools, the “Maker Movement” has become a popular trend in education. This movement gives kids a space to make something new or original — a chance to think for themselves and take charge of their own learning.

    Stop letting politicians scare you into war

    BY SHELDON RICHMAN: The best way to avoid terrorism is to stop dropping bombs on Muslims. Meanwhile, everyone should take a deep breath. The risk of being a victim of terrorism is miniscule.

    The equal pay delusion

    Voters are souring on the Democratic Party. Apparently, all it takes are six years of economic torpor; the disastrous debut of the biggest new federal program in two generations; record levels of federal debt; revelations of scandals and malfeasance at the Department of Veterans Affairs, …

    Even among colleges, the rich get richer

    BY ROBERT REICH: Imagine a system of college education supported by high government spending on elite private universities and low government spending on public universities that educate large numbers of children from the working class and the poor. That’s the American system right now.

    ‘Internet of Everything’ lights the way in Chicago

    BY BRENNA BERMAN AND WIM ELFRINK: Chicago is going high tech all over town, collecting data on a micro level to more quickly repair broken street lights, for example, and better deploy snow plows in winter. and save money on energy costs.

    Only dumb Republicans want a travel ban to fight Ebola

    BY SHIKHA DALMIA: A travel ban won’t stop the spread of the disease. It will do just the opposite.

    Marriage is about more than love

    Appearing on “Fox News Sunday” to discuss the Supreme Court’s decision to let stand a number of judicial rulings overturning the acts of legislators and/or voters in 16 states, famed advocate Ted Olson offered the kind of reasoning that, in his former incarnation as a …

    Can’t blame Turks for not trusting Obama

    BY LINDA CHAVEZ: It is not only our enemies who are getting mixed messages. In the war on ISIS, it is also our allies. Under this president, America’s word is becoming worth less and less.