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Covid cases are again climbing, but you wouldn’t know it from the behavior of public health and elected officials, much less the general public, all of whom seem to want to put the pandemic in the rearview mirror. Meanwhile, the fallout over the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion on abortion continues even as the Senate fails — again — to muster the votes to write abortion rights into law. Joanne Kenen of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Politico, Alice Miranda Ollstein of Politico, and Sandhya Raman of CQ Roll Call join KHN’s Julie Rovner to discuss these issues and more. Plus, for extra credit, the panelists suggest their favorite health policy stories of the week they think you should read, too.

St. LOUIS — The Holy Ghost is visible, chatty and even a quipster in a new comics collection by John Hendrix. Sometimes the Ghost wears headgear (Santa hat, football helmet, party cone). And he hangs out with a squirrel and a badger, who ask questions, or offer answers, about God, life and death. “It’s definitely the most personal work I’ve made,” Hendrix says. “Anytime you’re writing about ...

Amelia F. Benisch, 88, of Davenport, died Thursday, May 5, 2022, at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf. Arrangements: Halligan-McC…

NONFICTION: Minnesota's long anti-Black history is focus of new book. "Whiteness in Plain View" by Chad Montrie; Minnesota Historical Society Press (263 pages, $19.95) ——— Lincoln Steffens was a famous muckraking journalist whose exposés on corruption in the nation's major metropolitan areas, including Minneapolis, in the early years of the 20th century were compiled in a historic work, "The ...

CHICAGO — There are a lot of books written about Chicago and why not? This is an ever-fascinating place, filled with vivid characters, interesting places and buildings, and dramatic, funny or often bloody events that have and continue to provide enough material for hundreds of novels, nonfiction works and guidebooks. Many of these Chicago books are excellent, some modestly appealing and more ...

CHICAGO — For more than two years, whenever I’ve driven past the Cinemark 18 in Evanston, Illinois, arguably the go-to multiplex for the Far North Side, I have wondered what it looks like inside right now. How quiet it must be. Is the concession stand sticky? Are the seats dusty? Do lobby posters promise a summer movie season the pandemic stopped before it could start? Like other theaters ...

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As the nation has become more urbanized, the percentage of citizens who are directly involved in production agriculture has dwindled, as have their political representatives. The shift has presented farmer-politicians with challenges as well as opportunities.

Odell Hickman, 73, of Rock Island, died Thursday, January 27, 2022 at UnityPoint Health-Trinity, Rock Island. Arrangements: Wheelan-Pressly Fu…

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COLUMBIA, Mo. — K.D. Johnson scored 17 points, including five straight within the final 90 seconds, and No. 1 Auburn survived a scare from Missouri, winning 55-54 on Tuesday night in the program's first-ever game as the nation's top-ranked team.

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