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Editorial: Failing this college test: A 'better' FAFSA is making financial aid much worse

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The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is known by high school seniors, college students and their parents, as well as everyone else by its acronym, FAFSA.

As its name says, there is no fee to fill out the online FAFSA form to become eligible for college scholarship and aid money, but this year it is imposing a high cost on families and ...Read more

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Commentary: Should California schools stick to phonics-based reading 'science'? It's not so simple

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A child’s individual differences, skills and experience matter a lot in the learning process, and learning to read is no exception. That’s why new legislation based on the erroneous assumption that there is only one way to teach reading is so dangerous for California’s students. Although well-intentioned, the measure would prevent teachers...Read more

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Leonard Greene: Arizona prosecutor plays politics with a New York murder

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As murder cases go, the case against accused killer Raad Almansoori seems pretty open and shut.

Cops have video of him leaving and entering his victim’s hotel. They have him on camera wearing women’s leggings, and found bloody jeans with his credit card information in the victim’s room.

And, if that weren’t enough, police in Arizona, ...Read more

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Commentary: A San Francisco carve out could wreck California's landmark coastal protections

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If the coast of California is a state asset worth trillions of dollars — and it is — why is the state agency that has successfully protected that asset for 50 years under assault? The answer — “unnecessary permitting delays” — is unfounded. Yet California’s exceptional history of coastal protection is in greater jeopardy today in ...Read more

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Editorial: Test tube murder? Alabama Supreme Court's terrible in vitro fertilization decision

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“What are you doing, Alabama?” Neil Young sang. The question must be asked again and at the top of the nation’s lungs, as abortion fundamentalism has just resulted in a ruling by the state’s top court that, in the name of protecting life, shows patent disrespect for families and the children they seek to bring into the world.

The ...Read more

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Commentary: Is your cat bad? The problem is likely not with Fluffy -- it could be you

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When I started working with cats almost 25 years ago, it was purely out of self-interest. My own cat, Kittums, had recently passed away. I decided to volunteer at a local animal shelter to get more hands-on feline time: I was mourning and needed more cats in my life. There was plenty of instant gratification to be found at San Francisco’s ...Read more

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Commentary: We must close the digital divide in America

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According to a 2023 article in Forbes, 42 million Americans have no access to broadband. In our interconnected world, lack of broadband feeds the digital divide, and if you think that doesn’t affect you, well, you’re wrong.

I am talking to you, the Midwestern farmer, the single mother of three in Chicago, the family-man rancher in Texas, ...Read more

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Editorial: Proposal would curtail bureaucrat power

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To understand the dangers of an overactive administrative state, go back to high school civics class.

You learned that the Founding Fathers divided American government into three branches. Congress makes laws. The executive branch, led by the president, executes the laws. The judicial branch oversees legal cases and rules on constitutionality. ...Read more

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Martin Schram: A muddle in the huddle

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Nikki didn’t know. The Donald didn’t care. And Coach Tuberville had no game plan.

Indeed, all over America, all the famous-name Republicans and even the rookie-wannabes began last campaign week as always, determined to be smart, stick-to-the-script, don’t-screw-up. Just head to the campaign trail – and hit the ground running.

But none ...Read more

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Francis Wilkinson: NRA's LaPierre has to pay. Too bad it's not for all the deaths

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When a New York jury delivered a verdict Friday evening against the National Rifle Association and its longtime leader, Wayne LaPierre, my first thoughts were oddly not about the NRA or all the lives destroyed by the gunplay that the organization did so much to foster. I didn’t think of the hundreds of thousands of Americans who died by ...Read more

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Jackie Calmes: The Republican Party promised to give new meaning to 'pro-life' after Dobbs. How's that working?

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It's not yet spring, but think ahead to June. Kids will be out of school, and we'll mark the second anniversary of the Supreme Court's Dobbs decision, which ended guaranteed access to abortion nationwide.

Those two facts — kids on vacation and post-Dobbs realities — may seem unconnected. But there is a link, and it's a sorry one. Let me ...Read more

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Francis Wilkinson: NRA's LaPierre has to pay. Too bad it's not for all the deaths

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When a New York jury delivered a verdict Friday evening against the National Rifle Association and its longtime leader, Wayne LaPierre, my first thoughts were oddly not about the NRA or all the lives destroyed by the gunplay that the organization did so much to foster. I didn’t think of the hundreds of thousands of Americans who died by ...Read more

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Robin Abcarian: MAGA Republicans pushing to impeach President Biden don't seem to notice the egg on their faces

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Now we know what a real Russia hoax looks like: very much like House Republicans' stumbling effort to impeach President Joe Biden.

The current GOP misadventure — which was always doomed — was seriously undercut in federal court last month.

Republicans thought they had a smoking gun, a claim by a longtime, reliable FBI informant that Biden ...Read more

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Doyle McManus: Trumponomics? He would impose the equivalent of a huge tax hike

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If Donald Trump becomes president again, one of his first moves will take money out of your pocket just as a tax hike would.

Trump hasn't outlined much of an economic program, but he has promised to impose a massive increase in tariffs on imports from almost all foreign countries — everything from bananas and baby formula to computer chips ...Read more

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George Skelton: California's top-two primary creates twists and turns in Senate race

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Next week's primary election will determine whether California voters choose a new U.S. senator now, essentially, or continue the competition until November.

That's because of California's abnormal "top two" open primary system. The top two candidates who win the most votes, regardless of their party, will advance to the November election.

If ...Read more

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Editorial: Shame on FEMA for trying to stiff LA for millions spent on pandemic homeless program

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When the pandemic began in early 2020, no one seemed more vulnerable than people without permanent shelter. At the time, public health experts warned that thousands of homeless people in California could be hospitalized or killed by the highly contagious novel coronavirus.

Project Roomkey was launched by state officials in April 2020 to protect...Read more

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Commentary: The college tuition system is broken. FAFSA headaches are the latest proof

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Thanks to delays in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid process, millions of potential college students and their families will have to wait longer than usual to learn what their financial aid packages will look like.

Filling out the FAFSA is how potential college students prove their financial eligibility for aid that will help them ...Read more

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John M. Crisp: The complicated case against bullfighting

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The case against bullfighting seems straightforward. What justification could there be for the obviously painful and bloody public execution of an animal in front of a cheering multitude?

In fact, the industry in the world’s principal bullfighting nations—Spain and Mexico—is increasingly threatened by animal rights groups that demand its ...Read more

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Commentary: When my son stopped piano, I took over his lessons. Here's how that went

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In the early 1980s, my father got a Baldwin upright electric piano. My dad had played piano as a child and in college. He’d performed live, improvising soundtracks to silent movies at an art-house cinema in Connecticut.

I wanted to learn how to play because I wanted to be like him. My father put stickers on the keys and hand wrote the notes�...Read more

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Commentary: Safety is a system, and reducing crime is just one part of it

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In the United States, despite significant recent public conversations around how to prioritize public safety budgets in cities and towns across the country, political rhetoric and media coverage are frequently reduced to a rather simplistic debate: defund police departments or increase their budgets. Either you’re against the police or you’...Read more

 

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