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Posted Aug 15, 2014 at 1:01 AM

The World Health Organization has officially declared the Ebola virus an international health emergency. Emphasizing that the outbreak’s quick rise is “serious and unusual,” the organization issued the following statement, “The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is an ‘extraordinary event’ and a public health risk to other surrounding States, as well as the spread to other countries through lack of screening and monitoring.”

Updated Aug 14, 2014 at 2:56 PM

I’m missing a lot. You probably are, too.Times moves quickly. There are many things to do. Not all of them can be done.

Updated Aug 11, 2014 at 10:16 AM

Here we go again in the Mideast. We needed to go to Iraq in 1990 in order to protect the small nation of Kuwait. We went in 2003 was an exercise in bad judgment. We didn’t know it at the time, but history tells us the truth of that situation.

Updated Aug 8, 2014 at 12:09 PM

College interns are a unique category of employee. Rather than simply being hired to perform a task at an appropriate rate of pay, managers are asked to teach these temporary employees about the world of business — the “real” skills that will be...

Updated Aug 7, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Media reports this weekend, including from the New York Times and The Associated Press, shine new light on Arizona’s execution of killer Joseph R. Wood III on July 23. It took Wood nearly two hours to die, long enough that attorneys for the...

Updated Aug 7, 2014 at 2:21 PM

We have never had so much access to information, but we have never truly known less than we do now.

Updated Aug 5, 2014 at 9:06 AM

In recent years the focus of education has shifted from placing value on liberal arts to an emphasis on science and technology. Also, with the high cost of education and mounting student debt, greater value is now being placed on how education...

Posted Aug 1, 2014 at 1:01 AM

Theodore Wafer is on trial in the Wayne County Court in Detroit. The 55-year-old Dearborn Heights resident is accused of shooting to death 19-year-old Renisha McBride with a shotgun as she knocked on the front door of his home before dawn one...

Updated Jul 31, 2014 at 10:41 AM

Last week’s botched execution of convicted killer Joseph Wood was enough to make anyone sick to their stomach. Unless, of course, you believe justice and revenge are one in the same.

Updated Jul 25, 2014 at 12:27 PM

A growing number of American companies are moving overseas ... on paper, at least.The tactic is called a corporate inversion, but for those who have no idea what that means, perhaps a more apt description would be “shady tax dodge.”

Posted Jul 25, 2014 at 1:01 AM

A prison term should not mean a lifetime of misfortune for a former offender. Yet that is what the criminal justice system produces every day. Former offenders are saddled for life with criminal records that make employment, education and public...

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