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How Hollywood abuses women — and steals our work

It took me two years and two drafts, and when I finished the script, I knew it was good. Screenwriting can be grueling, especially when you aren’t getting paid and have to find other ways to pay your bills. The producer I was writing for called to tell me the news: Two major talent agencies were …

The problem with hospitalizing opioid addicts against their will

<i>Michael Stein is chair of health law, policy and management at the Boston University School of Public Health and author of "The Addict: One Patient, One Doctor, One Year." Paul Christopher is an assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown University.</i><p>Your daughter uses heroin and …

Mental Health

Wildfires at Your Doorstep

Boulder, Colo. — This year has seen an explosion of wildfires that have set records for death and destruction from California to Kansas. As the smoke continues to clear from the deadly flames that swept across parts of California’s wine country, history and the reality on the ground suggest the …

The ‘Problem Child’ Is a Child, Not a Problem

Matt Hannon was in preschool when he started getting into trouble. Teachers quickly labeled his mischievous behavior — like cutting his hair under the table — problematic. His kindergarten teacher warned that if Matt didn’t stop using “potty words,” she would make him do his work in the bathroom. …

Education

My ‘Orphan Disease’ Has Given Me a New Family

The members of my family share a number of traits, but not one of them looks quite like me.<p>Many of us have the same sturdy physique, blue eyes, fine Northern European hair and skin that should never see bright sun. I look pretty much like that except for one very unusual characteristic. I was born …

Complacency Could Kill Health Care

I haven’t yet read Hillary Clinton’s “What Happened,” but it seems pretty clear to me what did, in fact, happen in 2016.<p>These days, America starts from a baseline of extreme tribalism: 47 or 48 percent of the electorate will vote for any Republican, no matter how terrible, and against any Democrat, …

If Americans Love Moms, Why Do We Let Them Die?

HOUSTON — We love mothers, or at least we say we do, and we claim that motherhood is as American as apple pie.<p>We’re lying. In fact, we’ve structured health care so that motherhood is far more deadly in the United States than in other advanced countries. An American woman is about five times as …

Google and Sex Traffickers Like Backpage.com

Sex traffickers in America have the police and prosecutors pursuing them, but they do have one crucial (if secret) ally: Google.<p>Google’s motto has long been “Don’t be evil,” and I admire lots about the company. But organizations it funds have for years been quietly helping Backpage.com, the odious …

U.S. Department of Justice

Dispatch From the Resistance

When Congress has to pass a joint resolution condemning white supremacy and plunk it on the desk of the “president” — in an effort to force him to sign it and daring him not to — you know that we as a country are beyond the pale.<p>(On Wednesday, the press secretary for the “on many sides” white …

Why Afghanistan matters: The U.S. cannot let this battered land fall to terrorists

There are places in the world so potentially volatile that the U.S. cannot leave them to the ebb and flow of geopolitics. The Korean Peninsula and the Middle East come immediately to mind. Afghanistan also belongs on that list — something President Donald Trump has finally come to realize, seven …

Afghanistan

Want doors to open with a wave of your hand? Chip in.

Imagine never having to remember a computer password again.<p>Imagine walking into the bank and not wracking your brain for your ATM pin code. Or never wondering where you left your credit card, Ventra pass or ID.<p>Imagine sailing through airport security without producing a driver's license or …

Declaring World War M

Last year, mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus spread from South America into the U.S. Pregnant women, or those trying, lived in fear of a bite that could result in a baby with birth defects.<p>This year, so far, the buzz is better: Reported Zika cases have dropped in the U.S. and other parts of the …

A rare shot for school choice in Illinois

For too long, low-income children in Illinois have been prisoners of their ZIP codes. Their educational opportunities are determined by arbitrary lines on a map that pen families inside a school district's boundaries.<p>Lawmakers who are wrestling over a new school funding formula this week should …

Education

My husband shouldn't have had a gun

Last year, I sent a donation of $358.16 to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. The amount was the sum of money that I received after selling my Ruger revolver.<p>I never really wanted to own the revolver, but my husband thought I should be able to protect myself if someone entered our home …

Guns

Follow Kenya’s Lead on Plastic Bags

Plastic bags are often used for a few minutes before enjoying an eternal afterlife, clogging storm drains, stuffing landfills, killing animals that eat them and contributing to the eight million metric tons of plastic that end up in the world’s oceans every year.<p>Last month, Kenya took strong action …

Pollution

Don’t Shun Conservative Professors

These days, the news is full of sensational stories of violent campus mobs shutting down conservative speakers and freaked-out college administrators treating rioters with kid gloves. Such stories offer excellent fodder for critics who are eager to condemn university culture. But I believe they …

Gender Discrimination

In Our Prison on the Sea

After the plane landed, a bus took us to a ferry, and beneath it we felt the sea. We were tired, hungry, in pain, and in fear about it all. We were gagged, blindfolded and shackled. We were dragged from the ferry to our cages. When we arrived at our cages, we whispered to one another, “There is a …

When History’s Losers Write the Story

I visited a summer camp in western Russia in July 2015. Its theme was “military patriotism,” and it involved dozens of teenagers lounging around in tents, wrestling, carving wood and making garlands. They were also taking history classes. Joseph Stalin, the Soviet leader who killed millions of …

Should I Help My Patients Die?

OAKLAND, Calif. — I WAS leafing through a patient’s chart last year when a colleague tapped me on the shoulder. “I have a patient who is asking about the End of Life Option Act,” he said in a low voice. “Can we even do that here?”<p>I practice both critical and palliative care medicine at a public …

Northern California

Campus Rape, a Survivor’s Story

Last week I wrote a column praising Betsy DeVos for announcing that the Department of Education would revisit the Obama administration’s 2011 “guidance” on campus sexual assault. The new guidelines, often interpreted with Procrustean severity by nervous campus administrators, had all but eliminated …

Trump is turning America the beautiful into America the cruel

America the beautiful? That doesn't work right now.<p>America the cruel, maybe. America the ugly.<p>Those are better fits for the moment. Those are the slogans you get when your national agenda is driven by willful meanness, when it's oblivious to common sense.<p>America the cruel. That's what we were …

Seriously, drop the municipal voting age to 16

I woke up one recent morning to my phone buzzing incessantly, lighting up with each new message from a high school student bubbling with excitement. When I finally blinked myself awake to see the news, I let out my own cheer.<p>What could we be celebrating? You will probably never guess. It was Gov. …

Government

Repetitive hits, concussions, and a mother's long goodbye to youth football

"There is never a good enough reason to hit a child in the head 500 times for a sport."<p>The brutal honesty in Chris Nowinski's words slaps me across the face. A Harvard-educated former pro-wrestler with a PhD in behavioral neuroscience, Nowinski is the founder of Concussion Legacy Foundation and one …

Which came first, the opioids or the despair among middle-aged white Americans?

Anne Case and Angus Deaton's 2015 article on rising mortality among middle-aged white Americans — and the 2017 follow-up that attributed this rise to an increase in suicides, drug overdoses and alcohol-related deaths among those without college educations — was among those rare academic papers that …

I watched my patients die of poverty for 40 years. It's time for single-payer health care.

Sarai was 25 when she died of Wilson's disease, an inherited disorder that causes liver failure. A liver transplant could have cured her, but she was uninsured and was denied an appointment at two prominent Chicago transplant hospitals, including my own. Sarai's plight was brought to my attention …

Fixing the unfair bail system is worth the costs

THE BAIL SYSTEM in place across most of America's states and localities is patently unfair on its face, penalizing poor (and disproportionately minority) defendants who cannot afford to pay their way out of jail while rewarding others with the means to win their freedom as they await trial. …

Pay transparency could help close the ‘wage gap.’ The EEOC shouldn’t write it off.

PRESIDENT TRUMP has made the rolling back of government regulations his business. Just before Labor Day, his administration announced that yet another rule will not be going into effect: this time, a regulation that would have required companies to provide the government with information on their …

A new cancer treatment may be the first in a line of revolutionary treatments

<b>correction:</b> An earlier version of this editorial incorrectly referred to Kymriah as a drug. Krymriah is a treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Additionally, the editorial incorrectly stated that patients in “remission” may face revitalized cancer; the correct word was relapse. This version …

How Not to Sustain Prosperity

President Trump clearly inherited an economy on the upswing, according to the 2016 Census report, with income, health coverage and poverty levels having all improved in the past two years.<p>The question is whether his administration and the Republican-controlled Congress will sustain the momentum, or …

Liberalism and the Campus Rape Tribunals

Last week Betsy DeVos, the secretary of education, announced that the Trump White House would be revising the Obama administration guidelines for how colleges and universities adjudicate accusations of sexual assault.<p>There were protests outside her speech and spittle-flecked rants on Twitter, but …

Title IX