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'SNL': Merry Christmas, here's your next culture war

<b>(CNN) —</b> "Saturday Night Live" typically satirizes the political events of the previous week. But this weekend, "SNL" took a shot at forecasting what Trump's next culture war will be: Demanding every store employee say "Merry Christmas" this holiday season.<p>And if Trump's record is any indication, …

Donald Trump

The Great Barrier Reef is literally in hot water

<b>(CNN) —</b> Hold your pinky nail out in front of you. Now divide your nail into quarters. This is the size of one of the most remarkable animals in the world -- the coral polyp. The life of this tiny creature represents a biological process that helps produce geological fact in the form of coral reefs. …

Great Barrier Reef

Cancer patient: Treat gun violence like cancer

<b>(CNN) —</b> I have metastatic colon cancer and, like the families grieving from the mass shooting in Las Vegas, I have the thoughts and prayers of almost everyone I know.<p>But it's hard to imagine why anyone might think this is enough.<p>When I was first diagnosed -- four years ago -- I didn't want to tell …

Guns

Kenneka Jenkins' death was preventable.

We were dismayed and frankly surprised by the Oct. 16 Tribune editorial concerning our proposed ordinance to tighten security regulations at hotels by limiting access to unauthorized and unattended areas where a potential for injury or harm poses a very real threat to visitors and guests.<p>The …

Scrapping MetroCards Isn’t Vital, but Any Subway Fix Will Do

A friend of ours was less than impressed by the news this week that New York’s subwaymeisters plan to phase out the MetroCard in favor of a souped-up payment method that involves waving cellphones or bank cards at station turnstiles and bus fare boxes. The idea, at a cost put at $573 million, is to …

Cities

Irma and Harvey should kill any doubt that climate change is real

As we begin to clean up from Hurricane Harvey, the wettest hurricane on record, dumping up to 50 inches of rain on Houston in three days, and await landfall of Irma, the most powerful hurricane on record in the open Atlantic Ocean, people are asking: What is the role of human-induced climate change …

Climate Change

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

Sarai was 25 years old 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 …

Health Care

16 years after 9/11: The state of the terrorist threat

<b>(CNN) —</b> Sixteen years after the 9/11 attacks, there is a fair amount of good news about the state of the battle against jihadist terrorists: The United States has not suffered a successful attack by a foreign terrorist organization since al Qaeda's horrific attack on the World Trade Center and …

Terrorism

How to fix America’s broken flood insurance scheme

<i>Daniel Schwarcz is a professor at the University of Minnesota Law School.</i><p>With Hurricane Irma bearing down on the southeastern coast so soon after the devastating onslaught of Hurricane Harvey in Texas, the economic cost of severe weather has been made painfully clear this summer. In the United …

Health Care

Medical Marijuana for Vets

<b>To the Editor:</b><p>Thomas James Brennan makes a powerful case that military veterans deserve access to medical marijuana, which can help alleviate physical and mental war wounds (“Why Pot, Not Pills, Works for My T.B.I.,” Op-Ed, Sept. 1).<p>Mr. Brennan is correct that federal law prevents doctors in the …

Cannabis

Americans in a Battered Paradise

I lived through two hurricanes as a child and I remember all the good stuff that eventually came in the mail — M&Ms, bug spray, playing cards. So when I heard that Hurricane Irma had made landfall on American soil last Wednesday, I began gathering those kinds of things to mail to my friends and …

Caribbean