Black and Latino Americans are disproportionately contracting and dying from the novel coronavirus, according to a report from the New York Times. This updated picture of the virus’s disparate impacts is yet another morbid illustration of the sometimes deadly effects of the racial discrimina…

Former vice president Joe Biden unveiled the first phase of his economic plans in a speech at Dunmore, on Thursday, and the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee’s words confirmed that the U.S. political center has shifted away from free trade and toward government-led industrial polic…

The Supreme Court’s ruling Wednesday on insurance coverage for contraceptives will make it harder for tens of thousands of American women to get birth control. The court ruled that the Trump administration has the authority to allow more kinds of employers to claim exemptions to the Obamacar…

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Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s latest grand jury report might seem like a diatribe on the evils of fracking. That is definitely what draws attention.

Alarm bells are going off in Texas, Florida and California. In more than 30 states, the number of people infected with the coronavirus is rising. But Pennsylvania is not one of them.

Defenders of unregulated facial recognition technology have always asked for concrete evidence of harm. Now they have it — and lawmakers in both chambers of Congress have signaled a willingness to act.

“To say that the use of the term “Redskins” is well-intentioned or that it is not meant to be objectionable sidesteps the real issue. This is not a term fashioned by American Indians. The nickname was assigned to them, just as the pejorative designation “darkies” was once imposed on African …

New Jersey’s abrupt move to indefinitely postpone the scheduled Thursday resumption of indoor restaurant service was sparked, in part, by media images of outdoor dining and drinking destinations at the Shore crowded with patrons without masks. Faced with an uptick in coronavirus cases, Phila…

Confederate statues are being pulled down across the South — from Birmingham, Ala., to Decatur, Ga., to Richmond, Va., the Confederacy’s former capital. The U.S. Navy and the Marines have banned public displays of the Confederate battle flag — as has NASCAR.

A vocal contingent of Spring Grove Area residents is urging that public schools reopen in a business-as-usual format this fall, regardless of coronavirus-related health concerns.

There’s a lot of federal stimulus money — $2.6 billion — targeted to provide relief for Pennsylvania’s nursing homes, small businesses and local governments. What there isn’t at the moment is much oversight as to how the money is to be spent and accounted for.

Public health measures to stop the novel coronavirus from spreading have forced necessary but disruptive changes on institutions across U.S. society, and nowhere has the adjustment been more dramatic than in higher education. From online classes to canceled commencement ceremonies, the sprin…

The Committee for the Removal of Public Monuments has bagged its biggest trophy to date. On Sunday, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio acceded to a request from Ellen Futter, president of the American Museum of Natural History, to remove the equestrian statue of Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th Presi…

The Legislature has passed a bill requiring a report by late July on the conduct of the June 2 primary, the first ever in which any Pennsylvania voter could cast a ballot by mail.

Stocks sold off Thursday amid investor worries that a “second wave” of coronavirus infections could cause countries and states that are reopening to lock down again. But headlines about a coronavirus resurgence in the U.S. are overblown so far, and the bigger threat is keeping the economy in…

A new Senate report has revealed that the Federal Communications Commission has failed spectacularly when it comes to monitoring Chinese telecom companies.

Great good can sometimes come out of the worst tragedies. We can’t bring George Floyd back. We can’t undo what killed Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery. But we can make sure they didn’t die in vain.

The Trump administration’s decision to remove more than 9,000 troops from Germany by September is part of a dispiriting pattern. It serves little strategic purpose and will be virtually impossible to pull off. News of the proposal provoked the ire of the German government, which wasn’t brief…

People who have recovered from COVID-19 have a unique opportunity to help patients now suffering from the coronavirus. Health authorities need more of them to step up and donate blood plasma to make it happen.

This time might be different. George Floyd’s on-camera murder while under the control of Minneapolis police might go down in history as an event similar to Rosa Parks deciding to keep her seat at the front of the bus.

Was there ever really any doubt what position President Donald Trump would take in the debate about changing the names of Army bases honoring Confederate officers who fought against their country during the Civil War? Sadly, the answer is no. Trump long ago — with his compliments about the w…

About 156.5 million Americans are categorized as members of the civilian labor force. At least 41 million people who can work and, by definition, want to, are unemployed.

“Iconic place for civil discourse.” That is the National Park Service description of the grounds around the White House, and until recently it was apt. Generations of Americans have gone there to speak out on issues of their day. Sadly, though, it is no longer a description that comes to min…

Journalists know that when they cover chaotic and dangerous events, a press credential is a thin shield against the bullets flying and batons swinging around them. But as protests have spread around the nation in recent days, journalists have become the targets themselves because they are jo…

It’s not easy finding light in the darkness that has engulfed the country. Starting last weekend, protests nationwide over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis resulted in thousands of people arrested and widespread vandalism and destruction.

Those who doubted the wisdom of severe coronavirus lockdown measures were often accused of valuing economics more than public health. That charge was always a caricature, and the riots and lawlessness engulfing America’s cities ought to discredit it. The consequences of the lockdown also inc…

President Donald Trump’s preposterous executive order, attempting to regulate speech on the internet, actually could do some good. It would force social media platforms to rein in ... Trump.

It’s impossible to watch the video of George Floyd dying — handcuffed, helpless, face down in the road, complaining he can’t breathe, as a Minneapolis police officer kneels on his neck for more than eight minutes — without feeling a surge of anger and incomprehension. Learning that the crime…

As of Tuesday, Lancaster County had seen 2,985 positive cases of COVID-19 — 89 more cases than Monday’s total, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health. County Coroner Dr. Stephen Diamantoni said the county had seen 284 deaths from the viral disease. Gov. Tom Wolf has indicated tha…

President Donald Trump’s recent claim to be taking hydroxychloroquine as a precaution against covid-19 prompted skepticism. Would any doctor really prescribe an unproven and potentially dangerous drug to the holder of the world’s most powerful office? A statement from Trump’s doctor added to…

As several professional sports leagues continue to develop plans for a return to action amid the coronavirus pandemic, a couple of things seem obvious: When or if teams resume play, it will likely be in empty venues, and regardless of whether the stands are empty, eager fans will welcome the…

It’s unquestionably good news that Gov. Tom Wolf plans to relax restrictions next week in the counties still classified as red under his process for restoring business activity amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Twitter has provoked outrage for its refusal to remove disgraceful tweets from President Donald Trump that further a baseless conspiracy theory about the death of a former congressional staffer. Whether anger at the social media site is justified, the debate shouldn’t obscure the obvious: Th…

Hearts and markets leaped Monday at news that an experimental vaccine against COVID-19 had produced promising results in a test. And in many of the world’s foremost research institutions, intense work continues on more than 100 potential coronavirus vaccines, eight of which are in early tria…

The famous Canova cafe, in Rome’s Piazza del Popolo, was once Federico Fellini’s preferred spot for a morning coffee. On Monday the Canova was in the spotlight again as it reopened its doors, in glorious sunshine, after two and a half months of lockdown. “It’s a beautiful, exciting day,” sai…

Dr. Asif Ilyas just might be right. We’ve been using a machete to attack the coronavirus to try to wipe it from the face of the earth, but now we need a scalpel.

A short but action-packed Tuesday night special meeting of the Shamokin City Council left many local residents reevaluating their plans for the summer after the city voted to disallow three staples of summer — the operation of the Rock Street pool, the annual fireworks display and the Music …

If it was already true that a lie can fly halfway around the world before the truth can put on its shoes, imagine the accelerating effects of a pandemic that sends millions inside and online, hostile foreign powers keen to sow disruption, and tech platforms with a spotty record on moderating…

As the COVID-19 crisis continues, so does President Donald Trump’s crisis of credibility, fueled by his fear of accountability in an election year.

Americans are paying a fearsome price for the government’s strict lockdowns of American life and commerce, and now comes evidence that targeted lockdowns aimed at protecting those who are most vulnerable to the coronavirus would be better for public health and the economy.

More than a fifth of the 55,000 known COVID-19 deaths in the United States have occurred at nursing homes and other elder-care facilities. Federal and state governments have largely turned a blind eye, often making no effort to test residents or staffs and leaving relatives, surrounding comm…