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Sex trafficking isn’t what you think: 4 myths debunked

By: - August 3, 2021

By Corinne Schwarz, Oklahoma State University The idea that sex trafficking is an urgent social problem is woven into American media stories, from reports of Republican U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz’s alleged trafficking of teenage girls to debunked QAnon conspiracy theories about a sexual slavery ring run through online retailer Wayfair. The common perception of sex […]

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COVID-19 could cause male infertility and sexual dysfunction – but vaccines do not

By: - August 2, 2021

By Ranjith Ramasamy, University of Miami Contrary to myths circulating on social media, COVID-19 vaccines do not cause erectile dysfunction and male infertility. What is true: SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, poses a risk for both disorders. Until now, little research has been done on how the virus or the vaccines affect the male […]

What is a breakthrough infection? 6 questions answered about catching COVID-19 after vaccination

By: - July 30, 2021

By Sanjay Mishra, PhD, Vanderbilt University If you’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, maybe you figured you no longer need to worry about contracting the coronavirus. But along with the rising number of new COVID-19 cases globally and growing concern about highly transmissible strains like the delta variant come reports of fully vaccinated people testing […]

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Why the U.S. won’t be able to shirk moral responsibility in leaving Afghanistan

By: - July 23, 2021

By Michael Blake, University of Washington The majority of the remaining American troops in Afghanistan were withdrawn recently, with the rest due to leave by the end of August 2021. This withdrawal marks the end of nearly 20 years of American military presence in Afghanistan. Support for the withdrawal is widespread in the United States, […]

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We are all propagandists now

By: - July 22, 2021

By Jennifer Mercieca, Texas A&M University The U.S. is in an information war with itself. The public sphere, where Americans discuss public issues, is broken. There’s little discussion – and lots of fighting. One reason why: Persuasion is difficult, slow and time-consuming – it doesn’t make good television or social media content – and so […]

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My daughter is enrolled in Pfizer’s vaccine trial because I don’t trust COVID

By: - July 21, 2021

By Taylor Hirth On a sunny Wednesday a little over a month ago, my 7-year-old daughter bravely held my hand as we walked into Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City to participate in a pediatric vaccine trial.  After a numbing agent, a blood draw and a nasal swab, she was finally injected with either a placebo […]

U.S. Senate Democrats push voting rights bills, lambast Georgia election law

By: - July 20, 2021

By Stanley Dunlap, Georgia Recorder/States Newsroom If the rules in Georgia’s controversial 2021 voting overhaul were in place before last November’s historic U.S. Senate races were pushed to Jan. 5 runoffs, then 76,000 residents who cast their ballots would’ve been unable to register in time for the second round. A U.S. Senate committee gathered in […]

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Justice Stephen Breyer, for the love of God, please retire

By: - July 20, 2021

By Imani Gandy, ReWire Stephen Breyer isn’t retiring, he doesn’t know when he’s going to retire, and, frankly, it’s making me tired. In a new interview with CNN’s Joan Biskupic, Justice Breyer cited two factors that play into his decision about when to retire: his health and the Supreme Court. And while I don’t know anything […]

Cities in Ohio want to use the same clean-energy financing company that saddled Missouri homeowners with debt

By: - July 14, 2021

By Jeremy Kohler, ProPublica This story was originally published by ProPublica, a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive their biggest stories as soon as they’re published. This story was co-published with The Cincinnati Enquirer.  For five years, economic development officials in Toledo, Ohio, have operated a pilot program that allows […]

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Zaila Avant-garde, spelling bee champ, stands where Black children were once kept out

By: - July 13, 2021

By Shalini Shankar Why is it news that an African American won this championship? It’s significant because not so long ago, Black children would have faced a lot of obstacles just to compete in this spelling bee. In fact, Black children were routinely sidelined from participating on the national stage until well after the passage […]

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Rugby is for every body

By: - July 9, 2021

By Kat Amrhein During my time as a collegiate rugby player for the Miami Women’s Club Rugby Team, I played alongside individuals of different shapes, sizes, races, sexual orientations and gender identities. Each player brought their distinctive abilities to the team, and there was acceptance for the diversity within our club. A short and scrappy […]

More than 30 states join lawsuit accusing Google of anti-competitive practices

By: - July 9, 2021

Ohio is not among 36 states suing Google over allegations the tech firm is operating a monopoly with its app store and Google Billing, but the suit could have implications in the Buckeye State. In the Midwest, Minnesota, Missouri, Minnesota and South Dakota also are involved with the lawsuit, Utah v. Google. The states claim Google paid off competitors […]