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President Barack Obama with Gov. Pat Quinn at a get-out-the-vote rally Sunday night at Chicago State University's Emil and Patricia A. Jones Convocation Center. | Ashlee Rezin/For Sun-Times Media

Obama headlines rally for Gov. Quinn at Chicago State University

Medical marijuana is displayed at the state-licensed beMindful marijuana dispensary in Denver, Colorado. | Dustin Park/Sun-Times Media

A New Crop: In Denver, 'budtenders' sell legal pot to clients

DENVER — When a customer seeking medical marijuana comes into the dispensary on Colfax Street, Jamie Murray wants to know: How do you want to feel? Each type of marijuana has different effects. “If somebody wants to feel a little bit more stimulated, I’m going to point them in the direction of the sativa. If they want to feel a little bit more euphoric, I’ll go with a hybrid,” said Murray, a “budtender” at the beMindful dispensary.

Marco Vasquez, chief of Police for Erie, Colorado, discusses how legalizing marijuana affects law enforcement. | Dustin Park/Sun-Times

A New Crop: When state and federal law collide, questions arise

Despite Illinois’ attempt to have total control over the new industry before plants are sprouting, patients using marijuana and entrepreneurs will have issues to contend with. Chief among them is the discord between federal and state law.

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30-member military medical team to help with Ebola in U.S.

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the military to prepare and train a 30-member medical support team that could provide short-term help to civilian health professionals if there are more Ebola cases in the United States.

 

Three Ways ACA is affecting Business

More often than not, when healthcare reform is brought up, the impact and the interests of businesses are lumped together, as if each faces with the same challenges as the next.

This Jan. 17, 2013, photo provided by Anita Sarkeesian shows her with vintage video game machines in MInneapolis. Sarkeesian has canceled a speech at Utah State University after learning the school would allow concealed firearms despite an anonymous threat against her. | AP Photo/Alex Lazara

Vile foes of feminist game critic miss mark

We can assume that the men threatening to rape and murder Anita Sarkeesian were not doing so because they wanted to disseminate her observations about sexism in the video gaming world to as wide an audience as possible.

Former Bellwood official Roy McCampbell. | Sun-Times File Photo

Is indicted ex-suburban official running for school board?

Chicago-area school board elections aren’t until April 7, but one potential candidate is already making waves in the northwest suburbs: He’s a Schiller Park School District 81 parent and former Bellwood official who was indicted in 2012.

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REPORT: K-12 funding down 9 percent in Illinois since 2008

From the 2007-08 fiscal year to 2014-15, state spending on K-12 education in Illinois fell 9.3 percent, or $222 per student, after adjusting for inflation, according to a study by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a left-of-center Washington think tank.

Who is benefiting from the Lawndale Diabetes Project?

Gerry Allen, a resident of North Lawndale on Chicago’s West Side, suffered for years with unmanaged diabetes. But, thanks to an expanded community health initiative launched in April 2012 between a local hospital  and an insurance provider, he did something he thought he’d never do.

First responders wear full biohazard suits while responding to the report of a woman with Ebola-like symptoms at the Dallas Area Rapid Transit White Rock Station on Saturday in Dallas, Texas. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Federal official: Ebola protocols to call for no exposed skin

WASHINGTON — Revised guidance for health care workers treating Ebola patients will include using protective gear "with no skin showing," a top federal health official said Sunday.