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The COVID-19 virus's course and evolution remain unpredictable. But this far into the pandemic, there are some safe assumptions. One of them is a fall-winter spike in cases. Colder weather's return, schools resuming and holiday gatherings contribute to the crowded indoor conditions that fuel viral spread. A look back at case counts since the pandemic's 2020 start confirms this, with ...

The news that Columbia University filed fraudulent data to rise in the U.S. News & World Report college rankings has again raised the question of what these rankings mean. Does anyone imagine that as Columbia “plunged” from No. 2 to No. 18 (as its ranking was reassessed by U.S. News on its own estimated data) that the Columbia students sitting in their classrooms in Upper Manhattan felt the quality of their education slipping away?


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