Elegant but unproven, RNA experiments leap to the front in vaccine race

Scientists in Britain, Germany, China and the United States are pushing to develop, and possibly manufacture, millions of doses of vaccine in a completely new way.
Michael Hickson, 46, surrounded by his children, died in June. (Family photo)
Michael Hickson, 46, surrounded by his children, died in June. (Family photo)

Quadriplegic man’s death spotlights questions of disability, race and family

Disagreements over Michael Hickson’s care — amplified by an audio recording of his wife pleading with a doctor to continue treatment — provide a rare window into fraught end-of-life decisions.

Texas, Florida, Arizona officials say early reopenings fueled surge

Frustration has mounted among local leaders, who say they have had to grapple with conflicting orders and changing guidelines from governors and the White House.

The 17-member family that lived together, ate together and got coronavirus together

When Mukul Garg learned that one member of his family had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, he immediately knew it was only the beginning.
Demonstrators gather at the Lincoln Memorial in June to protest the death of George Floyd. (Matt McClain/The Post)
Demonstrators gather at the Lincoln Memorial in June to protest the death of George Floyd. (Matt McClain/The Post)
Political Reckoning

The politics of race are shifting, and politicians are struggling to keep pace

What will come of the gathering call for action? History offers sobering lessons about the ultimate power of protests. Perhaps this time, the political leaders, prodded by a new generation of activists, will write a different script.

An apparent social media hoax led armed militia members to flock to Gettysburg

On Independence Day, self-proclaimed militias, bikers and far-right groups flooded in — heavily armed and unaware, it seemed, that the mysterious Internet poster threatening to burn American flags was not who the person claimed to be.
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‘The Cursed Platoon,’ Part 2

1st Lt. Clint Lorance had been in charge of his Army platoon for three days when he ordered them to kill three Afghans on a dirt road. After a second-degree murder conviction, Lorance was pardoned by President Trump, hailed as a hero. His troops suffered a different fate.
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Army identifies Vanessa Guillén’s remains, soldier’s family says

Spc. Vanessa Guillén’s disappearance and the subsequent search for her, underscored by her family’s allegations she faced sexual harassment from superiors, created waves in Latino media and rage within the Guillén family.

Energy companies abandon long-delayed Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Despite a win at the Supreme Court last month, the companies said costs and new regulatory uncertainties make the 600-mile natural gas pipeline unfeasible.

Historians question Trump’s choice of ‘heroes’ for national garden monument

Among the statues to be erected in the garden — spelled out in an executive order — are evangelical leader Billy Graham, frontiersman Davy Crockett and Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia.
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Hard-hit industries clamor for regulations during pandemic

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A statue of Henri Francois Xavier de Belsunce de Castelmoron, a bishop of Marseille known for his fight against the 1720 plague. (Emilienne Malfatto for The Post)
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The site of Europe’s last plague escapes the worst of this pandemic

As France emerges from its coronavirus lockdown and life returns to almost-normal, the historic port city of Marseille considers itself lucky.
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Coronavirus will undermine trust in government for decades, research finds

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Hospital ratings often depend more on nice rooms than on health care

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(Clockwise from top left) Stevan Molinar, left, with two squad leaders in 2016; Frank Scafidi prepares for a mission in Vietnam; Lt. Col. Harry Lesher pins a First Lieutenant bar on Tom Knutsen in 1971; Victoria Chamberlin at the NCO academy in South Korea in 2014. (Courtesy of Stevan Molinar, Frank Scafidi, Tom Knutsen, Victoria Chamberlin)
(Clockwise from top left) Stevan Molinar, left, with two squad leaders in 2016; Frank Scafidi prepares for a mission in Vietnam; Lt. Col. Harry Lesher pins a First Lieutenant bar on Tom Knutsen in 1971; Victoria Chamberlin at the NCO academy in South Korea in 2014. (Courtesy of Stevan Molinar, Frank Scafidi, Tom Knutsen, Victoria Chamberlin)

We asked veterans to respond to The Post’s reporting on Clint Lorance and his platoon. Here’s what they said.

Many said they were moved to tears reading about the experiences of 1st Platoon. Others questioned how the soldiers could blindly follow orders to shoot at civilians.
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Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard (30) runs past Texas defensive back Brandon Jones (19) during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard (30) runs past Texas defensive back Brandon Jones (19) during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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Coaches and teams must understand the worth of athletes not just as cogs in the multibillion-dollar college athletic industrial complex but as citizens in the human race.

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Justin Rohrwasser, a rookie out of Marshall University, said he got the tattoo as a show of support for the military but didn’t fully understand what the symbol represented.
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Columbus statue in Baltimore toppled, thrown in Inner Harbor

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Man whose wrongful conviction revealed FBI forensic hair match flaws dies at 59

Santae Tribble’s exoneration in 2012 of a 1978 D.C. slaying helped launch a Justice Department review that found FBI hair examiners systematically overstated testimony in almost all trials in which they gave evidence over two decades.
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From left, director Spike Lee with cast members from his film “Da 5 Bloods,” Isiah Whitlock Jr., Delroy Lindo, Jonathan Majors, Clarke Peters and Norm Lewis. (David Lee/Netflix/AP)

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Watch "Da 5 Bloods," "I Am Not Your Negro," and other films and TV shows that offer poignant examinations of race in America.
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The cast of “The Baby-Sitters Club” poses with original series author Ann M. Martin, center, on the set of the new Netflix show. (Kailey Schwerman/Netflix)

‘The Baby-Sitters Club’ was always progressive. Now, Netflix’s version is empowering a new generation.

For all its feel-good wholesomeness and nostalgia, Netflix’s “The Baby-Sitters Club” echoes its fresh-faced stars’ calls for a more equitable world.
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This saucy, smothered tofu with peppers and onions will have you dreaming of the Mexican coast

Mild tofu takes on the tart flavors of lime, olives, capers and white wine.
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A rendering of the Toronto’s “Immersive Van Gogh” exhibit, which includes floor circles that help walk-through visitors maintain distance. (Immersive van Gogh Toronto)

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