Esther Cepeda: Educate yourself on melanoma

CHICAGO — Former President Jimmy Carter got me to schedule a doctor's appointment and buy sunscreen.

When I heard that Carter has four spots of melanoma on his brain, I felt a bit of a gut punch. Melanoma? What is skin cancer doing on the president's brain?

Jim Dey: Murder case should be open-and-shut

Ardis Fenn has been accused of murder, but never charged with murder.

He's been convicted of shooting Curtis Mosley, a serious offense, but authorities have yet to act on evidence that he shot and killed Mosley, an even more serious offense.

A new serial for your breakfast reading

Goodbye, "WuMo."

Hello, "Luann."

Starting with today, we are publishing one of America's most popular — and longest-running — comic strips, "Luann" by Greg Evans. It replaces "WuMo."

Why the change?

"WuMo" was not very funny.

George Will: Affirming a patient's right to die

SAN DIEGO — Brittany Maynard was soon to die. The question was whether she could do so on her own terms, as a last act of autonomy. Dr. Lynette Cederquist, who regrets that Maynard had to move to Oregon in order to do so, is working with others to change California law to allow physician assistance in dying.

Jim Dey: Budget brinkmanship's casualties

Earlier this week, Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed a portion of a bill passed with the best of intentions.

George Will: He came, he saw, he ruined

WASHINGTON — Every sulfurous belch from the molten interior of the volcanic Trump phenomenon injures the chances of a Republican presidency. After Donald Trump finishes plastering a snarling face on conservatism, any Republican nominee will face a dauntingly steep climb to reach even the paltry numbers that doomed Mitt Romney.

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Jimmy Carter's true faith

"To want what I have, to take what I'm given with grace. For this I pray." - From "For My Wedding," by Don Henley

America is a nation of faith. So it is often said.

Jim Nowlan: Courts assume Legislature's role

The Illinois Constitution declares that, "The General Assembly by law shall make appropriations for all expenditures of public funds by the State" — but who cares what a state constitution says?

Apparently not the federal and state courts, which have declared that most state spending shall go on as if there were an approved budget in place, which there is not.

Jim Dey: Salaita case still rattling UI's rafters

The start of the 2014 fall semester at the University of Illinois featured considerable wringing of hands and gnashing of teeth over the Steven Salaita controversy.

The start of the 2015 fall semester at the University of Illinois features considerable wringing of hands and gnashing of teeth over the Steven Salaita controversy.

Esther Cepeda: End the school-to-prison pipeline

CHICAGO — A recent poll seems to imply that the general public does not understand, and maybe has never heard of, the school-to-prison pipeline.

It is a national trend in which children — more often than not, minorities — are caught up by "zero-tolerance" public school policies that criminalize minor infractions of school rules.