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Dan Corkery: Decoding what dyslexia is and is not

Dyslexia.

It's a peculiar word that, to my eye, looks misspelled. But it's not.

It's a word that describes a mystery, for people who live with it and for those around them.

It's a word that describes a condition, a way the brain is wired, that makes reading difficult.

But it's not a disease or a career killer.

Jim Dey: Will they be working at the UI this fall?

The days are dwindling down to a precious few in the countdown over the future of former political terrorist turned University of Illinois faculty and staff member James Kilgore.

Jim Nowlan: Common Core takes root this school year

After five years in the works, the new Common Core State Standards for American education are here.

Near the end of the 2014-2015 school year, students in Illinois and 40 other states will be tested according to new learning standards. The standards are about what K-12 students should know in English and mathematics at the end of each grade.

George Will: Nixon's crimes apparently began in 1968

WASHINGTON — About 5:15 p.m. on June 17, 1971, in the Oval Office, the president ordered a crime: "I want it implemented on a thievery basis. Goddamn it, get in and get those files. Blow the safe and get it."

Jim Dey: Speakers at funeral plead for end to violence

Police are continuing their investigation into the July 19 shooting death of a young Champaign man with a suspect in mind but still in need of sufficient evidence to file formal charges.

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Jim Nowlan: Four-year degrees from two-year colleges?

For the past decade, College of DuPage President Bob Breuder has been pushing state lawmakers to allow two-year community colleges to offer four-year baccalaureate degrees in technology-oriented fields.

Breuder makes a good case. Expect another push in the next session of the state legislature.

Esther Cepeda: We're living in patronizing times

CHICAGO — Whenever immigration matters heat up, a stream of "what it means" articles about potential Hispanic voting behavior is sure to follow. I suspect this happens because news outlets know that anything relating to the Latino vote is sure-fire clickbait.

George Will: The progressive others will pass over

WASHINGTON — If Ohio's senior senator were named Sharon Brown instead of Sherrod Brown, progressives would have a plausible political pin-up and a serious alternative to the tawdry boredom of Hillary Clinton's joyless plod toward her party's presidential nomination.

Dan Corkery: Unwrapping the Great War, 100 years later

One hundred years ago tomorrow, Great Britain declared war on Germany, setting off what was to be the biggest, deadliest war the world had ever seen.

Five weeks earlier, Serbian gunman Gavrilo Princip assassinated Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie, on their wedding anniversary, while they were making an official visit to Sarajevo.

Jim Dey: Pols keeping watchdogs on a short leash

In an especially egregious example of telling the public to shove it, Chicago aldermen voted overwhelmingly last week to strip the city council's so-called watchdog of the power to investigate their campaign finances.