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Labor costs weighing down Postal Service

There is even more bad financial news for the U.S. Postal Service, according to a report released last week by the agency’s Office of Inspector General. In addition to sharply declining mail volume and significant required payments for retiree health care, the USPS is struggling with high workers’ compensation costs.

Our thoroughly modern enemies

In his remarks on the murder of James Foley, the American journalist decapitated by the terrorists of the Islamic State, President Barack Obama condemned Foley’s killers, appropriately, as a “cancer” on the Middle East and the world. But he also found room for the most Obama-ish of condemnations: “One thing we can all agree on,” he insisted, is that the would-be caliphate’s murderous vision has “no place in the 21st century.”

Picking on for-profit colleges

By 2020, America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.” So President Obama told Congress in his 2009 State of the Union address, when he called on every American to commit to at least one year or more of higher education or career training.

The making of a disaster

LONDON — Almost 13 years after 9/11, a jihadi organization with a murderous anti-Western ideology controls territory in Iraq and Syria, which are closer to Europe and the United States than Afghanistan is. It commands resources and camps and even a Syrian military base. It spreads its propaganda through social media. It has set the West on edge through the recorded beheading of the U.S. journalist James Foley — with the promise of more to come.

Rap can help fight Ebola crisis

Efforts to control the outbreak of Ebola in Africa have gotten so desperate that public-health officials are turning into music producers. The “Ebola Rap,” now trending on Liberian radio, is performed by locally famous hip-hop singers and underwritten by the ministry of health and others, including UNICEF.

Time for later start times at schools

Despite the harmful effects of sleep loss on adolescents, many school districts maintain cock-crow start times for high school students. Reasons for the status quo run the gamut from “it’s always been this way” to “it’s too hard to change.” But a national organization of doctors who treat children is weighing in on what it calls a public health issue. We can only hope its definitive call for more sensible schedules will spur school officials to stop making excuses.