Students from families earning less than $125,000 in New York a year will be able to attend college for free. That's the promise of the Excelsior Scholarship, and it is part of a historic budget deal state lawmakers in New York agreed on yesterday. But there's a condition: Recipients will be required to remain in the state for a few years after graduation. That helps assure that New York gain the benefit of its investment in these students.

"This is the difference that government can make," said Governor Andrew Cuomo. "There is no child who will go to sleep tonight and say I have great dreams, but I don’t believe I’ll be able to get a college education because mommy and daddy can’t afford it. Every child will have the opportunity that education provides."

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We don’t talk enough about AIDS. Not anymore.

The as-yet incurable disease, caused by the HIV virus, has largely fallen out of media attention following its emergence as a public health crisis in the 1980s and ‘90s. This is due in part to innovations surrounding antiretroviral drugs, which now allow people to manage the disease, which previously had been a death sentence.

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