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Christopher Vondracek

Christopher Vondracek was a reporter on The Washington Times' National desk. 

Articles by Christopher Vondracek

Community colleges suffer huge losses in enrollment

Community colleges saw double-digit declines in enrollment this fall, according to the latest nationwide study, worrying experts about the long-term impact on the country's workforce. Published December 22, 2020

Lauren Daigle accepts the artist of the year award during the Dove Awards on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) **FILE**

Lauren Daigle, Christian music star, speaks out on NYE show controversy

Christian crossover artist Lauren Daigle is defending her appearance at an outdoor worship service held in violation of New Orleans' COVID-19 restrictions last month, saying her impromptu performance -- which has reportedly imperiled her participation in a New Year's Eve television show on ABC -- was spontaneous and "focused on lifting spirits." Published December 18, 2020

Rabbi Levi Shemtov, from left, Jacob J. Lew, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and Rabbi Abraham Shemtov light the National Chanukah Menorah on the Ellipse in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 20, 2011.
(T.J. Kirkpatrick/ The Washington Times) **FILE**

Hanukkah kicks off with new look due to pandemic

The eight nights of Hanukkah celebrations commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem (circa 160 BCE) begin at sundown Thursday amid coronavirus restrictions on dining, gatherings and travel. Published December 9, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted a conversation about the philosophical and the practical for evangelizers. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Face-to-face evangelism fading amid COVID-19 pandemic

Christians accustomed to in-person evangelizing — including street preachers and door-knocking Jehovah's Witnesses — are reconsidering outreach during the COVID-19 pandemic, some say for good. Published December 8, 2020

Food insecurity had hit a nearly 20-year low, but the coronavirus pandemic has cause the amount of families who don’t have enough to eat to grow. The closing of schools has cut off many children’s access to food.  (AP Photo/Jessie Wardarski)

Advocates say hunger, food anxiety grow during pandemic

Anti-hunger advocates warn that an unprecedented food crisis awaits the U.S. this winter because COVID-19 has depleted pantries and joblessness remains high entering the colder months. Published December 6, 2020

In this Friday, June 15, 2018 photo, winter wheat is harvested in a field farmed by Dalton and Carson North near McCracken, Kan. Kansas farmers are harvesting a smaller winter wheat crop amid an ongoing drought. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Rural advocate sounds alarm on accessing a vaccine

Americans living long distances from hospitals will face steep obstacles in getting a COVID-19 vaccine in the new year, the president of an agricultural advocacy group says. Published December 4, 2020

In this June 20, 2019 file photo, a student works in the library at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber)  **FILE**

Colleges cut liberal arts as coronavirus strains budgets

Classical civilization, German and Italian studies are just a few of the programs to be cut at the University of Vermont, joining other colleges axing low-enrollment majors and minors to stay financially afloat during the coronavirus pandemic. Published December 4, 2020

This Jan. 14, 2013, file photo shows a gavel sitting on a desk inside a courtroom. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

South Dakota judge wants to move court after guns approved

The presiding judge in a county in western South Dakota wants to move court proceedings, saying the courthouse is no longer safe after county commissioners approved carrying firearms on the property. Published December 4, 2020