Saturday, 15 May 2021

Analysis & Comment

Opinion | Horse Racing’s Deadly Drug Scandals

On May 1, Medina Spirit, a horse trained by Bob Baffert, one of the stars of thoroughbred racing, somewhat unexpectedly won the Kentucky Derby. About a week later, it emerged that the horse had tested positive for an anti-inflammatory pain-masking drug, throwing his victory into question. Mr. Baffert has been suspended by Churchill Downs, and […]

Opinion | Why Charles Koch Wins When Our Energy System Breaks Down

When the Colonial Pipeline shut down in 2016, it sent a grave warning about America’s fragile energy system. Once the gasoline stopped flowing, thanks to an accidental breach by a construction crew in Alabama, millions of people along the East Coast who relied on the nearly 60-year-old, 5,500-mile-long sometimes leaky pipe for their daily energy […]

Opinion | Why I Am Not Vaccinated

More from our inbox: To the Editor: Re “Our Herd Immunity Failure,” by David Brooks (column, May 7): I am one of the people who was interviewed and quoted in Derek Thompson’s Atlantic piece about Americans who are declining the vaccine, which Mr. Brooks discusses. I take issue with Mr. Brooks’s unflattering portrayal of us […]

Your Wednesday Briefing

Deadly Israel-Gaza violence The worst fighting between Israelis and Palestinians in seven years intensified last night, resulting in the deaths of at least 30 Palestinians, including 10 children, and three Israelis. Hundreds more civilians were wounded, according to local officials on both sides. Israeli airstrikes began targeting Hamas offices in apartment buildings in Gaza City, […]

The Power of Pre-K

In the late 1990s, Boston expanded its public pre-K program, but it did not have nearly enough spots for every 4-year-old in the city. So it used a lottery to help determine which children could enroll. That lottery created an opportunity for academic researchers. It meant that thousands of otherwise similar children would have different […]

Opinion | The Cicadas Are Coming. It’s Not an Invasion. It’s a Miracle.

NASHVILLE — Deep beneath the spring-warmed soil, a great thrumming force is beginning to stir. Trillions strong, these insects have been living in the dark since George W. Bush’s first term as president. Now they are ready for the light. They are climbing out of the darkness, out of their own skins and into the […]

Opinion | The Brain Will Bounce Back From Covid

The emerging data on mental health during the pandemic suggests a troubling future. Surveys show that Americans have become more depressed and anxious, and experts in a variety of fields have argued that Covid-19 has changed society forever. While the pandemic has undeniably caused extraordinary stress and sadness, research on human resilience suggests that people […]

Opinion | Stopping the Manipulation Machines

Some things are difficult by design. Consider Amazon. The company perfected the one-click checkout. But canceling a $119 Prime subscription is a labyrinthine process that requires multiple screens and clicks. Or Ticketmaster. Online customers are bombarded with options for ticket insurance, subscription services for razors and other items and, when users navigate through those, they […]

Your Tuesday Briefing

All U.S. adults are now eligible for a vaccine Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont were the last of the 50 U.S. states to expand eligibility to anyone over the age of 16, opening Covid vaccinations to all adults and meeting the deadline that President Biden set two weeks ago. But vaccine […]