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A healthy development: Boston Childrens’ Hospital’s new Hale Family Building

Globe magazine, 2019

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But the $636 million building also serves a catalyst for a new approach to patient care. That starts with the simplest detail: a pedestrian bridge that will make it easier for parents and patients to get into the hospital from the parking garage.

Guide to ticks

Boston Globe Ideas section, 2019

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Species like the Lone star tick — which carries a protein that causes allergic reactions to meat — are expanding their ranges.

How a Newton court judge allegedly helped an undocumented immigrant escape

Boston Globe, 2019

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Suspended Newton District Court Judge Shelley Richmond Joseph is accused of obstruction of justice and perjury for an undocumented immigrant evaded a federal agent in April last year.

According to an indictment filed April 25 this year, this is what happened.

In defense of screen time

Globe Opinion, 2017

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Most importantly, they are digitally savvy in a way that prepares them not just for this generation of tech, but the next. And the next. They will be ready for jobs that we can’t even dream of. They can navigate a digital social world with their generational peers in a way I could not teach them.

Your brain on Tetris: A history

Globe opinion, 2016

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Pajitnov wasn’t much interested in the business of gaming, which was unfortunate because the international tussle over the rights and revenues around the game were as complicated as the game is simple. Against the backdrop of the Cold War, the saga of Tetris played out like a spy thriller — tragic deaths, corporate conspiracies, the prestige of nations hanging in the balance.

The dark legacy of this dress

Boston Globe, Ideas section, 2016

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Easy out: Softball’s absurd gender rules

Boston Globe, Opinion, 2015

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This fun opinion piece uses quotes from Boston softball leagues’ rule books, along with progressively funny illustrations, to highlight the oddities of gender rules in the sport.

Mapping a more virtual world

Globe Ideas section, 2015

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But there’s more to the world than piles of dirt and great swathes of sea water. Vargic charts still aim big. His “Map of the Internet” went viral in early 2014, as did his map of world stereotypes (in which New Zealand is labeled “Middle Earth”). His cartography creates an indirect commentary on how cultural proximities are every bit as relevant in the digital age as geographical ones.

There is no country of Google that can be found on a Google map. But the very large — and real — presence of Google online is accorded appropriate mass in a Vargic map.

From Hillary Clinton to WWE, the week’s winners and losers, in T-shirts

Globe opinion, 2015

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World Wrestling Entertainment created a shirt with tartan-style lettering as a promotional item for Irish female wrestler Rebecca Knox. Apparently, they meant to use “Lass” as an adjective, announcing a kicker who is female. But since the shirt also came in men’s and children’s styles, some took the word as an object, and the shirts as an endorsement of domestic violence. WWE pulled the men’s and children’s versions, but it’s still available in women’s sizes, subject to review by the grammar police.

How to best prepare kids for the digital world

Boston Globe, graphic op-ed, 2014

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A first step is to move the conversation away from how much screen time to what kind of screen time. What if we divided screen time into three categories: creative, interactive, and passive, then further divided our best content by skill-building, educational, and entertainment?

Rats in the data

Boston Globe, graphic op-ed, 2014

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Is the city being overrun by rats? To find out, we crunched the numbers — then mis-used a variety of graphic techniques. We rotated things, speculated using random events, and correlated the rise with seemingly unrelated data sets. Keeping our eye throughout, of course, on the real question: Where are all these critters coming from? (Spoiler alert: The real answer is on the bottom of the page).

New Years’ Resolutions for Charlie Baker

Globe opinion, 2014

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In an October debate, Baker choked up when recalling a 2009 encounter with a fisherman whose sons’ lives were “ruined” when they became fishermen themselves. The story had some fuzzy details, such as the existence of its main character, but Baker seems to have a passion for the industry and should follow through with some real fishermen face time.

At haunted hotels, hunt for ghosts but leave your cameras at home

Globe opinion, 2011

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That’s why Travelocity’s list of the ten most-haunted hotels in the United States is so satisfying. If spooky places can’t produce proof, at least they can be acknowledged as producing entertainment. At least their alleged ghostly denizens, though long dead, can still participate in a very flesh-and-blood pastime: competition.

On World Press Freedom Day, three nations call for release of Dorothy Parvaz

Globe opinion, 2011

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Journalist Dorothy Parvaz, a 2009 Neiman Fellow at Harvard, flew into Damascus airport Friday on assignment to cover the unrest in Syria and has not been heard from since.

Boston Harbor: Dredge with care

Boston Globe, Ideas section, 2014

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Two years ago, a visitor to the harbor islands stumbled on a palm-sized metal disk that could change history: A King Henry trade weight (note the lower-case “h” with a crown in the lower right corner) that would have been in use in England between 1496 and 1558. If its provenance could be verified, it would be the earliest known evidence of European trading on the North American Atlantic coast.

Heroines

Boston Globe, Opinion, 2014

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The way to eradicate false limitations is not to point them out, but to simply stop acknowledging them.

In defense of screen time

Globe opinion, 2014

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Few families have the luxury of “protecting” their children from all screens, so why shame them or pretend otherwise? It’s time to seriously consider how to prepare our kids for a digital future instead of vilifying it.

Gardere should apologize for gay insult

Boston Globe, opinion, 2010

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They exhibited everything you don’t want your kid to see in an adult: judgmental, passive-aggressive, cruel. So the mom was mad, wrote a stirring blog post, and now through the wonders of viral online indignation, millions of others are mad, too. But not everyone.

Feminism and the Duke PowerPoint

Boston Globe opinion, 2010

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The good guys and bad guys, the aggressors and the victims, are no longer so easily defined. The issue is no longer Men vs. Women, but has evolved online into redefining morality outside the confining boundaries of sex or even sexuality; it’s evolved into Good Decisions vs. Bad Decisions, into Don’t-Post-That vs. Seriously-Don’t-Post-That.

Presidential election predictor: And the winner is…

Boston Globe opinion, 2008

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The origami fortune teller, election shenanigans edition: Romney surges to victory after a piece of toast thought to resemble Ronald Reagan comes off the grill in a New Hampshire diner.