Read — 2013/04/16

by shwolff

Today’s selection of articles includes:

  1. Blasts at Boston Marathon Kill 3 and Injure 100“, by John Eligon & Michael Cooper (NY Times). How to respond to such horrific, senseless tragedy? The NY Times editorial board offers words of resilience.
  2. French Senate Approves Same-Sex Marriage Bill“, by Scott Sayare (NY Times). A final vote in the Assemblée nationale is scheduled for next week.
  3. Europe Split over Austerity as a Path to Growth“, by Annie Lowrey (NY Times).
  4. Online Furor Draws Press to Abortion Doctor’s Trial“, by Trip Gabriel (NY Times).
  5. Collecting Data on the Habits of Passengers Underground“, by Matt Flegenheimer (NY Times). Top findings:
    • “Riders who choose to stand were ‘overwhelmingly attracted’ to vertical poles”. Obviously — we’re all secretly pole-dancers. Duh. Have the researchers ever essayed a provocative dance routine on an overhead graspable strap?
    • “New York’s gentlemen do live up to the cultural expectations regarding giving up seats to ladies and children”. And subsequently cursing madly at them when cut off in the above-ground streets.
    • “[A]symmetric doors…would stagger the crowds that tend to form near them”. And would make it much, much harder to hop across platforms through stopped trains.
  6. A Madman, but Angelic“, by Robin Williams (NY Times). For zee troops!