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07 June 2009

Weekend Reading Roundup (Swiss Edition)

Congrats to Roger Federer, winning the elusive French Open and all. (Photo by Bertrand Guay/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images) Just reviewed a book about last year's Wimbledon, actually. I'll post a link when it's up on the paper's website. In the spirit of Roger's Swiss roots, I'll take the neutral route this fine Sunday and post excerpts of the good stories I've been a'readin' without being all "aha, such-and-such is dumb" about it. (Even though such and such is really, really dumb. And dumb spelled backwards is Bmud.)

According to a 2008 survey by Technorati, which runs a search engine for blogs, only 7.4 million out of the 133 million blogs the company tracks had been updated in the past 120 days. That translates to 95 percent of blogs being essentially abandoned, left to lie fallow on the Web, where they become public remnants of a dream — or at least an ambition — unfulfilled. (NYT)

Call them Drs. Love
By stepping off the big-clinic treadmill, where doctors are sometimes asked to see a different patient every 15 minutes, Dr. Batlle has joined the vanguard of physicians trying to redefine health care. These doctors spend more time with patients, emphasize prevention and education to keep them healthy and can handle many medical problems without referrals to specialists.
In many cases, this kind of care can reduce a patient’s medical bills. That’s more crucial than ever: according to a study published online by the American Journal of Medicine, 60 percent of all bankruptcies in the United States in 2007 were driven by health care costs. (NYT)

Child rapists deserve respect
I agree that the savage attack on an 11-year-old girl was despicable. I can understand the rage people felt about it. Given his rap sheet, I might even find it difficult to say anything good about Carrasquillo. However, what was done to this man - who was not even charged at the time - was contemptible. This is the type of mentality that led to lynching in the South. Each person in that mob should be charged for this beating. Or, perhaps, Kensington residents cannot be expected to know any better.
Neal Bracken
Lansdale (Inquirer)

They know this is U.S. History. They can see the globe right over there
Three South Philadelphia High School teachers say they are being pressured to pass all students, even those who can't multiply three-digit numbers or who have 100 or more absences.
The pressure, both implicit and explicit, they say, has come from principal Alice Heller and other administrators in teacher-training sessions, meetings, and an April 27 memo asking them to give students makeup work and credit for fulfilling promises such as showing up on time and wearing a required school uniform. (Inquirer)

Hip Hip Horray, Inject
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - A convicted arsonist was sentenced to death Friday for setting a Southern California wildfire that killed five federal firefighters struggling to defend a rural home from raging, wind-driven flames. (AP)

Dapper Chuck (and Eric Daman)
"He’s a straight male who doesn’t care," Mr. Daman, left, said. "He'll walk around the Hamptons in a beautiful mint-green suit and a bow tie if he feels like it." (NYT)


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