Summary of “By Day, a Sunny Smile for Disney Visitors. By Night, an Uneasy Sleep in a Car.”

Roughly 38 percent of the county’s 1.5 million workers earn less than that.
According to a survey of thousands of low-wage employees at the park, nearly three-quarters of workers who responded said they do not earn enough money to pay for their basic monthly expenses, and one in 10 said they had been homeless in the past two years.
The responses account for about 17 percent of the park’s overall work force.
These days, Ms. Bertola shares an apartment with her boyfriend, who has worked at Disneyland for years.
“We barely can make it work with the two of us working there almost full-time,” she said.
After working in salons for several years, Rebekah Pederson began working at Disneyland because she would be eligible to join the Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists Guild.
As a grill fry and a lead cook at Cafe Orleans, Grace Torres, 28, earns anywhere between $12.88 and $18 an hour, depending on her shift, working between 32 and 40 hours a week with a schedule that varies widely.
Her husband has also worked as a cook there for several years.

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Summary of “Are Hospitals Becoming Obsolete?”

As a result, the number of hospitals has declined to 5,534 this year from 6,933 in 1981.
This is because, in a throwback to the 19th century, hospitals now seem less therapeutic and more life-threatening.
The number of hospitals is also declining because more complex care can safely and effectively be provided elsewhere, and that’s good news.
Births outside of hospitals are also increasing, as more women have babies at home or at birthing centers.
As these trends accelerate, many of today’s hospitals will downsize, merge or close.
They will lobby for higher hospital payments from the government and insurers and for other preferential treatment, often arguing that we need to retain the “Good” jobs hospitals offer.
Hospitals will also continue consolidating into huge, multihospital systems.
Instead of trying to forestall the inevitable, we should welcome the advances that are making hospitals less important.

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Summary of “I thought my bully deserved an awful life. But then he had one.”

Now, as an adult, looking at the fate that befell my bully – a perverse fulfillment of a childhood prophesy, one that left him dead at 25 – I realize how problematic and how ingrained that thinking is.
Dan Savage, the journalist and gay rights activist, launched the It Gets Better Project in 2010 after a rash of suicides by teenagers who were bullied because they were gay or because their peers thought they were.
A large number of bullies are also bullying victims, meaning they face some of the same pathologies that they induce in others.
At the time, I’d never seen my mother’s boyfriend hit her, but my bully, who lived nearby, had witnessed it.
Even though it was the last year that my bully and I would share a class – he was held back, I moved on to the sixth grade, I gave up softball for soccer, and my last ties to him were severed – I continued to hate him.
In 2010, after years of finding nothing, I learned from a friend that my bully had been murdered in his home not far from where we grew up.
Look at every bully and their victim, and you’ll often find two kids who need help, not just one.
My bully ridiculed me for having a mother who was a victim of domestic violence.

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Summary of “The terrifying phenomenon that is pushing species towards extinction”

The saiga – whose migrations form one of the great wildlife spectacles – were victims of a mass mortality event, a single, catastrophic incident that wipes out vast numbers of a species in a short period of time.
According to some scientists, MMEs are on the rise and likely to become more common because of climate change.
What can be said with confidence is that the sorts of extreme weather events linked to MMEs – such as the temperature and humidity rise that nearly wiped out the saiga – will become more frequent.
The most thorough study of its kind published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in 2015 uncovered 727 accounts of MMEs involving 2,407 animal populations since 1940.
Untangling the causes – and working out the role of climate change in MMEs is difficult.
“There are some mass mortality events linked directly to extreme heatwaves or cold snaps. In other cases there could be indirect changes, where shifts in temperature cause diseases to be more common and which lead to an MME.”.
Like the bacteria that triggered the MME in saiga, the virus appears to have been present in starfish for decades – if not longer.
Kock is confident that climate change will lead to more MMEs – pushing vulnerable species closer to extinction and altering the food web.

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Summary of “Apple Plans Upgrades to Popular AirPods Headphones”

Apple Inc., seeking to bolster its wearables business, is working on upgrades to its wireless AirPods headphones, according to people familiar with the matter.
Like with its mobile devices – the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch – Apple intends to frequently update the AirPods with new hardware features.
The first AirPods include a chip known as the W1, and Apple released the W2 with the Apple Watch last year.
The latest iPhones can survive splashes, while the Apple Watch is considered “Swim-proof.” Apple’s plans could change or be delayed, the people said.
Apple introduced the first AirPods in 2016 alongside the iPhone 7 as a way to replace the traditional wired headphone jack.
Since launch, AirPods have been considered one of the top-performing Apple products and have resonated with both reviewers and consumers.
Apple’s Other Products segment, which includes AirPods, Beats headphones, the Watch, Apple TV and accessories, generated more than $5 billion in revenue for the first time in the company’s fiscal first quarter, representing 36 percent year-over-year growth.
Apple has said it is releasing an upgraded AirPods case this year that allows the headphones to be recharged wirelessly, like the iPhone X. The company is also working on an augmented-reality headset that would launch in 2020 at the earliest, Bloomberg News has reported.

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Summary of “China Dropped Its One-Child Policy. So Why Aren’t Chinese Women Having More Babies?”

One-child policy, two-child policy – whatever the demographic program, the C.C.P. continues to view women as the reproductive agents of the state, as instruments of implementation for its eugenic development agenda.
At the same time, the government discourages unmarried women from having babies – by way of fines and administrative hurdles – because it sees marriage and family as a pillar of social stability.
As far back as 2007, it was trying to stigmatize women who remained single after the age of 27, calling them sheng nu, “Leftover” women.
Even as officials urge college-educated, Han Chinese women to marry and get pregnant, they are discouraging, sometimes through coercion, ethnic minorities with high birthrates – particularly Uighurs in the northwestern region of Xinjiang – from having more children.
Last summer, government officials invoked “Ethnic equality” to announce the end of a longstanding exception that had allowed Uighurs and other groups to have one more child than families from the Han majority.
Many Han women, for example, are pushing back against the government’s singles-shaming and its continued attempt at reproductive social engineering.
In a May 2017 survey of more than 40,000 working women by Zhaopin, one of China’s largest online recruitment websites, about 40 percent of respondents who had no children said they did not want to have any, and nearly 63 percent of working mothers with one child said they did not want to have another one.
The women surveyed said that the main reasons for these positions were lack of time and energy, the expense of raising children and “Concerns over career development.”

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Summary of “Ban the Olympics”

Nearly every time the Olympics come to a city, they remind us how little human life and dignity are worth compared to the hardware required to pull them off.
In Vancouver, the build-up to the Olympics led to a housing squeeze, which, in turn, caused homelessness to spike in the years leading up to the 2010 Winter Games there.
The vast sums of money it takes to pay for the Olympics don’t come from nowhere.
Despite the Olympic Charter’s repeated and explicit ban on political propaganda at the Games, the Olympics have always been as much a political event as an athletic one.
In the first years of the Cold War, Josef Stalin seized on the Olympics as a way to compete with the United States in yet another arena.
“The Kremlin viewed athletics as a way of international recognition and legitimacy,” writes Erin Elizabeth Redihan in her book The Olympics and the Cold War, 1948-1968.
The 2008 Olympics in Beijing and the 2014 Olympics in Sochi served much the same purpose: showing the world that the Chinese and Russian regimes had arrived as new geopolitical and economic powerhouses.
What of the other side of the scale? What do the Olympics give us that you can’t glimpse at other championships and smaller-scale competitions? And can we really pretend that the chance to watch a sport few watch except at the Olympics-curling, weightlifting, the bobsled-is worth all the corruption, waste, and political ugliness? Do we really need our hockey games to be shadow wars? I don’t think we do.

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Summary of “Five moves each AFC team should make in 2018 NFL offseason for trades, free agency, cuts”

The Bills should designate Taylor as a post-June 1 release, which will free up $15 million on their cap for 2018 and get them over $44 million.
More likely is that they would designate Suh as a post-June 1 cut, which would free up $17 million in 2018 but leave $13.1 million in dead money on Miami’s cap next year.
The 31-year-old won’t approach the $5.5 million he’s due on his current deal if he hits the free market again, but after handing Timmons a $5 million signing bonus on a two-year deal, the Dolphins will save only $4.5 million by cutting the former Pro Bowler.
Cutting those four guys would free up just under $17 million and push the Pats to $34 million in free space.
Assuming the 23-year-old stays healthy and sees his sack total bounce back toward the mean in 2018, Williams should be in line for a five-year, $70 million extension next offseason.
If you’re the Browns and you want to give Cousins something to think about, what’s stopping you from offering him $40 million per year? You want a quarterback, right? The Browns could hand Cousins a five-year, $200 million deal with a $20 million signing bonus and $30 million roster bonuses in each of the first two seasons of the contract, guaranteeing him a total of $91 million over two years.
The former first overall pick isn’t going to be cheap, because some team is going to offer him $18 million per year if he hits free agency next year.
The Broncos already are handing Roby a raise to $8.5 million as a result of picking up his fifth-year option last offseason, so while Denver could let Roby play out his deal and work on an extension next offseason, it seems more likely they’ll sign Roby to a five-year extension in the $55 million range.

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Summary of “Life Alongside Jordan and LeBron”

Both have had countless teammates, but only four men in NBA history have played with Jordan and LeBron.
Haywood’s career was bookended by greatness; he played his first two seasons in the league with Jordan in Washington and later wrapped up his time in the NBA with a stretch in Cleveland.
I think they told you, but we’re doing stories about Jordan and LeBron, and you are one of four people who have played with both guys.
Not only were you an NBA player, but you played with two of the greats.
Playing with Mike, you got a chance to see what the greatest player in the game did to prepare.
Toward the end of your career, you previously had played with Jordan, and now you get to play with LeBron.
LeBron goes out there and just plays excellent, great basketball.
Of course, he played with LeBron in Miami and won championships.

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Summary of “Why Apple Is The World’s Most Innovative Company”

The only things more impressive than Apple’s financial numbers are the products that generated them.
Fast Company: What makes a good year for Apple? Is it the new hit products? The stock price?
Did we make the best product, and did we enrich people’s lives? If you’re doing both of those things-and obviously those things are incredibly connected because one leads to the other-then you have a good year.
FC: Given the relentless pace of change in the world, how do you prioritize what Apple is going to spend its time on, which things deserve attention and which things are distractions?
In the scheme of things versus our revenue, we’re doing very few things.
TC: What drives us is making products that give people the ability to do things they couldn’t do before.
What comes with that is trying to anticipate not only the great things that people can use your products for but those things that might not be so good, and try to get out in front of those.
TC: For a casual observer who hasn’t been a user of our products, the thing that they might miss is how different Apple is versus other technology companies.

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