Top Gazette stories of 2020

first_imgThe danger of ‘misinformation, disinformation, delusions, and deceit’By Alvin PowellCommencement speaker Martin Baron, editor of The Washington Post, sends along the Class of 2020 with the message that facts and the truth matter and are worth fighting for.,An enduring bondBy Rose Lincoln, with photos by Jon Chase, Rose Lincoln, Stephanie Mitchell, and Kris SnibbeStudents we interviewed in 2017, now seniors, reflect on the friendships forged with their first-year roommates.Lessons for decision-makers The fire this timeBy Christina PazzaneseLawrence D. Bobo, dean of social science and the W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of the Social Sciences, dissects police killings of Black men and the history and cognitive forces behind racial bigotry and violence, and why he sees signs of hope.,Why America can’t escape its racist rootsBy Liz MineoOrlando Patterson, the John Cowles Professor of Sociology, says there’s been progress, but the nation needs to reject white supremacist ideology, bigotry in policing, and segregation.A high-stakes election,After a hard election, the real work beginsBy Harvard StaffScholars from a range of fields look for hints of future prospects in the past and predict what lies ahead in economy, health care, equity, and more.How might the election change the nation’s place on world stage?By Christina PazzaneseExperts and analysts from the Harvard Kennedy School and Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies examine possibilities in foreign policy, intelligence, and defense.Brighter days for arts forecast in Biden administrationBy Manisha Aggarwal-Schifellite and Colleen WalshExperts say cultural resources may help heal battered nation after brutal 2020.Health & Medicine Feel like kids, spouse, work giving you gray hair? They may beBy Jessica LauNew findings involving nervous system and stem cells suggest just how stress may trigger the change.What we know and don’t know about potBy Alvin PowellKevin Hill, associate professor of psychiatry, talks about fearmongering and rosy myths, safe use and addiction.,How caffeine changed the worldBy Colleen WalshAuthor Michael Pollan discusses his latest work on the world’s most-used psychoactive substance.Science & Technology The Gazette ran its first story on the coronavirus outbreak on Jan. 30, a Q&A with the Chan School’s Marc Lipsitch outlining what experts knew (and didn’t) about the disease at the time. The picture sharpened in the following weeks. And the deadly pandemic dominated our coverage, touching as it did every part of our lives and shining a harsh spotlight on social, political, and economic inequities. It also had a major role in the two other big stories of the year: the national reckoning over race and the high-stakes presidential election. In addition to all that, there were scientific discoveries, achievements in the arts, academic milestones, and a virtual celebration honoring the Class of 2020. But the larger theme running throughout felt familiar: members of the community rising to challenges and striving to make things better, both on campus and in the wider world, with thoughtfulness and creativity. Here’s a look back at an extraordinary year through a sampling of some of our most-read stories.COVID-19 hits home A new threat to beesBy Juan SiliezarBut murder hornets are nothing compared with pesticides, climate change, Harvard experts say.,When a bird brain tops Harvard students on a testBy Juan Siliezar with video by Justin SaglioExperiment tests human vs. parrot memory in a complex shell game.State of the nation Do justices really set aside personal beliefs? Nope, legal scholar saysBy Liz MineoMichael Klarman, an authority on constitutional law and history and Kirkland & Ellis Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, sees trouble ahead in large conservative majority on Supreme Court.Two-parent homes aren’t the key for allBy Manisha Aggarwal-SchifelliteWhy single-parent homes don’t affect Black children as negatively as white kids.Earth Day turns 50,How Earth Day gave birth to environmental movementBy Christina PazzaneseDenis Hayes, one of the event’s founders, recalls the first and how its influence spread.Harvard endowment to go greenhouse gas-neutral by 2050By Colleen WalshUniversity’s efforts to eliminate carbon footprint extend to investment portfolio.Photography,Life along the Charles from sunrise to sunsetBy Rose Lincoln with photos by Rose Lincoln and Stephanie MitchellGazette photographers record the life that teems along the waterway.,History in a snap … or twoBy Anna Burgess with photos by Stephanie MitchellNine Harvard buildings, two photographers, 88 years apart.center_img ‘I thought: This is going to be interesting’By Colleen WalshPresident Bacow shares his own experience having COVID-19.,‘Unsteady,’ ‘lucky,’ and ‘overwhelmed’By Manisha Aggarwal-Schifellite and Jill RadskenIn March, students reflect on the shift to online classes and unplanned move home.A day in the life of an ER docBy Colleen WalshThird-year resident Anita Chary describes the personal and professional trials brought by the pandemic.Emotional toll of pandemic Feeling more anxious and stressed? You’re not aloneBy Alvin PowellChan School’s Karestan Koenen, professor of psychiatric epidemiology, discusses rising mental health concerns in the coronavirus era.,What pandemic dreams may comeBy Colleen WalshHarvard researcher Deirdre Barrett, assistant professor of psychology, says many are having nights full of bugs, masks, and natural disasters.Staying connected,Harbingers of Housing DayBy Juan Siliezar with photos by Stephanie MitchellA Who’s Who of the Big 12 — mascots, that is.Creating community in the virtual classroomBy Manisha Aggarwal-SchifelliteFaculty adapt their courses to bring students together.Postcards from hereHarvard undergrads tell us about the changes brought by the pandemic back home and how they’re keeping in touch with friends from the College.Honoring the Class of 2020 Time to fix American education with race-for-space resolveBy Liz MineoPaul Reville, former secretary of education for Massachusetts, says COVID-19 school closures have turned a spotlight on inequities and other shortcomings.How COVID turned a spotlight on weak worker rightsBy Liz MineoSharon Block, executive director of the Labor and Worklife Program, and Benjamin Sachs, the Kestnbaum Professor of Labor and Industry, point to flaws in the social safety net, an indifferent OSHA, and a system that favors employers over employees.A brave new world,What will the new post-pandemic normal look like?By Alvin PowellOutbreak forced changes big and small, some of which are here to stay.What might COVID cost the U.S.? Try $16 trillionBy Alvin PowellDavid Cutler, the Otto Eckstein Professor of Applied Economics, and Lawrence Summers, the Charles W. Eliot University Professor and former U.S. Treasury secretary, say national testing, contact tracing could make huge difference in saving costs.Quest for racial justice The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more

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first_img Published on February 11, 2016 at 12:04 am Contact Liam: [email protected] Riley Donahue follows in family’s footsteps while creating own name with Syracuse women This is placeholder text Advertisement Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Riley Donahue received her first lacrosse stick from her father before she was 6 years old. After watching her two older brothers Dylan and Collin play, she had been clamoring for one of her own.Donahue was shorter than the stick at the time, but her father Kevin dyed the white men’s stick her favorite colors, purple and pink.The stick remains in the Donahue’s garage today. It serves as a distinct twist on Donahue’s lacrosse lineage, which features her dad, three uncles and two brothers, all of whom have played at Syracuse.“I can learn a lot from what they’ve all done here for their programs and the success my family’s had,” Donahue said.After 12 years of playing in the shadow of her family members who have left their mark upon the men’s program, the sophomore is primed to make a name for herself in 2016.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut with current seniors Kayla Treanor and Halle Majorana combining for 182 of SU’s 441 total points last year, the upperclassmen will shoulder most of the offensive load on the attack this season. The pair leaves Donahue as Syracuse’s third attack, a position she’s more than comfortable with as she learns from and quietly builds upon her family’s example.Courtesy of Syracuse Athletic CommunicationsRiley Donahue fights off a defender in a game against North Carolina on April 11, 2015. She had an assist and four shots in the game.Even as a freshman in 2015, Donahue provided head coach Gary Gait with a reliable complementary option with the third-most goals, 28, and third-most assists, 15, on the team while starting every game. Donahue already possesses a savvy lacrosse IQ, seizes opportunities on the attack and excels at groundballs, Gait said, but in 2016, he’ll ask for more as he looks to diversify his team’s attack even further.“There’s so much focus of Kayla Treanor and Halle Majorana … and (Donahue’s) going to be able to quietly play her game and put up some unbelievable numbers,” Gait said. “Most people talking will be talking about those players, and she’ll just be out there getting the job done.”As a high-profile recruit with a familiar last name, expectations were high for Donahue during her freshman campaign. Treanor and Majorana would thread no-look passes that soared by, catching Donahue unaware. She found herself playing timid at times and taking the field in the Carrier Dome for the first time brought nerves that hindered her play.This year has been noticeably different, though, as Donahue’s confidence blossomed throughout fall practice and pre-season workouts. Over Winter Break, she spent five days a week at Manley Field House doing wall-ball drills, putting shots on net and even occasionally playing with her brother Dylan and other players on the men’s team.She possessed a strong shot, a knack for being in the right place at the right time and even an ability to score last year, Majorana said. But with added repetitions, Donahue’s confidence has increased, making Syracuse even more dangerous.She’s a sophomore, but she plays like a senior. She’s not afraid to lead people out there and now she’s not afraid to be vocal.Halle MajoranaEven as Donahue improves, she’ll take a backseat like she did while growing up. She had her own friends, but would spend a lot of her time at her brother’s practices and watching games.As she grew up, she’d play in the backyard with both of her brothers — sharpening a tough, mental edge. Now she practices with her teammates, coordinating times to meet up for extra work with a group text message with the other attacks.The work isn’t to overtake Treanor and Majorana as the team’s offensive leaders, but to better complement the pair and make opponents’ third defender pay. Even when she had been the star of a team in high school, she shied away from the attention that comes with the leading role.Emma Comtois | Design EditorLaurie Donahue, her mother, remembers Riley pacing the kitchen while on the phone with her high school lacrosse coach, Bob Elmer, who informed his star senior attacker she had earned 2014 CNY Player of the Year honors.“He told her the award and she said, ‘What’s that?’” Laurie said. “She’s just always been that way, hating attention. Riley does what she does for her teammates and because she loves lacrosse.”In 2016, Donahue doesn’t have to be the star. But just like her pink and purple men’s stick, she’s going to take what others have given her and make it distinctly hers.“I just want to build on some of the things that I have learned so far here at Syracuse and try to make a little bit of a name for myself as well,” Donahue said. “On one hand, I don’t have to do much, but on the other, I think I have a really big role to play.” Comments Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.last_img read more

Fox NASCAR analyst Darrell Waltrip to retire, network confirms

first_imgWaltrip currently is part of a three-man booth with lead announcer Mike Joy and fellow former driver/analyst Jeff Gordon.A legendary figure in the sport, Waltrip’s potential departure comes at a time when NASCAR TV ratings have waned and the sport has grappled with how to bring younger fans to the sport, both in person at tracks and as viewers across all media. Kevin Harvick to NASCAR exec: Don’t ‘air dirty laundry on radio’ “My family and I have been talking this over the past several months, and I’ve decided to call 2019 my last year in the Fox Sports booth,” Waltrip said in a statement. “I have been blessed to work with the best team in the sport for the past 19 years, but I’m 72 and have been racing in some form for more than 50 years. I’m still healthy, happy and now a granddad, so it’s time to spend more time at home with my family, although I will greatly miss my Fox family.”SportsBusiness Journal reported late last week that Waltrip was considering stepping down. Related News Waltrip, 72, will step away after more than 330 races and 1,500 practice and qualifying sessions with the network.He retired as a driver in 2000 as a three-time champion (1981, ’82 and ’85) and winner of 84 career Cup Series races and the next year became the face of Fox’s coverage when it began broadcasting NASCAR’s top series.center_img NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Darrell Waltrip, whose “Boogity, boogity, boogity, let’s go racing!” has been a touchstone of Fox’s television coverage of Cup Series racing for nearly two decades, will retire from the broadcast booth when the network’s 2019 season coverage ends late in June, Fox announced Thursday.Waltrip’s final Cup Series race will be June 23 on FS1 from Sonoma Raceway in California. NASCAR at Bristol: Odds, prediction, sleepers, drivers to watch for Food City 500last_img read more

LeBron James explains what he was doing during ridiculous travel that wasn’t called

first_imgLeBron James got away with one of the worst travels in NBA history, and he knows it.During the first quarter of the Lakers’ Wednesday night win against the Jazz, James was dribbling the ball up court before he started just walking with the ball in his hands. Jazz defender Bojan Bogdanovic was covering James on the play and couldn’t believe his eyes. He immediately looked directly at the referee wondering why there was no call. NBA POWER RANKINGS:Bucks, Lakers look like title contenders; Knicks, Warriors sink to bottomLMAO LeBron 😂 pic.twitter.com/62xwLe8aD0— House of Highlights (@HoHighlights) December 5, 2019James said he saw a replay at halftime after a coach showed him, and responded to a heckler joking, “That’s one of the worst [travels] I’ve ever done in my life.” LeBron talking to a fan about the no call travel??“That was f*cked up…” 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/mruuwsR4xu— Dime (@DimeUPROXX) December 5, 2019After the game, the Lakers star explained why he suddenly picked the ball up after crossing halfcourt.“I think at the same time, I was watching the underneath play, and [Kentavious Caldwell-Pope] and Donovan [Mitchell] got into it. KCP started to run, and Donovan bumped into him, he fell on the ground,” James said. “I think I was ready to pass the ball, and my brain just kind of just, I had a malfunction. I really had a malfunction.” James added, “It was the worst thing, probably one of the worst things I’ve ever done in my career.”He also said he feels bad for whoever missed the traveling call, because they’re going to hear about it.”I feel bad for the refs on that one because they’ll probably get a write-up on that or something,” James said. “That was pretty bad.”last_img read more

FIFA bribery trial kicks off in New York

first_img“They all cheated the sport,” said Edelman of the three defendants, “in order to line their own pockets with money that should have been spent to benefit the sport.”“The evidence will show that for over 20 years, the defendants co-conspired and abused the system,” he said.“They agreed to receive secret bribes, taking away money that could have been spent to promote the sport.”In their own opening statements, lawyers for the three defendants admitted there was widespread corruption at FIFA but argued that their clients were not involved.The trial is due to last five to six weeks, and prosecutors are expected to present 350,000 pages of evidence and dozens of witnesses.If convicted, they will be sentenced by Judge Pamela Chen. The most serious counts each carry a maximum sentence of 20 years.Tens of millions of dollars were hidden in offshore accounts in Hong Kong, the Cayman Islands and Switzerland, US officials said.Around two dozen defendants have already pleaded guilty, and two of them were last month sentenced to jail — Guatemalan ex-soccer official Hector Trujillo to eight months and British-Greek accountant Costas Takkas to 15 months.The others who await sentencing include Jeffrey Webb, of the Cayman Islands, who admitted to receiving more than $6 million in bribes and whose millionaire lifestyle while under house arrest — quaffing champagne, gambling and partying — has infuriated FIFA’s lawyers.While the US investigation did not indict ex-FIFA president Sepp Blatter, he was thrown out of the sport in 2015 after FIFA’s ethics committee found him guilty of making an improper two million Swiss franc ($2.1 million) payment to then-UEFA chief Michel Platini.Blatter was banned from soccer for six years, and Platini, his former heir apparent, for four years.Share on: WhatsApp New York, United States | AFP | Three South American former soccer officials were blinded by greed and accepted millions of dollars in bribes, US prosecutors told the FIFA corruption trial Monday as defense lawyers insisted their wealthy clients were innocent.Forty-two officials and marketing executives, and three companies were indicted in an exhaustive 236-page complaint detailing 92 separate crimes and 15 corruption schemes to the tune of $200 million.It was the largest graft scandal in the history of world soccer, first unveiled by US government prosecutors in May 2015 and lifting the lid on a quarter of a century of endemic corruption in the heart of FIFA, soccer’s governing body.Yet only three of them are going on trial — a trio of once-powerful soccer officials from South America, charged with racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies.Their fate will be decided by an anonymous jury, chosen after documented attempts at intimidation. The 12-member panel with six alternates was selected after four days of screening last week.“Lurking underneath the surface are lies, greed and corruption,” US assistant attorney Keith Edelman told jurors in opening remarks Monday, recounting a meeting of soccer officials from all over the world at a Miami hotel in May 2014.“Some of these officials had other reasons to celebrate, they had agreed to receive millions of dollars in bribes regarding the (Copa America) tournament,” he told the federal court in Brooklyn, New York.The most high-profile defendant is Jose Maria Marin, 85, former president of Brazil’s Football Confederation — the sport’s organizing body in one of the premier soccer-playing nations in the world.Since extradition after his 2015 arrest by Swiss police in a five-star hotel, he has been out on bail, living in luxury at Trump Tower, the Fifth Avenue skyscraper best known for housing the penthouse and company headquarters of the US president.Also in the dock is former FIFA vice president Juan Angel Napout, 59, and Manuel Burga, who led soccer in Peru until 2014 and once served as a FIFA development committee member.All three have pleaded not guilty.– ‘Cheated the sport’ –last_img read more