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Why we like to look and look at Lori Loughlin

Hint: It’s not her good hair.

This picture taken on April 18, 2019, shows the southern side of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, three days after a fire devastated the landmark in the centre of the French capital. - France paid a daylong tribute on April 18, 2019 to the Paris firefighters who saved Notre Dame Cathedral from collapse, while construction workers rushed to secure an area above one of the church's famed rose-shaped windows and other vulnerable sections of the fire-damaged landmark. (Photo by BERTRAND GUAY / AFP)


Tweets of the Week: Notre Dame, youth vote, and the Mueller Report

A look back at the week in 280 characters snapshots.

Ducks swim in the evening in a lake orange colored by the sunset in Oldenburg, northern Germany on February 26, 2019. (Photo by Mohssen Assanimoghaddam / dpa / AFP) / Germany OUTMOHSSEN ASSANIMOGHADDAM/AFP/Getty Images

Ideas | Brandon Keim

Don’t doxx the duck

How do we navigate between wanting to share photos and videos of the creatures who delight us, and the possibility that attention will bring them harm?

FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2016 file photo, Iran's Revolutionary Guard troops march in a military parade marking the 36th anniversary of Iraq's 1980 invasion of Iran, in front of the shrine of late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini, just outside Tehran, Iran. While U.S. President Donald Trump angered Iran with his speech on refusing to re-certify the nuclear deal, Tehran won't walk away from it in retaliation. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)

Ideas | Thanassis Cambanis

The dangers of escalation with Iran

We’re about to witness a real-life test of an Iran policy that eschews diplomacy and embraces confrontation.


Tweets of the week: Attorney General William Barr, family separation, and T.S. Eliot

A look back at the week in 280 characters snapshots.


Readers React: ‘This madness has to stop’

“College administrators are too highly paid and there are too many of them. Parents’ salaries are too low and estimated family contribution is too high.”


By The Number: Right whales

The whales, which return annually to Cape Cod waters to feed and mate, are among the world’s most endangered species.

Ideas | Sage Stossel

Boston is bracing for an impending caravan

This caravan is an inspiration not just for the glimpse it offers of formidable vistors in our midst, but also for the vision it offers of expanded potential in ourselves.

Ideas | Tony Rehagen

My people didn’t integrate well into America. And they were German

We were once tarred and feathered for usurping WASP dreams. Now we point fingers at the immigrants from south of the border. Racism, it seems, is just another step toward becoming American.

Boston MA , 05/16/07 The Old North Church was the place in 1775 where church sexton, Robert Newman (cq) climbed the steeple and held high two lanterns as a signal from Paul Revere that the British were marching to Lexington and Concord by sea and not land. The event started the American Revolution. (Jonathan Wiggs/ Globe Staff) Library Tag 06052007

Ideas | the Rev. Stephen T. Ayres

Boston’s historic landmarks could use more love

More resources are needed for Old North and our sister historic sites to keep iconic, centuries old structures in good condition.

Healthcare And Medicine. Doctor using a digital tablet

Ideas | Abraar Karan

Doctors and their unhealthy dependency on tech

As a physician in training, I have depended on an endless stream of electronic data to diagnose and treat my patients. That never worried me until the day our system went down.

Beautiful young woman make shopping in black friday holiday. Girl with black bag on dark background.

Ideas | Max Kutner

Higher education spent a fortune for prestige. Now it’s for sale to the highest bidders. How did we get here?

Since the ’80s, colleges and universities have spent a fortune to establish their prestige. Now it’s for sale to the highest bidders.


Tweets of the Week: Uranus, Joe Biden, and political outrage

A look back at the week in 280 characters snapshots.


Readers React: ‘It’s tough being black in America’

Last Sunday, Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby argued that reparations for slavery were both unworkable and unjust, sparking a heated conversation among readers.

Ideas | A.J.B. Lane

The once and future Brexit

An Arthurian explanation of Brexit — sort of.

Visitors look at a display for 5G wireless technology from Chinese technology firm Huawei at the PT Expo in Beijing, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. The government-organized event comes amid a mounting tariff war with Washington over Beijing's plans for state-led creation of its own global technology competitors. (AP Photo/)

Ideas | Thomas Levenson

Game over, the Chinese have won

If the US loses its dominance over scientific research, the consequences will exceed — and outlast — any short-term commercial gains.

FILE- In this March 7, 2012 file photo, Illinois gun owners and supporters file out National Rifle Association applications while participating in an Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day convention before marching to the Illinois state Capitol in Springfield, Ill. Hearing aid maker Starkey Hearing Technologies is joining other companies that have cut ties with the National Rifle Association after the latest school massacre. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

Opinion | Luke O’Neil

The NRA thinks your crazy ex-boyfriend should be able to get a gun

First you stop the violent exes from getting guns and next thing the King of England is quartering troops in our homes. Or something.

Aimee Ortiz

7 ways to protect yourself and your kids online

Trying to stay on top of all of the dangers online can be much like battling a mythical Hydra — cut off one head and two more grow in its place.

Julie Scelfo

On Instagram, the kids are alt-right

By building a platform where anyone can publish anything, social media companies have made it easier to propagate humanity’s darkest impulses.

Mohamad Ali and Mike Baker

Regulate, don’t break up

As the CEOs of two Boston tech companies, we agree with Senator Elizabeth Warren’s diagnosis that Big Tech requires a new set of rules, but we propose a different remedy.

Josh Bernoff

Fixing Facebook’s broken news feed

Facebook owes us all a clearer picture of how it works.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg returns after a break to continue testifying at a House Energy and Commerce hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 11, 2018, about the use of Facebook data to target American voters in the 2016 election and data privacy. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)


Elizabeth Warren says we should take a big swipe at Big Tech. She’s right.

The era of self-policing must end; it’s time for serious reform and regulation.

A lit sign is seen at the entrance to Facebook's corporate headquarters location in Menlo Park, California on March 21, 2018. Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg vowed on March 21 to


A look at Facebook’s dominance and growth as well as its complicated relationship with American users.


A look at how Apple grew from a humble computer maker to an unstoppable force in tech.


A look at how the online retailer has skyrocketed since its inception, and how it successfully diversified its offerings and grew into a tech giant.


A look at the behemoth that is Alphabet, the parent company of Google, and how its many brand have achieved digital dominance.

Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

Facebook is family

One of few things that’s actually getting better thanks to Big Tech: long distance relationships.

FILE - This Oct. 11, 2010 file photo, shows the logo of the online network Facebook, recorded in Munich with a magnifying glass of a computer screen of a laptop. Facebook said Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011, it is settling with the Federal Trade Commission over charges it deceived consumers. The FTC had charged that the social network told people they could keep the information they share private and then allowed for it to be made public. The charges go back to 2009.(AP Photo/dapd, Joerg Koch)

David N. Cicilline

Why I called for an antitrust investigation into Facebook

The Federal Trade Commission has its smoking gun. It’s past time for them to do something about it.

Jaron Lanier

How to fix our dark, dark Internet

If Facebook and the other tech giants had to pay us for our data, some of the worst excesses of the web might disappear

Ideas | Beth Wolfensberger Singer

Grocery store robots: the shopping of tomorrow?

If we’re going to get grocery store robots, it’s important that they take care of the important problems.

Ideas | Michael A. Cohen

We poured billions into Middle Eastern wars. What if we’d spent the money differently?

The Iraq War ultimately made Americans less safe, and should be seen as one of the greatest lost opportunities in contemporary American history.

Ideas | Sage Stossel

Welcoming universal child care

Ultimately, affordable, accessible child care could benefit all of us.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 6, 2018 a voter casts his ballot in the midterm election at the East Midwood Jewish Center polling station in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. - Foreign meddling and hacking attempts had


From the Comments: The voting age

A son remembers a decades-old debate with his father.


By The Number: A herd of Twitter followers

The @DevinCow account mentioned in Devin Nunes’s lawsuit originally had about 1,200 followers. That was before.


Tweets of the Week: JK Rowling, Devin’s cow, and opioids

A look back at the week in 280 characters.

Bad cat at the police station. Photo on white background

Ideas | Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

Should we keep our problem dogs and cats even if they make us miserable?

When bad pets happen to good people.

(NY117) (02/14/97_12.39_USA) FILE--Han Solo, played by Harrison Ford, bargains with space gangster Jabba the Hutt in this digitally recreated scene restored to the film 'Star Wars Special Edition.' Twenty years after its initial release, and two weeks after its reissue with several minutes of new scenes, George Lucas futuristic blockbuster crossed the $400 million mark Thursday, Feb. 13, 1997, surpassing Steven Spielberg's E.T. The Extraterrestrial to reclaim the all-time No. 1 spot at the box office. (AP Photo/) Library Tag 09212004 Living/Arts

Opinion | Paul Krugman

Holy Voodoo, Batman!

The 2019 Economic Report of the President is out, and everyone is having fun with the bit at the end that acknowledges the help of student interns — a list that includes Peter Parker, Aunt May, Bruce Wayne, and Jabba the Hutt.

Mourners pay their respects at a makeshift memorial near the Masjid Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, Saturday, March 16, 2019. New Zealand's stricken residents reached out to Muslims in their neighborhoods and around the country on Saturday, in a fierce determination to show kindness to a community in pain as a 28-year-old white supremacist stood silently before a judge, accused in mass shootings at two mosques that left dozens of people dead.(AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Opinion | Luke O’Neil

Nothing ever changes when it comes to guns, not in America anyway

There were at least 103 incidents of gunfire on school grounds in America in 2018, according to Everytown For Gun Safety — numbers that have been steadily rising since they started keeping track in 2013.

Professional american aggressive football player in red uniform on green grass

Ideas | Julie Scelfo

‘Helicopter parents’ are so 20th century. Say hello to the ‘snowplow parents’

Some parents will go to extreme lengths to protect their kids, and themselves, from failure.

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Ideas | Chris Klein

The stubborn assimilation of the Boston Irish

The immigrants, fleeing a humanitarian disaster, were unlike any newcomers the United States had seen before.

Mark Harris fights back tears as his son John Harris testifies during a public hearing before the North Carolina State Board of Elections in Raleigh, N.C., Feb. 20, 2019. Harris testified that he had warned his father, the Republican candidate in North Carolina's ninth Congressional district, in April 2017 about his misgivings over L. McCrae Dowless Jr., a campaign operative. (Travis Long/Pool via The New York Times) -- FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY

Ideas | Tony Rehagen

Red state betrayal: Is this the beginning of a new post-partisan era?

On February 20, a tearful drama between Mark Harris and John Harris played out in what felt like a high-profile, reality TV version of America at this intensely partisan moment. But there was a twist.


Readers respond: ‘could these folks be saved with a few Strong-Ties and Sonotubes?’

Last week’s “A letter from Tornado Country,” helped shed light on how “some of the deadliest tornado disasters in history have taken place not on the prairie, but in the densely wooded hills of what storm chasers refer to as “‘Dixie Alley.’”


The week in tweets: Tucker Carlson, the college bribery scandal, and Captain Marvel

A look back at the week in 280 characters snapshots.


By The Number: Clearly she knows what a racket is

One of the students embroiled in the college bribery scandal submitted an application that claimed to have been ranked among the “Top 50” in the US Tennis Association Junior Girls Team since her sophomore year.

Screen grab from 'humansofny' Instagram.

Ideas | Amitha Kalaichandran

In America, becoming a doctor can prove fatal

Bullied and abused, medical residents are taking their own lives at an astounding rate.

FILE - In this March 2, 2017, file photo, Tucker Carlson, host of

Opinion | Luke O’Neil

Hey Fox, give Tucker Carlson a raise

You can make a lot of money selling the most vile opinions imaginable in America.