Staff Writer

Neil Swidey

Neil Swidey is a staff writer for the Boston Globe Magazine, where he writes in-depth narratives on a wide range of subjects. He is the author of “Trapped Under the Sea”, which was named one of the best books of 2014 by Amazon and Booklist, and “The Assist”, which was named one of the best books of 2008 by the Washington Post. He was also a coauthor of “Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy”. His Globe writing has won numerous national awards and been featured in The Best American Science Writing, The Best American Crime Writing, and The Best American Political Writing.

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The health care doctor He stunned the medical world by getting a private equity giant to buy a group of debt-drowning community hospitals. But that's just step one of Ralph de la Torre's plan to build a model for the nation.

By Neil Swidey ,

Just before 5 p.m. on a Saturday in mid-October, a Cadillac limousine climbed the curvy driveway outside the Newton home belonging to Dr. Ralph de la Torre and his wife, Wing. Inside, the 75 guests were anxiously awaiting the main attraction while staying busy wondering how long the de la Torres’ adorable 2-year-old twin sons would be able to keep their neckties attached and their dress shoes on. Swell parties like this are not uncommon in the West Newton Hill neighborhood, which is dotted with multimillion-dollar houses like the de la Torres’ place. Still, this gathering stood out for two reasons. First, just about every person attending had paid $15,000 a pop to be there. Second, the guest of honor was none other than President Obama.

Two Cents in the Digital Age They're always online, commenting anonymously on everything from today's news to hotel rooms. Many are harmless. But some are ruthless. Who are they exactly, and why do they do what they do?


On Monday, May 17, at 2 p.m., a breaking news article headlined "Obama's aunt given OK to stay in United States" hits the home page of In a matter of seconds, the first anonymous online comment appears. A reader with the handle of Peregrinite writes, "of course she can . . . can someone appeal."

The Meaning of Lice - Just the word – LICE – strikes fear in parents. At last, new methods to fight the ancient parasite are on the horizon.

By Neil Swidey ,

I was fine, I swear i was, right up until the moment when Helen turned to me on our way into the house and whispered, "I wouldn't sit on any upholstered furniture if I were you."

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