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Who’d be a woman, and other must-read stories

May 15, 2014 /

In today’s round-up of important articles from around the web, news of an editor’s firing prompts speculation on sexism at work; when “frequent flyer” is really not a good title, and how Dolly the sheep lives on.

Pushy woman fired from top job
The Internet exploded at news that Jill Abramson, executive editor of the New York Times, had been fired. Theories abounded, among them the idea that Times management felt she was “pushy” or that Abramson was pissed that comparable (male) staff members were making more money than she was. See Ken Auletta’s quick take in the New Yorker for details; the rest of the web for the rest of time for further speculation.

When does a company not love a frequent flyer?
Answer: When that “company” is a “hospital,” and “flyers” are patients who aren’t taking care of themselves but who drain the emergency system of time and resources. Read a sobering account of life in the real ER — and details of the horrible names doctors call their patients — in this piece by Toronto-based physician Brian Goldman.

No patent for Dolly the sheep
Dolly the cloned sheep died in 2003, yet the fight to patent her has only just been rejected, on the basis that she was essentially identical to a naturally born sheep, and you can’t patent nature. Read why personalized medicine advocates are in a twist about the ruling.