Hospitals’ suburban push, fundamentalist children, blue-collar hybrids, more

Hospitals’ suburban push stirs fears
—The Boston Globe

“Concerned about big Boston medical centers muscling onto the turf of community hospitals, state health authorities yesterday proposed making such incursions more difficult.

“The effort, which is certain to reverberate across the state’s biggest industry, reflects growing anxiety about healthcare cost and availability, as 300,000 more residents gain coverage under the state’s new health insurance law.”

Sect youths typically conditioned to deceive outsiders
—Houston Chronicle

“The children taken from the Yearning For Zion Ranch in Eldorado are part of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, or FLDS, a group that believes in polygamy. What is known about the group, through those who have left, is that children are conditioned to protect their family against prying eyes and questions from outsiders.”

Olympic torch relay switches route in mid-stride
—Los Angeles Times

“The threat of large-scale protest turned what was to have been a dramatic passing of the Olympic torch Wednesday into a bizarre game of hide-and-seek, with officials hustling the flame onto a secretive and meandering route that baffled and angered many would-be spectators.

“In the end, it wasn’t clear who were the biggest losers — the city’s vast and proud population of Chinese Americans, the throngs of activists protesting China’s human rights record, or taxpayers saddled with what promises to be a staggering bill for police overtime.”

Hybrid cars aren’t just for smug yuppies anymore
—Slate

“But the rising cost of oil and the current recession, which started among subprime consumers and is steadily eating its way up the economic ladder, may combine to change the hybrid vehicle’s image from a white-collar status symbol to a blue-collar money-saver.”

Folding a Large and Symbolic Tent Downtown
—The New York Times

“Since June 2007, a 37-foot-high, saddle-shaped, polyester-and-aluminum tent — far more graceful to behold than it sounds — has been the public face of the World Trade Center project. The tent shelters the Church Street staircase at the temporary PATH terminal. This will close at midnight Friday to permit construction of the permanent transportation hub. The tent will not be discarded. But it will disappear.”

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