Race, education, gender may influence some divergent views about death

Last Words, a three-part Globe Spotlight Team series, exposes the inequities that follow people in Massachusetts to their very last breaths. It is a deep examination into the uncomfortable topic of death, and confronts the state’s failure to protect its most vulnerable in the early days of a historic pandemic. Read the Globe Spotlight report.



a person sitting at a table in front of a mirror: Danvers resident John Barbieri looks over a collage of photos of his late wife, Ann "Peachie" Barbieri. They were married for more than 60 years.


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Danvers resident John Barbieri looks over a collage of photos of his late wife, Ann “Peachie” Barbieri. They were married for more than 60 years.

A Boston Globe-Suffolk University poll late last year shows that, for the most part, Massachusetts residents share widespread agreement on issues related to the difficult subject of death.

They say society would be better off if end-of-life issues were discussed more openly and believe terminally ill patients should have more options to choose when and how to die. A sizable majority say they

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Knicks’ Tom Thibodeau looks forward to Mitchell Robinson development, reflects on Pat Riley influence

Tom Thibodeau seems like a big Mitchell Robinson fan.

On Friday, Thibodeau was asked about his impressions of Robinson.

Here’s what he said about the Knicks’ third-year center:

“What he did last year was put a lot of pressure on the rim,” Thibodeau said. “He’s an incredible athlete. But we don’t want to put a ceiling on him. We want to continue to work on all aspects of his game and develop.

“He spent some time here (in New York) earlier in the summer and we’re hopeful that, you know, we can get him back in and get to work with him so he can build on those skills.”

Robinson won’t be part of the Knicks’ voluntary team workouts in the bubble. He’s missing the sessions due to personal reasons. But Robinson was in New York for individual workouts earlier this month and worked with the coaching staff over the

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Worlds of Influence: Understanding What Shapes Child Well-being in Rich Countries – World

New report ranks the Netherlands, Denmark and Norway the best among EU and OECD countries for child wellbeing; and highlights substantial threats to child well-being due to the COVID-19 pandemic

FLORENCE/NEW YORK, 3 September 2020— Suicide, unhappiness, obesity and poor social and academic skills have become far-too-common features of childhood in high-income countries, according to the latest Report Card issued today by the UNICEF Office of Research — Innocenti.

UNICEF’s Report Card Series — now running for 20 years — uses comparable national data to rank EU and OECD countries on childhood. *Worlds of Influence: Understanding what shapes child well-being in rich countries *uses pre-COVID-19 data and features a league table according to children’s mental and physical health and academic and social skillset. Based on these indicators the Netherlands, Denmark and Norway rank as the top three places to be a child among wealthy countries.

“Many of the world’s

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