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Metro moments

New York | The value of productivity-free conversations in a busy city
by Emily Belz
Posted 6/14/19, 09:58 am

A New York moment: 

In Manhattan, seating at coffee shops is often hard to find, and I’ve grown accustomed to asking people at a table with a free seat if I can join them. On Monday I (and my new sidekick for the summer, World Journalism Institute graduate Esther Eaton) sat with an elderly man from the Bronx named George, who was sipping his coffee by himself. 

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Drowning in overtime

Work & Calling | Are opponents of Chinese tech’s 72-hour workweeks really ‘slackers’?
by June Cheng
Posted 4/18/19, 09:57 am

In China, as the economy slows, wages stagnate, and layoffs increase, workers at Chinese tech companies are pushing back against a grueling work culture known as the “996.” 

The term refers to working from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. six days a week.

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Laura G. Singleton

Happy and productive

Lifestyle | Chris Gargiulo lives a life with Down Syndrome his childhood doctors couldn’t foresee 
by Laura G. Singleton
Posted 4/11/19, 01:26 pm

When Chris Gargiulo finished his 30th year of working at a McDonald’s in this city 37 miles north of Tampa, 60 people attended a celebratory surprise party. Gargiulo “was shocked,” according to Cheryl Stark, a friend from church, but someone else might have been even more surprised: the doctor Gargiulo’s mother, Elizabeth Bridwell, consulted after Chris was born with Down syndrome (DS) in 1960. 

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