Joe Nocera

07/21/2014 - 1:30am

    Kalydeco is truly a wonder drug.

    Developed by Vertex Pharmaceuticals, it is the first drug that attacks not just the symptoms but the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis, a genetic lung disease that usually kills victims by the time they reach their 40s. It doesn't work for every sufferer of the disease but...

06/23/2014 - 3:38pm

    It was Thursday of Week 2 at the O'Bannon trial, the day Mark Emmert, president of the NCAA, was going to be on the stand.

    By 6:30 a.m., reporters and others had begun gathering outside the courthouse here, waiting to get in. So many people showed up to see Emmert...

06/19/2014 - 1:09am

    On Monday, Howard Schultz, chief executive of Starbucks, unveiled his company's newest - and possibly most important - perquisite for its employees: a free college education. He announced this new program on a stage in The Times Center in Manhattan, alongside his partner in the new venture, Michael Crow of...

06/19/2014 - 1:02am

    Last month, around the same time the European High Court ruled that Europeans had a "right to be forgotten" by the search engine Google, a man named Tim Barefield approached me with the following story:

    Barefield's brother Robert and Robert's partner...

06/12/2014 - 3:15am

    About three weeks ago, Rep. Jeb Hensarling, a Republican from Texas who is chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, gave a speech to the Heritage Foundation. Hensarling is a Tea Party favorite. His core view is that better government is less government, and that there is nothing government can do that...

06/09/2014 - 1:03am

    I began writing about the NCAA 2 1/2 years ago, more or less by accident. Assigned by The New York Times Magazine to imagine a scheme in which athletes in the revenue sports - football and men's basketball - get paid, I was awakened for the first time to inequities in the world of big-time college sports. Of...

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