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Headlines edition

Monday headlines: My own worst therapy

A Ukrainian photographer documented the siege of the Azovstal steel works. Before his capture by Russia, he put his pictures online to be shared. / The Guardian 

Russia bans 963 Americans from entering, including President Biden and Mark Zuckerberg, though not Obama or Trump. / USA Today

Biden says he'll defend Taiwan against China, deviating from the long-standing policy of "strategic ambiguity." The White House says there is no change. / Reuters

What Australia's new government will do: a forecast. / The Economist

How Portugal became a viable path to an EU passport: by granting residency to immigrants who find employment. / Foreign Policy

A large report finds that Southern Baptist leaders routinely stonewall and silence sexual abuse survivors. / Christianity Today

The latest issue of New York is a handbook: "This magazine can help you get an abortion." (A nod to 1972.) / New York Magazine

Syphilis was nearly eradicated in the United States around 2000. Infection rates for it and gonorrhea are currently surging. / The New York Times

Your weekly white paper: On the repeal of bans on self-service filling stations and the effects on gas prices. / SSRN

Does nominative determinism actually exist? I.e., are people with occupation-related names over-represented in those occupations. / Secretum Secretorum

A shortage in babysitters enables teenagers to charge $30 an hour and "be treated like a VIP." / The Wall Street Journal

A (somewhat flimsy) article on young people who worry they may rely too much on therapy. / Refinery29

"They talk about life and death, go for side-by-side algae wraps." Lauren Collins tries hydrotherapy in France. / The New Yorker

See also: Joe Romano clarifies what his tours of Italy can and cannot do for customers. / YouTube

Your weekly soothe: "The Tegos Tapes," an unreleased set of ambient music by Greek composer Vangelis, created for educational medical videos. /