Virus Crisis Exposes Cracks in China’s Facade of Unity

From the outside, China’s Communist Party appears powerful and effective. It has tightened its control over Chinese politics and culture, the economy and everyday life, projecting the image of a gradually unifying society. The coronavirus outbreak has blown up that facade. Staff members at prestigious Union Hospital in Wuhan, the city at the center of…

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U.S. Accuses Harvard Scientist of Concealing Chinese Funding

BOSTON — Charles M. Lieber, the chair of Harvard’s department of chemistry and chemical biology, was charged on Tuesday with making false statements about money he had received from a Chinese government-run program, part of a broad-ranging F.B.I. effort to root out theft of biomedical research from American laboratories. Dr. Lieber, a leader in the…

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Quality Bistro Offers French Fare in a Grand Space

Headliner Quality Bistro Bistro is a rather modest description for a grand installation that includes a warmly outfitted bar area with 30 seats; a cooler, plant-filled conservatory-style dining room with zinc-topped tables and plush seating; another, brighter dining room up a few steps; and an airy private dining room beyond. It’s owned by Michael Stillman,…

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Pop-Up Dinners That Share a Culture, Course by Course

At pop-up restaurants, where chefs temporarily set up shop in a dining room, a barn or even a dorm room, dinner is an improvisation, more jazz than symphony. For a limited time and a limited audience, a cook can riff with premeditated spontaneity. For years, pop-ups have been many newcomers’ first step toward opening a…

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U.S. to Expand Screenings for Wuhan Coronavirus

Travelers arriving from Wuhan, China — epicenter of the coronavirus epidemic — will be screened at 20 ports of entry to the United States, federal officials said on Tuesday. “Right now, there is no spread of this virus in our communities at home,” Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,…

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A Classic Midwestern Dish Becomes a Talking Point in Iowa

Hot dish, the Minnesota-specific church-supper stalwart that cooks in other parts of the country might mistake for a casserole, is no stranger to hard work. Early versions of the dish — traditionally a mix of protein, starch and vegetables held together with a creamy sauce baked until it bubbles — helped conserve meat during World…

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At Anton’s, Appetites Shaped by an Older New York

One of the fallacies of restaurant criticism is that the whole menu matters. Normal people who find a great dish at a restaurant come back and order it over and over, barely noticing that the rest of the menu exists. A restaurant critic who finds a great dish will come back and order all the…

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A Divided Hong Kong Confronts the Arrival of the Coronavirus

HONG KONG — The two Hong Kong protesters were dressed head to toe in black, their faces covered in masks. They smashed their Molotov cocktails into the lobby of a public housing estate, and flames and smoke began spewing out. This was no scene from the protest violence last year over Beijing’s dominance of Hong…

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Wedding Photographers Share Their Favorite Moments

Most photographers have a shot list — a must-capture catalog of photographs that each couple insists they have to remember their wedding day. And yet the unexpected moments are really what everyone hopes for. “You always look for these rare moments. They don’t always happen, but when they do, it’s magic.” — Andy Marcus, 70,…

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Wedding Album: Do You Have an Unexpected Photo from Your Wedding Day?

Perfectly posed wedding photos often make for a beautifully curated wedding album, but it’s the unscripted, unexpected moments that are usually the most cherished. Do you have a candid photo that captures a memorable moment from your wedding day? Did your wedding photographer capture a heart-tugging moment? If so, we want to hear from you.…

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