Polio and Measles Could Surge After Disruption of Vaccine Programs

The widespread interruption of routine immunization programs around the world during the coronavirus pandemic is putting 80 million children under 1 year old at risk of contracting deadly, vaccine-preventable diseases, according to a report Friday by the World Health Organization, UNICEF and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. The groups surveyed 129 poor and middle-income countries and…

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9 Miles, 7 Locations and a 3-Hour Ceremony

Dr. Huchuan Xia and his partner, Erik Lorenz, put their makeshift nuptials into another gear. Dr. Xia, who is known as Cedric, and Mr. Lorenz were married May 10 in a Quaker self-uniting ceremony in Philadelphia. The couple cycled a total of three hours across nine miles to seven outdoor locations around their adopted city…

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Welcome to Our Surprise Zwedding

Brian Clarke was exhausted the first time he met Mariana Ranz in 2015. By the time they were married on May 11, he had cause to feel frazzled again. On May 8, two days before their surprise Zoom wedding planned in Central Park, they hit a snag securing an online marriage license through New York…

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China Abandons Growth Target for Year as Coronavirus Disrupts Economy

BEIJING — China’s top leaders on Friday made a show of strength to confront defiance in Hong Kong and the economic damage wrought by the coronavirus outbreak, even as they acknowledged that both had dealt a blow to the ruling Communist Party’s agenda. On Hong Kong, the leadership struck a hard line at the annual…

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First Inklings of Fame

It is graduation season, and luminaries like Tina Fey, Oprah, Tom Hanks and Barack Obama are giving advice to graduates about starting their next chapter. Of course, this year, in the midst of the pandemic, the gatherings of family and friends must happen online. Instead of hugging classmates and celebrating years of hard work with…

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Pick a Card and Be Transported: 7 Board Games From Around the World

Like good books, travel-themed board games take your eyes off your screen and your mind far away. They’re about more than winning. They’re departure points, capturing a bit of the beauty, history and spirit of the places in which they’re set, provoking questions and talk of future trips. With the games below — one for…

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Turning Your Backyard Into a Vacation Spot

Savannah Shyne has big plans for the summer, and none of them involve leaving her backyard in Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y. On her quarter-acre lot, she’s managed to squeeze in a 15-foot-wide inflatable pool, a 10-foot-wide trampoline, a vegetable patch, a climbing dome and a butterfly garden, all while leaving enough space for the new family puppy…

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How a Teacher Who Moonlights Delivering Beer Spends His Sundays

Kevin Bradford is a seventh-grade math teacher in Westchester County at Isaac E. Young Middle School in New Rochelle. With stay-at-home-orders, his commute from Manhattan has certainly gotten easier, but he can’t say the same about remote learning (and he’s been in education for 26 years). “The students, they are constantly forgetting the password,” he…

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They Both Found Their Jukebox Hero

If it wasn’t for a blowup with one of her three children, Kirsten Wazalis might never have called a friend to come over and commiserate one July evening in 2012. And if the friend hadn’t suggested that the two go out and listen to music, she might have never met Glenn Leader. Ms. Wazalis, 50,…

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The Truth About the Original Coney Island Hot Dog

In 1867 Charles Feltman, a German immigrant, opened the first hot-dog stand in Coney Island. He called his signature frankfurter the Coney Island red hot, and it was served with mustard, sauerkraut and diced raw onions. Soon, Feltman’s red hots were all the rage. President William Howard Taft tried one. Al Capone is said to…

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