Rave Reviews at the Salon

Ellyna Larson, a Federal agent with Homeland Security, walked through the front door of Eli’s Roots Hair Studio in Manassas, Va., in search of its owner, Kristi Bogart, a person of interest. “She was busy with another client, so I texted my boss and said, ‘She’s beautiful,’” Ms. Larson said, “but then I began thinking…

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A Man and Woman of Letters (Many of Them)

Logan Sachon and Matthew Davis initially met in 2008, when she became an intern at an alternative weekly publication in Oregon; he was the news editor. They knew each other only casually. A few years later, when both had moved on from the weekly — she was living in Virginia and he was in New…

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Family Over Flowers

Sarah Fagan’s marriage to Ohmar Bogle on April 18 at the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration in Manhattan went on as planned, though the coronavirus forced their wedding to become “a very, very, very, very scaled-down event,” said the groom, who was among a group of nine people at the church. A 130-person reception that…

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How to Trim That Dog Right Up

As someone who often walks his dog — in this case an energetic white miniature schnauzer named Gogo — I occasionally find myself in a familiar conversation with other dog owners: where and how to groom the dog. Asking “where” implies that we go to a groomer to get the job done — but I…

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How to Live Stream Your Wedding

While social distancing and restrictions on travel and large gatherings have forced many couples to postpone their wedding celebrations, some are still choosing to marry and are inviting guests to witness their union from the comfort of their own homes via live video streams. “Live streaming a wedding is becoming mainstream,” said Vishal Joshi, the…

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Scene 1: City Hall. Scene 2: Rooftop Overlooking City.

Amanda Jane Cooper was new to New York when she first attended the Church of the City New York, to which a friend had referred her. She is an actor and was in the starring role of Glinda in “Wicked” at the time. Andrew Bell was at the door in his volunteer role as a…

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A Free Wedding in the Nick of Time

Maggie Moore and Brandon Baez may be young, but waiting to get married until the world got a handle on the coronavirus was not in their plans. “With Brandon being in the military, there’s no telling where he’s going to be a year from now,” said Ms. Moore, 18, of Big Island, Va. “We thought…

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March, April, May: City’s Mood Darkens as Crisis Feels Endless

With no clues about when the pandemic might subside, short-term discomfort is becoming long-term despair: “I feel like I have accepted this, and given up.” April 25, 2020 ImageNew York City’s sidewalks, like this one in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, have been empty for weeks.Credit…Juan Arredondo for The New York Times A walk in…

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California Lifts Ban on Plastic Bags Amid Virus Concerns

Retailers in California can once again hand out free single-use plastic bags under an executive order announced on Thursday by Gov. Gavin Newsom, the latest turn away from reusable bags amid the coronavirus outbreak. The order permits stores to provide customers with disposable plastic bags for the next 60 days. “It is critical to protect…

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Coronavirus Antibody Tests: Can You Trust the Results?

The researchers worked around the clock, in shifts of three to five hours, hoping to stave off weariness and keep their minds sharp for the delicate task. They set up lines of laboratory volunteers: medical residents, postdoctoral students, even experienced veterans of science, each handling a specific task. They checked and rechecked their data, as…

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