As Coronavirus Spreads, Mask Makers Go Into Overdrive

ANGERS, France — The relentless whir of machines echoing across a cavernous French factory floor this week is an unexpected result of the deadly virus that has nearly paralyzed cities in China and other parts of Asia. The company, Kolmi Hopen, happens to make an item that is suddenly one of the world’s hottest commodities:…

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The Dog Park Is Bad, Actually

Every morning, rain, shine or snow, people stand around making conversation with strangers as their dogs chase, run and mingle. Ranging from elaborate fenced playgrounds and rolling fields to small inner-city runs, dog parks are among the fastest growing park amenities nationwide. The Trust for Public Land found that there has been a 40 percent…

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China Begins Testing an Antiviral Drug in Coronavirus Patients

China is forging ahead in the search for treatments for people sickened by the new coronavirus that has infected more than 28,000 people in a countrywide epidemic, killed more than 500 and seeded smaller outbreaks in 24 other nations. The need is urgent: There are no approved treatments for illnesses caused by coronaviruses. On Thursday,…

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W.H.O. Fights a Pandemic Besides Coronavirus: an ‘Infodemic’

SAN FRANCISCO — With the threat of the coronavirus growing, Aleksandra Kuzmanovic sat at her computer in Geneva on Monday and sent out an important public health email. She works for the World Health Organization and her aim was to assess and stop a global spread — not of the dangerous virus but of hazardous…

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Kim Kardashian Has Learned Restraint

LOS ANGELES — When Kim Kardashian West says it, she’s not being funny. She doesn’t smile. She is professional and sincere, and that sincerity is worth millions of dollars. Had she made any mistakes when introducing Skims, her line of shapewear, in September? “I wouldn’t say a ‘mistake,’” she said. Then she listed a few…

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He’s in a Cab Franc State of Mind

Tasting one particular sort of wine over the course of many vintages is like reading a series of books by the same author. Their quality may vary, but they will all enlighten. Such a deep dive, known in the wine world as a vertical tasting, helps to convey how a wine expresses the different conditions…

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Dunkaroos Are Back. Why?

[embedded content] The favorite snack of ’90s kids is back. But why now?We asked General Mills. Feb. 6, 2020 After mysteriously disappearing from American grocery store shelves in 2012, Dunkaroos are back. General Mills announced on Monday that the knuckle-sized cookies with miniature tubs of dippable frosting will once again be sold nationwide, this summer.…

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Christina Koch Lands on Earth, and Crosses a Threshold for Women in Space

How many astronauts can you name without consulting Google or Wikipedia? Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin are easy. They were the first men on the moon. You should probably also remember their Command Module pilot, Michael Collins. But he wasn’t one of the first on the moon, so he comes less easily to mind. Christina…

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