Easy DIY Home Repairs

Some newer toilets use a canister with a thin rubber washer instead of a traditional flapper, Ms. Sebestyen said. In those toilets, replacement washers aren’t universal, so it’s important to buy a part designed specifically for your brand of toilet. Tools and supplies: replacement toilet flapper or washer. Patch a Hole in Drywall When a…

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The Elderly vs. Essential Workers: Who Should Get the Coronavirus Vaccine First?

In September, academic researchers analyzed the Department of Homeland Security’s list of essential workers and found that it broadly mirrored the demographics of the American labor force. The researchers proposed a narrower, more vulnerable category — “frontline workers,” such as food deliverers, cashiers and emergency medical technicians, who must work face to face with others…

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With 3 Billion Packages to Go, Online Shopping Faces Tough Holiday Test

“I don’t know how it could be as unexpected as it appears to have been,” said Tom Nolan, the brand’s president. “We are not getting what we were told we would get when we embarked on our holiday season.” Mr. Nolan said the delays were particularly frustrating because customers tended to blame the brands, rather…

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Is ‘Natural Immunity’ From Covid Better Than a Vaccine?

On the heels of last month’s news of stunning results from Pfizer’s and Moderna’s experimental Covid-19 vaccines, Senator Rand Paul tweeted a provocative comparison. The new vaccines were 90 percent and 94.5 percent effective, Mr. Paul, Republican of Kentucky, said. But “naturally acquired” Covid-19 was even better, at 99.9982 percent effective, he claimed. Mr. Paul…

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Festive Holiday Gifts for Newlyweds

The coronavirus pandemic has given new meaning to being home for the holidays this year. Most newlyweds will have to celebrate their first Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah or New Year’s Eve in more intimate settings because of social-distancing requirements, but they can still do it in style. Chefs and event planners weigh in on some of…

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The ‘Mexican Beverly Hills’

The Look 2020 How a former white enclave became an aspirational suburb for Latinos in Los Angeles. Photographs by June Canedo Text by Erick Galindo Dec. 5, 2020 I was having dinner at some fancy beach-side eatery in early March when someone said they had just moved to Downey, a Southeast Los Angeles suburb 12…

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Candice Bergen, from ‘Murphy Brown’ to Instagram

I ask Ms. Bergen what she thought of Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood,” released last year. “The feeling of it,’’ she said, “was very close.” In the late 1960s, she and her boyfriend at the time, Terry Melcher, a record producer and the son of Doris Day, had lived in the…

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The Swiss Cheese Model of Pandemic Defense

Q. What have we learned since March? A. Distance is the most effective intervention; the virus doesn’t have legs, so if you are physically distant from people, you avoid direct contact and droplets. Then you have to consider inside spaces, which are especially in play during winter or in hotter countries during summer: the bus,…

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How to Make a Chess Set

Thanks to the success of the Netflix show “The Queen’s Gambit,” chess sets are flying off the shelves. If you can’t find one, or just want another pandemic crafting project, why not make your own at home? You don’t need a lot of equipment to get started. And unlike with a chess set you’d purchase,…

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