Two Gamers Played ‘The Last of Us Part II.’ They Were Blown Away.

Hardcore gamers and post-apocalyptica enthusiasts have waited years for a sequel to The Last of Us, an immersive video game set in a dark, dismal future after a fungus ravaged Earth and zombies have become the ruling class. The game unspooled through the lens of two unlikely companions: a hardened, Texan smuggler named Joel and…

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In Beijing’s Coronavirus Wave, China Tries Something New: Restraint

At an apartment complex in southern Beijing that is under lockdown, residents could not leave their homes in a gated cluster of low-rise brick buildings. Uniformed security guards and medical workers in protective gear watched the gate. Around the corner in the Baizhifang neighborhood lay a different world. Shops were open. A supermarket was doing…

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Latkes and Dante Led to Love

A peculiar alchemy of latkes, Dante, smarts and social aptitude brought Deborah Beck and Alan Greenberg together. But it took some time. The two met in 2011 at Mr. Greenberg’s annual Hanukkah party, which showcased his potato-pancake-making chops. She had tagged along with mutual friends, and both came away from their encounter impressed but not…

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Playful Waves at Rockaway Beach

Keziah Weir swam and bobbed around the water at Rockaway Beach on the southern edge of Queens in August 2014 while Daniel James Feller surfed playful waves on his white shortboard nearby. Their mutual friend, who Mr. Feller knew from high school, and Ms. Weir knew from Bard College, from which she graduated, introduced them…

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An Instant Connection Needed No Translation

In the last four months, Senay Imre and Robert Kris, both 34, have had to contend with travel bans, quarantines, flight restrictions, safety distancing and a rescinded curfew order — all ramifications of the coronavirus — before they finally married June 9 in Istanbul. Ekrem Imamoglu, the mayor of Istanbul, officiated at the Florya lstanbul…

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The Easiest Way for Two Busy Doctors to Meet

Dr. Jennifer Yan and Dr. Michael Pan are medical residents at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston who have aided others in the battle against Covid-19. But that was not where they met. Dr. Yan, 32, who specializes in pediatric otolaryngology, and Dr. Pan, 31, whose expertise is in urology, also run in the same…

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Toxic Ghosts

My father is dying, besieged by both emphysema and a metastatic colon cancer that’s migrated to his lungs. I shudder in recognition because I’ve nearly been killed twice by raging diseases: An unusually aggressive prostate cancer, and an uncontrollable ulcerative colitis. What haunts Dad and me all these decades later, as we help each other…

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Food That’s a Business and a Comfort

This article is part of Owning the Future, a series on how small businesses across the country are coping with the coronavirus pandemic. Azalina Eusope cries every day. “But the food comforts me,” said the 41-year-old chef and owner of Azalina’s, a Malaysian restaurant business in San Francisco. “Ten years ago, my business started off…

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Lauren and Cameron Are Not Afraid of Tough Conversations

Most of us have come to expect reality television stars to be anything but real. Yet Lauren Speed, 34, and Cameron Hamilton, 29, Atlanta-based newlyweds who became breakout stars on the hit Netflix dating show, “Love Is Blind,” have proven to be the real deal. Since their TV debut earlier this year, where they got…

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