Mass Firing on Zoom Is Latest Sign of Weight Watchers Unrest

On the afternoon of May 14, Joanne Patten sat down at her computer in her home in Houston and logged in to a Zoom call with her employer, WW International, the company formerly known as Weight Watchers. She listened as her boss, reading from a script, said she and the other employees on the Zoom…

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Employers Grapple With Question as They Reopen: To Test or Not to Test?

As the country reopens, employers are looking into how to safely bring back their workers. One recurring question: Should they be tested for the new coronavirus? Some businesses are moving ahead. In Indianapolis, the family-owned Shapiro’s Delicatessen tested about 25 employees in its parking lot this month. Amazon plans to spend as much as $1…

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Plant-Based ‘Meats’ Catch On in the Pandemic

That hasn’t slowed demand for meat. Sales from April 12 to May 9 were 28 percent higher than in the four weeks ending Jan. 18, before the first reported case of coronavirus in the United States, according to data from Nielsen. But the meat industry’s troubles may have provided a boost for plant-based meat substitutes,…

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A Big Sur Elopement for Two Olivias

Three years ago, Olivia Hall received a surprise during a psychiatry lecture at N.Y.U. when she took a peek at her phone and noticed a message in her Bumble account from another Olivia — Olivia Reaney. “I thought, wow, what were the odds that someone named Olivia would be trying to contact me,” said Dr.…

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Coronavirus Vaccine Shows Promising Early Results in China

A vaccine developed in China appears to be safe and may protect people from the new coronavirus, researchers reported on Friday. The early-stage trial, published in the Lancet, was conducted by researchers at several laboratories and included 108 participants aged 18 to 60. Those who received a single dose of the vaccine produced certain immune…

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My 14-Year-Old Isn’t Social Distancing. What Should I Do?

Our Adolescence columnist, the psychologist Lisa Damour, responds to a reader’s question. The question has been edited and is being published with the consent of the person who submitted it. [To submit a question, email AskDrDamour@nytimes.com.] Q. My 14-year-old daughter (who knows that I check her phone) went on what was supposed to be a…

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A Bright, Comforting One-Pot Stew With West African Roots

When I returned from Nigeria at the end of February, it was at the tail end of the Harmattan, a season when the winds from the north deposit the finest sand from the Sahara onto Lagos’s every surface. The city was hot and dry, and the markets were bursting with life. I’m not a vegetarian,…

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So Much Flavor

Hello and welcome to Five Weeknight Dishes. One of the glories of life in New York before Covid-19 was the vast variety of flavors you could take in over the course of a week without even entering your own kitchen. Tomatillos and Thai basil, Sichuan peppercorns and smoked salmon: It was a luxury to be…

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This One-Bowl Cake Is Worthy of Its Own Celebration

This holiday weekend may be a lot more subdued than my usual Memorial Day revelries (lake house, potato cannon, punch), but there will still be cake. Lots of it, smothered in strawberries and cream. My recipe is a classic yellow cake that’s whisked in one bowl. It is slightly fussier than other one-bowl cakes in…

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Love Letter: Must Love Dogs

[Sign up here to receive Love Letter, a weekly newsletter about relationship highs, lows and woes, in your inbox every Friday.] There are lots of perks to having a pet (one being unconditional love). However, dating can be complicated for a pet parent. Not only does your potential partner have to check your boxes, but…

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