A Philosopher and a Scientist Share a Bench

The first time Jennifer Hindieh saw Alexander Najman, she wished he would go away. Instead, after bumming a Marlboro off her in September 2011 at Long Island University, he stuck around and tried to strike up a conversation. “I was lost in thought,” she said. After fishing a cigarette out of the pack and handing…

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A Writer’s Favorite Spots in Nairobi

The prominent author Zukiswa Wanner, born to a South African father and a Zimbabwean mother in Zambia, has a complicated relationship with Nairobi, the Kenyan capital and her adopted city of seven years. “In its many layers, Nairobi has the beauty and the frustrations of all African cities I love,” said Ms. Wanner, 43, a…

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Little Wished-for Deaths

The body of a tick encased in wax lies in a candle in my bathroom where I set it aflame after picking it off my son. A mouse got trapped in my car engine and I can smell its little death whenever I’m after some fresh air. The demises those of pests, those of health…

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Who Would Firebomb a Homeless Encampment?

LOS ANGELES — The incendiary device came shooting toward the homeless encampment without words or warning. Arthur Garza, 29, heard a pop against his tent, then saw the object, which he described as a “mortar” or “firecracker,” bounce into the street and explode. “It was like shooting stars everywhere,” Mr. Garza said. In a matter…

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This C.I.A. Agent Wants to Give Peace a Chance

You wouldn’t expect a C.I.A. agent to talk like the spiritual presidential candidate Marianne Williamson. But there was Amaryllis Fox, who spent much of her 20s trying to keep nuclear materials out of terrorists’ hands, talking about love and kindness. “They are human, and they’re in the midst of waging a war that involves horrendous,…

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Karli on ‘Sesame Street’ Reveals Her Mother’s Addiction Battle

“Sesame Street” is tackling yet another difficult topic: addiction. Sesame Workshop announced on Wednesday an effort to support children and families affected by addiction. In several new videos, Karli, a 6-and-a-half-year-old green Muppet with yellow hair, tells Elmo and other friends that her mother has a “problem” and is in recovery. Karli, who was introduced…

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Vaping Illnesses Climb Upward, Nearing 1,300 With 27 Deaths

The outbreak of lung illnesses linked to vaping grew by more than 200 cases in a week, now totaling 1299, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Thursday. Twenty-seven people have died from vaping-related illnesses, health officials said. The figures mean that 219 new cases and seven new deaths were reported. Cases have…

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Medical News Today: What causes cysts on the penis?

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Bjorn Thorbjarnarson, Surgeon to Warhol and the Shah, Dies at 98

Bjorn Thorbjarnarson, a New York surgeon who famously treated the shah of Iran and Andy Warhol before becoming a central figure in a widely publicized lawsuit over Warhol’s death after surgery in 1987, died on Oct. 4 in Warren, N.J. He was 98. The death, at a care facility, was confirmed by his daughter Lisa…

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Sarah Ruhl, the Celebrated Playwright, Will Publish a Memoir

In 2010, the playwright Sarah Ruhl had just given birth to twins and was still in the maternity ward when she learned she had Bell’s palsy, a condition that caused paralysis on the left side of her face. Even as she learned to blink again or stop drooling, she still was not able to smile.…

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