Oregon Nurse Is Placed on Leave Over TikTok Video Mocking Masks

A nurse in Oregon who mocked the state’s pandemic protocols in a video that circulated on TikTok by saying she does not wear a mask in public has been placed on administrative leave, her employer said. The nurse, Ashley Grames, is an employee at Salem Health, which operates Salem Health Hospital in Salem, Ore., and…

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Let This Festive Brandied Fruit Lift Your Holidays

This year, I have made a conscious effort to revisit the memories of holidays past, and those memories have been kind to me. They have allowed me to recall my family’s traditions, and to feel connected to loved ones in a challenging time. My parents met as graduate students in 1970s Berlin, and their years…

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Berry-Flavored H.I.V. Medication Is Ready for Babies

The first infant formulation of dolutegravir, an important first-line H.I.V. medication, will be available soon under an agreement between several pharmaceutical companies and global health initiatives. The new formulation will be strawberry flavored and come in a tablet that dissolves in water or juice so babies can swallow it. In another announcement also linked to…

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Prisons Are Covid-19 Hotbeds. When Should Inmates Get the Vaccine?

They live in crowded conditions, sharing bathrooms and eating facilities where social distancing is impossible. They have high rates of asthma, diabetes and heart disease. Many struggle with mental illness. A disproportionate number are Black and Hispanic, members of minority communities that have been hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic. So should prisoners and other…

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Nordstrom Wins Best Cyber Monday Sale of the Year

Courtesy In the off-chance that you need a reminder, today is Cyber Monday, which means everything and anything can most likely be found on sale right now. If you’re not sure where to start or are simply looking for the least stress-inducing shopping experience, I have one word for you: Nordstrom. The retailer kicked off…

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Living and Performing ‘Femme Queen Joy’

Rosa Isabel Rayos, 28, is an Afro-Latina transgender rapper whose goal is to make music that uplifts, supports and encourages Black transgender women — including, at times, herself. “Everybody who raps only raps about what they know,” said Ms. Rayos, who goes by Ms. Boogie when she performs. Her motive just happens to be very…

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What if Cocktail Mixers Were Actually Good?

Adam Kolesar, who makes quality cocktail syrups under the name Orgeat Works in Brooklyn, approached his friend Jeff Berry in 2018 with an offbeat idea: What if they made a Mai Tai mix — like the cocktail mixers you see in the supermarket but, you know, good. Mr. Berry was skeptical. “Premixes were something we…

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London A.I. Lab Claims Breakthrough That Could Accelerate Drug Discovery

Some scientists spend their lives trying to pinpoint the shape of tiny proteins in the human body. Proteins are the microscopic mechanisms that drive the behavior of viruses, bacteria, the human body and all living things. They begin as strings of chemical compounds, before twisting and folding into three-dimensional shapes that define what they can…

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Dorie Greenspan’s Amazing New Cookie

Good morning. Dorie Greenspan introduced me to the mystery novelist Louise Penny this weekend, in a delightful column in The New York Times Magazine that begins in Penny’s fictional Three Pines, a village in Quebec “with a good boulangerie; a bookstore that smells like tea and flowers; a bistro with an excellent chef; and a…

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