I’m a U.S. Citizen, Where in the World Can I Go?

Even as many countries remain off-limits to American visitors because of the high rate of coronavirus within the United States, about two dozen others have started to welcome, and in some cases woo, U.S. citizens to come spend their tourist dollars. Still, would-be vacationers generally face a host of conditions and a lot of traveler…

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What Does Simp Mean?

The word “simp” isn’t new. In fact, it’s pretty old. But it has been dragged into fresh popularity. In the same way that older songs can find new audiences on TikTok, older slang emerges on the app to be championed by a broader, younger audience. Too Short, the bawdy West Coast rapper who used the…

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The Greatest Wedding Reception Dance Songs

It may be a while before dance floors are packed again. But music remains a priority for couples, even when hosting intimate socially distanced weddings and celebrations in person or via video conferencing apps and platforms. Hiring a D.J. for your reception — even a virtual one — offers several advantages. A great D.J. will…

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Ben Folds Puts His Live-Work Sanctuary in Hudson on the Market

Ben Folds writes songs that twirl humor and misery together like flavors in a soft-serve cone. He never seems to take the easy way. He named his 1990s alternative rock band Ben Folds Five, though it had just three members, a stroke of perversity questioned by every music journalist who interviewed him along the road…

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A Black-Owned Distillery in Minneapolis Pushes Forward

When Chris and Shanelle Montana founded Du Nord Craft Spirits in 2013, they chose the Longfellow neighborhood in southern Minneapolis, “in part because it was a little quieter,” Mr. Montana said. It didn’t work out that way. Over the past four months, Du Nord has been buffeted and transformed by each new trauma to shake…

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Park Slope, Brooklyn, Gets a Beer Garden Built Into a Garage

Headliner The Beer Garage Marina Charny, the owner of Wild, a gluten-free Italian restaurant, planned to use a former garage she acquired next to her Park Slope location as a party room. But then she had another idea: a beer hall. She kept one roll-up door, and, for now, this spot is open with outdoor…

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In the Twin Cities’ Robust Dining Scene, Few Black-Owned Businesses

MINNEAPOLIS — Before the coronavirus decimated the restaurant industry, Minneapolis and St. Paul were being hailed around the country for their up-and-coming culinary scene. Ann Kim, the owner of three acclaimed restaurants including the Korean-influenced pizzeria Young Joni, won a James Beard award last year for Best Chef Midwest. Lauded chefs like Tim McKee, Alex…

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For Cross-Border Couples, Plans to Reunite Are Still On Hold

When the border between the United States and Canada closed to nonessential travel on March 21 because of the coronavirus, Savannah Koop and Ryan Hamilton were less than two months away from the wedding they had been planning. The closure derailed those plans, but not their romance. Ms. Koop of Abbotsford, British Columbia, and Mr.…

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Dogs May Be Good for Children’s Psychological Development

Living in a home with a dog may be linked to healthier psychological development in young children, researchers report. Australian scientists collected data from 1,646 parents of 3- to 5-year-old boys and girls on various socio-demographic factors — siblings, sleep time, screen time, parents’ level of education, work status and so on. They also gathered…

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