7 Heroin Users Die From Flesh-Eating Bacteria in San Diego

Seven people in San Diego have died in the last two months from a flesh-eating bacteria associated with black-tar heroin use, prompting public health officials to warn the medical community to be on the lookout for additional cases. The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency reported Wednesday that the seven people died from…

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The Best Bites of 2019, From Around the World to New York

To love a dish is to love the labor that brought it to your table. It’s to sense the presence of the chef, to read a signature written in flour and butter, salt and smoke — what in Korean is called son-mat, the taste imparted by one person’s hands and no other’s. The best dishes…

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Eating Globally: Hungry City’s Top 10 Restaurants of 2019

In 1973, the New York Times restaurant critic John L. Hess gave Chinatown — the entire neighborhood — four stars. It was the highest rating he ever dispensed, and an acknowledgment that whether you eat poorly or well can depend less on the skills of a particular chef than on your openness to experience. I’d…

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Pinterest and The Knot Pledge to Stop Promoting Plantation Weddings

Five major websites often used for wedding planning have pledged to cut back on promoting and romanticizing weddings at former slave plantations. Pinterest, The Knot Worldwide — which owns The Knot and WeddingWire — and Brides announced Wednesday that they would make a variety of changes, including removing all references to plantations on their sites…

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Your Mom Is Wrong: Your Vegetarian Diet Did Not Cause Cancer

I recently was told by my doctor to go see a doctor at the Cancer Institute to be tested for cervical cancer. When I told my mother she freaked out and told me my vegetarian diet was to blame, and that all the soy in my diet was the leading cause of all of this.…

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Nearly a Third of Teens Use One or More Tobacco Products

Nearly one in three high school students has reported using a tobacco product recently, according to a new federal survey released on Thursday, evidence that concerns over nicotine addiction among teenagers are not limited to e-cigarettes. For the sixth year in a row, e-cigarettes dominated the students’ choice. Public health officials were concerned that despite…

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The Fiery New World of Australian Barbecue

“Is that part of the counter supposed to be on fire?” I asked the bartender, and pointed at the open kitchen of Firedoor, in Sydney, Australia. There is so much open flame on display at this restaurant, it was a little hard to tell if the small, bright flicker on one of the stainless steel…

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Nancy Pelosi and the Persistent White Pantsuit

The white pantsuit has become, against all odds, one of the most powerful emblems in Washington, D.C. I know, I know. You’re thinking: not again! Not another story about a white pantsuit! But there’s no escaping it. That is the point. It has become a statement in itself, layered in meaning and nuance; loaded with…

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Who’s Hacking Your Spotify?

ImageA proposed playlist for hackers. Connor Ball, the 23-year-old bassist of the British pop band the Vamps, was in the shower when he realized something was up. The song he was listening to on Spotify, by the American singer Lauv, had suddenly stopped. “That’s a shame,” Mr. Ball remembered thinking. (He couldn’t start it again;…

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Fendi’s New Scented Bag Conjures Childhood Memories

«Cabbage Patch Kids. Like, their heads.» «This opera house I went to in Venice???» «But like the BABY Cabbage Patch Kids.» «Powdered donuts.» «When I did a fitting at a couture atelier in Paris. The dressing room there.» «Strawberry wine!» Behold the group chat of several fashion editors, all trying to pin down the smell…

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