Their Minneapolis Restaurant Burned, but They Back the Protest

On Friday morning, as dawn broke through the smoke hanging over Minneapolis, the Gandhi Mahal Restaurant was severely damaged by fire. Hafsa Islam, whose father owns the Bangladeshi-Indian restaurant with members of his family, woke at 6 a.m. to hear the news. “At first, I was angry,” said Ms. Islam, 18. “This is my family’s…

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15 Engagement Gifts That Celebrate the Couple’s Good News

Courtesy While things may feel stuck at a standstill, there are some couples who are not letting anything stop their love. Proposals are still happening amidst a pandemic and we cannot be happier for those making the best out of a grim situation. We can all use some good news these days. Typical engagement parties…

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How to Throw a Digital Dance Party

At any party, there’s a moment of awkwardness, when the dance floor is still empty and guests are arriving. But then, something clicks. Maybe the lights dim. Maybe the D.J. plays That Song and the room becomes a hydra, moving together to the beat. The party has truly started. “The reason a club is so…

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How to Make Limoncello

Limoncello is a vibrantly colored digestif that goes down easy on a hot summer’s day. Although the sweet liqueur is most often served, chilled, in a shot glass, it is meant to be sipped slowly after your meal. And although easy to make, limoncello has a complicated — and contested — history. Some people believe…

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It’s Not Whether You Were Exposed to the Coronavirus. It’s How Much.

When experts recommend wearing masks, staying at least six feet away from others, washing your hands frequently and avoiding crowded spaces, what they’re really saying is: Try to minimize the amount of virus you encounter. A few viral particles cannot make you sick — the immune system would vanquish the intruders before they could. But…

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Love Letter: Should You Text Your Ex?

Quarantine life has left us yearning for human connection, so it’s no surprise that exes have turned to texts as a means of reconnecting. Some in hopes of reconciliation, others to stave off boredom. In this week’s Modern Love essay, the writer Max McDonough finds himself baffled yet intrigued by the onslaught of text messages…

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Coronavirus Live World Updates: Moscow, Spain, Israel

Here’s what you need to know: ImagePolice officers clashed with protesters in Hong Kong demonstrating against China’s proposed national security legislation this week.Credit…Lam Yik Fei for The New York Times At a protest near Beijing’s representative office in Hong Kong last week, some demonstrators tried to obey virus-related rules that ban public gatherings of more…

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A Funny Relationship (as in Funny Ha-Ha)

In December 2006, Bruce Matez invited Deena Betze, to join him at Congregation M’kor Shalom, in Cherry Hill, N.J. There was a rehearsal for the synagogue’s annual comedy and musical revue, and he thought Ms. Betze, a family lawyer at his firm, BorgerMatez, would enjoy it. She accepted. As soon as she walked in, she…

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With Most Weddings Still on Hold, Italian Designers Struggle

At 7 a.m. on April 30, Pietro Demita and Silvana Persano, the owners of Diamond Couture, which specializes in wedding gowns, were already busy in their atelier in Veglie, Italy. The business partners had chosen nine gowns from their latest collection, hung them on a rack and dragged them in front of their warehouse. Scissors…

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