On Native American Land, Contact Tracing Is Saving Lives

The coronavirus is raging through the White Mountain Apache tribe. Spread across a large reservation in eastern Arizona, the Apaches have been infected at more than 10 times the rate of people in the state as a whole. Yet their death rate from Covid-19 is far lower, just 1.3 percent, as compared with 2.1 percent…

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In Women’s Suffrage, a Spotlight for Unsung Pioneers

Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together. This summer, The New York Times is commemorating the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage. But Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton are not the focus. Although their pioneering reform efforts in the 1800s helped…

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What Happens When the Season Changes?

Welcome. It’s refreshing and awful at once, to read the questions and concerns of our audience here At Home, to discover how resilient and kind and optimistic we are, even as a sense of foreboding envelops some, bringing a kind of lethargic anxiety, an abiding loneliness, a worry about what happens when the season changes,…

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Carol Brock, Who Pushed at a ‘Pyrex Ceiling,’ Dies at 96

Carol Brock, a food writer who helped women advance in the male-dominated culinary world by starting an organization called Les Dames d’Escoffier New York, died on July 27 in Manhasset, N.Y. She was 96. Her death, at North Shore University Hospital, was caused by respiratory failure, her son Brian said. As a veteran food journalist…

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For the Crispiest Tofu, Leave It Alone

One of the hardest techniques for an impatient person to master is frying tofu until it’s golden and very crisp. Poke it and prod it too much, and it splits into a grainy mess. Try to turn the pieces too early, and the crust will glue itself to the pan in protest. But if you…

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With Less Breastfeeding Support, Mothers Are Turning to Online Help

In the Before Times, mothers who were struggling to breastfeed didn’t have to look very far to get hands-on support. There were baby cafes and new-mom groups; visits from friends and family; and lactation consultants who made house calls. But during the pandemic, those resources and services have mostly shifted online. “Some of the mothers…

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Buying Cars — and Parking Cars — in New York City

There’s a special place in hell for the authors of those trend stories that concern New Yorkers discovering things for the first time as though they are new. This is absolutely one of those trends, and its author, one of its subjects. Why hell? By the logic of these trend stories, nothing is truly discovered…

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15 Delightfully Basic Sunglasses To Own For Life

Courtesy As a proud owner of butterfly-shaped sunglasses, I can safely say that I’ve worn them exactly one time. Owning a massive collection of styles that range from skinny to oversized to straight up weird usually means one thing: I get overwhelmed and reach for the same boring pair on the daily. And there’s no…

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Charleston Tourism Is Built on Southern Charm. Locals Say It’s Time to Change.

The week that George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police officers, the Charleston, S.C., Convention & Visitors Bureau introduced a campaign to assure tourists that despite the coronavirus pandemic, Charleston — a city that has topped must-go travel lists for years — was ready to welcome them back. The program asked hotels and restaurants to…

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