Delta Air Lines Bought an Oil Refinery. It Didn’t Go as Planned.

Jet fuel is known as the Steady Eddie of the refinery business, a predictable profit maker that balances the seasonal gyrations of gasoline and diesel sales. But for airlines, it is a headache — a big and unpredictable expense that confounds managers. So Delta Air Lines tried a bold experiment: It bought an oil refinery…

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Niven Patel, a Miami Chef, Is Not Giving Up on 2020

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — The last week in July was an especially stressful one for Niven Patel, and for Floridians in general. It began with Mr. Patel’s decision to permanently close one of two locations of Ghee Indian Kitchen, the Miami-area restaurant that brought the chef national acclaim. The week ended with South Florida bracing…

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When Things Aren’t OK With a Child’s Mental Health

Last week, to write about the risks of summer — the recurring safety issues of children being out in the sun, or near the water, I talked to safety-minded pediatric emergency room doctors about what was worrying them, as they thought about the children they might be seeing during their shifts over the coming weeks,…

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What Your Recipe Box Says About You

This is it. The perfect time. What better distraction as I continue to dodge a deadly virus, mourn those who could not, worry about my country’s soul and find comic relief in links that I obsessively impose on friends and family? Yes, now is the time to take advantage of virtual house arrest by cleaning…

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The British Designer Paying Tribute to the Immigrant Experience

In 1990s South London, a young Priya Ahluwalia would watch as members of her extended family got ready for garage raves, styling themselves in matching two-piece sets, dresses with chain belts and patterned silk shirts. “All the guys wore earrings,” she recalls. “I used to wish I could go party with them, too.” Perhaps her…

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Porsha in Protest

“Everybody should enjoy ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta,’” said Porsha Williams, the doe-eyed star of same, whose comedic verve and penchant for interpersonal chaos have made her one of the most popular cast members on one of the most popular shows on television. “This is what I don’t like when it would come to one…

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11 Designers Who Are Making Accessories to Match Your Mask

Courtesy There are four phases of mask wearing. The first happened at the beginning of quarantine, where you scrambled to DIY a mask using a dusty sewing machine or fumbled with a bandana that never stayed in place. The second phase occurred when you reluctantly bought a mask from a big box store in bulk…

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After a Flop, Amazon Makes Another Foray Into Video Games

BERKELEY, Calif. — Amazon stumbled as it worked to break into the lucrative video game industry. Now it’s trying again. On Monday, Amazon announced Prime Gaming, which is essentially a rebranding of its Twitch Prime service that provides exclusive game content. The move comes just over a month after the company pulled its original big-budget…

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How Are You Doing?

Good morning. How are you doing? It’s been five months now, for some of us, living and working at home, or living at home and doing essential work out in the world, or living at home and not working anywhere. We’re stuck with the kids, the parents, the pod or ourselves alone, together apart, apart…

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Citrus Flavoring Is Weaponized Against Insect-Borne Diseases

Adding a new weapon to the fight against insect-borne illnesses like Lyme disease and malaria, the Environmental Protection Agency on Monday approved a new chemical that both repels and kills ticks and mosquitoes. The chemical, nootkatone, an oil found in cedar trees and grapefruits, is so safe that it is used by the food and…

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