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Here’s what you need to know: President Trump and the first lady at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday.Credit…Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his wife, Jill, at a veterans memorial in Wilmington, Del.Credit…Erin Schaff/The New York Times Americans mark a holiday like no other. President Trump and the…

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Fear of Covid Leads Other Patients to Decline Critical Treatment

It was the call Lance Hansen, gravely ill with liver disease, had been waiting weeks for, and it came just before midnight in late April. A liver was available for him. He got up to get dressed for the three-hour drive to San Francisco for the transplant surgery. And then he panicked. “Within five minutes…

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Pass the Popcorn and Shhh! The Wedding Is About to Start

On what was supposed to be their wedding night, Lindsey Leaverton and Bri Houk sat in their car on the top floor of a parking garage in North Austin and ate pizza, watched the sunset and finished off a Yeti full of champagne. “I put on a private concert for Bri and we danced under…

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The Paradox of Memorial Day

Good morning. One hundred and one years ago, the American ambassador to France, Hugh Wallace, invited President Woodrow Wilson to speak at a Memorial Day ceremony near Paris, to honor American doughboys killed during World War I. The president had been in France for months attending to the peace process and was in ill health,…

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Virus Threatens Chinese Traditions of Chopsticks and Family-Style Meals

At Chilli Kitchen in Beijing, spicy and mouth-numbing Sichuan dishes are laid out family style. Using red chopsticks, diners dive into steaming bowls of pork won tons bathed in fragrant chili oil and sesame seeds, and rummage through platters filled with dried red chili peppers to unearth juicy bits of roasted fish. Sharing food is…

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20 Long Distance Gifts That Cure Separation Anxiety

Courtesy Long distance relationships are hard. For those who are separated from the one they love, it can be challenging to keep the flame alive. Now is a good time to send them a sweet reminder that shows they are on your mind. Express it with a handwritten love note, a huggable pillow, or even…

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It’s the Year 2120. MasterClass Is the Only School Left.

In mid-March, as much of the world withdrew into their homes, the celebrity-powered e-learning platform MasterClass began to notice that people who encountered its advertisements were often watching them in full. This was a testament to the efficacy of what the company calls its “trailers” — glossy spots, set against the rise and fall of…

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To Fight Covid-19, Don’t Neglect Immunity and Inflammation

While most people focus, as they should, on social distancing, face coverings, hand washing and even self-isolation to protect against the deadly coronavirus now ravaging the country, too few are paying serious attention to two other factors critically important to the risk of developing a Covid-19 infection and its potential severity. Those factors are immunity,…

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Help! One Company Refused to Refund Travelers More Than $100,000

Dear Tripped Up, My trip to Egypt with Overseas Adventure Travel was scheduled to depart in late March. O.A.T. canceled the tour because of Covid-19, which was a relief. The company notified me of the cancellation and offered either a credit for rebooking or a full refund that would have included airfare. The next week,…

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Couples Who Eat Together May Not Stay Together

Since the global pandemic lockdown began, Marianne Andrews, Jonathan Miller and their two teenagers have been eating dinner together every night, and sometimes lunch. It’s been a bit … fraught. Ms. Andrews is forthright about her distress. “Jonathan’s eating habits have irritated me for years anyway and have only been exacerbated during the last six…

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