The Time for ‘The Talk’ Is Now

As a palliative care doctor in the Covid-19 era, I meet many families struggling to make decisions for loved ones who become too sick, too fast, to make their own health care choices. Recently, the son of a critically ill patient asked that we postpone major decisions about his father’s care until he had improved…

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Coronavirus Live Updates: All 50 States Move to Ease Restrictions

Here’s what you need to know: ImageMarket Street in downtown St. Louis. The city began a partial reopening of businesses on Monday.Credit…Whitney Curtis for The New York Times By Wednesday, all 50 states will have reopened. The rules still vary widely. By Wednesday, all 50 states will have begun to reopen in at least some…

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Coronavirus Forces Cambridge to Hold Most Classes Online Next Year: Live Coverage

Here’s what you need to know: ImageKing’s College at Cambridge. Other universities are also backing away from in-person classes: In Canada, McGill University said it will offer most of its courses online in the fall.Credit…Tom Jamieson for The New York Times Cambridge University announces that it will hold all lectures online for the next academic year.…

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W.H.O. Members Reject Trump’s Demands but Agree to Study Its Virus Response

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s angry demands for punitive action against the World Health Organization were rebuffed on Tuesday by the organization’s other member nations, which decided instead to conduct an “impartial, independent” examination of the W.H.O.’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. In a four-page letter late Monday, Mr. Trump had threatened to permanently cut off…

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Johnson & Johnson to End Talc-Based Baby Powder Sales in North America

Johnson & Johnson is discontinuing North American sales of its talc-based baby powder, a product that once defined the company’s wholesome image and that it has defended for decades even as it faced thousands of lawsuits filed by patients who say it caused cancer. The decision to wind down sales of the product is a…

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The Hot New Thing in Clubby Silicon Valley? An App Called Clubhouse

SAN FRANCISCO — Marc Andreessen, a Silicon Valley investor, published a rallying cry last month that quickly ricocheted around the tech industry. In it, he placed the blame for America’s dismal response to the coronavirus on “smug complacency, this satisfaction with the status quo and the unwillingness to build.” He proposed a solution that fit…

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How the ‘Call Her Daddy’ Feud Boiled Over

In just two years, “Call Her Daddy,” a raunchy podcast about sex, dating, culture and life in New York, became a cult sensation. This week, it descended into a fireball of chaos and internet drama. Two friends, Sofia Franklyn, 27, and Alexandra Cooper, 26, started the show in 2018 after coming up with the idea…

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How SoulCycle Got Stuck Spinning Its Wheels

It could have been the battle of the bikes. If only SoulCycle had been able to get its highly anticipated exercise bike to market in time to meet the demand of its enthusiastic (bordering on obsessive) riders, who because of the coronavirus pandemic have been unable to go to any of the company’s 99 studios,…

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A New Spot for Basque Dishes to Go Opens in the SoHo

Headliner Haizea What does it take to open a restaurant in the midst of a pandemic? Mikel de Luis, the chef and the owner of a tiny, contemporary Basque-style spot whose opening was postponed by two months, will now test the waters, going takeout-only. “It’s been frustrating not to open,” he said, adding, “It’s time…

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