Sparks Flew Before the Curtain Call

Lindsay Murphy was trying to become a better writer when she joined an online message forum on that subject in January 2017, and encountered Julianne Miller, who had already clicked into the forum to pick up a few writing tips. The two began a conversation and a friendship there that continued off-site, covering everything from…

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How to Make Your Own Coronavirus Pinata

ImageCredit…Tony Cenicola/The New York Times You’ll need newspaper (torn or cut into strips) a balloon white flour yarn or string pipe cleaners Making the paste A simple no-cook paste calls for one part white flour and one and a half parts room-temperature water. Use a glass or metal container, which will be easier to clean…

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How to Have a Picnic Safely During the Pandemic

It’s hard to believe that it’s already May and that we’re approaching several months of sunny, sweater-less weather. Like flower petals, some states are slowly opening, too, including many once-closed parks, which means it’ll be hard to resist the urge to picnic. The good news: If you are careful and conscientious, you can dine outside…

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Hospitals Struggle to Restart Lucrative Elective Care After Coronavirus Shutdowns

The shutdown of elective surgeries and other “nonessential” medical care by federal and state officials during the pandemic has left the nation’s 5,200 hospitals, particularly in places where there have been relatively few infections, with idle clinics, vacant operating rooms and a dearth of patients. “Our hospitals, like every other hospital in the country, are…

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A ‘Big Fat Greek Wedding’ Will Have to Wait

When John Damianos’s cellphone began buzzing on the Dartmouth campus in September 2015, he realized he was being FaceTimed by Vungelia Glyptis, a fellow student whom he had not talked to in two years. Before answering the phone, Mr. Damianos was in a panic. “We hadn’t spoken in quite a while, and I knew she…

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A Groom, by Proxy, on Zoom

On Friday, April 17, Veronica Wickline, 26, a part-time Latin teacher and writer, stood at the altar at St. Peter, a Roman Catholic church in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Little Washington, Va. Dressed in her wedding dress, veil and pearl earrings, she was there to get married. But the man standing…

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It was an On-Time Proposal

Peter Harrison knew the newly opened TWA hotel at Kennedy Airport in Queens was just the place to propose to Jennifer Markas. “We both love architectural history and midcentury modern design,’’ Ms. Markas said. She packed 1960s-looking outfits for the one-night getaway there, including a Kate Spade red polka dot dress to go with the…

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No Debating Their Love

A disagreement about the politics of confrontation was at the heart of the first conversation that Kelly Witwicki Faddegon and Jacy Reese Anthis had when they met, at the beginning of summer in 2014. She was living in a house in Oakland, Calif., as an employee of a small animal-rights organization. He was in the…

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Taiwan’s Weapon Against Coronavirus: An Epidemiologist as Vice President

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The calls come at night, when Taiwan’s vice president, Chen Chien-jen, is usually at home in his pajamas. Scientists seek his advice on the development of antiviral medications. Health officials ask for guidance as they investigate an outbreak of the coronavirus on a navy ship. Like many world leaders, Mr. Chen is…

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