Stories From the Neighborhood, Then Goose Bumps

Kelly Hayes and John Nordstrom had crossed paths countless times since they were children, but it was only about two years ago that they finally connected. Both had grown up in Middletown, N.J., their homes only 10 minutes apart. And they had a mutual friend, although they were never in that friend’s company together. “She…

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This Hip-Hop Legend’s True Passion? Kites

Surfacing DJ Kool Herc, a pioneer of the breakbeat, is also a master of kites. ImageDJ Kool Herc with one of his handmade kites. He’s been flying them in the Bronx since the 1960s.CreditTonje Thilesen for The New York Times On a Wednesday in July at Clason Point Park in the Bronx, DJ Kool Herc,…

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Sausages, the Busy Cook’s Best Friend

Are there any ingredients more helpful to the harried home cook than sausages? Available at all kinds of markets (from super to farmer), they come preseasoned, so you don’t need to fuss with them when you get them home. Just plop them into a pan, and apply high heat. They will practically cook themselves, their…

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It’s Time for Fried Chicken Biscuits

Good morning. We’re through the Jewish High Holy Days and still more than a week out from Diwali, and we’re not quite at the point yet where we’re jotting down ideas for Thanksgiving. It’s a perfect time to do a pantry cleanse, a pantry reboot, get yourself squared away for recipes new and old. This…

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Sheet Masks, Ranked by Hydration

Hydration is the only promise a sheet mask can keep, though even that might be a reach, according to Michelle Wong, a chemist who runs the skin care blog LabMuffin. Despite claims you might read on the packaging, “sheet masks will not cure anything,” Ms. Wong said. But that doesn’t mean they are not pampering.…

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Review: ‘Modern Love’ Is Charming but Uneven

It’s fitting that Amazon’s “Modern Love,” which debuts Friday and draws its stories from the New York Times column of the same name, puts forward the best version of itself in the very beginning. No one who has ever dated needs reminding that first impressions can be misleading, but the solid narrative skills and excellent…

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Judge Summons Drug C.E.O.s for Talks on Sweeping Opioid Settlement

CLEVELAND — A mayor of a small West Virginia city brought to its knees by opioids and representatives of large cities and counties left reeling by the epidemic will gather in federal court here on Friday morning, to sit side by side with chief executives from the country’s largest drug distributors. Along with platoons of…

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Get Ready for NASA’s First All-Female Spacewalk

It happened by accident, really. After a rocket launch aborted mid-flight, grounding two astronauts who were supposed to go to the International Space Station, NASA had to shift its schedule. Without thinking much of it, the agency announced that Christina Koch and Anne McClain — two women — would do the spacewalk instead, and just…

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The Return of Golden Age Design

Once the scaffolding comes down and construction crews move on, the new Beckford House and Tower condominium buildings now taking shape on Manhattan’s Upper East Side could easily be mistaken for structures built nearly a century ago. On the outside, the two buildings, which have already topped out at 301 East 80th Street and 301…

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How Pending Decision on Obamacare Could Upend 2020 Campaign

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court in New Orleans is preparing a ruling on the Affordable Care Act that could put the law’s future front and center in the presidential race, overwhelming the current Democratic debate over Medicare for all and reigniting the health care-driven worries that helped Democrats win back the House last year.…

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