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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The Grapelord of Napa Faces a Threat Worse Than Plague

One balmy winter afternoon, Andy Beckstoffer, a grape grower who has done more than nearly anyone to shape the premium U.S. wine industry, was sitting in Mustard’s, a restaurant in Napa Valley that is a kind of clubhouse for the vintner class. Although Beckstoffer Vineyards, the largest private grower in California, had recently set a…

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Make Ice Cream in a Mason Jar

Making ice cream at home feels like alchemy, a complex process of mixing and cooling. Now that summer is fast approaching, maybe try it out. You don’t even need a fancy ice-cream maker. All you really need is heavy cream, a Mason jar and strong forearms. It’s a fun at-home project and so easy a…

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Singles Have to Think Outside the Screen

Before the coronavirus pandemic hit, Cedric DuBose of Houston was completing a nine-week online course called “Love Alchemy.” The workshop, intended to get him thinking about his relationship skills, was a prerequisite to hiring Amari Ice, a Washington-based matchmaker. Image Mr. Ice’s matchmaking services include teaching clients how to write the perfect dating profile. “Your…

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