Camper on Closed Disney World Island Is Charged With Trespassing

It had the makings of an adventure straight from Disney’s “Swiss Family Robinson” — being on an uninhabited island and living off the land. But for one Alabama man, the adventure — on a former island attraction at Walt Disney World in Florida — was short-lived and ended in an arrest. The man, Richard J.…

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Top Lies Men Tell on First Dates

Whether it’s an online date (and in the era of COVID-19, many people don’t have an alternative) or a real date, men often lie shamelessly. We have compiled a true rating of the most popular topics of male lies. “I have not yet recovered after breaking up, we have been dating for two years” Bingo!…

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Principals Find Novel Ways to Honor Seniors During Shutdown

With school closed and graduation canceled, the principal of a high school in suburban Dallas set out on April 17 with his wife, a bag of Snickers bars and a mission: visiting each of the 612 seniors at their homes. Virdie Montgomery, the principal of Wylie High School in Wylie, Texas, said he thought it…

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Beirut’s Nightlife Survived Civil War. Can It Withstand Pandemic?

BEIRUT, Lebanon — When the disruptive threat of the coronavirus first came for Beirut, I was, appropriately enough, in a local bar. When a friend and I set out for a drink at a neighborhood standby one Saturday night early in March, the virus had yet to leach from the headlines into daily life, Lebanon’s…

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Aphantasia clears the way for a scientific career path

People with low or no visual imagery are more likely to work in scientific and mathematical industries than creative sectors, according to new research. Aphantasia, the term describing a person’s inability to visualise in the mind, has been shown to be more common in scientific and technical industries. The opposite phenomenon of particularly vivid mental…

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Profits and Pride at Stake, the Race for a Vaccine Intensifies

WASHINGTON — Four months after a mysterious new virus began its deadly march around the globe, the search for a vaccine has taken on an intensity never before seen in medical research, with huge implications for public health, the world economy and politics. Seven of the roughly 90 projects being pursued by governments, pharmaceutical makers,…

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‘We Had to Do Something’: Trying to Prevent Massive Food Waste

While millions of Americans are worried about having enough to eat and lines at food banks grow, farmers have been plowing under vegetable fields, dumping milk and smashing eggs that cannot be sold because the coronavirus pandemic has shut down restaurants, hotels and schools. Now, the destruction of fresh food on such a scale has…

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Grandma Rocket, the Virus and a Family Whose Love Bridged 2,500 Miles

When Eliana Marcela Rendón was finally able to visit her grandmother, who had spent four weeks at a Long Island hospital, a staff member met her in the lobby to ask if the 74-year-old patient had a favorite song. Ms. Rendón, after calling family members, requested several religious selections in Spanish: “Sumérgeme,” or “Immerse Me”;…

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How to Have a Zoom Birthday

In a strange twist, a pandemic birthday party might actually be the easiest party you ever throw. A birthday party under normal circumstances takes hours of preparation: cooking and cleaning, decorating and primping. This year, you only have to get dressed from the waist up and tidy the corner of your home that people can…

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