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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Coronavirus Live Updates: States Rely on Trust in Loosening Limits

Here’s what you need to know: ImageBiking at the Broadway Skate Park in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on Friday.Credit…Calla Kessler/The New York Times Looser rules and warmer temperatures make social distancing a matter of trust. Texas lifted stay-at-home orders for its 29 million residents. Hair salons in Maine welcomed customers back inside. In Alabama, clothing boutiques…

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Coronavirus World Updates: Live Tracker

Here’s what you need to know: ImageA seafront promenade in Barcelona, Spain, on Saturday, as teenagers and adults took their first outdoor exercise in seven weeks.Credit…Emilio Morenatti/Associated Press Spain’s adults and teenagers are allowed out to exercise, in shifts. And now, it’s the adults’ turn. Last weekend, young children in Spain, who endured arguably the…

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Is This the Future of the Fashion Show?

The next round of fashion shows will be virtual fashion shows. This is not in doubt. The British Fashion Council announced at the end of April that it would be creating a gender agnostic “cultural fashion week platform” for designers to use as they see fit during London’s former men’s wear dates, June 12 to…

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Married Doctors Learn to Meet in the Middle

Because marriage is an ever-evolving experience, we constantly shift, change and, in some cases, start over. In It’s No Secret, couples share thoughts about commitment and tell us what they have learned, revealing their secret to making it work. (Answers are edited for context and space.) Who Dr. Monique Collier Nickles and Dr. Leroy Nickles,…

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A Delayed Yes From Each of Them

Adrianna Kruyt, a Canadian in the first year of graduate studies in Manhattan at the New School, didn’t have plans for Thanksgiving in 2016. So her parents arranged for her to spend the long weekend celebrating the American holiday with friends in Bedford Hills, N.Y. Isaac Wasserman had also received an invitation to spend the…

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The 450-Plus Guest List Will Have to Wait

Ayana Coston and Clinton Jordan Jr., friends for 17 years who began dating about 18 months ago, had set a wedding date for May 23 with a guest list that kept growing. “We were looking at about 300 guests from my side of the family alone,” said Mr. Jordan, 46, a network engineer at Lockheed…

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Seeing an Old Friend With New Eyes

When Bennett Eastham needed a mental-health break last June from working long hours at a Virginia law firm, he made plans to travel to Copenhagen to see Andrew Bird, an American singer, perform there. Before departing, Mr. Eastham, 28, also contacted Ebba Palmstierna, 27, “an old friend from Sweden,” as he described her, who in…

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A Wedding Under the St. Louis Arch

Sean Gottlieb and Matthew Kerns met for the first time on gay pride day last year in St. Louis, after finding each other on Scruff, a site that helps gay men connect. Mr. Kerns (right), 47, who is both the executive director of St Lou Fringe, an arts festival organization, and an associate director of…

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Their Perfect Date: April 25 (and Each Other)

Ariel Ball and Ross Weinstein held fast to their original wedding date, and were married April 25 in Stuyvesant Cove Park along the East River in Manhattan. Mark Stokely, a Universal Life minister and a friend of the couple, rode his bicycle from Williamsburg, Brooklyn, to officiate. “April 25 ended up being the perfect day,”…

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