How a Black Cowboy Became a Disinformation Target

In late May, as protests against police brutality began to seize American cities, videos of a Black man on horseback wearing a bulletproof vest spread widely on social media. In many of the posts, users suggested that he had stolen a policeman’s horse. But Adam Hollingsworth, a 33-year-old Chicagoan, is no thief. The horse in…

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Family Comes First in Their Full House

The college sweethearts turned YouTube stars Khadeen and Devale Ellis are pros at pivoting. The married couple, both 36, began dating while they were students at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. After graduation, Mr. Ellis joined the Detroit Lions as a wide receiver and later played for the Cleveland Browns. He later left the N.F.L.…

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Revisiting a New York That Doesn’t Currently Exist

Welcome. I spent too much time this morning looking around the internet for a Jay McInerney short story that I thought was called “Cigarettes.” (It’s actually called “Smoke,” and you can buy a digital copy if you like, or find it in “How It Ended,” his 2009 collection of stories.) I was interested in revisiting…

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Melissa Clark’s Fourth of July

Good morning. Happy Canada Day, to those celebrating. In the United States, we’re barreling into the Fourth of July, which will be a strange one this year, no doubt. We’re sick of fireworks, most of us; many can’t gather closely because of the coronavirus; and we’re all in the midst of a difficult, painful reckoning…

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Live Coronavirus Updates: New Cases in U.S. Are Up 80% in Past 2 Weeks

Here’s what you need to know: ImageShane Reilly, an artist in Austin, Texas, displayed flags in his front yard, each representing a Texan who died of the coronavirus. The state experienced a new high in cases on Tuesday.Credit…Tamir Kalifa for The New York Times With a resurgence across the South and West, the U.S. hits…

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The Do’s and Don’t of Using Cooking Oil

Cooking oil is essential to countless recipes. Stir-fries, baked goods, bacon, and french fries, just to name a few. But what happens if when all is said and done (and eaten), and you have a lot of oil or grease leftover? There is definitely a right way and a wrong way to dispose of these…

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Hydrangeas: Uncommon Varieties for Your Garden

Daniel J. Hinkley grew up in Michigan, a place with serious Zone 4 winters and a repetitive palette of two white-flowered varieties of hydrangeas. In many front yards, you could see Hydrangea paniculata Grandiflora, known as the peegee hydrangea and often trained like a small tree, or a wider-than-high mound of Hydrangea arborescens Annabelle, with…

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Talking With Your Teen About Anti-Racism? Be Ready to Listen

While adults often have a lot to teach young people about the world and how it works, those of us raising adolescents should not assume that we are the resident experts on racism. In many cases young people are not only opposed to racism, but they have embraced the call to work actively against it.…

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This Giant Blueberry Scone Is Self-Care With Butter and Flour

I promised myself that I’d read “War and Peace” during this long period of confinement. But I didn’t. Just as I didn’t read it the last time I promised myself that I would: when I was pregnant and imagined that, as with the Bach suites I listened to, our son would be born knowing its…

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She Was Healthy and Active. Suddenly She Had a Seizure.

The early-morning light wakened the middle-aged man early on a Saturday morning in 2003. He felt his 51-year-old wife move behind him and turned to see her whole body jerking erratically. He was a physician, a psychiatrist, and knew immediately that she was having a seizure. He grabbed his phone and dialed 911. His healthy,…

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