Endless Summer vs. Hurry-Up Fall

Welcome. The week after Labor Day is, for many, the official end of summer. I tend to resist the way everyone rushes to close the book on summer as soon as the holiday arrives. The beaches are still open, the parks still beckoning for picnics, the grill for barbecuing. Even if children are going back…

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Beard Foundation Undercut Integrity of Its Awards, Panel Says

The volunteer committee that oversees the James Beard Foundation awards for restaurants and chefs has criticized the organization for its handling of this year’s awards, saying that its “faith in the Foundation has been shaken.” In a statement sent Wednesday to the foundation’s chairman, Frederic M. Seegal, the committee charged that employees of the organization…

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How ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians’ Changed Everything

This week, the Kardashian-Jenner family announced that after 20 seasons, their namesake reality TV show, “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” would come to an end in 2021. When the program first aired in 2007, the leading family was known for its late patriarch, an attorney who represented O.J. Simpson; the Olympian who married in; and…

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35 Gifts For Book Lovers That Aren’t Books

Courtesy It would be laughably offensive to get the bookworm in your life an actual book. The person follows new lit drops like it’s their daily horoscope, so finding a novel they haven’t clocked is a pointless endeavor. Sidestep the process with giftable loopholes that offer them the same comfort as their favorite author. Because…

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J.C. Penney Avoids Liquidation in Sale to Mall Operators Simon and Brookfield

J.C. Penney reached an agreement to sell its retail business to the mall operators Simon Property Group and Brookfield Property Partners on Wednesday, averting a total liquidation that would have had significant ripple effects through the industry and cost tens of thousands of jobs. Simon and Brookfield will pay about $300 million in cash and…

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LVMH Pulls Out of $16.2 Billion Deal with Tiffany & Co., Tiffany Files Lawsuit

Smith Collection/GadoGetty Images After announcing a record-breaking deal last November, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton announced today that it would be scrapping its $16.2 billion acquisition of U.S. jewelry brand Tiffany & Co. LVMH cited possible U.S. tariffs on French products as the reason for pulling out of the deal. Meanwhile, Tiffany & Co. has…

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How the Coronavirus Attacks the Brain

The coronavirus targets the lungs foremost, but also the kidneys, liver and blood vessels. Still, about half of patients report neurological symptoms, including headaches, confusion and delirium, suggesting the virus may also attack the brain. A new study offers the first clear evidence that, in some people, the coronavirus invades brain cells, hijacking them to…

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E-Cigarette Use Falls Sharply Among Teenagers, C.D.C. Finds

The number of high school students regularly using e-cigarettes dropped significantly over the past year, after several years of soaring use, according to a new government survey of teenagers. But the data suggested that even greater progress may have been stymied by the growing popularity of a new product — disposable e-cigarettes, which, under a…

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Meals on Heels: San Francisco Drag Queens Deliver Pandemic Diversions

Before the coronavirus, drag queens and kings lip-synced their way across the jewel-box stage at Oasis, a San Francisco cabaret, and performed parodies of shows like “Sex and the City” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” to the delight of packed houses of tourists and locals. All that ended when the pandemic forced Oasis to close,…

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Tiffany’s $16 Billion Sale to LVMH Falls Apart in Face of Pandemic, Tariffs

Last November, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the world’s largest luxury goods conglomerate, announced plans to acquire Tiffany & Company, the American jeweler founded by Charles Lewis Tiffany in 1837 and famed for its duck egg blue boxes and diamond engagement rings. The transaction, worth more than $16 billion, was set to be the largest…

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