The 10-Foot Theory of Love

When Anique Hameed first saw Zachary Graham, he was standing about 10 feet away from her inside a Washington nightclub. The distance between them on that occasion, which was a party hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus on Sept. 23, 2017, seemed to give credence to a theory he has. “I honestly believe that up…

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A Wedding on the Perfect Date, After 20 Years Together

Erica Hubbard waited a long time to get married to Nevin King. Had she waited any longer, she’s not sure they would be married today. “I think it might have been impossible, because the lockdown occurred just a few weeks after,” said Ms. Hubbard, 44, a registered nurse in Lynchburg, Va., who walked down the…

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Are Face Masks the New Condoms?

Are face masks going to become like condoms — ubiquitous, sometimes fashionable, promoted with public service announcements? They should be, one virus researcher says, if early indications are correct in suggesting that Covid-19 is often spread by people who feel healthy and show no symptoms. David O’Connor, who studies viral disease at the University of…

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Anxious? Yes. But Not About My Son’s Wedding.

By Mike Nahrstedt A Monday afternoon in St. Louis, gray and brisk, and five people gathered outdoors. It was an outdoor ceremony, like so many are these days, but only because that was the best option for a wedding that had been thrown together in less than 24 hours. That’s misleading. Our son, Matt Nahrstedt,…

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Fiona Apple Is Back and Unbound: Let’s Discuss

JON PARELES Traumas and obstacles confront Fiona Apple all the way through “Fetch the Bolt Cutters.” It’s her first album since 2012 and by far her noisiest one, aimed not for radio or for inoffensively curated singer-songwriter playlists — but for catharsis. Apple has never been timid; even on her 1996 debut album, released when…

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At Least New Yorkers Can Still Roll Their Eyes

In a city already locked up and hidden away behind lowered gates and darkened doors, its people now walk behind their own personal barriers. A population known for big mouths now must speak up so as to be heard by a neighbor, a cashier, the deli counterman, gesturing to the brink of pantomime to be…

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Coronavirus Live Updates: Trump Foments Anti-Restriction Protests, Alarming Governors

Here’s what you need to know: ImageProtesters gathered at the Statehouse on Monday in Columbus, Ohio.Credit…Joshua A. Bickel/The Columbus Dispatch, via Associated Press Trump tweets call to “LIBERATE” states where people are protesting virus restrictions. President Trump on Friday began openly fomenting right-wing protests of social distancing restrictions in states where groups of his conservative…

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Global Tracker: Denmark, India, France, Spain Virus News

Here’s what you need to know: ImageCentral Berlin on Tuesday.Credit…Emile Ducke for The New York Times Germany’s infection rate falls, a sign that it is getting the virus under control. As Germany moves to ease restrictions under the pandemic, its public health institute said the country’s rate of coronavirus spread had dropped below a crucial…

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When Coronavirus Care Gets Lost in Translation

Recently Dr. Alister Martin faced his patient, a Hispanic man who spoke no English, and broke the news that he would have to be intubated. Struggling to keep his voice calm, Dr. Martin, of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, suggested that the man call his wife. And he told the patient, a bus driver and…

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Moored in a Fragile Paradise

Travel and travel planning are being disrupted by the worldwide spread of the coronavirus. For the latest updates, read The New York Times’s Covid-19 coverage here. Doug Mann thought he would ride out the start of the coronavirus pandemic on his sailboat anchored on the shores of Culebra, an island off the coast of Puerto…

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