How Do I Tell My Friend to Stop Paying for His Son’s Lifestyle?

My friend’s son is a deadbeat. He’s 35, still lives at home, has never kept a job for longer than a year, buys things he can’t afford, and now his pregnant girlfriend is moving in. He has a million excuses for everything that goes wrong. It’s never his fault! The problem: My friend and I…

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Inquiry Begins Into AstraZeneca’s Coronavirus Vaccine Trial

Scientists on Wednesday praised the decision by AstraZeneca to suspend its late-stage coronavirus vaccine trials and begin a safety review after learning that a participant had developed a serious neurological condition. Dr. Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health, testifying at a Senate hearing on Wednesday, said the step “ought to be…

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Buying Wedding Insurance During the Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic foiled many couple’s wedding plans this year, but at the same time, it has helped raised awareness of wedding insurance. “When the pandemic first hit back in March, we were handling dozens of clients with cancellations, postponements, contract negotiations, relocations, and a flurry of questions from 2020 couples about how to move…

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Even With 190,000 Dead, There’s a Lot Voters Don’t Know

ImagePresident Trump with members of the Louisiana National Guard, each of them masked, late last month.Credit…Al Drago for The New York Times President Trump mocked Joe Biden for his mask wearing at a campaign rally last week, saying, “Did you ever see a man who likes a mask as much as him?” Polling has shown…

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If You See Someone Not Wearing a Mask, Do You Say Something?

“We’re supposed to be wearing masks,” the host said as I entered a birthday party in Pennsylvania recently. He rolled his eyes and waved his hand in the air, as if to say, “Whatever. We know we should wear them, but we know we’re all OK.” I glanced around. No one was wearing one, though…

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ELLE Editorial: Living Out Loud

Shirt, bustier top, skirt, handbag, pumps, Fendi. Chris Colls Along the quiet, quarantined streets of New York City, fall’s most vivid ensembles refuse to be silenced. Polo dress, bodysuit, skirt, handbag, boots, Hermès. Hat, Clyde. Sunglasses, Alain Mikli x Jeremy Scott. Necklace, Vram. Chris Colls Bow sleeve, dress, gloves, handbag, Mary Janes, Maison Margiela. Chris…

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On the Packing List This Year: Masks, Sanitizer and a Very Good Boy

In mid-March, three days after canceling their April wedding in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, because of the pandemic, Dana Bakich and Daniel Snyder consoled themselves by bringing home a new puppy: a curly-haired, black-and-white Labradoodle chosen for his sweet disposition and little-to-no likelihood of shedding. Three months later, with the pandemic raging on and hoping to…

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That Person Floating Over the East River Is Riding a $12,000 Water Toy

Two years ago, Brian Sheehy saw something crazy on the internet: Videos of people who looked like they were flying over water on futuristic contraptions called eFoils. Mr. Sheehy was obsessed. He immediately bought two as soon as they were available and taught himself to use them. He now stores the five-foot-long boards on the…

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What’s Your Favorite H.B.C.U. Homecoming Memory?

For students and graduates of historically Black colleges and universities, homecoming is more than just a football game. It’s an expression of pride, culture, food, music and fashion that attracts tens of thousands of students, graduates, celebrities, supporters and fans each year. Homecoming festivities at H.B.C.U.s often include a weeklong lineup of events: pregame tailgates,…

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The Line Dance of the Pandemic

Some people gabbed, some groused; others stood silently, forming a line that snaked around the block, waiting for Century 21, the Lower Manhattan bargain hunters’ mecca, to open for business. It was a scene like many others popping up this summer all across the country: long waits in line, once rare at luxury boutiques, open-air…

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