As Food Deliveries Boom, So Do Ghost Kitchens

Since the pandemic began, many restaurants have pivoted to providing takeout and delivery. It’s a move that shows no signs of diminishing, even as they reopen for dining in one form or another. To accommodate this increased demand, they are depending more and more on various types of off-premises kitchens. “I think it will continue,”…

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25 Black-Owned Handbag Brands To Carry You Through 2020 and Beyond

Courtesy The things we carry hold weight, both literally and emotionally. Our handbag of choice can be our most prized possession, a piece of art, or the everyday tote you rely on more than your BFF. It is important that our bags are in line with the message we are sending out into the universe,…

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Should I Send My Kids Back to School? A Parent’s Toughest Call

All summer, as information about how the coronavirus affects children has trickled in, I’ve been updating a balance sheet in my head. Every study I read, every expert I talked to, was filling in columns on this sheet: reasons for and against sending my children back to school come September. Into the con column went…

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The Midwest Sees a Spike as Covid-19 Cases Decline Elsewhere

Here’s what you need to know: ImageTheodore Roosevelt High School’s volunteer marching band practices in Des Moines, Iowa. Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota all added more cases in a recent seven-day stretch than in any previous week of the pandemic.Credit…Kathryn Gamble for The New York Times As U.S. cases decline elsewhere, the…

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How to Stop the Next Pandemic

This graph can tell you a lot about your future. Each bar shows how many new infectious diseases emerged in a year. In 1944, there was one. In ’48, three. We have no immunity to new pathogens. Each disease on this list posed a new pandemic threat. It was around 1960 when the number began…

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Bird-Watching With Nick Flynn and Lili Taylor

It took a few years for Nick Flynn to get comfortable at his girlfriend’s weekend home. “I wasn’t immediately taken with it,” said Mr. Flynn, 60, a poet and the author of four memoirs, including “This Is the Night Our House Will Catch Fire,” published late last month. “It felt a little … you know,…

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The State Fair Is Canceled. Deep-Fried Oreos Are Not.

Last October, to kick off her 20th year as a vendor at the North Carolina State Fair, Felicia Turrentine-Daniel unveiled the Chickenator: a cinnamon roll sliced like a hamburger bun to hold a deep-fried chicken breast, bacon, pepper Jack cheese and a drizzle of honeyed Sriracha. “We make sure that we bring in something new…

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The Many Sides to Dan Brown

Ever since his breakout with “The Da Vinci Code,” the novelist Dan Brown has been renowned for his twisty, adrenaline-fueled yet cerebral plots involving cryptography, symbology, smart and sexy lady sidekicks, secret and violent religious cults, and unhinged zealots bent on mass murder and destruction. His new book, on the other hand, features a mouse…

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