Rich Boss, Young Employee, Angry Wife: It Gets Twisted

Send questions about the office, money, careers and work-life balance to workfriend@nytimes.com. Include your name and location, or a request to remain anonymous. Letters may be edited. How to Teach a Lesson My name is spelled Christine. I don’t correct people when they type my name as Christina or Kristin but today I was addressed…

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Coronavirus in Wuhan: Inside China’s Plan to Test 11 Million People

Wuhan, the Chinese city where the coronavirus pandemic began, has announced an ambitious plan to test all of its 11 million residents for the virus in the coming days, a campaign that will be closely watched by governments elsewhere. The testing drive, which is likely to require the mobilization of thousands of medical and other…

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Meat Plant Closures Mean Pigs Are Gassed or Shot Instead

One Minnesota hog farmer sealed the cracks in his barn and piped carbon dioxide through the ventilation system. Another farmer has considered gassing his animals after loading them into a truck. And a third shot his pigs in the head with a gun. It took him all day. These are dark days on many American…

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Haunted House? These People Are in Isolation With Ghosts.

It started with the front door. Adrian Gomez lives with his partner in Los Angeles, where their first few days of sheltering in place for the coronavirus pandemic proved uneventful. They worked remotely, baked, took a two-mile walk each morning and refinished their porcelain kitchen sink. But then, one night, the doorknob began to rattle…

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Hotels vs. Airbnb: Has Covid-19 Disrupted the Disrupter?

Airbnb, born in 2008, famously disrupted the hotel industry. It stole market share, put pressure on hotel rates, inspired the creation of affordable brands and saw hotels across the spectrum create restaurants, bars and lobbies that channeled the local vibe. Airbnb’s recent layoff of a quarter of its work force indicates the financial strain the…

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André Leon Talley’s Tales from the Dark Side

There is a scene in “The September Issue,” the 2009 movie by R. J. Cutler about the making of the biggest Vogue of the year, that features the magazine’s then editor at large, André Leon Talley, huffing his way around a tennis court with a Louis Vuitton tennis racket case, Louis Vuitton tennis towel, Louis…

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The Stresses of the Way We Work Now

Closed offices and restaurants. Shuttered stores and museums. Darkened schools and theaters. The current pandemic means that millions of Americans have lost their jobs or are working fewer hours. Those who are fortunate can work from home, or are slowly returning to work. Vocational psychologists, who study the links between jobs and mental health, say…

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Check on an Extrovert Today

Introverts have ruled the social-media era. Before isolation became the norm, my feed was full of knowing jokes about how good it feels to cancel plans and ignore phone calls, how horrible it is to endure small talk. “Where are the memes for people who actually like people?” I asked a fellow extrovert once. There…

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K-State infectious disease scientist offers road map for future COVID-19 research

MANHATTAN, KANSAS — There are many unanswered questions about COVID-19. A Kansas State University infectious disease scientist and collaborators are offering a possible research road map to find the answers. Jürgen A. Richt, the Regents distinguished professor at Kansas State University in the College of Veterinary Medicine, has co-authored a critical needs assessment for coronavirus-related…

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