Rubber Bullets and Beanbag Rounds Can Cause Devastating Injuries

As protesters filled the streets of downtown San Jose, Calif., recently, the police fired munitions known as rubber bullets into the crowd — a common technique to disperse throngs. Breanna Contreras’s head jerked back from the impact as a black projectile “roughly the size of an extra-jumbo marshmallow” struck her temple, near her eye. “I…

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Low on Chocolate Chips? These Cookies Love a Substitution

Has everyone’s surreptitious chocolate chip consumption gone way up since we’ve all had to stay at home? Or is this phenomenon limited to my particular kitchen? And is it also why, no matter how often I replenish the stock, there’s never quite enough left in the bag whenever I try to bake cookies? Luckily, chocolate…

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Two D.J.s Trade in Their Turn Tables for More Time Outdoors

Hannah Bronfman and her husband, Brendan Fallis, both New York-based event D.J.s, have watched most of their live gigs dry up because of the coronavirus outbreak. But they’re still keeping busy. The couple, who celebrated their third wedding anniversary on May 20, have been out at their two-acre Amagansett, N.Y., home since mid-March, gardening, building…

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Playing the Paper

People around the globe shell out billions of dollars each year on professionally manufactured games: According to a recent study, spending worldwide on playing cards and board games is expected to reach nearly $22 billion by the year 2025. But the truth is that you can turn anything into a game — even a newspaper!…

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Love Letter: Checking in on Your Quarantine Crew

[Sign up here to receive Love Letter, a weekly newsletter about relationship highs, lows and woes, in your inbox every Friday.] If you’ve ever wondered if the old saying “familiarity breeds contempt” is true, then this pandemic has provided the perfect testing ground. Whether it’s suddenly cohabitating with a partner or hunkering down with family,…

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New York Police Will Stop Enforcing Street-Vendor Laws, but Questions Linger

After two decades selling homemade tamales in Bushwick, Brooklyn, Sonía Pèrez has received her fair share of tickets from the police. Often, they’re for minor infractions: being too far from the curb, being too close to a crosswalk. But a few years ago, an encounter with the police frightened her. While checking to see her…

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A Weeknight Salmon That Feels Like a Dinner Party

This stellar weeknight meal takes advantage of ingredients you may already have stashed in the cupboard or fridge. The centerpiece is salmon. The fillets are easy to prepare and quick to cook, making them the perfect protein for easy weeknight dinners. And salmon can take on many different flavors, which explains its versatility and mass…

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The Scientist, the Air and the Virus

When Linsey Marr’s son started attending day care 12 years ago, she noticed that he kept getting sick with the sniffles and other minor illnesses. But unlike most parents, Dr. Marr, an aerosol scientist at Virginia Tech, tried to figure out why. “When I’d pick him up, I’d find out that more than half the…

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A Shooting Star, and Then Sparks Flew

Genevieve Elise Becker and Charles Parker McCarty met through a mutual friend when they were Washington interns in 2014 for two North Carolina senators — she for Kay R. Hagan, a Democrat, and he for Richard M. Burr, a Republican. “We were obviously both interested in politics, but neither of us was combative or hard-core,”…

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