U.S. Diplomats and Spies Battle Trump Administration Over Suspected Attacks

WASHINGTON — The strange sound came at night: a crack like a marble striking the floor of the apartment above them. Mark Lenzi and his wife had lightheadedness, sleep issues and headaches, and their children were waking up with bloody noses — symptoms they thought might be from the smog in Guangzhou, China, where Mr.…

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A 30-Mile Rafting Trip Through Alaska’s Tongass National Forest

At the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, with travel restrictions in place worldwide, we launched a new series — The World Through a Lens — in which photojournalists help transport you, virtually, to some of our planet’s most beautiful and intriguing places. This week, Christopher Miller shares a collection of images from Southeast Alaska. With…

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A Centuries-Old Korean Style Gets an Update

When the K-pop band Blackpink released the music video for their song “How You Like That” in June, fans began asking about the group’s outfits, which appeared at once traditional and contemporary. Who was the designer behind Jennie’s cropped pink jacket, they wanted to know, and what inspired the look? In the past few years,…

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NET-A-PORTER Adds Manolo Blahnik to Its Designer Roster

Calling all Carrie Bradshaws: Manolos are dropping at NET-A-PORTER. Chances are, if you live and shop in New York, New Jersey or Connecticut, you’ll be well aware of NAP’s Premiere same-day delivery service, which as of Monday, October 19, will now include Manolo Blahnik shoes. After long last, the eponymous designer has finally joined the…

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Doctors May Have Found Secretive New Organs in the Center of Your Head

After millenniums of careful slicing and dicing, it might seem as though scientists have figured out human anatomy. A few dozen organs, a couple hundred bones and connective tissue to tie it all together. But despite centuries of scrutiny, the body is still capable of surprising scientists. A team of researchers in the Netherlands has…

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How to Grow (and Eat) a Pawpaw

Plant in fall or spring. Kentucky State University’s nursery list is a good place to start your search for young trees, if local plant stores don’t stock them. You can also find plants (and seeds and fruit) through Facebook fan clubs, Craigslist, Nextdoor and Etsy. Ideally, plant in places with hot summers and cold winters,…

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The Promise of Pawpaw

PHILADELPHIA — The new pawpaw patch at the Woodlands, a sprawling historic property along the Schuylkill, still isn’t much to look at. But just give those trees time, said Alkebu-Lan Marcus, the farmer who tends to them. He knows his pawpaws will soon be excellent providers. The pawpaw is an ancient, native North American fruit…

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Dan Kluger Helps Vegetables Realize Their Full Potential

What exactly does “Chasing Flavor,” the title of Dan Kluger’s new cookbook, mean? Perhaps that you had better eat your well-seasoned, vibrantly sauced vegetables — and there are plenty of recipes for them in the book. But even if you do, you won’t get dessert; Mr. Kluger, who owns Loring Place in Greenwich Village, doesn’t…

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Brush Up Your Pie Skills

In the run-up to Thanksgiving, learning to make pie is a worthwhile skill. Kate McDermott, who wrote “Art of the Pie” four years ago and who has a new book, “Pie Camp,” will lead a series of three virtual classes in pie-making at the 92nd Street Y. The first one covers making dough. Next, the…

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Eat Your Way Around the World

These gift boxes from Culinary Backstreets are designed to create a vicarious trip to a city like Naples or Athens at a time when travel is on hold. The company offers food tours of more than a dozen cities, and has assembled worthwhile assortments of often hard-to-find items that represent five of the destinations: Athens,…

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