Joe Biden Says Goodbye, Uncle Joe and Hello, Father of the Nation

He is no longer “Uncle Joe.” Joseph R. Biden Jr., now officially the Democratic Party’s nominee for president, has dabbled in various imagery over the years, including working class champion and regular guy. But the one that has always stuck, and that followed him onto the campaign trail earlier this year, was that endearing and…

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Hospital Staff Turned Wedding Planners

The coronavirus pandemic upended the wedding plans of Miranda Wickham and Enver Candan, as it did for so many couples, yet if it hadn’t been for the virus, Ms. Wickham might not have been there to badger her fiancé to seek the medical treatment that may have saved his life. And she definitely wouldn’t have…

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When a Love Expert Falls in Love

In 1994, John Tierney followed Helen Fisher around the American Museum of Natural History, hoping she could put the Manhattan singles scene into perspective for him. She came through solidly. “I’ve been quoting her since then, for decades,” he said. “Helen always has something smart and quotable to say on love.” Dr. Fisher, an author,…

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Finding Love at First Glance

Katherine Desmond was the local in a group of engineering interns at DuPont, the chemical company in Wilmington, Del., when she and Pedro Henrique Martins met in 2014. After the two initially met at a luncheon, Ms. Desmond, who grew up in Wilmington and whose mother retired as the chief financial officer of DuPont, made…

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Finding Love After Divorce

A common experience of divorce seems like an unlikely origin for a love story, but so it was for Raj Sardesh and Alexander Seidel. Mr. Sardesh (left) and Mr. Seidel were in the throes of parting from marriages when they met in 2008. Both were also in the process of coming out as gay men.…

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The Setup That Lasted Six Years

Since 2010, mutual friends had been trying to set up Permele Doyle with William Robinson, who is known by his middle name, Garner. Despite those efforts, Ms. Doyle, 33, the president and founder of Billion Dollar Boy, a digital marketing agency with offices in New York and London, and Mr. Robinson, 37, the chief executive…

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‘No Explanation for the Electricity Between Us’

Phyllis Waldron discovered there is no age limit on feeling like the new kid in town when she moved to the Florida retirement community Water’s Edge of Bradenton last fall. “I must have looked like a deer in front of the headlights,” said Ms. Waldron, 85, of the late October evening she met Al Bartschke,…

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Who Could Forget That Smile?

Shanavia Thomas, a 29-year-old insurance claims adviser, was working in Hamilton, N.J., on a summer day in 2017 when, she said, a familiar smile “just lit up the entire office.” That smile belonged to Cianni Pitt-Matthews, now 24, who had just been hired at the CSAA Insurance Group, a company based in Walnut Creek, Calif.,…

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Frank Sinatra Slept Here, and So Can You

For an evening to a month at a time, at prices ranging from about $70 to $4,200 a night, online rental platforms offer anyone a chance to live in places where legends like F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Steinbeck and Frank Sinatra once lived. These homes are as different as the celebrities they once housed, but…

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The Solar System Winked

When Ilana Ozernoy was a young girl growing up in the Soviet Union, her father, Leonid Ozernoy, a prominent astrophysicist in Moscow, bought her a telescope. Ms. Ozernoy and her father, who was a scientist at the P.N. Lebedev Physics Institute in Moscow, along with her older sister and mother, would spend summers in the…

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