Billions in Hospital Virus Aid Rested on Compliance With Private Vendor

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration tied billions of dollars in badly needed coronavirus medical funding this spring to hospitals’ cooperation with a private vendor collecting data for a new Covid-19 database that bypassed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The highly unusual demand, aimed at hospitals in coronavirus hot spots using funds passed by…

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Covid-19 Updates: White House Claims a ‘Therapeutic Breakthrough’ Is Coming

Here’s what you need to know: ImageJavier Alvarez donating his plasma at Houston Methodist Hospital in July after his grandmother died from the virus.Credit…Erin Schaff/The New York Times The F.D.A. has authorized the use of blood plasma to treat Covid-19. The Food and Drug Administration on Sunday authorized the emergency use of blood plasma from…

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To Test Spread of Coronavirus, These Scientists Put on a Concert

LEIPZIG, Germany — The German pop singer Tim Bendzko was trying his best to energize the crowd at Quarterback Immobilien Arena here on Saturday morning. Flanked by band members and backup singers, he bounced across a stage at the indoor concert and sports venue, thrusting his microphone toward about 1,400 tightly packed audience members, prompting…

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Black Artists Find Ways to Make Their Voices Heard in Portland

Over the years, Bobby Fouther has watched the historic center of African-American life in Portland bloom, shrink and expand again. The 69-year-old artist was born into a creative family from the neighborhood of Albina, which he remembers filled with jazz music and beauty. “Black artists were thriving here in the 1950s,” he recalled. “My parents…

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Play these Old School Games

Dots and Boxes First published in the 19th century by the French mathematician Édouard Lucas, Dots and Boxes was called La Pipopipette. Credit…Mary Jane Callister How to play Two players take turns joining two horizontally or vertically adjacent dots by a line. The player who completes the fourth side of a square (i.e., a box)…

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How to Set Pandemic Boundaries for Relatives

When pandemic-related shutdowns started, many people rushed to the rescue of their loved ones. They rallied to meet an extraordinary situation and extended themselves in deep and loving ways. They welcomed home adult children with open arms. They jumped to babysit for their grandkids. They volunteered to shop for neighbors and elderly relatives. “At first,…

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Covid-19 Updates: Global Death Toll Surpasses 800,000

Here’s what you need to know: ImageGravediggers wearing personal protective equipment transporting a coffin in Santiago, Chile, in early August.Credit…Claudio Reyes/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Global virus deaths surpass 800,000, with South and Central American countries seeing large tallies. The global death toll from the coronavirus surpassed 800,000 on Saturday, according to data compiled by…

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After a Few Missed Cues, a Connection

Nekpen Osuan doesn’t waste time mobilizing when she finds a cause that moves her. She is a founder and chief executive of WomenWerk, a nonprofit organization that helps empower women of color, as well as an active volunteer for organizations including SEO Scholars, an education enrichment and mentoring program. But when it comes to romance…

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C.D.C. Suggests Some Child-Care Centers Can Reopen Safely

Here’s what you need to know: ImageFrederickson KinderCare daycare in Tacoma, Wash., in May.Credit…Ted S. Warren/Associated Press A new C.D.C. report suggests that child-care centers may reopen safely in areas where the virus is contained. A report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests child-care centers may reopen safely in areas where…

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