A Summer Lunch That Feels Like a Splurge

A pandemic has many downsides. And the lobster industry is among the many sectors it’s taken a toll on. If you’re in the business of selling lobster, you currently have a lot of lobster available and a dearth of wholesale customers, not the ideal situation. But there can be some bright spots, depending on how…

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Hi! And welcome to Five Weeknight Dishes. What day is it again? Oh, right. It’s Friday. Happy Friday! (Does T.G.I.F. mean anything to anyone anymore?) If your life is like mine right now, each day blends into the next. I wake, I drink coffee, I make what feels like 463 meals, I send approximately 1,232…

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Eusebio Leal Spengler, Who Restored Old Havana, Dies at 77

Eusebio Leal Spengler, who led an effort to preserve Old Havana, transforming that historic district from a forgotten slum into an architectural jewel and tourist destination, died on July 31 in Havana. He was 77. His death was reported by Granma, the official newspaper of the Cuban Communist Party. In recent years he had been…

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Obesity Raises the Risk of Death From Covid-19 Among Men

The coronavirus has been an unpredictable foe from the start. It triggers silent or barely perceptible infections in some individuals, while in others it sets off a cascade of complications that overwhelm the body and lead to death. Why some patients sail through the disease and others are felled by it is a question that…

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Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale Includes the Best Slippers in the World

The genesis of Uggs might be rooted in an ancient time of bedazzled flip phones and velour tracksuits, but the Australian brand’s quality and evolving range (they now carry blankets, sneakers, athleisure and heels) have rendered Ugg’s cozy creations timeless. Considering how stress-inducing 2020 has been, coupled with all the extra time spent at home,…

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Coronavirus: When Will Long-Term Care Facilities Reopen to Visitors?

Three years ago, Cathy Baum helped both her mother and her mother-in-law move into memory care in an assisted living facility in Reston, Va. Because Ms. Baum lived nearby, she could visit four to five days a week and keep a watchful eye on them. “I’d check the bathrooms to be sure they’d had a…

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Kingston: A City Remade by the Coronavirus

Kingston, a small city in upstate New York, became my home four and a half years ago. Seeking space, affordability, green, and quiet, my husband and I traded Brooklyn for this city of 23,000. Unwittingly, we joined a slow-drip migration north. Since the arrival of coronavirus, though, what had been a steadily paced increase in…

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How Crocs Became the Unofficial Shoe of the Pandemic

When Allie Goertz encountered Crocs for the first time as a dorky, Wayne’s World-obsessed 13-year old, she instantly despised their bulbous, stippled silhouette. “I remember thinking, ‘They’re so ugly, never in a million years would I wear Crocs,’» she says. Eighteen years later, the musician and writer was self-quarantining at home in Los Angeles due…

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Trying to Make It Big Online? Getting Signed Isn’t Everything

This spring, Marcus Olin moved into a sprawling mansion in the Los Feliz section of Los Angeles with seven other TikTok creators. His bedroom overlooked downtown Los Angeles, and waking up to the view every morning felt like a dream. “I was like, ‘Man, that’s my city,’” Mr. Olin, 21, said. “I felt like I…

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