Hecky Powell, Barbecue Master and Civic Leader, Dies at 71

This obituary is part of a series about people who have died in the coronavirus pandemic. Read about others here. Hecky Powell had a deal with one of his longtime employees, a woman who had struggled with a drug habit. Every time she attended a rehab meeting, he paid her $15. If she worked a…

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90+ Black Creators, Influencers, and Tastemakers to Follow Right Now

Courtesy of Instagram One of the best ways to support Black people right now, in addition to shopping Black-owned businesses, is to elevate Black voices and creators on social media platforms. We all know how a platform like Instagram can change peoples’ lives and encourage entrepreneurship. However, most of the top fashion and beauty faces…

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Jake Paul Charged With Misdemeanor Trespassing After Mall Looting

The social media influencer Jake Paul has been charged with criminal trespassing and unlawful assembly after videos appeared to show him participating in a looting at a mall in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Saturday. Videos of Mr. Paul, a YouTube star with more than 20 million subscribers, at the Scottsdale Fashion Square mall with friends circulated…

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Scientists Link Covid-19 Risk to Genetic Variations

Here’s what you need to know: Some people might be more vulnerable to Covid-19 because of their genes, a new study says. ImageA transmission electron microscope image of a U.S. case of coronavirus.Credit…CDC, via Science Source Variations at two spots in the human genome are associated with an increased risk of respiratory failure in patients…

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2,000 Free Meals a Night, Seasoned by Silicon Valley Chefs

PALO ALTO, Calif. — Andres Pantoja, an up-and-coming Silicon Valley sous chef, spent his pre-pandemic evenings delicately preparing the $115 plate of lamb chops and deboning the $42 Psari Plaki whole fish at a fashionable restaurant here. It is frantic work serving 200 upscale meals a night. His new gig is proving way more chaotic,…

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Rosé for All Seasons

Drinking rosé this year does not feel like the usual sort of blithe summer pastime. It’s mostly a matter of the coronavirus pandemic and the protests against racism and police brutality, which overshadow what are really lighthearted pleasures. But other factors are taking a toll on rosé as well. Twenty-five percent tariffs imposed by the…

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Oregon Chardonnay Escapes the Buttery Clichés

By far, the most popular wine in the United States is chardonnay. Yet the variety faced some skepticism among the small but select sample of readers who took part in our recent Wine School examination of Oregon chardonnays. Perhaps this should not have been surprising. Though it has been America’s white wine of choice for…

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11 Great Alternatives to the Top National Parks

The glories of the national park system draw hundreds of millions of visitors each year, even in normal times. But in this upside-down year, with the pandemic still limiting much travel in and outside the United States, it’s likely that the National Park Service’s 419 sites, 62 with a “national park” designation, will attract even…

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For the Deaf, Social Distancing Can Mean Social Isolation

Since the coronavirus pandemic began, Ashlea Hayes, who is deaf and blind and who works as the secretary of National Black Deaf Advocates, has become much more cautious. She lives in Compton, Calif., where she usually does most of her food shopping herself, but lately she has become more reliant on delivery services. “The grocery…

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White Person to White Person? You’re Doing It Wrong

I ran into a friend in the lobby of our building. (I thought we were friends, anyway.) She is black; I am white. And protests over racist policing have been raging in our city. First, I made sure her teenage son was safe. I was worried after seeing news reports. (He’s fine.) Then I told…

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