New Role for a Soap Opera Writer: Husband

While Ron Carlivati has made a career out of writing soap operas, his longtime partner, David Rogal, often prevents Mr. Carlivati’s life from becoming one. “I’m the more hotheaded, the more compulsive one in our relationship,” said Mr. Carlivati, 51, the head writer of the daytime drama “Days of Our Lives.” He also played the…

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Those Night-Shift Talks Were Easy as Pie

A windowless, fluorescent-lit warehouse, in Wenatchee, Wash., where millions upon millions of cherries — Bings, Sweethearts, Raniers, Tietons — are sorted and graded and packaged each summer, was where the romance between Corena Sharp and Mark Olson began. “It’s big, it’s cold, it’s very fast-paced,” said Ms. Sharp, now 27, who was a seasonal inspector…

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How Kate Pierson, of the B-52’s, and Monica Coleman, Spend Their Sundays

“I have been in Phase 1 since March,” said Kate Pierson, an original member of the inimitable new-wave band the B-52’s, who has run Kate’s Lazy Meadow, a rustic, funky getaway in Mount Tremper, New York, with her wife, Monica Coleman, an artist, since 2004. (They also have a sister property in Landers, Calif.) “We…

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In Prison, Learning Magic by Mail

Surfacing A deck of cards cut from milk cartons. A wand made with medical tape. How a group of inmates learned “the magic of magic.” By Annalisa Quinn Photographs and Video by Vincent Tullo ImageCredit…Vincent Tullo for The New York Times When the magician Kris Nevling was released from prison two years ago, he had…

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The Particular Pain of Pandemic Grief

“Don’t thank me, love. It’s just my job.” The nurse’s words were clear, firm, efficient. Just like her, in the two hours I had known her. “He’s all right. He’s peaceful now.” That was the end of my conversation with the British National Health Service nurse in charge of the Covid-19 ward where my father…

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California Becomes First State to Report 600,000 Coronavirus Cases

Here’s what you need to know: ImageA testing site in Los Angeles on Wednesday.Credit…Philip Cheung for The New York Times Even as the picture improves in California, the state becomes the first to report 600,000 virus cases. California on Thursday became the first state to surpass 600,000 reported coronavirus cases since the virus arrived at…

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Navigation preferences across people with a diverse range of disabilities

Researchers at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and the University of California, Irvine (UCI) have collaborated to create a universal design schema for navigation technologies to better support people with disabilities in getting from place to place. Although studies about assistive technologies and navigation have become more popular in recent years, the researchers…

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An AI algorithm to help identify homeless youth at risk of substance abuse

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — While many programs and initiatives have been implemented to address the prevalence of substance abuse among homeless youth in the United States, they don’t always include data-driven insights about environmental and psychological factors that could contribute to an individual’s likelihood of developing a substance use disorder. Now, an artificial intelligence (AI)…

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Study explores the association of malaria, HIV with anemia during pregnancy

HERSHEY, Pa. — Pregnant women from sub-Saharan Africa with malaria and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) have a higher prevalence of anemia than pregnant women without infections, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers. The findings may have implications for reducing the risk of death in pregnant women and preventing low birth weights and neurocognitive…

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Study identifies social connection as the strongest protective factor for depression

BOSTON — Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have identified a set of modifiable factors from a field of over 100 that could represent valuable targets for preventing depression in adults. In a study published in The American Journal of Psychiatry, the team named social connection as the strongest protective factor for depression, and suggested…

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