Vietnam, Lauded in Coronavirus Fight, Has First Local Case in 100 Days

BANGKOK — Vietnam, which had gone 100 days without reporting a case of local transmission of the coronavirus, said on Saturday that a 57-year-old grandfather in the central city of Danang had tested positive. How he got the illness remains a mystery. To prevent a wider outbreak, the Health Ministry said it was conducting “extensive…

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These Monkeys Were Once Revered. Now They Are Taking Over.

LOPBURI, Thailand — The customers waiting outside a bank in Lopburi, Thailand, left their jewelry at home and kept other treasures out of sight. But danger lurked anyway. In broad daylight, they watched a thief steal an iced tea and a vandal brazenly attack a motorcycle seat. One woman quit her place in the line,…

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Tailors Know New Yorkers’ Pandemic Secret: ‘Everybody Got Fat!’

With weddings postponed and offices shut, business was bleak at Woodside Tailor Shop in Queens during the long months of pandemic lockdown. There was no need for party dress alterations, or any pressure for slacks to be hemmed. But about three months in, things started picking back up in June, with one particular service in…

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Elon Musk: The Maureen Dowd Interview

So how do the King of Mars, his Galactic Princess and their newborn son, X Æ A-Xii, spend a Saturday night holed up in their Los Angeles pad? A little anime — lately it’s been “Death Note” and “Evangelion.” Lots of late-night debates about the potential and danger of artificial intelligence. And many audiobooks and…

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Travel the World Through These Dance Tutorials

Do you have itchy feet after all these months of lockdown? Now could be the time to do a little homework on the world of dance. And dance does span the globe, with genres found all over that are historically integral to their communities, cultures and regions. Of course, being culturally engaged is not the…

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True Crime Podcasts at the Intersection of Race

When people think of true crime podcasts, they inevitably think of “Serial.” But the genre is vast, and the podcasts listed here represent that diversity: a mother who investigates the death of her own son, a journalist recovering the lost history of a nearly forgotten race massacre, two friends telling each other stories about their…

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Me, My Relationship and PTSD

Sam and I began the conversation partly in jest. His co-worker had just eloped in Hawaii, and as we scrolled through their photos I gave him an elbow to the ribs and said in a singsong voice, “Well, maybe we should go to Hawaii, too!” Later we spoke about it in more thoughtful tones, and…

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Comic-Con Is Online, and So Is the Artist Alley

Like most large events, fan conventions including San Diego Comic-Con, WonderCon and Dragon Con, have shifted gears this year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Some have been postponed or canceled; others have moved their programming online. While the panels and screenings that take place at these conventions can easily be streamed from one’s…

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How to Talk to Your Friends About Money

When the 2008 recession hit, Emma Connelly was in second grade. The mass layoffs hit close to home. “My dad was unemployed off and on for basically six years, so he became a stay-at-home dad,” Ms. Connelly, 22, said. “We got very close.” As was true for many households at the time, money had become…

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La Caridad 78, a Beloved Chinese-Cuban Restaurant, Closes

La Caridad 78, an Upper West Side anchor on the corner of 78th Street and Broadway for 52 years, has closed. It was one of the city’s best-known purveyors of Chino Latino food, a particular combination of Chinese-American and Cuban fare. The restaurant and others like it juxtaposed dishes from both cuisines; sometimes they met…

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