Coronavirus Ravaged a Choir. But Isolation Helped Contain It.

It was a chilly evening in Mount Vernon, Wash., on March 10, when a group of singers met for choir practice at their church, just as they did most Tuesday nights. The full choir consists of 122 singers, but only 61 made it that night, including one who had been fighting cold-like symptoms for a…

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Global Coronavirus Tracker: India, Germany, U.K.

Here’s what you need to know: ImageGravediggers at the Villa Formosa cemetery in Sao Paulo, Brazil, last month.Credit…Victor Moriyama for The New York Times New clusters emerge in countries praised for successful coronavirus fights. Several nations that have been hailed for curbing the spread of the pandemic are finding that victory over the coronavirus can…

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A Flower Shop Reinvented to Reopen

OAKLAND, Calif. — Elizabeth Wardman was driving to San Francisco’s wholesale flower market last week when she heard on the radio that California was going to allow florists to reopen for Mother’s Day as part of an easing of coronavirus lockdown rules. By the time she got to the market at 6 a.m., the parking…

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Uber Said to Be in Talks to Acquire Grubhub

SAN FRANCISCO — Uber is in talks to acquire Grubhub, said three people with knowledge of the discussions, aiming to create one giant player in food delivery as more people turn toward those services in the coronavirus pandemic. Uber recently approached Grubhub with a potential all-stock takeover bid, said two of the people, who spoke…

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In Israel, Modern Medicine Grapples With Ghosts of the Third Reich

JERUSALEM — The explosion flung him skyward, legs first, before he crashed to the ground. It was June 2002, at the height of the second Palestinian intifada. Dvir Musai, then a 13-year-old Israeli schoolboy from a religious Jewish settlement, was on a class cherry-picking trip in the southern West Bank. On his way back to…

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‘Double Rainbow Guy’ Paul Vasquez Is Dead at 57

His death, at a hospital, was confirmed by the Mariposa County coroner’s office to The Modesto Bee, a local news outlet. Mr. Vasquez became an internet sensation in July 2010 after a video he had posted months earlier on YouTube — a three-and-a-half minute clip in which he enthusiastically observed two concentric rainbows from his…

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Amid a Sea of Vouchers, Road Scholar Offers Cash

Travel and travel planning are being disrupted by the worldwide spread of the coronavirus. This column looks at the companies and organizations that have stood out during this time. Too often in the pandemic, travelers seeking refunds for vacations they’ve been forced to cancel are instead offered credit for a future trip, whether they want…

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Everyone knows the beauty of a whole dinner cooked on a single sheet-pan, but not everyone realizes that you can also make a whole, well-rounded meal with just a boiling pot of salted water. The next time you’re waiting for a pot of water to boil, ask yourself: How can I make this a meal?…

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Designers Revolt Against the Shopping Cycle

Is Black Friday as we know it over, at least when it comes to shopping for clothes? The coronavirus pandemic may have stopped the motor of fashion, closing stores, forcing retailers into bankruptcy and putting production on ice, but in one way at least, it has spurred the industry into action: thinking about the shape…

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Patagonia, Quick to Close, Could Be Last to Reopen

When Patagonia announced on March 13 that it was temporarily closing its 39 stores and e-commerce business in North America because of the coronavirus pandemic, it was one of the first major retailers to take such a drastic step. The company’s chief executive thought the situation would last about a month. As it became clear…

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