What We Know About Your Chances of Catching the Virus Outdoors

The warmer weather across the country calls to mind carefree summers — picnics in the park, swimming at the beach, fireworks on the Fourth. But nothing feels carefree now. As states move to relax restrictions intended to fight the coronavirus pandemic, even the simplest outdoor activities seem fraught with a thousand questions and calculations. Is…

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‘Credible Threats’ to Kill Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Lead to Charges, Police Say

A Detroit man has been charged with threatening to kill Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan and the state attorney general, Dana Nessel, prosecutors said on Friday. The man, Robert S. Tesh, 32, was charged with false report of threat of terrorism, a felony. Mr. Tesh relayed what prosecutors called “credible threats” to an acquaintance, using…

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Learn Guitar with Laura Marling

Despite performing for more than a decade, and having seven solo albums to her name, the British folk singer-songwriter Laura Marling insists she’s not a natural entertainer. She calls herself the “subtle event” rather than the life of the party. Accordingly, instead of serenading her fans with concerts from her home in London, she has…

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6 Fashion Lessons We Learned From the Judges on ‘Making the Cut’

If you’re looking for your next binge-watch (and aren’t we all?), add Amazon Prime’s show, Making the Cut to the list. It premiered at the end of March, and the entire first season is now available to stream. If you’re a fan of fashion-competition shows dotted with occasional drama and snarky comments, you’ll whip through…

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What Does ‘Wife’ Mean for Queer Women?

The Mrs. Files looks at history through a contemporary lens to see what the honorific “Mrs.” means to women and their identity. The actress Samira Wiley was on the set of “Orange Is the New Black” in December 2012 when she met Lauren Morelli, a writer on the show. They both quickly developed feelings for…

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Watching the Pandemic Steal Intimate Moments From Teenagers

On a day when my 17-year-old son can’t seem to summon the strength to wake up, I worry he’s coming down with the coronavirus or that he’s slipped into a deep depression. But he tells me that his partner, who is 19 and uses “they/them” pronouns, is moving into the nursing home where they work.…

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Stories from our Headlines

If you’ve tried to read a book — or anything longer than 280 characters — lately, you’ve likely pondered the role of, and appetite for, fiction in our attention-fractured times. So, too, has Tyler Cabot, since long before the coronavirus swept in. “We’ve had an overflow of news, generally, and then on the other side,…

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These No-Bake Bars Are the Next Best Thing to a Peanut Butter Cup

Despite the fact that I’ve been keeping my family knee-deep in snickerdoodle cake and shortbread, everyone’s been craving peanut butter cups. But since we didn’t want to wait for our grocery delivery, I whipped up a pan of buckeye-inspired chocolate peanut butter bars instead. They have that same fudgy-salty-sweet vibe, but with a layer of…

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Make It Ahead

Hello and welcome to Five Weeknight Dishes. My daughter said something kind of funny the other day at lunch: “Dinner is coming for us, Mama!” She was just narrating the events of the day as she expected them to unfold, using her toddler syntax. But she had divined a feeling I often have these days:…

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Love Letter: Living Alone in a Pandemic

[Sign up here to receive Love Letter, a weekly newsletter about relationship highs, lows and woes, in your inbox every Friday.] Like anything else, living alone has its perks and pitfalls, but being by yourself in a time of social isolation can present an array of challenges and emotions. We asked our readers to share…

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