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Amanda Jane Cooper was new to New York when she first attended the Church of the City New York, to which a friend had referred her. She is an actor and was in the starring role of Glinda in “Wicked” at the time. Andrew Bell was at the door in his volunteer role as a…

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A Free Wedding in the Nick of Time

Maggie Moore and Brandon Baez may be young, but waiting to get married until the world got a handle on the coronavirus was not in their plans. “With Brandon being in the military, there’s no telling where he’s going to be a year from now,” said Ms. Moore, 18, of Big Island, Va. “We thought…

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March, April, May: City’s Mood Darkens as Crisis Feels Endless

With no clues about when the pandemic might subside, short-term discomfort is becoming long-term despair: “I feel like I have accepted this, and given up.” April 25, 2020 ImageNew York City’s sidewalks, like this one in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, have been empty for weeks.Credit…Juan Arredondo for The New York Times A walk in…

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California Lifts Ban on Plastic Bags Amid Virus Concerns

Retailers in California can once again hand out free single-use plastic bags under an executive order announced on Thursday by Gov. Gavin Newsom, the latest turn away from reusable bags amid the coronavirus outbreak. The order permits stores to provide customers with disposable plastic bags for the next 60 days. “It is critical to protect…

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Coronavirus Antibody Tests: Can You Trust the Results?

The researchers worked around the clock, in shifts of three to five hours, hoping to stave off weariness and keep their minds sharp for the delicate task. They set up lines of laboratory volunteers: medical residents, postdoctoral students, even experienced veterans of science, each handling a specific task. They checked and rechecked their data, as…

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Coronavirus Live Updates: Trump’s Remarks Prompt Warnings on Disinfectants’ Dangers; Navy Recommends Reinstating Captain

Here’s what you need to know: ImagePresident Trump at the Oval Office on Friday.Credit…Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times Stark warnings of the dangers of ingesting household disinfectants follow Trump’s White House remarks. President Trump’s assertion at the White House that household disinfectants might be able to kill the coronavirus inside the body was denounced as…

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E.U. Softens Report on China’s Coronavirus Propaganda: Live Global Coverage

Here’s what you need to know: ImageA Chinese flag on a billboard in Serbia last month.Credit…Marko Djurica/Reuters The E.U., pressured by Beijing, watered down a report on China’s disinformation. Bowing to pressure from Beijing, the European Union this week softened criticism of China in a report on disinformation about the coronavirus pandemic, The New York…

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This Focaccia Isn’t Your Garden-Variety Flatbread

In kitchens across the world, focaccia gardens are blooming. On top of the flatbreads, cherry tomatoes open like petals, with long scallion stalks for stems. Yellow-pepper sunflowers stand tall with Kalamata olives at their center. Red onions bud in bushes made from fresh herbs. As pandemic activities on social media go, this one might just…

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F.D.A. Warns of Heart Problems From Malaria Drugs Used for Coronavirus

The drugs can cause dangerous abnormalities in heart rhythm in coronavirus patients, and should be used only in clinical trials or hospitals where patients can be closely monitored for heart problems, the Food and Drug Administration warned in a safety communication issued on Friday. Results of small studies have trickled out in the last few…

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Hawaii to Visitors: We’ll Pay You to Leave

In Hawaii, the spirit of aloha normally greets visitors with warmth and welcome. Now, while the state has discouraged visitors by requiring them to self-quarantine for 14 days, that culture of generosity might extend to a free return ticket home. With a $25,000 grant from the Hawaii Tourism Authority, the nonprofit Visitor Aloha Society of…

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