The Palmy Days of a South Beach Shtetl

MIAMI BEACH — Mitchell Kaplan remembers Lundy’s market with the kosher butcher shop, Friedman’s Bakery and the Art Deco synagogue down the street. He remembers the Yiddish in the air. He remembers the deli-grocery where he picked up a sesame bagel with cream cheese on the way to school. Back then, everyone on South Beach…

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F.D.A. Says Canadian Company, CanaRx, Sells Unsafe Medicines to U.S. Buyers

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday said a major Canadian drug distributor was selling unapproved and mislabeled medicines to unsuspecting Americans looking to save money on prescriptions, and warned it to stop. The company, CanaRx, sells many common prescription medicines at a lower cost to hundreds of public and private employer programs in the…

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Of David Hockney and Joni Mitchell Holding Hands

“It was a pretty quiet moment,” Jacob Sousa said this week from his job at the L.A. Louver gallery in the Venice neighborhood of Los Angeles, where David Hockney’s solo exhibition “Something New in Painting (and Photography) [and even Printing] … Continued” is on view. “There were only a couple of gallery visitors, and one…

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Trans Fat Bans May Be Good for the Heart

In 2006, New York City began restricting the amount of trans fats allowed in restaurant food. The regulation has apparently had the desired effect: lower blood levels of trans fatty acids for New Yorkers who dine out. Trans fatty acids, or TFAs, come mostly from partially hydrogenated vegetable oils like shortening or margarine. They raise…

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6 Black Chefs (and 1 Inventor) Who Changed the History of Food

He was the first to bring French fries to the United States. She helped Southern cooking gain recognition nationwide. They organized N.A.A.C.P. meetings at their barbecue restaurant as the civil rights movement gained momentum. Black chefs, cookbook authors, restaurateurs and inventors have shaped how we eat, and the culture at large. Here are just a…

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States Consider Longer School Recess, and the Adults Aren’t Complaining

Four years ago, Lucy Dathan moved to New Canaan, Conn., where she enrolled her three children in public elementary school. They met new classmates. Their teachers were attentive. But something was amiss: Recess was limited to a 20-minute break after lunch, or about half the time as at their previous school, in California. Ms. Dathan…

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Trilobites: How the Icefish Got Its Transparent Blood and See-Through Skull

The Southern Ocean around Antarctica was once warmer. Then about 30 million years ago, the temperature dropped. Few fish could survive temperatures that were just above seawater’s freezing point, and they either migrated to warmer waters or went extinct. One bottom-dweller held on. Through the power of natural selection, its descendants developed traits that let…

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Matter: These Mice Sing to One Another — Politely

High in the mountains of Central America lives a little known creature called Alston’s singing mouse. This rodent, which spends its life scuttling around the floor of the cloud forest, may not seem like it has much to tell us about ourselves. But the mouse produces remarkable songs, and researchers have discovered some profound similarities…

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