Not All Bosses Are Evil (Said a Boss, Nervously)

Send questions about the office, money, careers and work-life balance to workfriend@nytimes.com. Include your name and location, even if you want them withheld. Letters may be edited. Don’t Let the Boomers Grind You Down I worked for a large corporation for 14 years and found myself stuck and uninspired — logging in only to collect…

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Michael Kors: Coming Soon to a Broadway Theater Near You

On a recent Tuesday evening, the line outside “Ain’t Too Proud,” the Broadway musical about the R&B supergroup the Temptations, snaked around the block. Many ticket holders fretted over whether they would be admitted before it started, but not Michael Kors. He stood in line patiently with his husband, Lance Le Pere, playing I Spy…

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Mario Batali Appears in Court to Deny Charges of Indecent Assault

BOSTON — The celebrity chef Mario Batali stepped into a courtroom crowded with reporters on Friday morning and entered a plea of not guilty to indecent assault and battery of a woman he met in a bar here two years ago. The woman, who had long been a fan of Mr. Batali’s, told the Boston…

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The Legend of the Ridiculously Long Montauk Bathroom Line

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Last summer, on a typical weekend at Surf Lodge in Montauk, Jaden Smith performed Saturday night while the surfer Evan Valiere cheered him on and Tiffany Trump and Naomi Biden posed for photos — with each other. The next…

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A Trifle of Great Importance

I first ate rhubarb at the tender age of 5. It came in a Mason jar and was called rhubarb sauce, the rhubarb equivalent of applesauce. It wasn’t my mother who made it — that simply wasn’t in her repertoire — but our neighbor Gaga. She and her husband, whom we called More Gaga, were…

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He’s Not Ready to Move In. I’m Not Ready to Break Up.

I am entirely happy with my boyfriend of two years. He makes me feel loved and confident. But (there’s always a “but”) I really want to live together and make a home with him. He refuses. He says he needs his space and moving in together is why his previous relationships fell apart. I respect…

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Garlicky, Grilled and Always Sublime

Grilling season sneaked up on me. Usually, if I haven’t uncovered the grill by April, I’m counting down to the first sunny day, fantasizing about the all the rare burgers, bronzed chickens and charred eggplants my near future will hold. But this spring has been so bleak and damp that I was still making lentil…

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Five Places to Visit in Portland, Ore.

For decades, the once sleepy Sellwood-Moreland neighborhood in Portland, Ore., was defined by its dusty antique shops and the old-school Oaks Amusement Park, established in 1905. But the blue-collar neighborhood is moving into the spotlight. Its cool factor got a big jump-start in 2015 when the Orange Line of the city’s light rail system opened,…

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To Calm Nervous Families, Pakistan Changes Polio Vaccination Tactics

After serious setbacks in April led to a cluster of new polio cases, Pakistan is revamping its vaccination strategy in a renewed effort to wipe out the virus. The country is one of just three — along with Afghanistan and perhaps Nigeria — in which polio is still endemic. Eradication of the virus in Pakistan…

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New York to Tahiti (or Laos or Nairobi) Without Spending a Fortune

In searching for flights, leisure travelers value affordability above all other variables, including schedules, routes and airline seat comfort, according to the trade group Airlines for America. Search engines like Skyscanner, Kayak and Google Flights are great starters for finding those low fares. But many mainstream sites don’t list low-cost carriers or link transoceanic flights…

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