The Grapelord of Napa Faces a Threat Worse Than Plague

One balmy winter afternoon, Andy Beckstoffer, a grape grower who has done more than nearly anyone to shape the premium U.S. wine industry, was sitting in Mustard’s, a restaurant in Napa Valley that is a kind of clubhouse for the vintner class. Although Beckstoffer Vineyards, the largest private grower in California, had recently set a…

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Make Ice Cream in a Mason Jar

Making ice cream at home feels like alchemy, a complex process of mixing and cooling. Now that summer is fast approaching, maybe try it out. You don’t even need a fancy ice-cream maker. All you really need is heavy cream, a Mason jar and strong forearms. It’s a fun at-home project and so easy a…

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Singles Have to Think Outside the Screen

Before the coronavirus pandemic hit, Cedric DuBose of Houston was completing a nine-week online course called “Love Alchemy.” The workshop, intended to get him thinking about his relationship skills, was a prerequisite to hiring Amari Ice, a Washington-based matchmaker. Image Mr. Ice’s matchmaking services include teaching clients how to write the perfect dating profile. “Your…

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The Astrologers Didn’t Predict Coronavirus.

If ever there was one, Susan Miller would be a blue-chip astrologer. So, in January, when she appeared on CBS New York and predicted that 2020 would “be a great year, and it will be a prosperous year,” people listened. People listened when she said Capricorn would be the year’s “celestial favorite,” and that Cancer…

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Ben Benson, Who Put Singles in a Bar and Steak on the Tables, Dies at 89

People used to call Ben Benson’s the most famous steakhouse nobody’s ever heard of. The clubby theater district hangout that might host Paul Simon one night and Walter Cronkite the next did not have the cozy historical resonance of Keens or the stark light and Brooklyn swagger of Peter Luger. In the pantheon of the…

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2 Arrested in Fatal Shooting of Family Dollar Guard in Flint, Mich.

Ramonyea T. Bishop, 23, left, and Larry E. Teague, 44, face felony premeditated murder and firearms charges.Credit…U.S. Marshals Service Two fugitives sought in connection with the fatal shooting of a security guard at a Family Dollar store in Michigan over a dispute about a customer not wearing a face mask have been arrested, the authorities…

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A Drug Cocktail Hastens Recovery in Some Coronavirus Patients

With vaccines still months, maybe years, into the future, researchers are rushing to determine whether existing drugs can be used to treat the coronavirus. In the United States, only one — remdesivir — has been shown to be effective in speeding recovery. In the new study, published in The Lancet, researchers at six public hospitals…

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Overlooked No More: June Almeida, Scientist Who Identified the First Coronavirus

Overlooked is a series of obituaries about remarkable people whose deaths, beginning in 1851, went unreported in The Times. With no money to pay for college in post-World War II Scotland, 16-year-old June Almeida took an entry-level job in the histology department of a Glasgow hospital, where she learned to examine tissue under a microscope…

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Haphazard Rollout of Coronavirus Drug Frustrates Doctors

When the Food and Drug Administration granted an emergency approval last week for an antiviral drug, remdesivir, to treat hospitalized coronavirus patients, many doctors were overjoyed. The drug is the first shown to be even mildly effective against the virus. But bafflement soon followed as doctors and hospitals tried to obtain the drug. Small community…

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Satish Gujral, Versatile Indian Artist, Is Dead at 94

Satish Gujral, one of India’s best-known artists, was always game to try something new. His early paintings reflected the violence and displacement that accompanied the partitioning of India in 1947 into the countries of India and Pakistan. Later he switched to murals and sculpture. He painted some portraits. And, though not formally trained as an…

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