Lies, Spies and Double Agents: On the Trail of Peter Nygard in the Bahamas

Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together. At times, it seemed as if we were characters in a thriller. Our reporting began in early 2019 with a tip about a rich Canadian playboy accused of sexually abusing poor teenage girls in the…

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In Las Vegas, the Home-Style Pizza is an Everything Pie

In a city with the Eiffel Tower, the Space Needle and an Egyptian pyramid all along the LED screen-lined Las Vegas Strip, it should be no surprise that seemingly every regional variety of pizza is available. But what may surprise is the level of craft brought to pizza in Las Vegas. These pies aren’t from…

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China Pushes Back as Coronavirus Crisis Damages Its Image

BEIJING — When the coronavirus epidemic began its relentless march around the world, China’s diplomats reacted harshly toward countries that shut their borders, canceled flights or otherwise restricted travel. Italy was overreacting when it did so, Qin Gang, a vice minister of foreign affairs, told his counterpart in February. The United States was stoking fear…

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Coronavirus Puts a Wrinkle in Wedding Industry

JoAnn Gregoli, a 30-year veteran of wedding and event planning, has advice for couples with weddings on the horizon: don’t cancel because of the coronavirus, but instead, postpone. “I’ve gone through the swine flu in Mexico, I’ve gone through the avian flu — this is uncharted waters,” Ms. Gregoli said. With worldwide cases now surpassing…

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From Coughing Fits to Closings, Cultural World Girds for Coronavirus

Ushers in some theaters are wearing latex gloves. Museums are installing hand sanitizer dispensers as if they were pieces of art. Audience members are being told: If you have a cough, please, trade in your tickets and stay home. As the coronavirus spreads in the United States, theaters, museums and concert halls are hyperaware that…

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J.B. Smoove of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Shops the Diamond District

On HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” Larry David plays himself. Ted Danson plays himself. Richard Lewis plays himself. So it’s easy to assume that J.B. Smoove, who plays Leon, Larry’s motor-mouthed, freeloading roommate, plays himself, or at least a close facsimile. But that turns out to be backward. “There is a lot of Leon in J.B.,”…

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What Used to Be, and What Is

My mother and I returned to her childhood apartment in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, in 2015. It had been 52 years since she moved away. She will tell you she doesn’t miss New York. She will tell you she has survived because she adapts, and that the past belongs in the past, no matter that I…

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‘Like Licking an Ashtray’: Fires’ Invisible Threat to Australia’s Wines

HUNTER VALLEY, Australia — The hills are lush and green, the grapes plump and ripe. But one bite of this famed valley’s most prized product reveals a winemaker’s worst nightmare. “It’s like licking an ashtray,” said Iain Riggs, a vintner here. “It’s really rank and bitter.” The bush fires that raged for eight months in…

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Red Space Lettuce Might Feed Red Planet Astronauts

When astronauts head for Mars, perhaps sometime in the 2030s, there is a good chance that they will be growing their own vegetables to eat along the way. In research published on Friday, researchers are reporting that lettuce grown in space is safe to eat and as nutritious as that grown on Earth. “This was…

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