Labs Across U.S. Join Federal Initiative to Study Coronavirus Genome

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday announced a national initiative to speed research into how the coronavirus was spreading around the country, bringing together at least 75 public health, academic and commercial institutions studying its genome. As the virus replicates, tiny mutations accumulate in its genetic code. Those differences help scientists trace…


Female Genital Mutilation Outlawed in Sudan

CAIRO — Sudan’s new government has outlawed the practice of female genital mutilation, a move hailed as a major victory by women’s rights campaigners in a country where the often dangerous practice is widespread. The United Nations estimates that nearly nine in 10 Sudanese women have been subjected to the most invasive form of the…


Valentino’s Fall 2020 Campaign Will Raise Funds for the Spallanzani Hospital

Darren GerrishGetty Images Valentino’s creative director, Pierpaolo Piccioli, understands the emotion that a dress emits. Indeed, his collections for the storied fashion label are marked for their sweeping grandeur, romance, and ability to connect with audiences on a much deeper level than what is seen on the surface. And he is extending this set of…


Adele’s Best Looks Over the Years

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She’s won 10 Grammys and an Oscar, all while looking flawless.

Time to Check Your Pandemic-Abandoned Car for Rats

You might want to make sure there’s not a rat living (or recently dead) in your car’s engine. Why are you still reading? Check your car for a rat, I said. That’s the tip. Rats like it in there, and while they could take up residence in a car engine at any time, anecdotal reports…


Macy’s Plans to Reopen All of Its 775 Stores in 6 to 8 Weeks

Macy’s, one of the biggest department store chains in the United States, announced an ambitious plan on Thursday to reopen all of its 775 locations, including Bloomingdales and Bluemercury, in the next six to eight weeks, the latest sign of how eager the nation’s largest retailers are to return to business. The reopening plan will…


Same Winery, Separate Labels

I was surprised to learn in the last few years that six of the California producers whose soulful wines speak most clearly to me all worked in the same winery in Sebastopol, Calif. They operate separately but communally, and though they share a certain aesthetic outlook, preferring fresh acidity over high alcohol, for example, their…


The Tricky Dance of Sharing a Winery in the Pandemic Era

SEBASTOPOL, Calif. — No business is built to withstand the physical distancing demands of the coronavirus pandemic. But Pax Mahle Wines here in western Sonoma County is less equipped than most. That’s because the winery is home to at least six different producers, all sharing space and equipment. Depending on whether you count side projects…


High School Seniors Are Making Yearbooks on Instagram

As high school seniors across the country mourn the loss of year-end rituals like dressing for prom and walking across the stage at graduation, at least one tradition is alive and well: yearbook signing, though not with a pen. Hundreds of students have created yearbook accounts on Instagram to celebrate their classmates’ achievements and share…