The Start of a New Chapter in Their Favorite Bookstore

If Stephanie Williams didn’t know she was going to marry LaMarr Coles III after their first phone call, she sensed she might after their first date. And she definitely knew it two weeks in, at the end of date No. 3. “I was already in love with him,” she said, on the September 2019 evening…

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First a Trial Run, Then the Real Thing

It took Chelsea Graham and Matthew Kocurek four years to to get to their first date. The couple, who met through mutual friends in 2013, would repeatedly run into one another at parties and events around Alvin, Texas. At one birthday dinner, they talked the night away. Sensing a strong connection, Mr. Kocurek began making…

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She’s a Chess Champion Who Can Barely See the Board

Have you heard this story before? Girl has rough start in life, discovers chess. She becomes a United States champion. She studies Russian. And now she needs to find a way to get to Russia to play chess, because she can’t afford it. No, I’m not talking about Beth Harmon, the fictional hero of the…

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Why Experts Think Travel Bans Won’t Stop Coronavirus Variant Spread

LONDON — As nation after nation rushed this week to close their borders with Britain, the moves brought back memories of the way the world reacted after the coronavirus first emerged broadly in the spring. Most of those initial travel prohibitions came too late, put in place after the virus had already seeded itself in…

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Mixing Politics and Romance

For Sarah Lockman and John Collins, the pivotal moment in their relationship occurred in a most unusual place: high atop the staircase of Mr. Collins’s new home in St. Michael, Md., where he and Ms. Lockman struggled for three hours to carry a futon down the stairs this past January. “At one point, the futon…

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Social Q’s: Covid Christmas Edition

My three sisters and I have been doing Secret Santa with our kids for years. Each child picks a cousin’s name. They love exchanging gifts! This year, I told my sisters that my family would not be joining them for Christmas because of Covid but that we’d still like to be part of the Secret…

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In a Pandemic Fairy Tale, a Garden Leads to a Magical Friendship

Kelly Kenney was taking a late-night walk to clear her thoughts in her Los Angeles neighborhood this spring when a colorful pinwheel caught her eye. She stopped and found herself gazing down at an elaborate fairy garden at the base of a tree, complete with painted rocks and tiny trinkets. Pinned to the tree was…

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Influencers May Face Fines as China Tackles Obesity and Food Waste

HONG KONG — More than half of China’s adult population is either overweight or obese, according to a new government report released on Wednesday. Obesity rates in China have doubled within two decades, and health authorities are warning of a surge in chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and cancer. The report found that 34.3…

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Who Should Get the Covid-19 Vaccine Next? A Debate

Bazelon: We need them! Ezike: Right. I think, though, there’s a possible issue with the long-term-care population. Many of those people may die anyway, for other reasons, but then the conclusion could be, “Grandma got the vaccine and died the next week.” These are elderly people with co-morbidities, and their death will coincide with the…

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Covid-19: How Much Herd Immunity is Enough?

The study found that 1,064 of the 1,568 sailors aboard, or about 68 percent, had tested positive for the virus. But the carrier returned to port while the outbreak was still in progress, and the crew went into quarantine, so it was unclear whether the virus was finished infecting new sailors even after 68 percent…

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