Sharp Increase in Visitor Park Fees Proposed for the Galápagos

Visitors to the Galápagos Islands will likely pay an increased park fee starting next year, a decision that reflects growing concerns that skyrocketing tourism on the Ecuadorean archipelago is harming its fragile and unique ecosystem. Visitors currently pay a $100 fee to the Galápagos National Park, with mainland Ecuadoreans paying $6. Last month, Ecuador’s ministries…

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When Depression Is Like a Cancer

Depression is not cancer. It’s a completely different disease. Yet when I look back on my husband’s depression and death by suicide three years ago, it sure looks a lot like cancer to me. As an adolescent medicine physician in Los Angeles, I have cared for many patients with depression and mental illness, and as…

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A Bodega With Kale and Activism on the Menu

LOS ANGELES — From the outside, LaRayia’s Bodega looks like a harbinger of the sort of gentrification it is designed to fight. There are chic potted plants on floating shelves, crystals and candles for sale, and in the back, a large, brightly colored wall of fake flowers, perfect for an Instagram photo shoot. The difference…

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When Music Is the Best Medicine

When Emily Caudill learned she had an ovarian germ cell tumor at the age of 25, she did not want to undergo chemotherapy. An accomplished bluegrass fiddler, she knew that hearing loss is a common side effect of some chemicals — so common that drugs harmful to the ear have acquired an adjective: they are…

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In the Swiss Alps, Walking a Cliff’s Edge to History

Just outside the train station in the Swiss town of Sion, a yellow signpost points hikers in two main directions with no fewer than 16 routes to choose from. As you cross the medieval downtown, keeping the Valère Basilica and the Tourbillon Castle on the right, aim for the Valaisanne Brewery. If you can resist…

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The Butterfly, a SoHo Bar Filled With Socialites

Boite: Butterfly SoHo The F train is late. A Chase branch pops up. A bar opens in a hotel. Most barely merit mention, but the Butterfly, a celebrity-friendly lounge that opened at the Sixty SoHo hotel this spring, is a buzzy exception. The bar is the work of John McDonald, the veteran restaurateur known for…

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Mattel, Maker of Barbie, Debuts Gender-Neutral Dolls

Mattel, the company that conquered the doll world by dividing it into idealized Barbies and Kens, is introducing a new line of gender-neutral dolls for boys, girls and children in between. The new line, introduced on Wednesday and called Creatable World, is intended to reflect our culture “as the world continues to celebrate the positive…

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A Blood-Red Sky: Fires Leave a Million Indonesians Gasping

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Nearly 2,000 wildfires are burning across Indonesia, turning the sky blood red over central Sumatra and creating dense clouds of smoke that have caused respiratory problems for nearly a million people. Dense white smoke filled the air across Sumatra and Indonesian Borneo, known as Kalimantan, the two areas that were hardest hit.…

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Match.com Used Fake Ads to Swindle Users, F.T.C. Says

The Federal Trade Commission sued the company behind the dating site Match.com on Wednesday, saying it had used fake advertisements in an attempt to swindle hundreds of thousands of consumers into buying subscriptions. According to the complaint against Match Group Inc., which was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of…

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What to know about vaginal lubrication

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