In Norway, Gymgoers Avoid Infections as Virus Recedes

Like many countries, Norway ordered all gyms to close in March to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. But unlike any other nation, Norway also funded a rigorous study to determine whether the closings were really necessary. It is apparently the first and only randomized trial to test whether people who work out at gyms…

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Everything You Need to Know About the Newly Formed Black in Fashion Council

Sandrine Charles, Lindsay Peoples As the nation continues to protest for Black Lives Matter, the fashion and media industries are being called upon to eliminate systemic racism in their fields. In recent weeks, brands and companies have come forth with numbers on Black executives and employees through the #PullUpOrShutUp initiative, with many falling short on…

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Disney’s Splash Mountain to Drop ‘Song of the South’ Depictions

LOS ANGELES — So long, Splash Mountain. Disney said on Thursday that it would remake one of its most popular theme park rides, Splash Mountain, which depicts characters and songs from “Song of the South,” the racist 1946 musical. The 31-year-old flume ride will instead be modeled on “The Princess and the Frog,” the 2009…

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$1 Billion in Government Coronavirus Payments Went to Dead People

Congress’s watchdog on Thursday criticized the federal government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, noting that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is inaccurately counting coronavirus tests and that more than $1 billion in payments had been issued to dead people. The 403-page investigation by the Government Accountability Office was ordered in a provision of…

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Is It Safe to Go to the Dentist Again?

At Dr. Todd Bertman’s office, the receptionist wears a plastic face shield. So do the hygienist and the nine doctors in the practice in Manhattan’s East Village. Dr. Bertman reopened the office two weeks ago after closing it in March in response to the coronavirus pandemic. In another change from the past, he has switched…

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Congo’s Deadliest Ebola Outbreak Is Declared Over

NAIROBI, Kenya — The second-worst Ebola outbreak in history is over, the World Health Organization said on Thursday, after nearly two years and 2,280 deaths. Efforts to fight the outbreak in eastern Congo were hampered by mistrust from community members, feuds between government officials, attacks on health care facilities and the emergence of new hot…

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When Facebook Politics Get Extra Personal

As the presidential election draws near, I would like to like to post a message on my Facebook timeline that says: “If any of my Facebook friends plan on voting for a particular candidate, I would appreciate your doing me the courtesy of unfriending me. I no longer want to be associated with people who…

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Chris Trousdale, Boy Band Idol With a Broadway Past, Dies at 34

This obituary is part of a series about people who have died in the coronavirus pandemic. Read about others here. During the heyday of boy bands, Dream Street was created to become the next Backstreet Boys or ‘N Sync. Its five tweenage members, who sported baggy pants and frosted hair tips, bathed in the attention…

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Road Tripping While Black: Readers Respond

The road trip has long been considered part of the great American experience, but the feeling of freedom often associated with getting in a car and seeing the country hasn’t always been extended to African-American travelers, who often worry about discrimination and racism while traveling. After publishing a story on the concerns and anxieties many…

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15 Pride Outfits That Give Back to the LGBTQ+ Community

Melodie JengGetty Images Pride Month is a celebration, a moment for the LGBTQ+ community to band together and proclaim their identities to the world. It’s a time of parades and elaborate parties, more often than not featuring colorful ensembles that spread joy. And though the scene is fun filled–many argue that Pride Month has become…

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