Posting a Black Square, but Not Black Faces

Travel and travel planning are being disrupted by the worldwide spread of the coronavirus. For the latest updates, read The New York Times’s Covid-19 coverage here. When the protests over George Floyd’s killing by police were at their height, the suitcase brand Away posted an Instagram message saying that its team was “doing the work…

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A Long Night of ‘Flower Flashing’ With Lewis Miller

It was 3:37 a.m. on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn when Lewis Miller let out a sigh of relief. “Right here is my happy place,” the 46-year-old florist and guerrilla artist said. After zhushing a coral peony and throwing in a few gerbera daisies, he stood back to consider the framing of his six-by-four-foot orange-hued flower…

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How the Pandemic Has Affected Passports, Global Entry, T.S.A. PreCheck and More

After three months of travel at a near-standstill, restrictions are slowly lifting and travelers are venturing out again. On Sunday, the Transportation Security Administration screened more than 544,000 people, a daily record since traveler numbers plummeted in late March. However, disruptions caused by the pandemic go beyond just airports and travel bans. Nearly two million…

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Brazil Passes 1 Million Coronavirus Cases, Adding 54,000 in a Day

Here’s what you need to know: ImageA popular shopping street in São Paulo, Brazil, on Friday.Credit…Amanda Perobelli/Reuters Brazil passes one million cases after reporting a one-day total of more than 54,000. Brazil on Friday became the second country to pass one million coronavirus cases, recording a staggering 54,771 cases in the past 24 hours —…

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The 1865 Handwritten Order Marking Juneteenth Has Been Found

Archivists in Washington, D.C., made a timely discovery this week: the original handwritten Union Army record of an order that brought emancipation to enslaved people in Texas at the end of the Civil War. General Order No. 3 was read aloud by a Union officer, Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger, in Galveston on June 19, 1865,…

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Leo Sheng, a Trans Activist Who Stars in ‘The L Word’

Name: Leo Sheng Age: 24 Hometown: Born in Hunan, China and raised in Ypsilanti, Mich. Now lives: In a four-bedroom house in the Mid-City neighborhood of Los Angeles that he shares with roommates. Claim to fame: Mr. Sheng is a Chinese-American actor and transgender activist who stars in “The L Word: Generation Q,” a reboot…

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Will You Take My Hand?

Riana Pfefferkorn once considered marriage “a pit that’s easy to fall into and hard to crawl back out of.” “Why pay a lot for a wedding, and more for the divorce, for something that might end in tears?” said Ms. Pfefferkorn, 38, a native of the Bay Area. “Better to stay single and have an…

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Love Letter: Phobic About Father’s Day

[Sign up here to receive Love Letter, a weekly newsletter about relationship highs, lows and woes, in your inbox every Friday.] Father’s Day isn’t always a happy occasion. There are many children and adults for which this holiday reminds them of the absence of a father or father figure. In this week’s Modern Love essay,…

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It Was the Thought That Counted

“Tell me what you’re thinking?” For as long as she can remember, Katie Rappaport has enjoyed asking that question whenever she noticed that a family member or friend had drifted into deep thought. “It’s a great conversation starter, just ask James,” said Ms. Rappaport, 33, a creative director in New York for Condé Nast. She…

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