It’s… Nothing Fancy!

Good morning. I wish an easy fast to those who are observing Yom Kippur today, and offer all the hope in the world that there’s a good spread for you after a day of prayer and atonement, forgiveness and repentance: glistening smoked salmon and silky whitefish; pickled herring in cream sauce and onions; kippers and…

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Retracing the Spanish Path of My Ancestor, the Founder of the Whitney

Standing on the banks of the sparkling Rio Odiel in Spain, I watched the sun set over this wide estuary that stretches out to marshy grasses and the Atlantic Ocean beyond. Here, in a park full of palm trees in the southwestern port city of Huelva, soars a 114-foot-tall limestone statue of Christopher Columbus. My…

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Eddie Murphy’s Latest Look Is Ripe for Appropriation

ImageFrom left: Craig Robinson, Mike Epps, Tituss Burgess, Eddie Murphy, center, and Da’Vine Joy Randolph in their “Dolemite Is My Name” finery.CreditFrançois Duhamel/Netflix Will Eddie Murphy and his natty cohort in “Dolemite Is My Name” bring back the double-knit polyester leisure suit? Don’t bet on it. But what the movie may spawn, in some quarters…

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California Makes H.I.V.-Prevention Drugs Available Without a Prescription

California will become the first state in the country to allow pharmacies to dispense H.I.V.-prevention drugs over the counter, a move that supporters say is an important step toward ending the AIDS epidemic in the United States. Under a new law, pharmacists who undergo special training will be able to provide 60-day supplies of pre-exposure…

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Hating Comic Sans Is Not a Personality

Vincent Connare, the creator of Comic Sans, has something to say about his Frankenstein-like font: “If you love Comic Sans you don’t know much about typography. And if you hate Comic Sans you need a new hobby.” Of all the things people love to hate — Mondays, the Kardashians, candy corn, Nickelback — few evoke…

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What Apes Can Teach Us About Our Heart Health

No chimpanzees or gorillas are in training for a fall marathon — a reflection, perhaps, of the ways in which the hearts of apes and men look and function as they do, according to a major new study of the health and evolution of cardiac muscles. The study, which involved scanning the hearts of untamed…

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8 Tips for Hotels, From a Hotel Guest

These are not tips for travelers. They are tips for hotels and inns on how to make a guest (me, to be specific) happy. My wife, Jane, and I travel a lot and stay in a variety of accommodations, from a sleep-on-the-floor desert oasis in Iran to landmark hotels in Europe to jungle eco-lodges in…

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The Future Teen Stars of America Live on TikTok

LOS ANGELES — It’s been quite a year for Noen Eubanks. Last September, he was a high school senior living in the suburbs of Atlanta, acting in high school plays and planning to study video game design one day. Like so many before him, he was also just trying to get through adolescence without being…

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Johnson & Johnson Hit With $8 Billion Jury Verdict in Risperdal Suit

A Philadelphia jury on Tuesday hit Johnson & Johnson with an $8 billion verdict over its marketing of the anti-psychotic drug Risperdal, siding with a Maryland man who argued that the health care giant downplayed risks that the drug could lead to breast growth in boys. The verdict in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas…

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Sexually Transmitted Disease Cases Rise to Record High, C.D.C. Says

The number of combined cases of syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia in the United States rose to a record high last year, including an alarming jump in the rate of newborn deaths caused by congenital syphilis, according to figures released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday. More than 2.4 million syphilis, gonorrhea…

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