Mary Koutrakos, Rick Abbott

Mary Koutrakos and Ricardo Joseph Abbott are to be married Feb. 2 at the NoMad Hotel in New York. Janet Patton, a Universal Life minister, is to officiate. Ms. Koutrakos, 50, will be taking her husband’s name. She is the controller at ClearData, a software company in Austin, Texas, and also a certified public accountant.…

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Andrew Friedman, Michael Zuckerman

Andrew Jason Friedman and Michael Alan Zuckerman were married Feb. 1 at the Dalcy, an events space in the Fulton Market district in Chicago. Dr. Nicholas Konowitz, who became a Universal Life minister for the occasion, officiated, with Andrey Spektor participating in a ceremony with Jewish traditions. Mr. Friedman (left), 28, will take the surname…

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Karen Rosenthal, Eric Vorschirm

Karen Michele Rosenthal and Eric Andrew Vorschirm were married Feb. 1 at the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan. Rabbi Jerome Blum officiated. The bride, 43, is a teacher at the International Preschools in Manhattan. She graduated from Syracuse and received a master’s degree in education from Fordham. She is a daughter of Sue Rosenthal and Eric…

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Chelsea Sullivan, John Leddy

Chelsea Virginia Sullivan and John Colin Leddy were married Feb. 1 at the Loeb Boathouse in Central Park. Olivia Whitney, a friend of the couple who became a Universal Life minister for the event, officiated. The couple met in Hartford, Conn., at Trinity College, from which they graduated. Mrs. Leddy, 28, is a fourth-grade teacher…

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China Increasingly Walled Off as Countries Seek to Stem Coronavirus

HONG KONG — New walls are rising between China and the world as the country grapples with a fast-moving coronavirus and its mounting death toll. Vietnam on Saturday became the latest country to try to close itself off from the world’s most populous country, barring all flights from and to China. Over all, nearly 10,000…

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On Roofs or in Basements, a New Way to Ice Skate

It was a charming winter tableau, suitable for a postcard. On a weekend evening, on the rooftop of the William Vale, a hotel in Brooklyn, families, friends and couples all bundled up in parkas, hats and gloves giggled as they skated on a rink. Some fell; others raced. When it got too cold, they retreated…

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5 New Standout Resorts in the Caribbean

When the monstrous hurricanes Irma and Maria tore through the Caribbean in 2017, the damage was devastating. Some islands are still recovering. Others, like Puerto Rico, are reeling again from recent disasters. The 2017 storms forced hoteliers to regroup and rebuild — which has, according to leading travel advisers, ushered in a new age of…

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As New Virus Spread, China’s Old Habits Delayed Fight

WUHAN, China — A mysterious illness had stricken seven patients at a hospital, and a doctor tried to warn his medical school classmates. “Quarantined in the emergency department,” the doctor, Li Wenliang, wrote in an online chat group on Dec. 30, referring to patients. “So frightening,” one recipient replied, before asking about the epidemic that…

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Coronavirus Thwarts Business Travelers Who ‘Need to Be in the Room’

Alex Richter had a choice: Stay or go. As the director of an industrial parts supplier in Toronto, Mr. Richter does a lot of business in China. This month, he was scheduled to visit several Chinese cities to conduct quality-control assessments and meet with local partners. But the recent spread of the deadly coronavirus, which…

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