When ‘Valley Girl’ (and Nicolas Cage) Shook Up Hollywood

Four shots of nude breasts. That’s what the producers of “Valley Girl” demanded of their potential director, Martha Coolidge. If she wanted the gig — overseeing what was set to be a low-budget, exploitative high-school romp that could lure teen boys like “Porky’s” did — she’d need to make sure the requisite skin appeared onscreen.…

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Three Weeks in April: An E.M.T. Crew Faces Exhaustion, Isolation and Death

After three years living in Nairobi, Kenya, working as a photojournalist throughout Africa and the Middle East, I decided I wanted to move home and pursue a career in public safety. I had always been interested in emergency medicine and was an emergency medical technician in college, so I got recertified and was hired by…

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A New Lease With More Space Than They Needed

Renata Certo-Ware and Tristan Graham, both 34, met in 2016, when she and her roommates at the time posted on Craigslist about an extra bedroom in their Philadelphia apartment for sublet. “Tristan answered the ad,” she said. “He came, had his backpack on, and my first words when he left were, ‘We’ll never see that…

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Study Offers Details of U.S. Children Severely Sickened by Coronavirus

As concern grows over the potential for children to become seriously ill from the coronavirus, a new study paints the most detailed picture yet of American children who were treated in intensive care units throughout the United States as the pandemic was taking hold in the country. None of the children in the study, published…

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Coronavirus World Updates: Empty Icons Return to Life With Lockdowns Easing

Here’s what you need to know: ImageMasks were required when Shanghai Disneyland reopened to the public on Monday.Credit…Hector Retamal/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images A faint hope emerges as people return to public places. The world is far from open again, but people are slowly being allowed to return to some of the places they once…

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The Best Baked Beans

Good morning. With the assistance of his young student Titian, Giovanni Bellini made a painting in 1514, “The Feast of the Gods.” It’s terrific and someday maybe you’ll see it for real at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. They’re all there: Mercury, Jupiter, Cybele, Pan, Neptune, the whole gang. Everyone’s drinking wine, eating, hanging…

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7 Anti-Age Makeup Mistakes You Make

Your love of lines, dark lipsticks and glowing skin spoils the whole image. How to look great after 45 years with the right makeup? Avoid these anti-age makeup mistakes! Glowing skin Glowing skin (sometimes even too glowing) is in fashion now, but this technique can sometimes emphasize wrinkles. The way out is to use products…

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Eating in Xi’an, Where Wheat and Lamb Speak to China’s Varied Palette

Image In the city’s Muslim Quarter, meals are a celebration of globalization and ethnic diversity — and a lasting defense against erasure. A dumpling steamer outside one of the shops in the Muslim district of Xi’an in central China, where locally cultivated wheat — once foreign to the country — is now crucial in the…

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When Will the Pandemic End? And How?

Here’s what you need to know: When will this end? And how will we know? ImageA Sicilian fresco of “The Triumph of Death” from 1445. In the previous century, the Black Death killed at least a third of Europe’s population.Credit…Werner Forman/Universal Images Group, via Getty Images When will the Covid-19 pandemic end? And how? According…

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