Seeing an Old Friend With New Eyes

When Bennett Eastham needed a mental-health break last June from working long hours at a Virginia law firm, he made plans to travel to Copenhagen to see Andrew Bird, an American singer, perform there. Before departing, Mr. Eastham, 28, also contacted Ebba Palmstierna, 27, “an old friend from Sweden,” as he described her, who in…

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A Wedding Under the St. Louis Arch

Sean Gottlieb and Matthew Kerns met for the first time on gay pride day last year in St. Louis, after finding each other on Scruff, a site that helps gay men connect. Mr. Kerns (right), 47, who is both the executive director of St Lou Fringe, an arts festival organization, and an associate director of…

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Their Perfect Date: April 25 (and Each Other)

Ariel Ball and Ross Weinstein held fast to their original wedding date, and were married April 25 in Stuyvesant Cove Park along the East River in Manhattan. Mark Stokely, a Universal Life minister and a friend of the couple, rode his bicycle from Williamsburg, Brooklyn, to officiate. “April 25 ended up being the perfect day,”…

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Standing on a Step Stool to Kiss the Groom

Martin Schmaltz, a physics professor at Boston University, preferred to study the rate of the expansion of the universe over dating. “After my divorce I was withdrawn,’’ said Dr. Schmaltz, 53, who researches theoretical particle theory and cosmology. “But I was starting to feel it would be nice to reconnect with the rest of the…

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Takuo Aoyagi, an Inventor of the Pulse Oximeter, Dies at 84

Takuo Aoyagi, a Japanese engineer whose pioneering work in the 1970s led to the modern pulse oximeter, a lifesaving device that clips on a finger and shows the level of oxygen in the blood and that has become a critical tool in the fight against the novel coronavirus, died on April 18 in Tokyo. He…

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How Remdesivir, New Hope for Covid-19 Patients, Was Resurrected

Remdesivir, an antiviral drug designed to treat both hepatitis and a common respiratory virus, seemed fated to join thousands of other failed medications after proving useless against those diseases. The drug was consigned to the pharmaceutical scrap heap, all but forgotten by the scientists who once championed it. But on Friday, the Food and Drug…

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Blue Bell Pleads Guilty in 2015 Ice Cream Listeria Outbreak

The former chief executive of Blue Bell Creameries was charged with conspiracy in connection with his repeated efforts to cover up what became a deadly outbreak of listeria in some of the company’s products in 2015, federal prosecutors said on Friday. In addition, the company pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of distributing adulterated ice…

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Your Chicken Is No Longer Pink. That Doesn’t Mean It’s Safe to Eat.

Chicken is America’s most popular meat. But undercooked chicken, when contaminated, is also a leading source of food-borne illness. So how do you avoid giving yourself and your isolation-mates food poisoning? Many people, including Solveig Langsrud, a scientist at the Norwegian Institute of Food, Fisheries and Aquaculture Research, assume chicken follows a simple rule-of-thumb: Pink…

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Is It Safe to Come Out of Lockdown? Check the Sewer

The world is eager to come out of lockdown. But if countries simply return to business as usual, new outbreaks of Covid-19 will follow. The only solution that public health experts see is to keep careful track of the coronavirus and clamp down on new flare-ups. The trouble is that the most obvious way to…

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Kitchen Confidential: Three Culinary Memoirs

Image EVERYTHING IS UNDER CONTROL A Memoir With Recipes By Phyllis Grant 256 pp. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $25. Culinary memoirs tend to follow templates — the life-altering bite; the singed forearms at the hands of a tyrannical kitchen overlord — so to find one with a truly distinct perspective is thrilling. In epigrammatic, nearly…

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