Pharma Companies Plan Joint Pledge on Vaccine Safety

ImageA volunteer received an injection in July as part of a study of a possible Covid-19 vaccine, developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc.Credit…Hans Pennink/Associated Press A group of drug companies competing with one another to be among the first to develop coronavirus vaccines are planning to pledge early next week that…

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Harassment Against Gay and Trans People on TikTok

ImageChris (at left) in a duet responding to James Charles on TikTok.Credit…via @notdonelij Chris smiles widely as a video of Miso Chan, a transgender creator presenting as a young woman with pink hair, plays next to him. A song with the lyrics “Now I know what’s real and what is fake,” loops in the background.…

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Covid-19 Live Updates: U.S. Officials Urge Caution Ahead of Labor Day Weekend

Here’s what you need to know: ImageA scientist working on the production of a vaccine in Moscow in August.Credit…Russian Direct Investment Fund Russian scientists report modest amount of antibodies in volunteers given the vaccine for the virus. On Friday, a team of Russian scientists published the first report on their controversial Covid-19 vaccine. Writing in…

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Julia Reed, Chronicler of Politics, Food and the South, Dies at 59

Julia Reed, an irreverent, expansive chronicler of politics, food and Southern life, died on Aug. 28 in Newport, R.I. She was 59. The cause was cancer, said the historian Jon Meacham, a family friend. She had been on vacation visiting friends. In reporting for Newsweek, Vogue, The New York Times Magazine and other publications, Ms.…

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Reed Hastings on Netflix, Hollywood and the Future of Streaming

Does it feel good to be the man who killed Hollywood? “No,” said Reed Hastings, who nurtured Netflix into the Godzilla of the entertainment world. “But, of course, we haven’t killed Hollywood.” At 59, the slender, gray-haired Mr. Hastings remains a mystery in the industry he dominates. “He’s a complete cipher here,” one Hollywood macher…

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Treasured Recipes From Some of Italy’s Fashion Families

There may be nothing better than enjoying a summer meal at home: spending long lunches at long tables with thrown-together salads and lots of cold wine, grilling corn and hot dogs at sunset after a long day at the beach, gathering around a table to crack lobsters under the stars. Right now, many of us…

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In Louisiana, Love for a Chinese Restaurant and Its Magnetic Owner

BOSSIER CITY, La. — In late August, Kuan Lim rolled his wheelchair up to a table set for 12 at Lucky Palace, the restaurant he operates inside a budget-priced motel in northwest Louisiana. Mr. Lim is battling cancer — he lost the bottom half of his right leg to the disease — and hadn’t been…

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Vaping Links to Covid Risk Are Becoming Clear

Twenty-year-old Janan Moein vaped his first pen a year ago. By late fall, he was blowing through several THC-laced cartridges a week — more, he said, than most people can handle. Then in early December, he found himself in the emergency room of Sharp Grossmont Hospital in San Diego with a collapsed lung and a…

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Tomato Time

Hello and welcome to Five Weeknight Dishes, Labor Day Weekend Edition — though it’s more to the point to call it the Tomato Edition, so enamored am I of the fat tomatoes at the market. Given the choice, why eat anything else? (Aside from sweet corn. Eat that too.) Three of the five recipes below…

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Say My Name, Say My Name, Say My Name (Correctly!)

Send questions about the office, money, careers and work-life balance to workfriend@nytimes.com. Include your name and location, or a request to remain anonymous. Letters may be edited. Do I Need to Spell It Out for You? My job responsibilities have grown, and I find myself in more Zoom calls with senior colleagues I’ve never met.…

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