How to Keep the Peace in a School Pod

Ivi Kolasi, a parent in Berkeley, Calif., didn’t expect that forming a learning pod for her 2-year-old daughter would take so long, or be so hard. In May, she began trying to find families with children around the same age as hers, and who adhered to the same level of health precautions. By August, she…

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What to Know About Your Used Car

The pandemic has led many people to avoid public transportation in favor of walking, bicycling or driving a motorized vehicle. If the first two options aren’t practical, an automobile may be the best choice. Sales of used cars have, in particular, boomed in the last few months. If you’re among the buyers, you should have…

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How to Use the Renter’s Market to Your Advantage

There’s nothing like being stuck inside for months on end to make you notice your home’s shortcomings, and stew about how much you’re paying for each and every one of them. Especially in places like New York and San Francisco — where rents reached record highs in 2019 — it’s now hard to justify top-dollar…

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How Ruth Bader Ginsburg Became a Pop Culture Icon

Ruth Bader Ginsburg lived a storied life. In 1972, she became the first tenured female professor at Columbia Law School. In 1980, she was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. And in 1993, she became the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court, where she cemented…

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How to Get Focused

The average person’s mind wanders 47 percent of the time, according to a 2010 Harvard study, so nearly half the time you’re doing one thing, you’re thinking about something else. Add the 24-hour news cycle, the barrage of social media and the countless distractions for those working from their bedrooms, backyards and walk-in closets —…

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Strangers’ Things

Pornography is the most common form of sexual experience available online — so common, perhaps, that a market for rarer intimacies has emerged. Bottles of influencer bath water sell for $30 a jar. Some cam models have scaled back on erotic performance because they can earn more money selling homemade cookies and hair clippings. You…

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Dr. Rebecca Shadowen, Expert in Infectious Diseases, Dies at 62

This obituary is part of a series about people who have died in the coronavirus pandemic. Read about others here. Things were still relatively calm at the Medical Center at Bowling Green in mid-March, around the time the World Health Organization declared Covid-19 a pandemic and Gov. Andy Beshear of Kentucky announced the first Covid…

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Keith Hufnagel, Pro Skateboarder and Entrepreneur, Dies at 46

Keith Hufnagel, a professional skateboarder who grew a San Francisco streetwear store, Huf, into a global apparel company by the same name, died on Thursday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 46. A statement from the company said the cause was brain cancer, which Mr. Hufnagel had for two and a half years.…

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A Man Died After Eating a Bag of Black Licorice Every Day

He had no history of heart problems. He walked his dog regularly and worked a physically demanding job as a construction worker, according to his doctors. Then, in January 2019, he collapsed at a McDonald’s and died. The likely culprit? Black licorice, according to the doctors who treated him and who this week published their…

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