Vows: An Operatic Love Story Starts Off on a Sour Note

It should have been the perfect overture: A passionate opera fan meets a star tenor at a glamorous cast party. But the curtain nearly fell before their love story even began. The tenor, Michael Fabiano, had just brought down the house at the Metropolitan Opera singing the male lead in Verdi’s “La Traviata” that night…

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Medical News Today: Could the appendix trigger Parkinson’s?

A new study concludes that for some people, having had their appendix removed decades earlier reduced the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease by almost 20 percent. The appendix is the barely visible, tail-like appendage to the bottom left of this diagram. Parkinson’s disease is a long-term degenerative condition that affects the central nervous system. In…

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Sunday Routine: How Randy Rainbow, Singing Political Satirist, Spends His Sundays

Until 2016, the video performer Randy Rainbow (yes, that’s his real name) was enjoying a healthy YouTube following. Mr. Rainbow found his way to fame, however, once Donald Trump ran for president. This is when the actor and singer, now 36, transformed his quirky online performances, which he’d been doing for years, into political parodies.…

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Ask Well: Do High-Cholesterol Foods Raise Your Cholesterol?

Q. What is the evidence that dietary cholesterol or other fat influences serum cholesterol? A. Foods high in cholesterol, like eggs or cheese, can raise blood cholesterol levels, though the effect is relatively modest and varies from person to person. The best evidence available suggests that saturated fat, rather than dietary cholesterol per se, is…

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Alas, the Blockchain Won’t Save Journalism After All

Image This is a crypto coin. Like a real coin, it is a representation of value. Unlike a real coin, you can’t hold it. To help you relate, we have anthropomorphized it. This coin’s every movement — and the movement of every coin like it — is recorded in a constantly updating, shared ledger. That…

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Up Next: A Millennial Filmmaker Who Wants to Change Gun Laws

Sarah Ullman Age: 30 Hometown: Simsbury, Conn. Now Lives: In a duplex apartment in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles. Claim to Fame: Ms. Ullman founded a super PAC called One Vote at a Time in 2016, after the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Fla. Her PAC writes, directs and edits campaign ads for…

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Matter: How to Turbocharge Flu Protection (Llamas Required)

The oncoming flu season has claimed its first lives, among them a child in Florida who had not gotten a flu shot. This year’s vaccine significantly reduces the odds of getting sick — and you should get one now if you haven’t already — but it’s far from perfect. For one thing, its effectiveness fluctuates…

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