They Wanted Research Funding, So They Entered the Lottery

A few years ago, Anna Ponnampalam did something out-of-the-box. She entered a lottery. But she wasn’t buying scratch-off tickets promising cash for life. She was trying to win funding for her medical research. Her application wasn’t successful. All proposals go through an initial quality and eligibility check, which hers did not pass; those that get…

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An Unexpected Path Leads to a Fresh Start

At 6:30 a.m. on Jan. 31, Hailey Moore and Dr. Kristopher Hansen stood in the dark at the Mesa Arch trailhead inside Canyonlands National Park near Moab, Utah. The half-mile to the arch was snow-covered and wound past prickly bushes, boulders, frozen puddles, cactuses and dead-but-still-standing trees. Ms. Moore, 40, and Dr. Hansen, 38, were…

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Ben Schwartz, the Voice of ‘Sonic the Hedgehog,’ Hits the Arcade

Ben Schwartz, the actor and comedian, dunked the ball without looking at the joystick. “This is just like muscle memory,” he said. On a frosty Monday afternoon, Mr. Schwartz had sneaked away from publicity rounds for an hour of arcade games at Barcade in the East Village of Manhattan. A few day drinkers slouched on…

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This Garlicky, Spicy Chickpea Stew Is Exactly What You Need

Do you have a desert island bean? Joe Yonan does, and it’s the chickpea. Mr. Yonan, the food editor of The Washington Post, adores all beans, so much so that he wrote an entire cookbook starring them, “Cool Beans” (Ten Speed Press, 2020). But he does play favorites, and the chickpea, with an earthy yet…

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Coronavirus Live Updates: China Says 1,700 Medical Workers Have Been Infected

Here’s what you need to know: ImageA doctor checked on a patient at Jinyintan Hospital, designated for critical coronavirus patients, in Wuhan, China, on Thursday.Credit…Chinatopix, via Associated Press China reported the number of infected medical workers for the first time. China disclosed on Friday that 1,716 medical workers have contracted the virus and six of…

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How One Couple Transformed Their Brooklyn Brownstone to Age in Place

When Norman Sussman’s health began to fail a few years ago, he and his wife, Anita Sussman, faced a difficult decision. They wanted to remain in the late-19th-century brownstone in Park Slope, Brooklyn, where they had raised two sons and lived for nearly 40 years. But they knew they needed a space better suited to…

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You Can Pay People to Style Your Houseplants

Growing up in California, Orion Tait used to watch his father’s weekend housekeeping routine. “Sunday was loud music — Neil Young — and my dad going around watering the plants,” Mr. Tait recalled. “He had a deck of plants growing everywhere. It was a ritual.” Mr. Tait, a creative director and partner at Buck, a…

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Having ‘The Talk’ With My 80-Something Dad

I was mentally prepared for the call I would receive someday notifying me of my elderly father’s death from one of his many chronic ailments. I would allow emotions to wash over me like a waterfall, then spring into action contacting family, friends and the funeral home. What I was unprepared for was the day…

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China Expands Chaotic Dragnet in Coronavirus Crackdown

China’s leaders expanded a mass roundup of people possibly sickened with the coronavirus on Thursday, widening their dragnet well beyond the epicenter of the outbreak to at least two more cities in what the government has called a “wartime” campaign to stamp out the epidemic. But the campaign, first announced last week in the city…

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How My Worst Date Ever Became My Best

According to Rich’s Bumble profile, he was fit, with a head of mussed silver curls, divorced and, like me, almost an empty nester. At 58, I was still trying to find my romantic footing after the agonizing end of a 35-year marriage. I had cried a lot that summer. Now I was ready for someone…

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