A Sewing Army, Making Masks for America

They are scrounging for fabric, cutting it up, stitching it together. They are repurposing drapes, dresses, bra straps, shower curtains, even coffee filters. They are building supply chains, organizing workers, managing distribution networks. Most of all, they are sewing. All over the country, homebound Americans are crafting thousands upon thousands of face masks to help…

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Airlines’ New Operating Mode: Flexible

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and government-imposed restrictions on travel, many airlines are relaxing their ticket-change policies and allowing travelers to rebook without a penalty anywhere from a few to 12 months out. The only domestic airline that doesn’t routinely charge fees for flight changes, Southwest Airlines, went a step beyond, extending the…

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Lawmakers Question Start-Ups on At-Home Kits for Coronavirus Testing

Three companies that rushed to market unauthorized kits for at-home coronavirus testing face new questions from lawmakers in Washington. On Wednesday, two Democratic House members, Raja Krishnamoorthi of Illinois and Katie Porter of California, sent letters to the chief executives of Carbon Health, Everlywell and Nurx, asking them to explain their business and testing practices.…

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Coronavirus Live Updates: Senate Moves Toward Passing Sweeping $2 Trillion Aid Deal

Here’s what you need to know: ImageTreasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, center, heading to meet the Senate minority leader, Chuck Schumer, in Washington on Tuesday.Credit…Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times The $2 trillion relief package is the biggest in American history. The Senate on Wednesday moved toward a vote on a sweeping bipartisan deal to deliver $2…

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Nextdoor Pivots to Neighborliness

“I’m 84 years old, so staying confined to the house for protection,” wrote Marcia Savin, a children’s book author and teacher who lives alone in the Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn, on the neighborhood social networking app Nextdoor. It was Saturday, March 21. Her prescriptions were ready at a local pharmacy, she said, but she…

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New York Nightlife Goes Online

Last Saturday night, when all of New York City’s bars and clubs were closed, DJ Physical Therapy set up a turntable, mixer and webcam in his walk-up apartment in the Ridgewood section of Queens. Wearing a Hawaiian T-shirt and track pants, and standing in his cramped bedroom stuffed with records and sneakers, he live-streamed a…

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