Keke Palmer Keeps a Check

If you have ever seen a peregrine falcon slice cleanly through the pale dawn to capture and dismember a starling midair, you have a rough idea of what will happen this weekend, when the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards ceremony is hosted to within an inch of its life by Keke Palmer. The assignment is…

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A Lighter, Brighter Meatball

Meatballs are savory, versatile and easy, but they’re definitely not what comes to mind when I think of “seasonal cooking.” Maybe it’s their long-term relationship with marinara sauce and spaghetti. Hearty and crowd-pleasing, yes. Buoyant and summery, not so much. But these meatballs turn everything on its head. With fresh basil, ground cumin and ginger,…

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College Is Everywhere Now

As the fall semester begins, many college students will be attending classes from the relative safety of their family homes. Others have arrived to live on university campuses, with varying amounts of success; even schools that enforce strict social distancing guidelines are seeing outbreaks of the coronavirus. But some students are pursuing a third option:…

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When Retirement Comes Too Early

Joey Himelfarb estimates that in his 25 years in sales, hawking everything from Hewlett-Packard computers to cars and swimming pools, he has been laid off or downsized at least a half-dozen times. The most recent occasion came in April, when he got a call from the chief executive officer of the start-up in northern Virginia…

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