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Smoke from bombing was seen rising from Lysychansk, Ukraine, last month.Credit…Tyler Hicks/The New York TimesRussia’s defense minister said on Sunday that his forces had seized control of the eastern Ukrainian city of Lysychansk, amid increasing signs that its defenders retreated in the face of a relentless artillery bombardment.Lysychansk was the last major city in Luhansk Province not held by the Russians, and a Ukrainian withdrawal, if confirmed, would appear to validate Moscow’s strategy of weeks of bombardment from the ground and air, followed by advancing troops and tanks. A spokesman for Ukraine’s Defense Ministry, Yuriy Sak, said that Lysychansk was…

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Summer is here, officially. There are signs: There’s the solstice of course, and the L.G.B.T. Pride March. But there are more subtle markers around the city: conviviality on fire escapes; weekends that are thinner with locals and thicker with tourists; and no one wears a thing. This last ritual was challenged on June 23 as writers, agents and editors ambled uptown to celebrate the second anniversary of the literary magazine The Drift, hosted at the David Zwirner gallery on East 69th Street. Guests in demure dress listened to speeches from The Drift’s editors, the novelist Joshua Cohen and a beshorted…

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During the early months of the pandemic, the Grucci fireworks business, which has operated from the United States for more than a century, saw the demand for its Independence Day shows plummet at a rate the family hadn’t seen since the Great Depression.The business performed about a dozen Fourth of July shows in 2020, a fraction of its normal engagements as cities and towns, fearful of Covid, decided against crowding people into public parks to watch red, white and blue peonies explode.Instead, to keep busy, the Long-Island based company, which was originated in Italy in the 19th century, focused its…

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Times Insider explains who we are and what we do and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together.Hours before President Donald J. Trump blocked nonessential travel from Europe on March 11, 2020, in response to the spiraling coronavirus pandemic, The New York Times’s deputy Travel editor, Elisabeth Goodridge, flew to her home in New York from Brussels, where she had been vacationing with her family. “Countries started shutting down,” Ms. Goodridge remembered.Ernesto Londoño, then The Times’s bureau chief in Brazil, wrote Ms. Goodridge an email about travel restrictions also taking effect in the Caribbean and South America. Ms.…

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Dementia cases are climbing along with an aging world population, and yet another much-anticipated Alzheimer’s medication, crenezumab, has proved ineffective in clinical trials — the latest of many disappointments. Public health experts and researchers argue that it is past time to turn our attention to a different approach — focusing on eliminating a dozen or so already known risk factors, like untreated high blood pressure, hearing loss and smoking, rather than on an exorbitantly priced, whiz-bang new drug.“It would be great if we had drugs that worked,” said Dr. Gill Livingston, a psychiatrist at University College London and chair of…

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We ask the buidlers in the blockchain and cryptocurrency sector for their thoughts on the industry… and throw in a few random zingers to keep them on their toes! This week, our 6 Questions go to Alyssa Tsai, founder and CEO of Panony — an incubator, investor and adviser for blockchain and Web3 business. My name is Alyssa Tsai, and I’m the founder and CEO of Panony. There are three pillars of businesses under our group umbrella. PANews is one of the earliest crypto media outlets in Greater China and South Korea. It has published over 20,000 articles, with an average of…

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TOKYO — To understand how Japan has fared better than most of the world in containing the dire consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, consider Mika Yanagihara, who went shopping for flowers this past week in central Tokyo. Even when walking outside in temperatures in the mid-90s, she kept the lower half of her face fully covered.“People will stare at you,” Ms. Yanagihara, 33, said, explaining why she didn’t dare take off her mask. “There is that pressure.”Japan’s Covid death rate, just one-twelfth of that in the United States, is the lowest among the world’s wealthiest nations. With the world’s third-largest…

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Roger Katz said that his father and brother formed a balanced partnership.“My father was a manufacturing genius; he knew where to make product and source materials,” he said in a phone interview. “But he had no concept of marketing. My brother knew how to create a brand and a presence.”But he said they sold the company to Reebok because his father was “aging out” and his brother “really had no life” and was nearing burnout.In addition to his brother, Mr. Katz is survived by his wife, Dasa Katz, and his child, Lee.As Mr. Katz contemplated his return to the shoe…

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LONDON — Draped in a crisp white kimono and a translucent veil, Madama Butterfly kneels beside an American officer as they wed in a religious ceremony. The priest celebrates their nuptials while guests dressed in traditional Japanese robes look on.At first glance, there’s nothing conspicuously different about the Royal Opera House’s revival of its 2002 production of Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly.” Yet it’s the result of a year of consultations with academics, practitioners and professionals to strip away any hint of cliché or caricature.Concretely, this has meant removing “the extremely white makeup” that the performers previously wore. By the early 20th…

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Boiled Corn on the Cob is a summertime staple, and with this method, it’s super easy to prepare. Tender, juicy, and sweet. Whether you cut the kernels off the corn, eat it in rows, or munch away randomly, corn on the cob with this classic summer side is always a favorite with a little butter and salt. A Summertime Staple This is the perfect way to enjoy a fresh (or frozen) ear of corn.We love grilled corn but simply boiling corn makes the flavor of the sweet corn shine.This method ensures perfect corn every time and it’s easy.No watching a boiling…

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