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Hospitals Move Into Next Phase as New York Passes Viral Peak

Hospitals Move Into Next Phase as New York Passes Viral Peak

By SHERI FINK

A sharp drop in coronavirus patients was “like someone turned off the hose,” one doctor said. But the city’s health system faces challenges ahead.

Lockdown Delays Cost at Least 36,000 Lives, Data Show

Lockdown Delays Cost at Least 36,000 Lives, Data Show

By JAMES GLANZ and CAMPBELL ROBERTSON

Even small differences in timing would have prevented the worst exponential growth, which by April had subsumed New York City, New Orleans and other major cities, researchers found.

A New Entry in the Race for a Coronavirus Vaccine: Hope

A New Entry in the Race for a Coronavirus Vaccine: Hope

By CARL ZIMMER, KNVUL SHEIKH and NOAH WEILAND

Scientists are increasingly optimistic that a vaccine can be produced in record time. But getting it manufactured and distributed will pose huge challenges.

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Editors' Picks

A City Locks Down to Fight Coronavirus, but Robots Come and Go

Technology

A City Locks Down to Fight Coronavirus, but Robots Come and Go

By CADE METZ and ERIN GRIFFITH

Like many other places, a community 50 miles outside London went into quarantine. A fleet of delivery robots has been helping with the groceries.

What to Expect When a Coronavirus Vaccine Finally Arrives

Opinion

What to Expect When a Coronavirus Vaccine Finally Arrives

By ELENA CONIS, MICHAEL MCCOYD and JESSIE A. MORAVEK

Sobering lessons from the history of the polio vaccine.

Today’s Videos

Pompeo Denies Inspector General’s Firing Was Retaliation for Inquiries

VideoVideo: Pompeo Denies Inspector General’s Firing Was Retaliation for Inquiries

By REUTERS

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said his request to President Trump to fire the State Department inspector general was not in response to investigations into the potential misuse of government resources. Mr. Pompeo, though, declined to disclose the reason.

Aerial Video Shows Aftermath of Dam Failure in Michigan

VideoVideo: Aerial Video Shows Aftermath of Dam Failure in Michigan

By THE NEW YORK TIMES

Severe flooding hit central Michigan after two dams broke. Thousands of residents in the region are under evacuation orders.

Cyclone Amphan Makes Landfall

VideoVideo: Cyclone Amphan Makes Landfall

By THE NEW YORK TIMES

Cyclone Amphan hit India’s coast as the country and neighboring Bangladesh are struggling with coronavirus infections. The storm also caused floods in Sri Lanka.

World

In China’s Crisis, Xi Sees a Crucible to Strengthen His Rule

In China’s Crisis, Xi Sees a Crucible to Strengthen His Rule

By STEVEN LEE MYERS and CHRIS BUCKLEY

China’s leader is using the country’s success — and the criticism against it — to urge the party and the people to weather tough days ahead.

Abbas, Cornered by Israeli Annexation, Opts for ‘Judgment Day’ Scenario

News Analysis

Abbas, Cornered by Israeli Annexation, Opts for ‘Judgment Day’ Scenario

By DAVID M. HALBFINGER, ADAM RASGON and MOHAMMED NAJIB

The Palestinian leader has promoted security cooperation with Israel in his quest for a Palestinian state. That strategy may have hit a dead end.

Burundi Turns Out to Replace President of 15 Years, Pandemic or No

Burundi Turns Out to Replace President of 15 Years, Pandemic or No

By ABDI LATIF DAHIR

The campaign has been marred by violence against the political opposition and a disregard of measures to protect the public from the coronavirus.

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U.S.

All 50 States Are Now Reopening. But at What Cost?

All 50 States Are Now Reopening. But at What Cost?

By SARAH MERVOSH and AMY HARMON

Governors face intensifying pressure to reopen their economies, but experts warn it could mean thousands of new deaths.

As Virus Lingers in Michigan, a New Crisis Arrives: Flooding

As Virus Lingers in Michigan, a New Crisis Arrives: Flooding

By KATHLEEN GRAY and JULIE BOSMAN

Thousands of residents of Midland, Mich., fled their homes as waters rose, trying to keep at a safe social distance even in shelters.

Trump’s Vaccine Chief Has Vast Ties to Drug Industry, Posing Possible Conflicts

Trump’s Vaccine Chief Has Vast Ties to Drug Industry, Posing Possible Conflicts

By SHEILA KAPLAN, MATTHEW GOLDSTEIN and ALEXANDRA STEVENSON

Moncef Slaoui, a former pharmaceutical executive, is now overseeing the U.S. initiative to development coronavirus treatments and vaccines. His financial interests and corporate roles have come under scrutiny.

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Politics

Trump Steps Up Attacks on Mail Vote, Making False Claims About Fraud

Trump Steps Up Attacks on Mail Vote, Making False Claims About Fraud

By REID J. EPSTEIN, NICK CORASANITI and ANNIE KARNI

President Trump initially said he might withhold federal funding for Michigan and Nevada if the states moved forward in expanding vote by mail, though he later backed off that threat.

As Questions Grow Over His Activities, Pompeo Defends Firing of Watchdog

As Questions Grow Over His Activities, Pompeo Defends Firing of Watchdog

By LARA JAKES and EDWARD WONG

The secretary of state dismissed allegations including potential misuse of taxpayer resources as “crazy stuff,” and he lashed out at a Democratic senator who opened an inquiry into the firing.

‘Where Are They?’: Biden Criticizes G.O.P. Over Trump’s Firing of Inspectors General

‘Where Are They?’: Biden Criticizes G.O.P. Over Trump’s Firing of Inspectors General

By KATIE GLUECK and ASTEAD W. HERNDON

At a virtual round table discussion, the former vice president said that defending the independent watchdogs “used to be a hobbyhorse for Republican senators.”

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Business

Coronavirus Shut Down the ‘Experience Economy.’ Can It Come Back?

news analysis

Coronavirus Shut Down the ‘Experience Economy.’ Can It Come Back?

By DAVID GELLES

Large-scale gatherings are on hold for the foreseeable future. That is taking a toll on the live events industry and society at large.

After Coronavirus, Office Workers Might Face Unexpected Health Threats

After Coronavirus, Office Workers Might Face Unexpected Health Threats

By MAX HORBERRY

Stagnant plumbing systems in emptied commercial buildings could put returning employees at risk of Legionnaires’ and other illnesses.

As Reopening Starts, Americans Expect Recovery to Take Years

As Reopening Starts, Americans Expect Recovery to Take Years

By BEN CASSELMAN and JIM TANKERSLEY

Even those financially unaffected by the coronavirus shutdown don’t foresee a rapid rebound for the economy, a Times survey finds.

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Technology

How the ‘Plandemic’ Movie and Its Falsehoods Spread Widely Online

How the ‘Plandemic’ Movie and Its Falsehoods Spread Widely Online

By SHEERA FRENKEL, BEN DECKER and DAVEY ALBA

Conspiracy theories about the pandemic have gained more traction than mainstream online events. Here’s how.

Everything You Need to Know About Slow Internet Speeds

Tech Fix

Everything You Need to Know About Slow Internet Speeds

By BRIAN X. CHEN

Our crummy connections are the biggest tech headache in the pandemic. Here’s a comprehensive guide to what to do about them.

You Don’t Need Flying Cars to Save Lives

on tech

You Don’t Need Flying Cars to Save Lives

By SHIRA OVIDE

Technology with potentially the biggest impact is often humdrum stuff that drags businesses and government agencies into the age of Google Maps and Zoom.

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Sports

Meeting the Michael Jordan We Didn’t Know

marc stein on basketball

Meeting the Michael Jordan We Didn’t Know

By MARC STEIN

In this week’s newsletter, Marc Stein takes a final look at “The Last Dance” and shares reader suggestions for ways the N.B.A. can honor David Stern.

Gymnasts Push for Lasting Change After a Coach Is Suspended for Abuse

Gymnasts Push for Lasting Change After a Coach Is Suspended for Abuse

By JULIET MACUR and DANIELLE ALLENTUCK

When Maggie Haney, the prominent coach of an Olympian, was barred for eight years after being accused of emotional abuse, gymnasts saw an opening to press for other cases to go forward and to demand broader change.

Tiger Woods’s Return Puts His Back in the Spotlight Again

Tiger Woods’s Return Puts His Back in the Spotlight Again

By BILL PENNINGTON

Woods said his balky back had improved greatly since mid-February, when he played his last tournament, and called the difference “night and day.”

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Arts

Brooklyn, Before It Was a Global Brand: Walk Its History

Critic’s Notebook

Brooklyn, Before It Was a Global Brand: Walk Its History

By MICHAEL KIMMELMAN

A few hundred years in the borough, from the brownstones to the shipyards. Our critic chats with a fourth-generation Brooklynite and historian.

Janelle Monáe Touches Down in ‘Homecoming’

Janelle Monáe Touches Down in ‘Homecoming’

By DAVE ITZKOFF

The intergalactically attuned pop singer and star of films like “Moonlight” and “Hidden Figures” continues to expand her horizons as an actor, playing the lead in the new season of the Amazon thriller.

Newly Minted Artists, Facing a Precarious Future, Take Action

Newly Minted Artists, Facing a Precarious Future, Take Action

By HILARIE M. SHEETS

How do you get discovered in a teetering art world? Graduating students organize shows with peers, team up with dealers — and lobby for relief funds. Will they bring change?

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New York

They Beat the Virus. Now They Feel Like Outcasts.

They Beat the Virus. Now They Feel Like Outcasts.

By SARAH MASLIN NIR

Some people who have survived the coronavirus describe being shunned by relatives and friends, rather than being celebrated.

New Yorkers Want Normalcy? Fine. Go Move Your Cars.

New Yorkers Want Normalcy? Fine. Go Move Your Cars.

By COREY KILGANNON

In the pandemic, drivers got a two-month reprieve from moving their cars for street sweepers. Now the city has decided to clean things up.

Not Everyone Hates Remote Learning. For These Students, It’s a Blessing.

Not Everyone Hates Remote Learning. For These Students, It’s a Blessing.

By ELIZABETH A. HARRIS

“At home, it seems to be a bit easier to focus on all the work,” said one eighth grader who was struggling in school. “Everything in general is easier.”

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Media & Advertising

Joe Rogan Strikes an Exclusive, Multiyear Deal With Spotify

Joe Rogan Strikes an Exclusive, Multiyear Deal With Spotify

By MARIA CRAMER

The deal with Joe Rogan, a provocative podcast host with millions of listeners, is the latest move by Spotify to expand outside music.

CBS Courts Advertisers Virtually, With a Zinger From Stephen Colbert

CBS Courts Advertisers Virtually, With a Zinger From Stephen Colbert

By TIFFANY HSU

Instead of celebrities and sizzle reels at Carnegie Hall, the network presents its wares in videos sent to ad buyers.

How the ‘Call Her Daddy’ Feud Boiled Over

How the ‘Call Her Daddy’ Feud Boiled Over

By TAYLOR LORENZ

The podcast built a loyal audience. So did its hosts.

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Fashion & Style

What Do the Paparazzi Do When the Stars Are Quarantined?

What Do the Paparazzi Do When the Stars Are Quarantined?

By ALLIE JONES

More FaceTime means less face time, but the celebrity photographers are still shooting away.

Suze Orman Is Back to Help You Ride Out the Storm

Suze Orman Is Back to Help You Ride Out the Storm

By JACOB BERNSTEIN

America’s favorite financial adviser was trying on retirement. Then came economic Armageddon.

Emily Bode on How to Make a ‘Sweetheart’ T-Shirt

Emily Bode on How to Make a ‘Sweetheart’ T-Shirt

By GUY TREBAY and SAMANTHA HAHN

The latest installment of our Designer D.I.Y. at Home series teaches you how to whip up a present for the significant other you may not have seen for a while.

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Obituaries

Nita Pippins, a Mother to AIDS Patients, Dies at 93

Those We’ve Lost

Nita Pippins, a Mother to AIDS Patients, Dies at 93

By STEVEN KURUTZ

At 60, she moved to New York to care for her dying son. Instead of returning home, she dedicated herself to AIDS patients during the worst of the epidemic.

Francis Kennedy, War Hero and Restless Inventor, Dies at 95

Those We’ve Lost

Francis Kennedy, War Hero and Restless Inventor, Dies at 95

By GLENN THRUSH

After the violence in Korea, Mr. Kennedy sought to give something back to the world with his inventions. He succumbed to the novel coronavirus.

Kamal Ahmed, Who Helped Bangladeshi-Americans, Dies at 69

Those We’ve Lost

Kamal Ahmed, Who Helped Bangladeshi-Americans, Dies at 69

By DANIEL E. SLOTNIK

He was a banquet server at a hotel near the United Nations and leader of the Bangladesh Society of New York.

Melford Henson, Construction Foreman, Dies at 65

Those We’ve Lost

Melford Henson, Construction Foreman, Dies at 65

By JULIA CARMEL

Mr. Henson fell ill from the coronavirus only months before he was to be released from California’s prison system.

Marie Pino, Navajo Teacher Who Educated Generations, Dies at 67

Those We’ve Lost

Marie Pino, Navajo Teacher Who Educated Generations, Dies at 67

By SIMON ROMERO

A well-known teacher, she was mourning the loss of her son to the virus when she tested positive. Then she died as well, adding to the Navajo Nation’s toll.

David Carter, a Historian of Stonewall, Is Dead at 67

David Carter, a Historian of Stonewall, Is Dead at 67

By NEIL GENZLINGER

His research into the 1969 uprising that was a turning point in the gay rights movement helped get the site of that uprising recognized as a landmark.

Gene Rossides, 92, Dies; Led Columbia to Historic Upset of Army

Gene Rossides, 92, Dies; Led Columbia to Historic Upset of Army

By RICHARD GOLDSTEIN

A star quarterback, he helped snap West Point’s 32-game unbeaten streak in 1947. Instead of the N.F.L., he became a lawyer and served two presidents.

S. David Freeman, 94, Tireless Advocate for Clean Energy, Dies

S. David Freeman, 94, Tireless Advocate for Clean Energy, Dies

By JOHN SCHWARTZ

A folksy but forceful “Green Cowboy,” he helped shape energy policy in the White House and at local utilities for seven decades.

Leonard Levitt, Reporter Who Riled N.Y.P.D. Brass, Dies at 79

Leonard Levitt, Reporter Who Riled N.Y.P.D. Brass, Dies at 79

By SAM ROBERTS

His newspaper column, books and blog sought to hold the police accountable, and his reporting reopened a murder case against a Kennedy cousin in Connecticut.

Jorge Santana, Latin-Rock Guitarist, Is Dead at 68

Jorge Santana, Latin-Rock Guitarist, Is Dead at 68

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

He played guitar with the band Malo, whose Top 20 hit “Suavecito” became a staple of the genre. He also recorded and toured with his brother Carlos Santana.

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Opinion

The Worst Is Yet to Come

The Worst Is Yet to Come

By FARHAD MANJOO

The coronavirus and our disastrous national response to it has smashed optimists like me in the head.

When the Mask You’re Wearing ‘Tastes Like Socialism’

When the Mask You’re Wearing ‘Tastes Like Socialism’

By THOMAS B. EDSALL

The partisan divide over how to respond to the coronavirus pandemic has deepened over the past few weeks.

Say Hello to That New Spin Studio and Goodbye to Your Child Care

Say Hello to That New Spin Studio and Goodbye to Your Child Care

By LAUREN BIRCHFIELD KENNEDY and KATIE MAYSHAK

We’ve long failed to fund the child care sector like the public good that it is. Now it’s on the brink of collapse.

Who’s on Your Biden Dream Team?

Who’s on Your Biden Dream Team?

By MICHELLE COTTLE

Pundits aren’t waiting until November to discuss cabinet options. Why should you?

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