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Walt Disney Co. officials announced they'll start furloughing some workers in two weeks at its theme parks resorts in Florida and California

Leonardo DiCaprio will help launch America’s Food Fund, which has already raised $12 million to help communities impacted by the coronavirus.

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  • The absence rate appears particularly high in schools with many low-income students, whose access to home computers and internet connections can be spotty. Some teachers report that less than half their students are regularly participating. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/06/us/coronavirus-schools-attendance-absent.html

  • In responding to the coronavirus pandemic, the world’s autocrats are turning to their tried-and-tested tool kits, employing a mixture of propaganda, repression and ostentatious shows of strength to exude an aura of total control over an inherently chaotic situation. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/06/world/middleeast/coronavirus-autocrats.html

  • If the last few decades of progress in artificial intelligence and in molecular biology hooked up, their love child — a class of life unlike anything that has ever lived — might resemble the dark specks doing lazy laps around a petri dish in a laboratory at Tufts University. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/03/science/xenobots-robots-frogs-xenopus.html

  • The new celebrities emerging across Europe as the coronavirus burns a deadly path through the continent are not actors or singers or politicians. Instead, they are epidemiologists and virologists who have become household names after spending most of their lives in virtual anonymity. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/04/world/europe/scientists-coronavirus-heroes.html

  • The Cuomo brothers’ show became a deeper drama last week when Chris Cuomo, 49, revealed his coronavirus diagnosis. He had lost 13 pounds in three days. He chipped a tooth one night when he was in terrible pain. On Thursday, he called into his brother’s daily news conference. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/05/business/media/brothers-cuomo-andrew-chris.html

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  • The Trump administration is expected to announce Monday that it is designating an ultranationalist group based in Russia as a terrorist organization, according to officials. It is the first time the government will apply the label to a white supremacist group. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/05/us/politics/terrorist-label-white-supremacy-Russian-Imperial-Movement.html

  • Navarro harnessed his literary muse, Ron Vara, in a memo that is circulating in Washington. Sent from an email address purportedly belonging to Ron Vara, the memo highlights public commentary in favor of keeping the pressure on China with more tariffs. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/11/us/politics/navarro-ron-vara-tarrifs.html

  • The messenger is anonymous — but the messages are heartfelt, and appreciated.

  • Grants, low-interest loans and other government support might seem like manna for businesses under financial strain. But some chief executives and corporate boards might balk at the offer of billions of dollars in aid to help them ride out the coronavirus pandemic and keep the economy from sliding into a deep recession. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/02/business/economy/coronavirus-business-bailouts.html

  • Recently, I spoke with several playwrights — via telephone and email — about what it is like to first imagine a cataclysm and then live through one. Because playwriting is a solitary art, many of the men and women described routines that felt both somewhat typical and wholly changed. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/31/theater/dystopian-plays-virus.html

  • Small designers are all sitting in their various apartments gnawing their fingernails over the same question: Can they stay in business until the coronavirus curve has flattened and people begin to buy again? https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/02/fashion/coronavirus-fashion-bankruptcy.html

  • The seven-part “Tiger King,” a runaway hit on Netflix since it debuted almost two weeks ago, is a cascade of jaw-dropping moments, sui generis self-made characters, and plot turns that are sometimes fanciful, sometimes criminal, sometimes gruesome. It is filmed plainly, often with improbable intimacy, and buffeted with a rather astonishing amount of contemporaneous video documentation. It depicts behavior of dubious ethics, sometimes gleefully. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/02/arts/television/tiger-king-style.html

  • The coronavirus has created an opportunity for tech companies and their lobbying operations to quietly push for long-held goals in the frantic political and economic environment created by the outbreak. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/03/technology/virus-tech-lobbyists-gains.html

  • With his memoir, “The Club King,” published April 1, he hopes for a degree of catharsis after an epic rise and fall, but also to celebrate a lost New York, when clubs felt mysterious and transgressive, luring the misfits and outcasts from the city’s creative underground, and every night felt like a Mardi Gras on Mars. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/02/style/peter-gatien-limelight-tunnel-club-kid.html

  • “Richard Prince: Cowboy,” a lavish, offbeat new book, just published by Prestel, uses photography to take a long look at the pervasive, at times pernicious, influence of the cowboy on movies, television, books, advertising and politics. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/02/arts/design/richard-prince-robert-rubin-cowboy-book.html

  • With museums and galleries largely shuttered around the world because of the coronavirus pandemic, Instagram has filled up these last weeks with “quarantine content”: snapshots of cramped apartments, pets surprised by their owners’ sudden ubiquity, uncannily deserted street scenes and cautious supermarket shoppers in beekeeping suits. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/02/arts/instagram-photographers-coronavirus.html

  • While this week’s World Backup Day is typically celebrated most by hard-drive makers and data-storage services, it’s supposed to make people remember to back up their computers. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/01/technology/personaltech/digitizing-important-documents.html

  • With a grant from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, this group aboard the E.O. Wilson was the first to explore, document and study the shipworms and other marine xylophiles that moved into the forest when it emerged. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/30/science/underwater-forest-shipworms.html

  • As journalist Robert Kolker writes in “Hidden Valley Road,” having just one schizophrenic family member is bound to reorient the experiences of everyone else; having six made the Galvins extraordinary, not least to the medical researchers who eventually studied them. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/30/books/review-hidden-valley-road-schizophrenia-robert-kolker.html

  • Con artists now find victims on any social media platform — Instagram, Facebook, games like Words With Friends. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/27/well/elderly-romance-scam.html

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