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The digital sticker that Ann Arbor voters received

In the last days of the endless presidential campaign, I’ve been cheered to see the number of Americans who voted early.

We’re now up to more than half of the number of people who voted in the 2016 general election.

And yet, the scripts you are hearing and the stories you are reading seem oblivious to the fact that this will be a very different kind of election day.

We still hear about polls of “likely voters” that leave out the fact that the number of likely voters may not be very large.

We still hear about Donald Trump and Joe Biden’s campaigns “building up to Election Day” even though for half of voters, Election Day already took place. …


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Via Instagram

Like many people, I was stunned by the news last Friday night that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died.

I expected to see the tributes that poured in from across the United States, and even Canada and Europe.

She was an icon to girls and women, not just in America but elsewhere.

What I did not expect to see was the finger pointing at her, which started within hours of the announcement of her death.

Essentially, a number of people expressed unhappiness that RBG had not stepped down from the Supreme Court during the first years of the Obama Administration, when Democrats controlled the Senate. …


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Photo: W.W. Norton

Hooni Kim was looking forward to the spring of 2020.

His first cookbook was set for April, completing an eight-year effort that involved three separate drafts and two different co-authors.

He oversaw two bustling New York City restaurants, Hanjan and Danji. They are leaders in the city’s modern Korean food movement, respectively serving dishes tavern style and in tapas form.

Instead, this spring has been memorable in a way no one could have expected. Kim is dealing with the effects of COVID-19 on his businesses, as well as on his book.

The pandemic put a multi-city book tour on hold, caused him to cancel numerous appearances. …


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The United States has lost nearly 100,000 people to COVID-19, in what seems an extraordinarily compressed amount of time.

Even though the numbers seem hard to grasp, these people all led lives, too. Or, as the New York Times put it on Sunday, “They were not simply names on a list. They were us.”

The Times picked out 1,000 of those people to honor with micro-obits, printed on its front page and on two pages inside.

Each person was commemorated with their name, age, city, and a sentence about them.

There were well-known musicians, like Bucky Pizzarelli, the jazz guitarist, and Ellis Marsalis, the patriarch of the New Orleans musical family. …


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Photo: Sussex Royal on Instagram

The launch of Brand Sussex has to go down as one of the most ill-timed in marketing history.

And, every day deeper into the coronavirus pandemic, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s chances of becoming a big deal in their independent lives are diminishing.

Of course, they had no way of knowing back in November that their much-publicized departure from Britain would coincide with a deadly, global pandemic.

But, they have missed a royal chance, so to speak, to play the useful, high-profile role that would have been the perfect segue into the lives they envision for themselves.

And it’s likely that they know it, too. …


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Chef Michael Gulotta faces tough choices in reopening his New Orleans restaurants. Photo by Denny Culbert

When the COVID-19 crisis hit New Orleans, star chef Michael Gulotta chose to simply close his places down.

The four-time James Beard Award nominee wanted to protect the health of his staff, and avoid the uncertainty of relying on carry out and delivery at his restaurants, Maypop in New Orleans’ Central Business District, and MoPho, which sits near City Park.

Now, Louisiana is allowing restaurants to re-open, with a variety of restrictions, including limits on the number of guests they can serve at one time, and it is requiring personal protective equipment for front of house and kitchen staff. …


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Galatoire’s in New Orleans is among the restaurants offering family meals during stay home orders. … [+]

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We didn’t feel like cooking this Easter. With Michigan under a stay home order, and grocery stores running low on some items, there was no certainty that I could find everything we always serve at our sumptuous family brunch.

So, after I saw a promotion from Knight’s Kitchen on Facebook, I decided to order an Easter dinner.

Knight’s Kitchen is an off shoot of the popular Knight’s Steakhouse restaurants in Ann Arbor that are often packed with townies and parents of University of Michigan students. …


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I feel badly for my friends, the New Yorkers. They’re at ground zero of the coronavirus crisis, and their nerves are fraying.

It sounds like it’s about to be a stigma to be a New Yorker, what with orders to quarantine if you’ve visited the city, instead of something to be proud about.

I feel badly for my friends in New Orleans. The city thrives on hospitality businesses, and so many have lost their jobs, and illness is everywhere. For the moment, joy is gone.

I feel badly for my friends in Detroit, which per capital, has more coronavirus cases per capita than any major city except New York and New Orleans. …


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Restaurants worldwide are facing closures because of the coronavirus. (Photo by Europa Press via Getty Images)

All across the restaurant world, owners are rushing to reassure patrons that they’re taking steps to combat the coronavirus.

Your inbox is probably filling up with emails from individual restaurants and restaurant chains, pledging to be vigilant.

“We know it’s starting to feel a little uncertain out there,” Chicago restaurant owner Rick Bayless said in an email to his customers on Thursday.

“Just know that we’re in here, continuing to deliver generous-spirited hospitality to everyone who walks through our doors.”

But fears are growing that a drop in business will harm or even kill restaurants whose margins are already thin.

Many restaurants are already announcing temporary closings, with the list growing longer by the hour.

The crisis has been especially difficult in Seattle, where the virus struck early. Other places are cutting back on hours and staff, and some are limiting service to pickup only. …


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Photo: @sussexroyal via Instagram

Well, that didn’t work.

Two months after jolting the world by announcing that they were breaking away from the British monarchy, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are going to have to start all over again.

They’ve been told that they can’t use “royal” in their new endeavors, since they no longer are going to be connected to the royal family.

And, in the most startling news from a long post on their website, the pair say they no longer plan to launch the foundation that was to be the centerpiece of their Sussex Royal endeavor.

Instead, they’ll set up a far less prestigious “non-profit entity” instead, taking them out of the realm of powerful philanthropist and joining commonplace donation seekers. …

About

Micheline Maynard

Journalist. Author. The Check blog on Forbes.com. NPR and NYT alum

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