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Down to his last rounds of ammunition, with bruises and a leg injury, the unidentified man was rescued by a helicopter crew that just happened by

A mining camp near Nome, Alaska, where a Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued a man who had been attacked by a bear that “kept coming back every night.” Photo: United States Coast Guard via The New York Times

By Neil Vigdor

He was sleep-deprived and nearly out of ammunition, alone in the wilderness of Alaska. Well, not really alone.

For several nights in a row, the man had fended off the tenacious advances of a grizzly bear that had attacked him a few days earlier at a mining camp some 40 miles outside Nome.

There was no way to phone for help. But then help found him.

En route to a mission Friday, the crew of a Coast Guard helicopter saw the man waving both hands in the air, a widely recognized distress signal, the helicopter’s pilot said…

As business at big city hotels still lags, the pandemic may permanently change the industry’s approach to services like housekeeping and check in. But employees fear for their jobs.

Nuris Deras Melos is a housekeeper at the Hilton Seattle. Despite what has been called a labor shortage in the hotel industry, she has only been called back part time as the pandemic has ebbed. Photo: Ruth Fremson/The New York Times

By Concepción de León

When Alex Diaz was furloughed last March, along with most of his colleagues, he did not expect to be back anytime soon.

“The feeling walking out the door that day was that this was going to be pretty drastic,” said Diaz, who had worked as a convention banquet bartender for the Red Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas for 15 years.

But he thought that when he did return to work, he’d retain the seniority benefits he’d acquired, which would soon guarantee him a full-time job with health insurance.

Instead, this spring, he found himself…

With the suborbital flights made by Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson this month, the privatization of the space industry has crossed the point of no return

An image provided by NASA/Ben Smegelsky shows a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket soaring upward after launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on April 23, 2021. Photo: NASA/Ben Smegelsky via The New York Times

By David Streitfeld and Erin Woo

The anniversary of the Apollo moon landing marked one small step for space travel but a giant leap for space billionaires.

Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson vividly demonstrated this month that soaring up to the near reaches of the sky appeared safe and, above all, a lark. The planet has so many problems that it is a relief to escape them even for 10 minutes, which was about the length of the suborbital rides offered by the entrepreneurs through their respective companies, Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic.

But beyond the dazzlement was a deeper…

The vaccines are effective, but they are not a golden shield against the coronavirus, particularly not the Delta variant

A nurse administers COVID vaccines from a van in the Bronx, July 20, 2021. Photo: James Estrin/The New York Times

By Apoorva Mandavilli

A wedding in Oklahoma leads to 15 vaccinated guests becoming infected with the coronavirus. Raucous Fourth of July celebrations disperse the virus from Provincetown, Massachusetts, to dozens of places across the country, sometimes carried by fully vaccinated celebrants.

As the delta variant surges across the nation, reports of infections in vaccinated people have become increasingly frequent — including, most recently, among at least six Texas Democrats, a White House aide and an aide to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

The highly contagious variant, combined with a lagging vaccination campaign and the near absence of preventive restrictions, is fueling…

Neural networks could give online education a boost by providing automated feedback to students

Illustration: Juan Bernabeu/The New York Times

By Cade Metz

This spring, Philips Pham was among the more than 12,000 people in 148 countries who took an online class called Code in Place. Run by Stanford University, the course taught the fundamentals of computer programming.

Four weeks in, Pham, a 23-year-old student living at the southern tip of Sweden, typed his way through the first test, trying to write a program that could draw waves of tiny blue diamonds across a black-and-white grid. Several days later, he received a detailed critique of his code.

It applauded his work but also pinpointed an error. “Seems like you have…

The disruption to child care could have long-term career costs, and the ones likeliest to pay are mothers

Maria Rapier, center with her husband, Beau Rapier, and their daughter Guinevere at home in Oakland, Calif. A mother of three, Ms. Rapier left a job to take a less demanding position. Photo: Carolyn Fong for The New York Times

By Claire Cain Miller

Millions of parents, mostly mothers, have stopped working for pay because of the pandemic child care crisis. But for many more who have held on to their jobs, child care demands have also affected their careers, often in less visible ways. They have worked fewer hours, declined assignments or decided not to take a promotion or pursue a new job.

Economists call this the intensive margin — how much people work, as opposed to how many are in the labor force — and it’s harder to quantify in official employment statistics. Yet there is evidence that…

Not having to commute was the equivalent of a big bonus for many employees. In the future, bosses may expect more hours in exchange for remote work, an economist says.

Illustration: Danlin Zhang/The New York Times

By Austan Goolsbee

Millions of Americans have gotten a taste of working from home during the pandemic, and, boy, have they liked it.

Almost two-thirds of U.S. workers in a McKinsey survey at the start of the year said they wanted to work from home at least three days a week when the pandemic was over.

But battles are coming. People tend to think the fights will be over whether employers will allow remote work in the future. But a more vexing struggle may be over whether employers take most or all of these newfound benefits for themselves — not…

The stock trading app is opening its initial public offering and investor presentations to everyday investors. The risks are significant.

Robinhood plans to sell as much as a third of its initial public offering, or $770 million of shares, directly to customers through its app. Photo: Amy Lombard for The New York Times

By Erin Griffith and Lauren Hirsch

SAN FRANCISCO — When Vlad Tenev and Baiju Bhatt created the stock trading app Robinhood in 2013, the entrepreneurs declared that their mission was to democratize Wall Street and make finance accessible to all. Now, as they prepare to make their company public, they are taking that ethos to a new extreme.

Tenev and Bhatt have long discussed how Robinhood’s initial public offering would be more open than any other offering that came before it, three people close to the company said. This week, the two founders laid out the details: Robinhood plans to…

There are star hirings and hundreds of millions in donations. But not every institution is sharing in the bounty, and some are struggling to survive.

New donations and federal funding for historically Black colleges, like Clark Atlanta University, have brought sudden recognition of institutions that have educated Black Americans when other colleges discriminated against them. Photo: Bee Trofort for The New York Times

By Stephanie Saul

Historically Black colleges and universities are having a moment, one that many educators say is more than a century overdue.

It may have started with the new vice president, Kamala Harris, who has celebrated her roots at Howard University, calling it “a place that shaped her.” Howard, in Washington, also recently announced a string of high-profile hirings, including writers Ta-Nehisi Coates and Nikole Hannah-Jones and actor Phylicia Rashad, who was appointed dean of the fine arts program.

Athletic programs are landing top recruits and making big-name hires. Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida, recently announced that Reggie…

The stresses of the pandemic and the demands for equity have moved many independent-restaurant workers to start labor-union drives. Will they get results?

The employees of Tattersall Distilling in Minneapolis successfully unionized last August, and have inspired other workers to do the same. Photo: Jenn Ackerman for The New York Times

By Priya Krishna

Worried about returning to work during a pandemic and galvanized by the racial-justice protests throughout their city, 17 cocktail-room employees at Tattersall Distilling in Minneapolis told the owners during a staff meeting in June 2020 that they intended to form a union. They wanted personal protective equipment, overtime pay and anti-racism training.

“We all felt a sense of urgency and, I mean, legitimate fear,” said Krystle D’Alencar, a bartender and server. “Many of us, including me, live paycheck to paycheck.”

The owners, Jon Kreidler and Dan Oskey, pushed back on Tattersall’s social media accounts: “We don’t believe…

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