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VIRUS DIARY: In Beijing, finally, a tentative spring blooms

VIRUS DIARY: In Beijing, finally, a tentative spring blooms

BEIJING — The coronavirus came first in the depths of winter. As with so many places afterward, the change seeped in gradually.
Split families make pacts, duel over custody amid virus

Split families make pacts, duel over custody amid virus

As the country hunkered down to fend off the coronavirus, Carolina McAuley expected her middle school-age kids would continue to shuffle between her house and her ex-husband's — until she got sick.
Tasked with schoolwork help, many US parents lack English

Tasked with schoolwork help, many US parents lack English

Since her daughters' school closed for the coronavirus outbreak, Mariana Luna has been thrust into the role of their primary educator, like millions of parents across the U.S.
Say hello to 'Trolls,' farewell to 'Modern Family' this week

Say hello to 'Trolls,' farewell to 'Modern Family' this week

This week's entertainment offerings have a decidedly familial feel to them, and not the Force Family Fun kind.
'Modern Family' cast shares memories as series finale nears

'Modern Family' cast shares memories as series finale nears

LOS ANGELES — The group crying began after the final scene of the last episode of ABC’s “Modern Family” was taped — with the notable exception of Ed O’Neill, who plays patriarch Jay Pritchett.
Celebrity birthdays for the week of April 12-18

Celebrity birthdays for the week of April 12-18

Celebrity birthdays for the week of April 12-18 April 12: Actress Jane Withers is 94. Musician Herbie Hancock is 80. Musician John Kay of Steppenwolf is 76. Actor Ed O’Neill (“Modern Family,” ?Married...With Children”) is 74.
Alcoholics Anonymous wrestles with challenge of physical distancing

Alcoholics Anonymous wrestles with challenge of physical distancing

When the International Convention of Alcoholics Anonymous was cancelled to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it became clear the fellowship had to start getting creative.
Finding ways to socialize while keeping distant? Loopholes not worth the risk

Finding ways to socialize while keeping distant? Loopholes not worth the risk

Setting up lawn chairs in driveways for socially-distant neighbourhood parties. Talking to one another from apartment building balconies. Driving to parking lots to chat from cars parked two metres apart.
Ryan Reynolds sweetens Hayley Wickenheiser's ask for medical supplies

Ryan Reynolds sweetens Hayley Wickenheiser's ask for medical supplies

TORONTO — Hayley Wickenheiser's call for medical supplies for front-line health care workers got an assist from actor Ryan Reynolds.
What to know about malaria drug and coronavirus treatment

What to know about malaria drug and coronavirus treatment

Some politicians and doctors are sparring over whether to use hydroxychloroquine against the new coronavirus, with many scientists saying the evidence is too thin to recommend it now.