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Can Japan find a place for female tech workers?

If Anna Matsumoto had listened to her teachers, she would have kept her inquisitive mind to herself — asking questions, they told her, interrupted class. And when, at age 15, she had to choose a course of study in her Japanese high school, she would have avoided science, a track that her male teachers said was difficult for girls. Read more

Three ways to a better chicken breast

In the 1723 cookery book The Cooks and Confectioners Dictionary author John Nott shares a recipe for chicken breasts, in which the skins get lifted and stuffed with grated bacon, anchovies and herbs. Read more

Savory, shellfish sandwiches that satisfy

Inspired by jiao yan xia, the classic Chinese dish of head-on, fried shrimp finished with a Sichuan or white pepper salt seasoning, these shrimp rolls celebrate the flavors of salt and pepper. Read more

Spicing it up with Sichuan

In this 20-minute recipe, a mixture of savory condiments coats bowlfuls of wide noodles chilled slightly by a quick rinse in cool water. Read more

A flavorful bulgogi, any way you slice it

In a decades-old, spiral-bound police community cookbook, Songza Park's recipe for “BUL KOGI (Barbecued Beef)” calls for 2 pounds of sirloin steak that you have to slice “very thin on the bias” before scoring each piece with an X. Read more

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                                A view of Casco Bay from the Eastern Promenade in Portland.
Mad about Maine

It was 1846 and poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was walking around Portland, Maine, his boyhood home, when he stopped and, as he wrote, “listened to the lashing, lulling sound of the sea just at my feet. It was a beautiful afternoon, and the harbor was full of white sails, coming and departing.” Read more

ERIN SCHAFF/THE NEW YORK TIMES / AUG. 20
                                Carvase Perrilloux Jr., two months old, at Children’s Hosptital in New Orleans. Pediatric hospitalizations for COVID-19 have soared over the summer as the highly contagious Delta variant spread across the country, according to two new studies from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
COVID-19 hospitalization rate for children soars

Pediatric hospitalizations for COVID-19 have soared over the summer as the highly contagious delta variant spread across the country, according to two new studies from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more

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                                Japan’s Shingo Kunieda and partner Takashi Sanada lost in the bronze-medal match in men’s wheelchair tennis doubles at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games on Friday.
Disabled Japanese are often invisible. Will Paralympics bring lasting light?

Before ushering in the Paralympic Games, Tokyo undertook a wave of projects to make itself more accessible to people with disabilities. Nearly all train stations now have elevators, and some have safety barriers along platform edges to protect the visually impaired. About 3,200 newly built hotel rooms are wheelchair accessible, as are stalls in many public bathrooms. Read more

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                                People cross nearly empty streets in the central business district of Auckland, New Zealand, on Friday.
An impossible task? New Zealand tries to eliminate delta variant

When New Zealand, for the first time in months, reported a case of community spread of the coronavirus Aug. 17, residents sprang into action. They stripped supermarket shelves of pasta and toilet paper, dug socked-away masks out of drawers and fled to vacation homes in the mountains or at the beach. Read more

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                                The entrance to the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. Afghans woke up Tuesday morning to the reality of an Afghanistan firmly under the control of the Taliban amid intensifying fears that their country was being subsumed by a repressive regime as it battles an escalating economic and humanitarian crisis.
After quick victory, Taliban find governing is harder

Sitting in the home of the spy chief of the fallen Afghan government, cradling a Beretta submachine gun in his lap, Mawlawi Habib Tawakol recounted how he and his fighters were surprised at how quickly they were ordered to enter Kabul Aug. 15, even after the Taliban’s rapid advance across Afghanistan. Read more

ASSOCIATED PRESS / AUG. 29
                                A vehicle is filled with gasoline at a Mobil station in Littleton, Colo.
Higher gas prices as more people hit the road for Labor Day

Motorists looking to get out of town for Labor Day weekend could see an increase in gas prices because Hurricane Ida shut down oil refineries, but pent-up demand during summer’s last hurrah likely won’t affect the large amount of vehicles expected on roadways, experts say. Read more


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