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Five Common Wine Myths, Debunked


Daniel Johnnes, left, and Josh MacGregor pouring wines at a dinner at Daniel aimed at debunking wine myths.They often associate sweetness with cheap jug wines, fortified wines or German wines, with the exception of dessert wines, which many people think must be consumed with or after dessert.

Finding Water in Puerto Rico: An Endless Game of Cat and Mouse

— After a day spent working in an office in the dark, without air-conditioning, Iris Díaz arrived at her neighborhood CVS drugstore desperate for what has quickly become one of the most sought-after items in Puerto Rico: bottled water.Three weeks after Hurricane Maria tore through Puerto Rico, the challenge of finding enough water to drink and cook with remains enormous across the island, even in its largest city.

You Are Special! Now Stop Being Different

Shamed at home at the dinner table with my dad, where I heard “Stop it stop it stop it what is wrong with you?When my foot was bouncing, she would stop class, point at me and say at the top of her lungs, “Jonathan, what is your problem?

Hamas, Unesco, Harvey Weinstein: Your Friday Briefing

[The New York Times]• America’s opioid epidemic isn’t limited to rural and suburban areas — it’s ravaging New York City, and the Bronx in particular.[The New York Times]
• The worst wildfires to tear through California in nearly a century show no sign of letting up.

Getting Help Where It’s Needed in Puerto Rico


Almost three weeks after Hurricane Maria devastated the island, Puerto Ricans are still in need of basic assistance.Credit
Alvin Baez/Reuters

“You can’t get sick now” in Puerto Rico, Lisandra Figueroa told The New York Times after her father died last week when breakdowns in supplies and transportation deprived him of bottled oxygen.

U.S. Will Withdraw From Unesco, Citing Its ‘Anti-Israel Bias’

The Trump administration cited mounting arrears at Unesco as among the reasons the United States was withdrawing.Credit
Francois Mori/Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration announced on Thursday that it would withdraw from Unesco, the United Nations cultural organization, after years of the United States distancing itself because of what it called the group’s “anti-Israel bias.