Should I Tuck or Untuck My Shirt?


First of all, I wouldn’t say skinny jeans are out of fashion. I’d say other styles are rising in popularity and maybe getting most of the attention. But if you want to wear skinny jeans, you should feel free to do so in complete confidence that no one is going to shriek “Passé!” These days, it’s

Crows Attack People on Rome Streets

ROME — On a sunny Thursday afternoon along a tree-lined street in Rome, locals shielded themselves with umbrellas. Others pulled jackets above their heads in fear. Some grabbed wooden sticks for protection.

The crows were out and the fight was on.

Two black carrion crows swooped down on the unprotected head of a woman passing by. They yanked her gray hair with their beaks and hooked her shirt with their talons. She swung at them with a shopping bag containing frozen pizza, managing to shoo them away.

“They are everywhere,” the woman, Paola Amabile, a 66-year-old retiree, said as she

As Vaccine Delays Grind on Across Africa, the Coronavirus Surges

A sudden, sharp rise in coronavirus cases in many parts of Africa could amount to a continental third wave, the World Health Organization warned on Thursday, a portent of deeper trouble for a continent whose immunization drives have been crippled by shortfalls in funding and vaccine doses.

The W.H.O., an arm of the United Nations, said test positivity had risen in 14 African countries over the last seven days, with eight reporting a surge of over 30 percent in new cases. Infections are steadily climbing in South Africa, where four of nine provinces are battling a third wave. There has

The Wedding Dress Repurposed

On May 17 at 9 a.m., Vanessa Reiser was in position, and all decked out in a $3,500 bridal dress from Lovely Bride in Manhattan specially designed for her first one-woman run through New York. The 285 miles, starting in Oswego, N.Y., and ending in J. Hood Wright Park, N.Y., would be completed over 12 days. For each of the nine counties she ran through, a donation would be made to a local domestic abuse shelter.

Ms. Reiser is not getting married; she has been married twice before (in 1998 for eight years and in 2013 for five years). And

Fragile Israeli Coalition to Oust Netanyahu Faces Growing Pressure


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking at the White House last year.
Credit…Brendan Mcdermid/Reuters

JERUSALEM — Through three inconclusive Israeli elections in 2019 and 2020, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu managed to keep his opponents at bay and remain in office. He clung to power by exacerbating divisions within the ideologically diffuse opposition, ensuring that although he could not build a majority coalition, neither could they.

Yet on Wednesday night, more than two months after an equally inconclusive fourth election, there were several of his opponents, signing an agreement that would — if barely —