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‘Nomadland’ wins best picture at a social distanced Oscars

Chloé Zhao's "Nomadland," a wistful portrait of itinerant lives on open roads across the American West, won best picture Sunday at the 93rd Academy Awards, where the China-born Zhao became the first woman of color to win best director and a historically diverse group of winners took home awards.

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COWTOWN TO CONURBATION: New exhibit showcases Aurora’s 20th century growth

Aurora’s population grew nearly five-fold in the 1950s, clocking in around 50,000 residents by 1960, U.S. Census data show. Just 3,437 people called the city home in 1940, according to Census figures.

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Review: How a mini-navy was pivotal to Revolutionary success

In his book — "The Indispensables: The Diverse Soldier-Mariners who Shaped the County, Formed the Navy, and Rowed Washington Across the Delaware" — America's pre-navy emerges as a diverse force. They were men of many ethnicities drawn together by the lure of the sea, tested by extreme adversity and dependent on each other's skills, stamina and heart. "Marblehead was progressive for the time, with a mix of people from different races and socioeconomic backgrounds," writes O'Donnell.

Canned black beans speed a hearty stew

For this recipe from our book "COOKish," which limits recipes to just six ingredients without sacrificing flavor, we turned to canned black beans for a chili-like stew that can be on the table in about 30 minutes. Fresh Mexican chorizo sausage — not to be confused with dry-cured Spanish chorizo — comes pre-spiced, packing big flavor in one ingredient.

Genetically modified salmon head to US dinner plates

"The impact of COVID caused us to rethink our initial timeline ... no one was looking for more salmon then," she said. "We're very excited about it now. We've timed the harvest with the recovery of the economy, and we know that demand is going to continue to increase."

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Budapest orchestra performs live concert from moving truck

"I believe that live concerts are very important," Fischer said. "I think especially now that everyone is fed up with their computers and phones, people will throw them away. They will be back to socializing, getting to know each other, hugging, and talking."

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Daily readings at tomb honor Dante 700 years after his death

"There is always something new,'' Turati said. "Even if you have read and reread it, Dante always has something new to tell us."

Monet’s gardens reopening, a picture-perfect pandemic tonic

"It's frustrating because the garden has its meaning when we are sharing it," said Claire-Hélène Marron, on the team of 11 permanent gardeners. "We put a lot of effort into making it spectacular and trying to recreate the impressionist paintings."

Germany cancels Oktoberfest 2nd year over coronavirus fears

"Oktoberfest will be held again, and will be big again," he pledged.

A paper cowboy rides out his quarantine in Australian hotel

"It's an existential conversation, quite philosophical," he says. "Like, why are we here? What are we doing?"

Mexico’s last island penal colony may now host cruise ships

"The experience begins with the cruise ship or ferry arriving from Mazatalán or San Blas, to Isla Madre, and on the voyage the passengers can admire the beauty of the ocean," Torruco said. It would be quite a long ride; the four islands are located 70 miles (110 kilometers) off the Pacific coast of Nayarit state.