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She survived the Charleston church shooting. Now she feels rejected by her house of worship.

Since 1966, at least 1,165 people have been killed in 163 mass shootings across the United States. The numbers are staggering, yet death tolls don’t capture the devastating ripple effects of gun violence on survivors.
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The land was worth millions. A Big Ag corporation sold it to Sonny Perdue’s company for $250,000.

An investigation by The Washington Post has found that agricultural company Archer-Daniels-Midland sold a grain storage plant worth millions for a fraction of its value to Sonny Perdue shortly before he became secretary of agriculture.
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'Tank Man' photographer: 'I will never forget the laughter'

Jeff Widener’s iconic ‘Tank Man’ photograph came to symbolize the brutality of the crackdown in China's Tiananmen Square. Thirty years later, Widener shares new details about his experience covering the massacre.
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'We were all survivors of a massacre': Tiananmen protest leader remembers crackdown

Wu’er Kaixi was a prominent leader of the 1989 pro-democracy movement in China. He and other students led a hunger strike and met with then-Premier Li Peng to demand freedom and dialogue. After the Tiananmen crackdown, Wu'er was listed on China’s most wanted list. Thirty years later, he still lives in exile.
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'I'm still trying to understand': Family speaks out after 15-year-old's suicide

During the pandemic, studies have shown a stark increase in symptoms of anxiety and depression among adolescents and young adults, according to the CDC. One in four young adults said they seriously contemplated taking their own life. By speaking publicly about her brother's death, Hannah Zang hopes to normalize talking about suicide and seeking professional help for mental health concerns. Post health reporter William Wan and CDC statistician Sally Curtin comment on the country’s broken mental health infrastructure.
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Opinion | Lessons from Ahmaud Arbery's killing that you already knew

The killing of black jogger Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia on Feb. 23 has punctuated what many African Americans already feel: Fear changes black bodies into threats. This rendition of the poem ‘Black 101’ memorializes the innocent lives that poet Frank X Walker says are terrorized by white rage. Part of this video appears to show Arbery’s fatal shooting. Two white men, Gregory McMichael and his son, Travis, have been arrested and charged with murder.
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First Hurricane Matthew, then Florence: A Town in Constant Recovery

The Lumber River has long been treasured, for centuries sustaining Native Americans and the European settlers who sought to build a community in North Carolina. Water from the 133-mile-long river fed fishermen, transported travelers and provided a natural bath for baptisms. 

But the river has morphed into an invasive threat. Two years ago, when Hurricane Matthew hit, the Lumber spilled over its banks and into Lumberton's poorest neighborhoods, carrying away cars and washing out homes. Experts call it a 1,000-year flood. But just 23 months later — on Sept. 14 — Hurricane Florence's historic rains swelled the river again, further devastating the city.
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The improbability of Nancy Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi was raised to be holy, not speaker of the House. But the daughter of a Baltimore mayor eventually joined the family trade, running for Congress in her 40s after raising five children. Now, as she turns 80 on March 26, she is the most powerful woman in American history.
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What Breonna Taylor’s killing reveals about police use of no-knock warrants

No-knock raids, considered one of the most dangerous and intrusive policing tactics, have been at the center of a debate in recent years over police use of force. At least 22 people have been killed by police nationwide carrying out no-knock warrants since 2015, according to a Post investigation.
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Opinion | The crackdown didn’t just happen in Beijing: A journalist corrects the record on Tiananmen

Hundreds, if not thousands, of people were killed in June 1989, when Chinese soldiers open fired on unarmed civilians in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. But the crackdown didn’t just happen in the capital, says journalist and author Louisa Lim. It happened in cities such as Chengdu, in a square referred to as “Little Tiananmen.” Lim pursued a trail of evidence — eyewitness accounts, contemporaneous records and photographs — to write a book and correct the historical record.
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Riding the bus in a pandemic

In the middle of a pandemic, mostly low-income Washingtonians are riding the bus. It is a lifeline through poorer areas of the nation’s capital where food and services can be hard to reach. And it tells the story of a crisis that existed long before the coronavirus hit.
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'We shall never surrender': Three days of chaos in Hong Kong

Over the past few days, Hong Kong descended into some of the worst violence yet between protesters and police. But young people upset with China’s influence in the autonomous territory say they are undeterred by the aggressive actions of the Hong Kong police force, Beijing’s growing intimidation and the start of a new school year. The events of the past weekend show how the concerns of Hong Kongers are not going away.
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How U.S. leaders deliberately misled the public about America’s longest war

A confidential trove of government documents obtained by The Washington Post in 2019 revealed that senior U.S. officials failed to tell the truth about the war in Afghanistan, making rosy pronouncements they knew to be false and hiding unmistakable evidence the war had become unwinnable. Nearly twenty years after the war began, President Biden has decided to withdraw troops.
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Iran embassy hostages are still waiting for promised compensation forty years after their release

In 2015, Congress passed a law to pay restitution to the Americans taken hostage at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran from 1979 to 1981. But the funds have run dry.
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What climate activists from six countries want to see at COP26

Thousands of people are expected to march in Glasgow, Scotland, to push for climate action and protest the disparate impacts of climate change on vulnerable communities and countries. 
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Inside New York City’s supervised consumption site for illegal drugs

The nation’s first sanctioned overdose prevention centers where people can use illegal drugs under supervision opened in New York City on Nov. 30, 2021, as the number of U.S. overdose deaths continues to soar. The sites are supported by state and local officials, but similar facilities were deemed illegal under the federal "crack house statute" by former President Trump's Justice Department in January 2021. Advocates hope the openings spur a shift toward offering services legally nationwide.
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