Opinion | 'A bittersweet experience': What it was like to be in the Watergate prosecutor's office

Philip Allen Lacovara's job as counsel to the special prosecutor seeped into his personal life. One worry? Whether President Nixon's team was tapping his phones.

Opinion | In remembering a president, don't forget the lives he destroyed

George H.W. Bush is being praised for leaving the world a more peaceful, stable place. But the people affected by the 41st president's foreign policies have a darker view, says Opinions editor Christian Caryl.

Gunned down: 24 hours across America

Mass shootings grip our attention, but people are gunned down every day in America. Monday was particularly violent.

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.

The misery of the Carolinas in Florence's wide path of destruction

Before the first arrived, Hurricane Florence's sharp winds and historic rainfall came first for New Bern, N.C., a gracious 300-year-old town that took its name from the capital of Switzerland, went on to invent Pepsi-Cola and lured new residents by its beauty — at the juncture of two picturesque rivers, the Neuse and the Trent. 

When the storm made landfall early Friday morning, rainwater saturated New Bern from above, and coastal seawater overwhelmed it from the ground, surging up those rivers, flipping boats, stranding hundreds in their homes, and showing Carolinians both north and south what was coming next.

How Awkwafina became the breakout star of 2018

This weekend, Nora Lum — known by her fans as Awkwafina — will become the first Asian woman to host "Saturday Night Live" in 18 years and only the second to do so in the show's 43-year history. 

A rapper, actress and comedian, Awkwafina broke into the mainstrem during a pivotal moment for Asian Americans in Hollywood, an industry just beginning to reckon with the importance of representation and inclusion. Most recently, Awkwafina was a part of Jon M. Chu's film "Crazy Rich Asians." which features a predominantly Asian cast and was the highest grossing romantic comedy in a decade, unadjusted for inflation.

Caught in the inferno: How the Camp Fire overwhelmed Paradise

It's been five days since the start of the deadliest and most destructive fire in California history. Already miles of land have been burned and thousands of homes reduced to rubble. At least 42 people have been found dead; many of them were trapped in their cars while trying to escape the inferno.

Inside the room for Kavanaugh's testimony on sexual assault allegations

For the first half of Thursday, while Professor Christine Blasey Ford alleged to the Senate Judiciary Committee that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in high school, the Supreme Court nominee did not watch. He instead prepared for his own grueling testimony, which consumed the second half of this historic Washington day.

During his testimony, Kavanaugh displayed a full range of emotions: anger at the process, defiance toward Democratic senators and grief over the harm done to his family and reputation. He repeatedly, emphatically denied Ford's allegations.

Inside the room during Christine Blasey Ford's testimony

For hours Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford recalled with composure her memory from a 1982 summer night, when she alleges Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her. At the time, they were students at elite prep schools in the Washington area. 

Ford, who has a PhD and studied the effects of trauma on survivors, spoke of the alleged act as a person affected by it personally as someone capable of analyzing the aftermath through the lens of a professional expert.
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