'I'm still trying to understand': Family speaks out after 15-year-old's suicide

Hannah Zang is grappling with the death of her 15-year-old brother, Tanton Zang, who died by suicide in August 2020. She says the pandemic may have deepened her brother’s depression. 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, 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.

Opinion | After the Beirut explosion, enough is enough. This government must go.

Lebanese-American writer Rabih Alameddine says the Beirut blast is the latest reminder that Lebanon's neglectful governments have, for years, not cared about the people. Alameddine is the author of "An Unnecessary Woman" and "The Angel of History."

‘Our government is gambling with human life’

Renters and experts brace for an ‘unprecedented’ eviction wave as federal relief bill stalls

Opinion | Andrew Young on John Lewis: ‘We chose to give our lives for peace’

Civil rights leader Andrew Young, a former U.N. ambassador and congressman, reflects on Rep. John Lewis and the nonviolent tactics they used in the 1960s.

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.

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.

Opinion | Impeachment: Why so much is at stake

The impeachment inquiry into President Trump has exposed troubling cracks in the political system.

'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.

‘Part of me died that night’: Life after surviving the Charleston church shooting

Felicia Sanders is grappling with an unexpected casualty of the deadly Emanuel AME shooting — the loss of connection to the church that shaped her life. Sanders survived the 2015 shooting by playing dead as a gunman killed nine people attending Bible study. For survivors of mass shootings, their emotional and psychological wounds are often unrecognized. Sanders says the overwhelming media attention and calls for unity and solidarity by the church have not translated into actual emotional support for survivors like her. In her eyes, the church’s leaders failed to privately minister to the most vulnerable, even as they publicly called for forgiveness and healing. Sanders, Emanuel AME senior pastor Rev. Eric S.C. Manning, and Jennifer Berry Hawes, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter of the Post and Courier and author of 'Grace Will Lead Us Home', spoke to The Post about the aftermath of the shooting.

A massacre, erased

In the spring of 1989, Chinese pro-democracy activists filled Beijing's Tiananmen Square. For weeks, the protesters, led by students, stood in unprecedented defiance of the Communist regime. They called for respect for human rights and greater political participation amid the ambitious economic reforms spearhead by then-leader Deng Xiaoping. The protests eventually spread to 400 cities across China. Communist Party leaders, however, saw the protests as a threat to their hold on power and the political system. On the morning of June 4, the government sent armed troops to dissolve the demonstration in Tiananmen Square, killing and arresting activists. Though there is no official death toll, estimates range from several hundred to more than 10,000. The day is thought to be one of the bloodiest political crackdowns in modern history.

Why did Kamala Harris withhold support for special investigations of police shootings? | Fact Checker

Sen. Kamala Harris was asked on CNN about her criminal justice record as California's attorney general.

#FreeJason: The inside story of The Post’s role in global efforts to free Jason Rezaian from Iran.

For 544 days, Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian sat behind bars in Iran’s notorious Evin prison, charged with espionage. His only “crime” was practicing journalism, but he became an unwitting bargaining chip in Iran’s international nuclear negotiations. This is the behind-the-scenes story of how The Post rallied for the return of its reporter and for press freedom everywhere.

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.

Gunned down: 24 hours across America

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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