At Career Fairs, Anxiety and Hope for Job-Seekers
Topic: Career Fairs and the Economic Crisis
On the Route to the Concert, the Day’s Joyous Vibe Goes Off-Message
Topic: Election 2008: Views from the Inauguration
“You feed the rest of your world with your filth!” screamed the man with the bullhorn. It had all been going so well. Tens of thousands of spectators were bundled up and making their way to the Mall for the inaugural concert when their joyous pipeline of humanity ran smack into — how should we say this? — a contrarian spirit.
Whitman-Walker, a Longtime Front in AIDS War, Moves Out
Topic: AIDS Clinic Moving
The last of the boxes were hauled away yesterday from the Whitman-Walker Clinic at 1407 S St. NW. The moving truck made its final run. The rooms were empty. The heat was off.
American Speaks, and a South Carolina Barbershop Exults
The morning sun shone down on Willie Pearson as he unlocked the front door of Pearson’s Westside Barbershop and reached for the lights. Everything was just as he left it the night before: five barber chairs, the smell of talc and liniment, and a photo of Joe Frazier hanging above the mirror.
God, Country and McCain
Topic: Election 2008: Different Views
At Liberty University, Republican Students Campaign Hard, Fearing a New Era of Liberal Activism if Obama Prevails
Claire Ayendi is dealing with the fading kick of two double shots of espresso. It’s the eve of homecoming weekend at Liberty University, and Ayendi, the president of the college Republican club, is trying to rig up a parade float in support of Sen. John McCain. She whips around Lynchburg in her Infiniti SUV, a pink iPod shuffling a mix of indie tunes as she mobilizes her fellow soldiers via cellphone: “If you happen to see a big ‘Virginia is McCain Country’ sign, could you, perchance, ask to, like, borrow it a few hours?”
Gray Vote No Longer Reliably Red
Topic: Election 2008: Different Views
In a Florida Retirement Community, Residents Are Uncharacteristically Split
The sign over the woodworking shop says “Sawdust Engineers,” and there was a time when the men now bent over the tools used to put on ties or make sales calls, building their pensions so they could one day leave the rat race for this warm world of unbroken sunshine.
Politics at the Five-and-Dime
Where Pennies Matter, Change Is a Powerful Idea
Pam Fleck has just finished vacuuming and scrubbing her mobile home into potpourri perfection when her phone rings and it’s her sister, Sherry. Sherry lives over in Brighton. She drives a school bus, likes to hunt and votes Republican.
Anne Hull on 207
Maine college honors Washington Post reporter
Two Portraits of a Bioterror Suspect
As FBI Paints Ivins as Killer, Friends Recall Him as Good, if Flawed
Two days before he was found unconscious at home, felled by a lethal dose of Tylenol and valium, microbiologist Bruce E. Ivins logged on to one of the “express computers” on the second floor of the library in downtown Frederick.
After Anthrax Scientist’s Threats, Counselor Faced a Hard Choice
On the morning of July 10, Jean C. Duley decided she had a phone call to make. She had agonized all night. Her counseling client, Bruce E. Ivins, had announced in a group therapy session the evening before that he was a suspect in the 2001 anthrax investigation and had a plan to kill his co-workers.
Co-Workers Praise Ivins as Top Researcher, Mentor to Young Scientists
Bruce E. Ivins was the type of colleague who would leave a package of M&Ms on the desk of his frazzled boss. He was a “Survivor” junkie who loved deconstructing the latest episode at work. He was known for his groundbreaking development of new-generation vaccines for anthrax but he also kept a flatulence machine in his office that he mischievously operated by remote control with unsuspecting co-workers.
Acquaintances and Counselor Recall the Scientist’s Dark Side
More than a year before the anthrax attacks that killed five people in 2001, Bruce E. Ivins told a counselor that he was interested in a young woman who lived out of town and that he had “mixed poison” that he took with him when he went to watch her play in a soccer match.
Tales of Addiction, Anxiety, Ranting
Scientist, Counselor Recount Recent Turmoil in Anthrax Suspect’s Life
Late last fall, Bruce E. Ivins was drinking a liter of vodka some nights, taking large doses of sleeping pills and anti-anxiety drugs, and typing out rambling e-mails into the early morning hours, according to a fellow scientist who helped him through this period.
Midwest Underwater, but Some Rivers Falling
Floodwaters broke through an aging levee here Saturday, swallowing a section of the city’s northeast side where authorities had evacuated about 200 homes and 35 businesses, as severe flooding continued to plague the state and other parts of the Midwest.
Leniency Suggested for Officer Who Shot Herself
An Army hearing officer recommended yesterday that 1st Lt. Elizabeth Whiteside, a patient undergoing psychiatric treatment at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, should not face a court-martial or other administrative punishment for having endangered the life of another soldier and attempting suicide while in Iraq.
A Soldier’s Officer
In a nondescript conference room at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, 1st Lt. Elizabeth Whiteside listened last week as an Army prosecutor outlined the criminal case against her in a preliminary hearing. The charges: attempting suicide and endangering the life of another soldier while serving in Iraq.
VA Doubles Disability Aid for Iraq War Veteran
Department Responds to Appeals of PTSD Patient
The Department of Veterans Affairs this week doubled the disability benefits of a West Virginia soldier who has been fighting for more compensation since he returned from Iraq, and assured him that he will receive immediate access to more mental health services to treat his post-traumatic stress disorder.
A Wife’s Battle
When Her Soldier Returned From Baghdad, Michelle Turner Picked Up the Burden of War
M ichelle Turner’s husband sits in the recliner with the shades drawn. He washes down his Zoloft with Mountain Dew. On the phone in the other room, Michelle is pleading with the utility company to keep their power on.
Almost Home, but Facing More Delays at Walter Reed
Soldier Is Told Paperwork Errors Will Slow Retirement
After nearly three years as an outpatient at Walter Reed Medical Center, Staff Sgt. John Daniel Shannon had begun the wrenching process of turning himself into a civilian.
Little Relief on Ward 53
On the military plane that crossed the ocean at night, the wounded lay in stretchers stacked three high. The drone of engines was broken by the occasional sound of moaning. Sedated and sleeping, Pfc. Joshua Calloway was at the top of one stack last September. Unlike the others around him, Calloway was handcuffed to his stretcher.
Soldier Finds Comfort at Dark Journey’s End
Everything in Ward 3D East is locked, even the windows. Located inside the District of Columbia VA Medical Center, only three miles from the Veterans Affairs headquarters where national health policies are made, the psychiatric ward is a refuge for mentally ill homeless veterans and those plagued by drug and alcohol addictions. This is where Lt. Sylvia Blackwood drove herself before the sun came up one April morning and stayed for seven grim days.
The War Inside
Troops Are Returning From the Battlefield With Psychological Wounds, But the Mental-Health System That Serves Them Makes Healing Difficult
Army Spec. Jeans Cruz helped capture Saddam Hussein. When he came home to the Bronx, important people called him a war hero and promised to help him start a new life. The mayor of New York, officials of his parents’ home town in Puerto Rico, the borough president and other local dignitaries honored him with plaques and silk parade sashes. They handed him their business cards and urged him to phone.
It Is Not Just Walter Reed
Ray Oliva went into the spare bedroom in his home in Kelseyville, Calif., to wrestle with his feelings. He didn’t know a single soldier at Walter Reed, but he felt he knew them all. He worried about the wounded who were entering the world of military health care, which he knew all too well. His own VA hospital in Livermore was a mess. The gown he wore was torn. The wheelchairs were old and broken.
Hospital Officials Knew of Neglect
Top officials at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, including the Army’s surgeon general, have heard complaints about outpatient neglect from family members, veterans groups and members of Congress for more than three years.
Swift Action Promised at Walter Reed
The White House and congressional leaders called yesterday for swift investigation and repair of the problems plaguing outpatient care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, as veterans groups and members of Congress in both parties expressed outrage over substandard housing and the slow, dysfunctional bureaucracy there.
Hospital Investigates Former Aid Chief
For the past three years, Michael J. Wagner directed the Army’s largest effort to help the most vulnerable soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. His office in Room 3E01 of the world-renowned hospital was supposed to match big-hearted donors with thousands of wounded soldiers who could not afford to feed their children, pay mortgages, buy plane tickets or put up visiting families in nearby hotels.
Army Fixing Patients’ Housing
Walter Reed Army Medical Center began repairs yesterday on Building 18, a former hotel that is used to house outpatients recuperating from injuries suffered in Iraq and Afghanistan and that has been plagued with mold, leaky plumbing and a broken elevator.
The Hotel Aftermath
The guests of Mologne House have been blown up, shot, crushed and shaken, and now their convalescence takes place among the chandeliers and wingback chairs of the 200-room hotel on the grounds of Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
Soldiers Face Neglect, Frustration At Army’s Top Medical Facility
Behind the door of Army Spec. Jeremy Duncan’s room, part of the wall is torn and hangs in the air, weighted down with black mold. When the wounded combat engineer stands in his shower and looks up, he can see the bathtub on the floor above through a rotted hole. The entire building, constructed between the world wars, often smells like greasy carry-out. Signs of neglect are everywhere: mouse droppings, belly-up cockroaches, stained carpets, cheap mattresses.
The Army vs. Spec Richmond
Edward Richmond Jr. says he was doing his duty when he shot a civilian in Iraq, but the Army convicted him of manslaughter. His father’s mission is to clear his name.
Relatives Dispute Karr’s Account of Whereabouts
The father and brothers of John Mark Karr, the man arrested last week on suspicion of killing JonBenet Ramsey in Colorado the day after Christmas a decade ago, do not recall his ever missing Christmas dinner in Atlanta or traveling to Colorado after the holiday, a lawyer for the family said yesterday.
JonBenet Mentioned in ’01 Probe of Suspect
Five years before John Mark Karr was arrested this week as a suspect in the killing of JonBenet Ramsey, law enforcement officials in California investigating him on child pornography charges suspected he may have been involved in the death of the 6-year-old girl, according to a former attorney for the suspect.
Questions surround JonBenet Suspect
The arrest of an American former schoolteacher in the decade-old killing of JonBenet Ramsey created a tangle of questions yesterday about whether the sensational crime has finally been solved, even as the suspect told reporters in Thailand that he had been with the child beauty queen when she died.