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A ‘Pearl Harbor in politics’: LBJ’s stunning decision not to seek reelection

On March 31, 1968, as he prepared for a diplomatic trip to Mexico, Vice President Hubert Humphrey heard someone knocking at the door to his apartment.<p>It was his boss, President Lyndon B. Johnson.<p>Returning from church with his daughter, Luci, and son-in-law, Patrick Nugent, the president stopped by …

Political History

In segregated D.C., few officials feared rioting. They had not considered the suffering of black residents.

Even after the deadly riots in Detroit and Newark, and smaller disturbances in dozens of other American cities during the “long, hot summer of 1967,” many Washingtonians thought that kind of trouble couldn’t happen here. And the local news media reflected that complacency.<p>There had been relatively …

Justice

After bloodshed in earlier U.S. riots, D.C. police showed restraint in 1968 unrest

Six weeks after rioting destroyed huge swaths of Washington in 1968, one of the city’s supervisors in Congress, an unrepentant segregationist named John L. McMillan, convened a committee hearing to grill public safety officials about their handling of the crisis. “Johnny Mac,” as folks called him, …

Justice

‘I still see the scars’: Those who remember 1968 see beyond the city’s progress

For 50 years, friends and relatives have advised Larry Rosen to forget about the riots.<p>But as the 94-year-old sat one recent afternoon in a Maryland retirement home, sifting through a pile of old photographs, he said his reply remains the same: “It’s hard to forget.”<p>The photos show the pharmacy he …

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Fifty years ago some called D.C. ‘the colored man’s paradise.’ Then paradise erupted.

On June 17, 1963, the body of murdered civil rights leaderMedgar Evers was borne through the streets of Washington, bound for a historic black church on 14th Street.<p>People bared their heads and wept as the hearse passed, followed by hundreds of mourners. Evers had been assassinated in Mississippi …

Black History

Who killed Martin Luther King Jr.? His family believes James Earl Ray was framed.

In the five decades since Martin Luther King Jr. was shot dead by an assassin at age 39, his children have worked tirelessly to preserve his legacy, sometimes with sharply different views on how best to do that. But they are unanimous on one key point: James Earl Ray did not kill Martin Luther King.<p>…

Black History

From the archive: Martin Luther King Jr.

<i>[Editor’s Note: This is the original editorial published by The Washington Post following the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.]</i><p>To each generation of mankind is given one or two rare spirits, touched by some divinity, who see visions and dream dreams. Committed to something outside …

Black History

‘That stain of bloodshed’: After King’s assassination, RFK calmed an angry crowd with an unforgettable speech

As darkness took hold on April 4, 1968, newly declared presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy stepped in front of a microphone atop a flatbed truck in a poor, predominantly black neighborhood in Indianapolis.<p>Looking out onto the crowd, Kennedy turned and quietly asked a city official, “Do they …

Black History

The four days in 1968 that reshaped D.C.

Disable animations<p>The day had been warm and breezy, with a high near 70. But the teeming intersection of 14th and U streets was tense. There had been an ugly fight there two days before. Objects had been thrown at police, and two arrests had been made. As the sun set, this cultural and financial …

Justice

From the archive: Dr. King Is Slain in Memphis; Troops Ordered Into City

<i>[Editor’s Note: This is the original story published by The Washington Post about the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.]</i><p>MEMPHIS, Tenn., April 4 — The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed by a sniper today when he strolled alone onto the balcony of his hotel.<p>Gov. Buford …

Law Enforcement

The Best Weekend Escapes of 2017

Southeast<p>North Carolina: Shred in Paradise<p>North Carolina's Bailey Mountain (Steve Barker)<p>North Carolina's Bailey Mountain (Steve Barker)<p>To fill the void of lift­-served bike parks in the southern ­Appalachians, Bailey Mountain Bike Park shuttles riders for $35 to the top of a private peak outside …

Hiking

Your ultimate guide to planning the best summer road trip

Jun. 9, 2017, 6:00 a.m.<p>Routes<p><b>The route</b><p>From Petrified Forest National Park in northeastern Arizona, west into Flagstaff on Interstate 40, or vice versa. This stretch incorporates a lot of history, including some of the fabled Route 66.<p><b>Miles</b><p>Read More<p>Jun. 9, 2017, 6:00 a.m.<p>Routes<p><b>The route</b><p>Los Angeles …

New Mexico

The 10 Best Conspiracy Documentaries On Netflix Right Now

<b>Last Updated: January 17th</b><p>A good conspiracy theory gets the blood running hot. It should be equal measures absurd and just-believable-enough, meaning that you’re at the very least entertained, even if you don’t take it seriously. Then it’s just good fun. Below are some of the best conspiracy …

Entertainment

North Korea sends message to Trump amid threat to fire missile 'at any time'

<b>(CNN) —</b> North Korea says it could launch an intercontinental ballistic missile "at any time," even as Pyongyang appeared to offer Donald Trump an avenue for future talks.<p>Tensions on the Korean peninsula have risen considerably since leader Kim Jong Un said in his new year's message that the country …

North Korea

What Kind of Drunk Are You, According to Science?

Ernest Hemingway, Nutty Professor, Mary Poppins, or Mr. Hyde?<p>We all have that friend who gets belligerent when wasted, screaming at a trash can that it doesn't understand the finer points of modern architecture or Al Pacino's acting<i>.</i> Or the one friend who gets so giggly that even the lamest joke …

Mary Poppins

New Jersey Governor Christie vetoes minimum wage hike to $15/hr | Reuters

(Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on Tuesday vetoed a bill to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour over the next five years.<p>Former Republican U.S. presidential candidate and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie waves as he departs after speaking during the second session at the …

New Jersey

9 fab homes with giant pivoting doors

Never too big?<p>In designing a modern home, there’s perhaps no easier way to make a statement than incorporating some larger-than-life pivoting doors. We’ve seen plenty examples crop up lately—many rendered in glass, so that the doors also become windows and walls, and others in wood, stone, or steel.<p>…

14 Top Experiences You Must Have When Visiting Florence For The First Time!

Florence is one of those cities that most of us want to experience at least once (but most likely hundreds of times)! Up there with the the likes of …

Luggage

Check out Facebook's special studio in New York City where it teaches celebrities how to use its products

Now, the so-called Facebook Media Central has become more popular than ever thanks in part to the explosion of the social network's "Live" broadcast video tool.<p>Take a peek inside and see what kind of tips Facebook's sharing with its big name guests:

Social Media

Photographs reveal the destruction left behind by ISIS in the ancient city of Palmyra

ISIS fighters seized Palmyra in May 2015, immediately raising concerns that the group would destroy the city's antiquities and artifacts that date back to the first century.<p>The group is known to loot and destroy ancient sites for both religious and financial purposes, and soon after the capture of …

China and India are changing the game for oil and gas

India and China have seen exponential growth in oil demand over the past 25 years. Combined, they consume 16 percent of the world's oil--second only to the U.S. at 20 percent. And analysts expect that by 2040, these two growing economies will double their combined consumption to 30 percent. These …

Heading to Disney World for the First Time? Here’s What No One Tells You

As you’ve likely just learned, it takes a ton of time and hundreds of Google searches to plan a family’s first trip to Walt Disney World. With four …

How to Take a Cross-Country Road Trip Without Leaving Your Apartment

This is the ultimate way to live vicariously without suffering major FOMO.<p>Gideon Jacobs, a man of many titles and contributor to Vice, has been on a …

92% of college students prefer print books to e-books, study finds

If you imagine millennials are just young people entranced by their cellphones or tablet computers, you might want to think again. According to a new study, 92% of college students would rather do their reading the old-fashioned way, with pages and not pixels.<p>The finding comes from American …

College & University

A staple wardrobe item for American women is getting a huge makeover

It's understandable, considering that the lingerie industry's behemoth Victoria Secret was founded by a man with the initial intention of welcoming them with open arms to a lingerie store.<p>Lingerie, traditionally, has been by men and for men, even if women are the ones wearing it.<p>But that's been …

Neanderthals ‘kept our early ancestors out of Europe’

Ancient teeth found in China suggest Homo sapiens was outwitted by its rivals<p>The discovery of a hoard of ancient human teeth in a Chinese cave has forced scientists to reconsider our species’ relations with our closest evolutionary cousins, the Neanderthals. The find, revealed in the science …

Humanity

5 of Our Most Popular Recipes Like You've Never Seen Them Before

We tested out our new Nest Cam by filming key steps from five of our most popular recipes.<p>We often talk about how the Test Kitchen is <i>Bon Appétit</i>'s home base. All of our recipes, from Salted–Butter Apple Galette to Red Wine–Braised Short Ribs, start here. Our Test Kitchen editors spend their days …

Cooking

How the Homeless Eat

<i>At Holy Apostles on on 28th Street and Ninth Avenue, about 1,200 lunches have been served daily for more than 33 years. Photo: ©Liz Neumark</i><p>On the eve of Pope Francis' visit to New York, I waited on the corner of Fifth Avenue -- a mere 50 yards from where he would soon be sleeping. It was the start …

Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen Host an Intimate Soiree for The Row