June 22, 2022

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- Freddy Brewster
'There is nowhere I feel safe': Election workers detail how Trump's lies upended their lives

Fulton County, Ga., election workers Wandrea 'Shaye' Moss and Ruby Freeman tell the Jan. 6 committee of the toll of Trump's false claims about them.

Earthquake: 6.1 quake reported near Khōst, Afghanistan

A magnitude 6.1 earthquake was reported near Khōst, Afghanistan, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The epicenter was further than 100 miles from a city.

- Anumita Kaur
'I need 11,000 votes, give me a break': Raffensperger details Trump's election demands

Georgia's secretary of state testifies he fielded a flood of demands from Trump after the 2020 election to address alleged election fraud.

- Arit John
State officials received scores of calls from Giuliani, other Trump allies after 2020 election

'Pressuring public servants into betraying their oath was a fundamental part of the playbook,' said committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.).

- Sarah D. Wire
'A tragic parody': State officials detail frantic pressure campaign to keep Trump in office

State officials from Arizona and Georgia testify in Jan. 6 hearing about the post-election pressure they received from Trump and his allies.

- Angela Hart
'Not safe anymore': Portland confronts the limits of its support for homeless services

Homeless encampments now spill well beyond Portland's downtown core, dividing a city that has invested liberally in support services.

Podcast: The Future of Abortion, Part 5 | Law

What went wrong with Roe vs. Wade, and why the court's effort to resolve the abortion controversy back in 1973 has instead led to decades of division.

- Francisco Vara-Orta
Column One: First gay mayor in U.S. didn't expect to be LGBTQ rights icon

He may not be recognized at Pride events nationwide, but Gene Ulrich set an LGBTQ first when he was elected mayor of a Missouri town in 1980.

- Nabih Bulos, Laura King, Tracy Wilkinson
Kremlin says death penalty possible for U.S. fighters said held by pro-Russia separatists

U.S. attorney general visits to offer help in war crimes prosecutions. Moscow says death penalty for purportedly captive Americans can't be ruled out.

- Anousha Sakoui, Leila Miller
'Chosen One' producers call cast and crew deaths and injuries an 'unfortunate accident'

The death of two actors in the Millarworld comic book adaptation "The Chosen One" was an "unfortunate accident," producers said.

Podcast: Juneteenth | Stories about Black lives

In celebration of Juneteenth, this week The Times presents episodes on the Black experience.

- Nabih Bulos
In eastern Ukraine, some stand against their defenders

In parts of eastern Ukraine, the Ukraine military is not necessarily fighting on friendly ground.

Podcast: An 'Emmett Till moment' for guns?

After the Uvalde shooting, could an 'Emmett Till moment' change the gun debate?

- Gustavo Arellano
Column: John Eastman's journey from respectable O.C. Republican to Batman villain

At some point, Eastman changed for the worse. The man I remember became a full-on culture warrior.

- Laura King
Putin alert for signs of eroding Western unity on Ukraine

Will inflation and energy woes crack Western unity over Ukraine? Putin likely hopes so.

- Doyle McManus
Column: War in Ukraine is a battle of wills and economic pain — and the West is showing fatigue

As Russia retaliates for the West's sanctions over the war, the economic pain is adding to 'Ukraine fatigue' in the U.S. as well as Europe.

- Rebecca Schneid
Juneteenth in Leimert Park — a time for celebration and reflection

Hundreds walked down Crenshaw Boulevard to eat, dance and shop as they reflected on the historic day for Black people.

- Melissa Healy
CDC recommends COVID-19 vaccines for children as young as 6 months

U.S. health officials recommended COVID-19 vaccines for infants, toddlers and preschoolers.

- Leila Miller, Anousha Sakoui, Jack Dolan
Two Netflix series actors die in Mexico after van crashes

Actors Raymundo Garduño Cruz and Juan Francisco González Aguilar of the Netflix series 'The Chosen One' are killed in car crash in Baja California.

- Christie D'Zurilla
Matthew McConaughey, 'gun responsibility' lobbyist, reveals his D.C. reform efforts

Spurred by the shooting tragedy in his hometown of Uvalde, Texas, Matthew McConaughey reveals he lobbied on Capitol Hill to urge centrist gun reform.

- Soudi Jiménez
Column One: A California city that became Little El Salvador feels the pain of separation from its parent

A town in California and another El Salvador look at each other with mixed emotions, a combination of gratitude and guilt.

- David Toledo
Podcast: To be queer in Singapore

LGBTQ rights are almost nonexistent in Singapore. But an annual Pride event draws thousands. We talk to activists about their struggle.

- Nabih Bulos
Endless shelling and dead soldiers: A vicious artillery war spreads in Ukraine

Ukraine is in a brutal artillery war, the kind not seen since World War I. Lacking better weapons, it is losing as many as 6,000 soldiers a month.

- Jeff Abbott, Kate Linthicum
He's one of Guatemala's last independent judges. Will he be forced to flee too?

Recent attacks on Judge Miguel Ángel Gálvez are part of a broader campaign on Guatemala's courts that have forced nearly two dozen judges and prosecutors into exile.

- Sarah D. Wire
Inside the MAGA world scramble to produce findings suggesting the 2020 election was stolen

How a team of cyber experts and lawyers came together in the days after the 2020 election to try to find information suggesting fraud, in an attempt to keep Trump in office despite his defeat.