Gazans flee after Israel warns of coming assault

Tens of thousands flee from their homes as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says “a significant blow” to Hamas could restore long-term calm.

Russian intervention feared imminent in Ukraine

Moscow warns of “irreversible consequences” as the rhetoric escalates sharply after a Russian civilian was killed. Ukrainian officials deny lobbing a deadly shell across the border.

Fans cheer in Berlin after Germany scores. (Getty)

A collective scream of German pride

The World Cup win — Germany’s first as a united team following reunification — will be remembered as a touchstone moment.

Local News

This week starts steamy, and storms could be severe. Next: Polar cooldown.

This week starts steamy, and storms could be severe. Next: Polar cooldown.<br>

WEATHER GANG | The cold front will arrive Wednesday. Until then, expect to be wet and overheated.

‘Is it a crime to want to give your children a better future?’

‘Is it a crime to want to give your children a better future?’

Desperate to be reunited, a D.C. mom had her kids smuggled to the United States from Honduras.

This Md. Republican puts his foot down a lot. D.C. pot is his latest target.

This Md. Republican puts his foot down a lot. D.C. pot is his latest target.<br>

U.S. Rep. Harris also equates mandated insurance coverage of contraception to burning churches.

Not swollen with silicone or frozen in time: Plastic surgery to stay ‘relevant’

Not swollen with silicone or frozen in time: Plastic surgery to stay ‘relevant’

In the nation’s capital, everyone is exhausted, but no one can look tired. That’s where the doctors come in.

WASHINGTON, DC- JUNE 26, 2014: The front gate of the Park Southern complex is bent and broken and inoperable. The Park Southern Towers has many maintenance-related problems due to negligence and lack of care by the owner. Vesta, new management company is now taking steps to clean and fix the place up. (Photo by Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post)

Park Southern's front gate is inoperable. (M. Williamson/Post)

This apartment complex is crumbling — in a lot of ways

The nonprofit that owns the SE D.C. apartments has defaulted on a government loan, and the decline raises questions about management and politics.

Morning Mix

Stories from all over

Argentina's agony. (AP/Getty)

Argentina's agony. (AP/Getty)

For Argentina and Lionel Messi, a crushing moment

It wasn’t just a game. And it wasn’t just a loss.

New bill would ban suspensions
for the District’s pre-K students

New bill would ban suspensions <br>for the District’s pre-K students

The proposal comes after a report detailed high suspension rates that disproportionately affect minorities.

7 things to do this week — for free

7 things to do this week — for free

GOING OUT GUIDE | Go to a “Glee” star’s book signing or hit one of the nation’s largest arts festivals.

More Top Stories

Sleep disorders, PTSD may increase risk of Alzheimer’s, study finds

Sleep disorders, PTSD may increase risk of Alzheimer’s, study finds

But there are tools to help prevent dementia, such as exercise and stimulating games or puzzles.

In the red state of Alaska, a Democrat banks on his ability to nag Obama

In the red state of Alaska,  a Democrat banks on his ability to nag Obama

Seeking reelection to the Senate, Mark Begich promises to be “a total thorn” in Washington.

A ‘Leftovers’ side character emerges as most dysfunctional, most fascinating

A ‘Leftovers’ side character emerges as most dysfunctional, most fascinating

RECAP | Episode 3 dives into a religious leader’s big challenges and some questionable choices.

Local Columnists

Lifelong readers think back on their read-letter moments

Lifelong readers think back on their read-letter moments

COLUMN | From street signs to newspaper comics to graffiti, readers remember how they learned to read.

Sports

Nats thump Phillies to wrap up season’s first half

Nats thump Phillies to wrap up season’s first half

Jayson Werth hit a three-run homer and Tanner Roark pitched seven strong innings in the victory.

Real Estate

Town Square | New condos to jazz up U Street corridor

Town Square | New condos to jazz up U Street corridor

Also D.C. is ranked America’s most walkable city.

Lifestyle

Not swollen with silicone or frozen in time: Plastic surgery to stay ‘relevant’

Not swollen with silicone or frozen in time: Plastic surgery to stay ‘relevant’

In the nation’s capital, everyone is exhausted, but no one can look tired. That’s where the doctors come in.

Arts

In ‘Rodney King,’ a whispered evocation of the L.A. riots

In ‘Rodney King,’ a whispered evocation of the L.A. riots

Production examines public, private life of figure whose abuse by police inflamed racial tensions.

Federal Government

House hearing examines ‘viability’ of senior executive service

House hearing examines ‘viability’ of senior executive service

FEDERAL DIARY | GOP House members consider federal senior executives to be overpaid and overprotected.

Discussions

What to Watch: Some of your favorites didn’t get Emmy nods. Stop complaining.

What to Watch: Some of your favorites didn’t get Emmy nods. Stop complaining.

Q&A TRANSCRIPT | Hank Stuever discussed the Emmy nominations and what’s coming in the fall TV season.

Business

Will 2014 be ‘a lost year’ for Washington’s local economy?

Will 2014 be ‘a lost year’ for Washington’s local economy?

Job growth is scant, the housing market is tepid and the region’s slow slog may continue.

Diversions