Gaza shelters fill as Israel vows
to press the fight

Tens of thousands flee from their homes as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netayahu 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.

8 things to know about the political landscape right now

THE FIX | The president and Republicans in Congress are done dealing with each other. Is there any cause for hope about the legislative progress?

Mario Goetze, left, celebrates after scoring for Germany. (Reuters)

  • Mario Goetze, left, celebrates after scoring for Germany.
  • (Reuters)
  • Germany’s Mario Goetze scores.
  • (AP)
  • German goalkeeper Neuer collides with Argentina's Higuain.
  • (AP)
  • Germany’s Hoewede attempts to score.
  • (Reuters)
  • Argentina’s Romero saves a shot by Germany’s Mueller.
  • (AP)
  • Germany’s Kroos kicks the ball.
  • (AFP/Getty)
  • German and Argentine players fight for the ball.
  • (AFP/Getty)
  • Argentina’s Biglia, center, heads the ball.
  • (AP)
  • Germany fans at Maracana Stadium.
  • (Reuters)

After 64 matches, World Cup leaves behind a conflicted host country

The estimated $12 billion price tag and nationwide protests — plus the failings of Brazil’s team — are a bittersweet legacy.

Local News

‘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.

Decline of D.C. housing complex raises questions about management, politics

Decline of D.C. housing complex raises questions about management, politics

The nonprofit corporation that owns the apartments in Southeast D.C. has defaulted on a government loan.

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.

Opposing D.C.’s pot law is GOP Rep. Andy Harris’s latest unpopular stance

Opposing D.C.’s pot law is GOP Rep. Andy Harris’s latest unpopular stance

He equates mandated insurance coverage of contraception to the burning of churches, too.

Nationals thump Phillies, wrap up
first half of the season with a win

Nationals thump Phillies, wrap up <br>first half of the season with a win

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

Germans and Argentines try to play nice at Smithsonian viewing party

Germans and Argentines try to play nice at Smithsonian viewing party

About 1,300 gathered in a museum courtyard with a 21-foot-high screen to revel in the World Cup final.

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.

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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.

Eric Holder says threats from Syria are ‘more frightening than anything’

Eric Holder says threats from Syria are ‘more frightening than anything’

The attorney general says reports of undetectable explosives being built gives the U.S. “extreme concern.”

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.

Why Harper Lee never wrote again

Why Harper Lee never wrote again

OUTLOOK | The reclusive author gets a chance to tell her side, and dispel rumors around “Mockingbird.”

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 give a little extra, top Phils

Nats give a little extra, top Phils

Zimmerman delivers key blow in the 10th as Nationals rally after blowing 3-0 lead against division rival.

Real Estate

A D.C. developer’s rural retreat

A D.C. developer’s rural retreat

Jim Abdo, who helped transform Logan Circle and H Street, spends many of his weekends in the country.

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