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2021 Houston Chronicle Year in Pictures

When a novel virus first surfaced in China, it followed a path that public health experts in the U.S. had feared for years. But as COVID-19 quickly spread, it became clear that officials at all levels of government were unprepared — despite the warnings. This series documents how Texas public officials failed to protect the public, leaving millions of people exposed.

Visual essay: Hurricane Laura’s destructive path
Houston Chronicle photojournalists’ best photos from 2019

Abuse of Faith

In the past 20 years, a disturbing number of Southern Baptists with formal church roles have engaged in sexual misconduct, an investigation by the Houston Chronicle reveals. They were pastors. Deacons. Youth pastors. They left behind more than 700 victims. Read and hear the stories of those victims, and learn the depths of the crimes and misconduct of the church leaders they trusted.

Best photos from 2017
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