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After midnight on Jan. 31, the coldest day in New York City in three years, I got an email from an unfamiliar address.
The subject line was “MDC Brooklyn without Power.”
“No heat no power no proper food,” read the anonymous message. “Over 72 hours in lockdown. Please help.”
M.D.C. is the Metropolitan Detention Center, a federal jail on the Brooklyn waterfront that houses more than 1,600 inmates. Many of them have not been convicted and are being held before trial.
Reporters at The New York Times get a lot of email. Much of it is spam, unsolicited press releases, questions or complaints about our coverage. Occasionally, there is a solid news tip. But even then, it rarely feels as urgent as this one did.
I thanked the sender, asked for details and offered my phone number. No one called or replied.
I searched Google, Twitter. There was no mention of a power outage at the M.D.C. — other than a tweet from a lawyer who had said two weeks earlier that she had recently been turned away from the jail: The staff said it had to shut down power because the jail was testing a generator.
I asked the lawyer, Betsy Ginsberg, who runs the civil rights clinic at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, if she had heard anything more since then. Yes, she replied, there had been a fire at the jail on Jan. 27, four days before.
“They have had no power since then and are on lockdowns with no lights, no corrlinks,” the email system used by inmates, she wrote. “No social calls, some units have heat and some don’t.”
I tried to imagine what it must be like to be locked in the M.D.C. without lights or heat in the dead of winter. I had written about the jail once before — which was probably why the person found my name — around Christmas 2017. I remembered how shockingly cold it was when the wind blew in off the harbor.
Now it was surely worse: That morning, it had been 2 degrees.
Ms. Ginsberg, the lawyer, told me to email Deirdre von Dornum, the lead public defender at the federal defenders office in Brooklyn, which represents hundreds of indigent inmates at the jail.
She sounded almost as if she had been expecting me.
Calls had been pouring in from the jail, Ms. von Dornum said. A phone line that connects the holding facility to the federal defenders was working, and when inmates were briefly released from their cells, they rushed to the phone.
As the temperature dropped, the inmates’ calls increased. “They sound really frightened,” she said.
Ms. von Dornum’s office had beseeched the warden for answers, but had received only curt replies, like, “legal visiting will be suspended.”
By the end of the day I had talked to several federal defenders and paralegals, gathering the accounts of about three dozen inmates.
Leaders of the correction officers’ union corroborated the inmates’ accounts of conditions at the jail. I called the M.D.C. and wrote — repeatedly — to the warden and his staff, who work for the federal Bureau of Prisons.
The next morning, Feb. 1, we published a story that described in detail the darkened world inside the jail.
By later that day, news trucks were there. The local congresswoman, Nydia Velázquez, arrived. Ms. von Dornum secured a court order to go inside and check on the inmates.
After the story was published, officials at the jail sent a statement that said there was a power failure that had “minimally” affected the facility. Ms. von Dornum said that was not the case.
Legislators and protesters arrived at the jail over the weekend, as did I. The lawmakers came out denouncing the conditions and the dismissive response of the officials in charge. Calls for action swelled, amplified by social media, where people posted videos of inmates banging on their windows en masse.
Electricians were called in to work through the weekend. The power came back Sunday night, Feb. 3 — a week after it had been knocked out by the fire — and the heat was largely restored.
This week, a lawsuit was filed by the federal defenders. At hearings before federal judges — which several lawyers had requested during the blackout to get their clients out on bail, or moved from the facility — a clearer picture of what happened began to emerge.
And on Wednesday, the United States Department of Justice announced plans to have its internal watchdog, the inspector general, investigate.
Several of my colleagues, including Joseph Goldstein, Benjamin Weiser, Christina Goldbaum and Katie Benner, helped cover the fallout, from the protests and court hearings.
We also began to reconstruct the timeline of events, through interviews with inmates, their families, their lawyers, and others.
Have I heard back — amid all of this — from the person who first sent that desperate message?
Only once. The email came a few hours after the first story appeared. It offered just a hint about who the person was.
“I just read your article,” it said. “I will let other waiting families know that you helped.”
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【同】【富】【饭】【店】，【路】【青】【他】【们】【正】【在】【聚】【餐】，【气】【氛】【火】【热】。 【除】【了】【宿】【舍】【的】【跟】【冷】【霜】【她】【们】，【还】【有】【路】【青】【比】【较】【交】【好】【的】【一】【些】【同】【学】，【也】【都】【到】【场】【了】，【基】【本】【相】【当】【于】【大】【半】【个】【班】【级】【聚】【会】【了】。 【因】【为】【人】【多】，【张】【航】【他】【们】【没】【有】【多】【聊】【昨】【晚】【的】【事】，【大】【家】【就】【着】【学】【校】【里】【的】【一】【些】【趣】【事】，【也】【聊】【的】【开】【心】。 【愉】【快】【的】【时】【间】【总】【是】【过】【得】【特】【别】【快】，【一】【个】【多】【小】【时】【后】，【众】【人】【都】【酒】【足】【饭】【饱】，【然】【后】
【进】【化】【和】【重】【置】【的】【道】【路】【都】【是】【曲】【折】【的】。——【旁】【白】【君】 【杨】【毅】【军】【带】【着】【他】【的】【人】【搬】【去】B【市】【也】【就】【是】【他】【们】【一】【行】【人】【从】N【市】【回】【来】【后】【的】【一】【周】【内】，【再】【之】【后】，B【市】【的】【防】【守】【线】【中】【陆】【续】【换】【进】【了】【他】【的】【人】，B【市】【周】【围】【也】【弄】【上】【了】【大】【大】【小】【小】【的】【路】【障】【关】【卡】。 【市】【内】【的】【居】【民】【同】【往】【常】【一】【样】，【邻】【里】【互】【相】【帮】【助】，【接】【取】【简】【单】【任】【务】，【憧】【憬】【着】【美】【好】【未】【来】。 【街】【道】【上】【还】【会】【有】【三】【两】【个】【手】
【古】【代】【氏】【族】【三】【清】【系】【列】【的】【两】【位】【国】【王】【同】【时】【开】【枪】。【那】【种】【力】【量】【实】【在】【太】【可】【怕】【了】。【化】【身】【的】【光】【芒】【覆】【盖】【了】【整】【个】【天】【空】，【让】【所】【有】【四】【面】【八】【方】【的】【僧】【侣】【都】【紧】【张】【不】【安】，【仿】【佛】【世】【界】【末】【日】【就】【要】【来】【临】【了】。 “【轰】！” 【魔】【族】【国】【王】【在】《【天】【魔】【经】》【中】【扮】【演】【了】【超】【级】【化】【身】，【魔】【法】【之】【光】【为】3000【万】。 【舒】【拉】【家】【族】【的】【国】【王】【首】【先】【挥】【舞】【着】【他】【祖】【先】【的】【武】【器】。【他】【的】【力】【量】【令】【人】【震】【惊】
【见】【过】【陈】【宫】，【外】【加】【和】【陈】【宫】【共】【事】【过】【的】【都】【知】【道】【陈】【宫】【是】【个】【什】【么】【鬼】【情】【况】，【虽】【说】【这】【个】【计】【划】【确】【实】【是】【对】【曹】【操】【有】【利】，【但】【从】【另】【一】【方】【面】【也】【绝】【对】【是】【故】【意】【搞】【曹】【操】【的】【典】【型】，【而】【曹】【操】【敢】【搞】【砸】【了】，【陈】【宫】【能】【当】【场】【和】【曹】【操】【打】【起】【来】。 “【公】【台】【当】【年】【也】【算】【是】【曹】【司】【空】【手】【下】【的】【头】【号】【谋】【臣】【吧】。”【刘】【晔】【望】【着】【房】【梁】【思】【考】【道】，“【说】【起】【来】【他】【们】【一】【开】【始】【不】【是】【配】【合】【的】【挺】【好】【的】【吗】？” “2017年香港波色生肖诗“【喂】，【臭】【丫】【头】，【还】【不】【赶】【紧】【滚】【起】【来】【做】【饭】？”【清】【歌】【躺】【着】【的】【床】【一】【震】，【人】【从】【睡】【梦】【中】【清】【醒】【过】【来】，【朦】【胧】【的】【睁】【开】【眼】【睛】，【入】【眼】【的】【是】【灰】【色】【没】【有】【涂】【油】【漆】【的】【墙】【壁】，【身】【下】【压】【着】【的】【床】【铺】【也】【是】【硬】【邦】【邦】【的】，【睡】【的】【身】【上】【泛】【疼】。 【还】【没】【有】【等】【她】【反】【应】【过】【来】，【刚】【刚】【踢】【床】【的】【人】【就】【已】【经】【上】【手】【将】【她】【从】【被】【窝】【里】【面】【扯】【出】【来】。 “【你】【一】【天】【到】【晚】【要】【死】【啊】，【睡】【睡】【睡】【的】，【你】【当】【我】【是】【免】
【不】【一】【会】【儿】。 【宋】【伟】【杰】【心】【事】【重】【重】【的】【重】【新】【走】【进】【包】【厢】，【然】【后】【朝】【着】【程】【博】【深】【深】【鞠】【躬】【道】：“【程】【少】，【事】【情】【已】【经】【查】【明】，【这】【件】【事】【都】【是】【公】【司】【的】【一】【个】【副】【总】【擅】【作】【主】【张】，【等】【回】【去】【后】，【我】【就】【会】【将】【他】【开】【除】，【还】【有】，【如】【果】【程】【少】【现】【在】【还】【愿】【继】【续】【入】【股】【的】【话】，【原】【来】【的】【条】【件】，【我】【们】【可】【以】【转】【让】【百】【分】【之】【五】【十】【的】【股】【份】【给】【您】！” “【股】【份】【就】【算】【了】。” 【程】【博】【摆】【摆】【手】：“【因】
【第】【一】【千】【一】【百】【三】【十】【二】【章】【二】【大】【总】【管】【来】【了】 【三】【角】【眼】【女】【人】【如】【果】【弃】【剑】【逃】【离】，【也】【许】【还】【有】【生】【机】，【只】【可】【惜】，【在】【最】【后】【关】【头】，【她】【还】【是】【不】【肯】【扔】【掉】【她】【的】【剑】。【这】【一】【把】【普】【通】【的】【青】【钢】【长】【剑】，【难】【道】【还】【有】【什】【么】【秘】【密】？【她】【不】【说】，【便】【不】【会】【有】【人】【知】【道】。 【浓】【烈】【的】【烟】【雾】，【已】【将】【三】【角】【眼】【女】【人】【团】【团】【裹】【住】。【烟】【雾】【里】【不】【但】【有】【雷】【鸣】【之】【声】，【还】【伴】【随】【着】【令】【人】【毛】【骨】【悚】【然】【的】【尖】【叫】【声】。
“【和】【离】【书】【我】【会】【提】【前】【准】【备】【好】【的】，【若】【是】【没】【有】【别】【的】【事】【情】【月】【颜】【就】【先】【告】【退】【了】，【我】【回】【去】【府】【里】【准】【备】【准】【备】。” “【好】【孩】【子】，【再】【点】【回】【去】【吧】，【别】【担】【心】，【有】【哀】【家】【和】【皇】【帝】【呢】，【不】【会】【让】【他】【们】【伤】【着】【你】【的】。” 【可】【能】【是】【怕】【庄】【以】【沫】【年】【纪】【小】【扛】【不】【住】【事】，【在】【她】【临】【走】【的】【时】【候】【太】【后】【紧】【紧】【的】【拉】【着】【她】【的】【手】【安】【抚】【了】【好】【一】【会】【儿】【之】【后】【才】【不】【舍】【的】【放】【了】，【还】【特】【意】【让】【自】【己】【身】【边】【最】【亲】【近】
【关】【小】【福】【的】【饭】【量】【越】【来】【越】【小】，【李】【娟】【想】【着】【办】【法】【把】【饭】【菜】【做】【的】【更】【可】【口】【一】【些】。 【可】【是】，【关】【小】【福】【压】【力】【非】【常】【大】，【村】【子】【里】【有】【人】【给】【关】【小】【福】【打】【电】【话】【要】【钱】，【特】【别】【是】【关】【小】【福】【的】【堂】【弟】【媳】【妇】，【也】【就】【是】【东】【子】【的】【母】【亲】，【一】【连】【打】【了】【好】【几】【个】【电】【话】，【当】【晚】，【关】【小】【福】【胸】【闷】【气】【短】，【噩】【梦】【连】【连】，【差】【点】【没】【醒】【过】【来】。 【早】【上】【对】【李】【娟】【说】【道】：“【我】【做】【梦】【看】【到】【一】【个】【人】【喘】【不】【过】【气】【来】，【还】