(New York Times) Angela Curtis, 47, a former prison officer, was angry when she heard that Anthony D. Weiner would be speaking at her daughter’s high school graduation in Queens. As a congressman, he had lied to the public and embarrassed his family, she thought. What more did he have to say?

But then Mr. Weiner took the microphone. He invoked the “arc of the hero” and, weaving in stories of Nelson Mandela and Franklin D. Roosevelt, acknowledged his own struggle to recover from adversity.

Ms. Curtis was moved by his candor. “He deserves a chance,” she said after the speech last Saturday.

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