CHARLOTTE, N.C.—At the Polished Nail Bar on Tuesday afternoon, the Cabernet was flowing and the TVs were on. A few women were inside in various stages of relaxation. Feet dipped in tubs. Nails painted in pastel colors. Above the bar itself, the television screens were full of tension. One showed Bill Cosby, hands shackled at the waist, not long after he was sentenced to three to 10 years for drugging and raping a woman. But before long, the news focused in on one story: whether the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court would survive allegations that he drunkenly groped a 15-year-old girl when he was a high school student more than 30 years ago. Still, on this day, not quite 48 hours before Dr. Christine Blasey Ford was scheduled to testify in Washington, the talk in the salon was casual and directionless. The news was on mute. And then, someone asked the women in the room whether they believed Kavanaugh’s accuser. “I think it’s ridiculous. It’s high school. It’s high school,” said Maryann DeBlanco, as she got up from her chair. DeBlanco is in her late 40s. She has two sons, one 30, one 17. “If you had… Read full this story
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