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John Oliver goes for the jugular
on critics of D.C. statehood

The most serious man in fake news took on D.C.’s absence of voting rights in Congress.

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Sexual assault by Uber driver reported in Arlington

Police say the woman got into a car different from the one she ordered and alleged the driver groped her after she couldn’t pay.

Louis Sokoloff, NIH scientist who created technique to detect and treat major brain disorders, dies at 93

Louis Sokoloff, NIH scientist who created technique to detect and treat major brain disorders, dies at 93

Based on his findings, it was possible without ever opening the skull to create images of the brain at work.

Slow-moving cold front brings a chance of rain late tonight and again tomorrow

Slow-moving cold front brings a chance of rain late tonight and again tomorrow

We’ve now tallied up about a full year’s worth of 90-degree days in the city. A cold front is set to bring a little relief.

Buddy Emmons, innovator on pedal steel guitar, dies at 78

Buddy Emmons, innovator on pedal steel guitar, dies at 78

He toured with country stars, branched out into jazz and designed his own instruments.

Pedestrian in critical condition after being hit by car on Manassas highway

Authorities said the pedestrian, a 43-year-old woman, sustained major injuries.

The Hotlist: What to see, eat, drink and do in August 2015

The Hotlist: What to see, eat, drink and do in August 2015

Welcome to the Hotlist, a monthly preview of the happenings you shouldn’t miss in the weeks ahead. Here’s what’s coming up in August.

Police: Couple charged with felony child abuse after assault on teen girl

Police: Couple charged with felony child abuse after assault on teen girl

Authorities said De’Mari Jahnessa Brannam and Laren Keiyon McMillian struck the teen with an electrical cord.

Soudelor is strongest typhoon of 2015, spinning toward Okinawa, Taiwan and China

Soudelor is strongest typhoon of 2015, spinning toward Okinawa, Taiwan and China

With wind speeds of 180 mph, Soudelor is the strongest tropical cyclone yet in 2015 -- and getting stronger.

5 free things to do during the week of Aug. 3-9

5 free things to do during the week of Aug. 3-9

The Going Out Guide recommends free things to do this week.

Sterling, Va., man pleads guilty in foiled plot to kill ex-wife

Sterling, Va., man pleads guilty in foiled plot to kill ex-wife

Man had offered $5,000 to have his ex-wife killed, not knowing he was making the offer to an undercover cop.

ACLU files suit against sheriff who allegedly handcuffed disabled children at school

The ACLU is filing a lawsuit against a Kentucky sheriff for handcuffing two children with disabilities for misbehaving in school.

How much will former Va. governor McDonnell lose in pension payments?

How much  will former Va. governor McDonnell lose in pension payments?

Given his age and years of government service, McDonnell was likely getting about $3,700 a month.

Unbearable heat, humidity in Iran were ‘completely normal,’ says local

Unbearable heat, humidity in Iran were ‘completely normal,’ says local

Iran spiked to levels about as extreme and unbearable as they get on planet Earth, but residents didn’t notice.

Cilla Black, British pop singer and TV host, dies at 72

Cilla Black, British pop singer and TV host, dies at 72

She had hits with “Alfie” and “Anyone Who Had a Heart” in the 1960s and later was a host on television shows.

The Tampa area is under water as a tropical disturbance spawns flooding rainfall

The Tampa area is under water as a tropical disturbance spawns flooding rainfall

As much as 20 inches of rain has fallen in the Tampa Bay Area over the past two weeks.

Person missing after silo collapses at quarry in Loudoun County

The fire department got a call at 6:30 a.m. about a partially collapsed silo at the Luck Stone quarry in Ashburn, Va.

Put down the spoon and sip gazpacho like you’re supposed to

Put down the spoon and sip gazpacho like you’re supposed to

The cool vegetable soup is best when sipped straight from a glass.

Va. Republicans to oust McAuliffe’s Supreme Court pick, install their own

Va. Republicans to oust McAuliffe’s Supreme Court pick, install their own

Justice Jane Marum Roush of Fairfax was sworn in last week but could be replaced as soon as next month.

Chris Christie to teachers union: You deserve a punch in the face

Chris Christie to teachers union: You deserve a punch in the face

GOP presidential hopeful says the union is the “single most destructive force in public education.”

Recap: July was toasty and juicy in Washington, D.C.

Recap: July was toasty and juicy in Washington, D.C.

It was the 11th hottest and 45th wettest July in Washington in records dating back to 1872.

A splendid ‘blue’ moon rises over Washington, D.C.

A splendid ‘blue’ moon rises over Washington, D.C.

The next blue moon won’t happen until January 2018.

Washington’s new piehouse is our favorite kind of house

Washington’s new piehouse is our favorite kind of house

Alfa Piehouse offers a wide array of sweet and savory Greek pastries, as well as salads, sandwiches and yogurt.

Loudoun County community calendar, Aug. 2-9, 2015

Events include concerts, “The Music Man” onstage, family movies, club meetings and farmers markets.

Should you rent a house or a high-rise unit? It depends on your lifestyle.

Should you rent a house or a high-rise unit? It depends on your lifestyle.

A house offers more room, flexibility -- and quiet. A high-rise offers more amenities and plenty of ways to be social.

Riding a brand-new escalator at Metro’s Bethesda stop

Riding a brand-new escalator at Metro’s Bethesda stop

Its opening created much chatter on social media.

John Oliver goes for the jugular
on critics of D.C. statehood

The most serious man in fake news took on D.C.’s absence of voting rights in Congress.

Several hiccups in Monday morning commute on Metro’s rail lines

Several hiccups in Monday morning commute on Metro’s rail lines.

Local Columns

John Kelly

John Kelly

Rank and file: Forget all those lists of best and worst. This is the only one you need to place D.C. in context.

Courtland Milloy

Courtland Milloy

Hopelessness has caused some people to lose the ability to see themselves and others as worthy.

Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

Alvarez survived nearly 9 years in a North Vietnamese prison. He’s floored by Trump‘s McCain remarks.

Courtland Milloy

Courtland Milloy

The people who stayed through the bad days of 14th street aren’t reaping the rewards of the renewal.

Photo Galleries

Got $200 and a computer? This farm could be yours.

Randy Silvers and Carolyn Berry are giving away their 18th-century horse farm to the winner of an essay contest.

Is Spread Love spreading its love too much?

The throwdown between a group of street musicians and the powerful people who are trying to stop the music.

D.C., home to absurd superlatives

A new day in Washington often means another absurd superlative for the city pops up in the news.

Fresh from the fields

Along Route 50 just outside Mardela Springs, a town in Wicomico, Md., it’s watermelon-harvesting time.

Eastern Shore pony swim marks 90th year

The annual swim from Assateague Island to Chincoteague Island is meant to thin the wild herd for its safety and preservation.

Excavation in Jamestown yields remains and a mysterious box

The discovery, portions of which are on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, sheds fresh light on the first permanent English settlement in North America.

Good, clean fun at Maryland mud run

The event urged more than 3,000 participants to raise awareness of domestic violence through a five-mile, 10-obstacle course characterized by grime and grit.

Mourning a son, brother and neighbor

Wesley West was fatally shot in the District neighborhood where he grew up and the community he strove to improve.

Our Washington

From waterfronts to monuments, Post photographers share their favorite D.C. spots.

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