Our picks for stories to end your day:
• Search for 11-year-old continues. The search for William McQuain, the boy whose mother was found slain in their Germantown home last week, picked up again Monday as police officers, volunteers and cadaver dogs scoured a wooded swath of Montgomery County. (From the Post’s Michael S. Rosenwald: How you can help find missing children)
• Messy dispute avoided. Thousands of cleaning employees in Washington, Maryland and Virginia have secured a new four-year contract that guarantees pay raises and averts a possible strike.
• “No one would call him smart.” The first witness called Monday by Maryland Sen. Ulysses S. Currie’s defense team tangled with a federal prosecutor in court over the intelligence level of the 74-year lawmaker.
• More money to ease commuting troubles. Maryland can buy new commuter buses, Metro can pay for a new system to keep track of its buses and trains and other assets, and Alexandria can study transit options in the busy Van Dorn street corridor with federal grant money doled out Monday.
• Ad wars. As President Obama travels to Virginia Tuesday, his opponents are airing TV ads in the state to counter his efforts to sell what they are calling a second stimulus plan.