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Rep. Terri Sewell, a daughter of Selma, rues her city’s lost promise

Civil rights gains helped send her to the Ivy League, then Congress. But Selma offers fewer opportunities now.


    NEW ORLEANS - FEB 21: Donegal Racing president Jerry Crawford talks with jockey Miguel Mena on February 21, 2015 at the Fair Grounds Race Track in New Orleans. Crawford says that Mena sometimes rides Donegal horses. (Photo by Edmund D. Fountain for The Washington Post)

    Jerry Crawford has two goals: Delivering Iowa for Hillary Clinton and winning the Kentucky Derby

    The political guru of Des Moines has a sideline in horse racing. It’s a metaphor come to life.


    STEVENSVILLE, MD - JULY, 7: Reproduction writing samples from the UNABOMBER, the DC Sniper, and the Jonbenet Ramsey murder, all cases worked on by forensic linguist Jim Fitzgerald. 2014. (Photo by Mike Morgan/For The Washington Post)

    Language barriers

    We leave a trail of linguistic fingerprints, but as potential evidence to a crime, is it reliable?


    WASHINGTON, DC- FEBRUARY 25, 2015:  Pasta With Pistachios    (Photo by Deb Lindsey for the Washington Post).

    Sometimes, all you want is a big bowl of pasta. This is for those times.

    The Weeknight Vegetarian finds a winter pesto that helps him indulge an occasional carbotarian urge.


    After a heart attack, well-managed exercise is key to rehabilitation

    Experts say assess your health status, start slow, keep going — and, if you can, work out with friends.

    Weddings & Romance

    Yo'av and Lily

    When our first pick can’t make the date, she suggests a friend

    They’ve both spent time in Israel. They both are shy and ambitious. ...


    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA.: Dec. 5, 2014 - HANDOUT IMAGE: NASA engineer Molly White stands outside of the Kennedy Space Center before the liftoff of the Orion spacecraft on Dec. 5, 2014. White works on Orion's heat shield. Family photo.

    Journey to Mars: Meet NASA engineer Molly White

    White works on the heat shield for Orion, the spacecraft being built to carry humans to Mars.


    Carolyn Hax: How to find out if you and a potential partner are a good fit

    The clues: How hard do you have to work to keep the peace? And do you know what love can and cannot do?

    Reliable Source

    One thing that’s real about Frank Underwood’s Washington? The TV reporters.

    The Netflix drama might be over-the-top, but a handful of TV journos lend some reality to the mix.


    5 questions for the thief who stole the Lupita Nyong’o Oscar dress (and then gave it back)

    The dress was returned, in a trash bag, to the hotel it was stolen from.



    Are postcards a thing of the past?

    The vacation staple is on the decline. But if you want to really touch a friend, a digital upload won’t do.

    Travel coverage

    Home & Garden

    The new main building of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange in Mineral, Va., where annual seed sales are in full swing.

    Visiting a Virginia cooperative that nurtures seeds and gardeners

    For the Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, the seed business hits high gear as spring approaches.


    On Parenting: Meghan Leahy and Amy Joyce take questions about parenting

    Meghan Leahy, a parenting coach with Positively Parenting, will talk about parenting children of all ages.