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Destination Design: Fredericksburg

The town is somewhere between historic Colonial Williamsburg and modern hipster haven Brooklyn.


CORRECTS SPELLING OF NAME TO BRADLEY COOPER - This image released by Disney - Marvel shows, from left, Zoe Saldana, the character Rocket Racoon, voiced by Bradley Cooper, Chris Pratt, the character Groot, voiced by Vin Diesel and Dave Bautista in a scene from 'Guardians Of The Galaxy.' (AP Photo/Disney - Marvel)

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ movie review

Chris Pratt found the role he was born to play as the hero of Marvel’s funny, fizzy and fast-paced action flick.


WASHINGTON, DC -- JUNE 17: Jim and Doreen prepare to return to the live broadcast after a commercial break. Doreen Gentzler and Jim Vance have been at NBC4.They've been continuously anchoring the 6 pm and 11 pm broadcasts since 1989.…. (photo by Andre Chung for The Washington Post) FOR MAGAZINE

Washington’s anchors

Jim Vance and Doreen Gentzler have co-anchored for 25 years. They’re still leading the pack.


POTOMAC, MD - JULY 25, 2014: Blueberry Jam (Photo by Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post).

Canning Class: A mash note to blueberries

Bruising the berries’ sturdy skin lets you make jam without added pectin.


The Ragnar Relay Series’s Washington race starts at western Maryland’s Rocky Gap State Park, above, and ends at National Harbor.

What is 200 miles long and has 36 legs?

The long-distance relay: It can be an awesome monster, but participants say it inspires teamwork.

Weddings & Romance

Michael and Liza at Woodward table June 22. 2014

A date that ends with a proposal, sort of

He might not be the right guy for her, but she gives the thumbs up for others to date him.


Sloane Stephens of the U.S. returns the ball during the fourth round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Romania's Simona Halep at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Monday, June 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Why are women’s sports not as popular as men’s?

Men’s event usually involve more time on TV and bigger prizes. Perhaps it’s time for a change.


Carolyn Hax: When a visiting friend is a ‘total slob’

A woman seeks to balance friendship with her brother’s messy girlfriend vs. her husband’s dislike of chaos.

Reliable Source

Party Diary: Selfies bridge all language barriers at Brooks Brothers’ bash for Inter Milan

Soccer fans inside and outside of the store swarmed for photos.


CENTRAL CALIFORNIA COAST - Right as the sun peeks above the coastal mountains in Central California, a flawless, frigid wave pitches forth and ends it's journey from North Pacific origins some 3,000 miles away. (JoshKimball.com)

Finding a little of everything on California’s Central Coast

No longer the state’s best-kept secret, the area has everything, from wine to beaches.

Travel coverage

Home & Garden

Purslane from Bigstock.

A weed that’s hard to beat (in the frying pan)

Purslane is not only tasty to eat but also highly nutritious. Try it in salads and sautes.


Spanx stretches into new territory with jeans, but the promised magic is elusive

The company that made its founder a billionaire tries to branch out.


HANDOOUT IMAGE: Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy. Korath (Djimon Hounsou). Ph: Jay Maidment. ©Marvel 2014. Photo by  Jay Maidment/Marvel/Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures;

Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

Movie reviews with kids in mind. This week, a Marvel action flick with a gun-toting raccoon.