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High school students are all about computers but get little instruction in computer science

Stonebridge High School senior Jacob Hibbard works on a computer program. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

The subject is not a staple of the nation’s high schools and is especially rare for girls and minorities.

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Extreme Great Lakes ice extent could portend a cool summer

Extreme Great Lakes ice extent could portend a cool summer

An analysis reveals summers following icy Great Lakes winters tend to be cooler than normal in the central and eastern U.S.

11 things to do in the D.C. area on the weekend of April 25-27

11 things to do in the D.C. area on the weekend of April 25-27

Get out this busy weekend for a last glimpse of the Dinosaur Hall; shop Georgetown’s French Market; and take in plenty of cool concerts.

Metro, MWAA reach agreement they say moves Silver Line toward summer opening

Metro, MWAA reach agreement they say moves Silver Line toward summer opening

Metro will allow MWAA more time to complete certain parts of the project after it is turned over to Metro, but before the start of passenger service.

Arrest made in Md. robbery that left cash in the streets

Arrest made in Md. robbery that left cash in the streets

Melvin Ranard King, 46, was arrested in connection with the Upper Marlboro bank robbery on April 8.

From the Ground Up: The 42-page blueprint

From the Ground Up: The 42-page blueprint

This is the fourth installment of an ongoing series about the launch of a local coffee shop and roastery.

Grand theft auto, toddlers in tow, foul language and other true tales from Md. casinos

Grand theft auto, toddlers in tow, foul language and other true tales from Md. casinos

Highlights from the monthly casino compliance report.

Jurors begin deliberating death sentence for ex-Marine

They must decide unanimously whether Jorge Torrez deserves execution for 2009 killing.

Terrific tulips: Top ten photos from Washington, D.C. area

Terrific tulips: Top ten photos from Washington, D.C. area

We’ve shared with you inspired views of cherry blossoms and bluebells. Now feast your eyes on yet another beautiful symbol of spring: the tulip.

Prince George’s and Southern Maryland Going Out Guide

A listing of events in Prince George’s County and Southern Maryland for April 24-30, 2014.

Man killed in Germantown house fire

A woman in the house on Jamieson Place survived. The fire’s cause is under investigation.

Delays on Metro’s Red Line resolved

Earlier track problem on Metro. Delays on Red Line.

Rent or buy? Running the numbers on an Arlington condo

Rent or buy? Running the numbers on an Arlington condo

We compare a property that is for rent and for sale to see which is the better deal.

Mild sunshine today, showers tomorrow, superb weekend

Mild sunshine today, showers tomorrow, superb weekend

One thing is for sure: the coming weekend is nothing to sneeze at! Plenty of sun and warm temperatures beckon us to get out and enjoy..

NatCast: A little cool but calm and dry

NatCast: A little cool but calm and dry

A jacket or sweater is a good idea despite the lack of wind for this spring time outing.

After two shooting incidents near zoo
in a week, neighbors want answers

After two shooting incidents near zoo <br>in a week, neighbors want answers

At a packed meeting, residents call for more security, and some urge an end to an annual family day event.

Bruins start strong, topple Good Counsel

Bruins start strong, topple Good Counsel

GIRLS’ LACROSSE | Plagued by slow starts earlier this spring, No. 10 Broadneck rides a blistering start to a big win over the third-ranked Falcons.

Williams’s run is right on time

Williams’s run is right on time

BASEBALL | Benched for arriving late to a pregame meeting, Joe Williams redeems himself by scoring the game-winning run as No. 7 Battlefield tops Hylton.

Prince George’s Wayne Curry is battling cancer

Prince George’s Wayne Curry is battling cancer

Former Prince George’s county executive Wayne Curry is diagnosed with cancer, remains positive.

Historic Wilson school may be redeveloped as new school

Arlington board announcement reverses earlier decision to sell property to a developer

Va. lawmakers fail to override any of governor’s vetoes

Va. lawmakers fail to override any of governor’s vetoes

But they rejected more than a dozen of McAuliffe’s amendments in the legislature’s annual “veto session.”

Wolverines overcome wind, Falcons

Wolverines overcome wind, Falcons

SOFTBALL | On a blustery night in Purcellville, Corinne Vennitti keeps her composure in the circle to guide Woodgrove past rival Briar Woods.

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Md. governor’s race adds to clout of Washington suburbs

Md. governor’s race adds to clout of Washington suburbs

Md. gubernatorial election could signal power shift from Baltimore to Washington suburbs.

Va. education board criticizes unfunded SOL reform law

New law requires local school districts to develop alternative assessments but offers no funding

Grumbles meet D.C. attorney general’s budget opinion

Grumbles meet D.C. attorney general’s budget opinion

Autonomy advocates wonder why city’s top lawman is impeding their latest strategy to sideline Congress.

Extradition ordered of ‘person of interest’ in N.Va. killings

Extradition ordered of ‘person of interest’ in N.Va. killings

Seven-day delay granted to attorneys for Charles Severance, who faces a gun-possession charge in Loudoun.

Arlington’s Garvey in hot water with other Democrats

Arlington’s Garvey in hot water with other Democrats

Democrats may strip County Board member Libby Garvey of her role in the county party’s leadership.

Connie Marrero, Senators pitcher in the 1950s, dies at 102

Connie Marrero, Senators pitcher in the 1950s, dies at 102

Mr. Marrero, the oldest surviving big leaguer, was renowned in Cuba before joining the Senators in 1950.

Computer science not widely taught in Washington region

Computer science not widely taught in Washington region

The subject is also not a staple of high school education nationally, a look at AP exam numbers suggests.

‘Does a lion feel remorse when it kills a hyena?’

‘Does a lion feel remorse when it kills a hyena?’

In taped conversation, ex-Marine in death-penalty case insists he feels no guilt in killings of two young girls.

Hamish Maxwell, who headed Philip Morris, dies at 87

Hamish Maxwell, who headed Philip Morris, dies at 87

Hamish Maxwell steered Philip Morris during its 1985 purchase of General Foods and 1988 takeover of Kraft.

 

Va. Supreme Court rules for U-Va. in global warming FOIA case

The high court decision rejects an argument by global warming skeptics who wanted to see the work of a climate researcher.

Et tu, Irv?

Advocates for D.C. budget autonomy wish Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan would call off his dogs.

U.S. has 63,000 bad bridges

With transportation funding in jeopardy, money to repair deficient bridges may not be there.

Metro, MWAA reach agreement they say moves Silver Line toward summer opening

Metro will allow MWAA more time to complete certain parts of the project after it is turned over to Metro, but before the start of passenger service.

Delays on Metro’s Red Line resolved

Earlier track problem on Metro. Delays on Red Line.

Spotted on Metro: the darndest creatures

This is proof that Metrorail attracts riders of all different kinds.

Rowdy passengers pose greater risk to teen drivers than electronics

New study finds loud conversation and horseplay more likely then cell phones to distract young drivers.

Price of time subject to inflation for express lanes drivers

Bad weather or accidents that slow traffic can drive Beltway tolls above $11 for 14-mile trip.

Trial delayed for MetroAccess driver accused of sex assault

Ezra Porter, Jr., 51, is accused of stopping a MetroAccess vehicle and assaulting a female passenger

Va. Gov. Terry McAuliffe gets Silver Line update

Officials at the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority said they will announce Thursday whether the project is “substantially complete.“

Everything you need to know about the D.C. driver’s license changeover

News that all D.C.driver’s license and other ID holders will need to take a trip to the DMV to replace their documents sparked a collective groan yesterday. And, as with most things DMV-related, there also were many questions. Here’s what you need to know.

Teen stowaway said to survive 2,300-mile flight to Hawaii in the wheel well of jet

A 16-year-old California boy flew halfway across the Pacific Ocean to Hawaii — unconscious — while stowed away in a Hawaiian Airlines flight wheel well, the FBI says. He’s alive.

Starting next month, all D.C. licenses will need to be replaced. Yes, all of them.

Starting May 1, the District will start issuing REAL ID licenses that conform to stringent federal regulations.

I-95 partially closed in Triangle after two accidents

Two accidents partially closed I-95 in Triangle.

MGM starts initial site work for National Harbor casino

Casino project moves expeditiously; Prince George’s Planning Board to hear MGM’s application on May 8.

Local Columns

John Kelly

John Kelly

Care to shock a shad or a trout? Join our fish expedition in the Anacostia watershed.

Robert McCartney

Robert McCartney

Md. gubernatorial election could signal power shift from Baltimore to Washington suburbs.

Courtland Milloy

Courtland Milloy

Many have become detached from the violence and problems plaguing the poor areas of the District.

Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

A rehousing program is the core of the mayor’s campaign to house “500 families in 100 days.” Will it work?

Photo Galleries

Singer Chris Brown charged with assault

Brown and his bodyguard were arrested and charged in the assault of a man outside the W Hotel in the District.

In Fairfax, Va., heroin rips families apart

Parents’ stories — one of a son who died, another of a son trying to live — highlight a growing problem in D.C.’s suburbs.

The 136th annual White House Easter Egg Roll

Thousands of children gather at the White House for the Easter Egg Roll.

Autistic boy defends girls accused of assaulting him

A Md. teen says he wants to resume a friendship with his schoolmates, but his parents say the case must be pursued.

Holy Week in the Washington area

Starting Palm Sunday and continuing through Good Friday and beyond, locals observed the rituals leading up to Easter.

T. rex at Smithsonian

The bones come from Montana and will be displayed for 50 years.

Cherry blossoms reach peak bloom in D.C.

It’s prime viewing time for Washington’s famous trees from Japan.

Amateur gets a seat at the poker table

A new TV show gives Reisterstown, Md., man chance to play with pros.

Our Washington

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

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