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Daughter says ex-governor’s fall is mom’s fault

Maureen McDonnell arrived separately from her husband to their federal corruption trial.

Two of Robert F. McDonnell’s children wrote about their parents’ strained relationship in letters seeking leniency for their father.

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Still on the mild side, but clouds moving in, showers likely by midday

Still on the mild side, but clouds moving in, showers likely by midday

WEATHER GANG | Some rain showers are likely today and light snow is possible Monday night.

Vandals target eight houses in Montgomery County

Homes were on three streets in the Kensington area.

Buddy DeFranco, master of the jazz clarinet, dies at 91

Buddy DeFranco, master of the jazz clarinet, dies at 91

Mr. DeFranco, whose career lasted more than 70 years, was acclaimed as the finest of his era.

Maryland’s Hogan and Frosh look for comity

Maryland’s Hogan and Frosh look for comity

GOP governor-elect and Democratic attorney general-elect’s history could help their working relationship.

At F.I.T., St. John’s makes
a fast impression

At F.I.T., St. John’s makes <br>a fast impression

INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD | The Cadets sprint to a surprising victory in the 800-meter relay race at the Friends of Indoor Track Invitational.

‘Cool’ McCalla leads Raiders to win

‘Cool’ McCalla leads Raiders to win

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL | Freshman Aisha McCalla scores 27 points as No. 2 Eleanor Roosevelt beats Good Counsel in OT.

D.C. loses Heller’s Bakery, a pillar of pastry

D.C. loses Heller’s Bakery, a pillar of pastry

After more than 80 years of sweet treats, the doors close at an institution in Mount Pleasant.

Skywatch: Mercury and Venus become cosmic companions

What you’ll see in the January sky.

Deaths elsewhere

Deaths elsewhere

Donald J. Albosta, Michigan congressman; Billie Whitelaw, stage and screen actress.

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A journey out of despair, with two children in tow

A journey out of despair, with two children in tow

When a District grandmother faced homelessness, Community of Hope stepped in to help.

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Transportation network expanded in 2014

Transportation network expanded in 2014

The top 10 list of traffic and transit stories shows more wins than losses in the Washington region.

Purple Puck welcomes
strong field

Purple Puck welcomes <br>strong field

ICE HOCKEY | Locals Gonzaga, O’Connell, DeMatha and St. Albans will be joined at Fort Dupont by teams from as far away as Nova Scotia.

Balmy weather today, then Sunday’s rain and chill snap us back to winter

Balmy weather today, then Sunday’s rain and chill snap us back to winter

Lots of sunshine today, then temperatures will dip as a cold front approaches Monday.

Md. fire victim lived caring, useful life, her daughter says

Fannie Kirkland, 84, killed by a fire at her Capitol Heights home, was a nurse, church member and volunteer.

Police warn officers to be vigilant after shootings in NW

Gunmen targeted two cars in Petworth on Tuesday, one having police union license plates.

O’Malley, in wait-and-see mode, eyes spring to assess shot against Clinton

O’Malley, in wait-and-see mode, eyes spring to assess shot against Clinton

Outgoing Maryland governor will wait to see how Democrats receive Hillary Clinton before saying if he will run.

Joseph Sargent, Emmy-winning director, dies at 89

Joseph Sargent, Emmy-winning director, dies at 89

Mr. Sargent directed about 70 projects, including the thriller “The Taking of Pelham One Two Three.”

Deploying the arts against Alzheimer’s

Deploying the arts against Alzheimer’s

Researchers from George Mason University are trying to measure the effects of artistic activities on age-related disabilities. At a Manassas assisted-living facility, that means there’s music in the air.

New name urged for local fountain named after a white supremacist

New name urged for local fountain named after a white supremacist

Francis Griffith Newlands essentially created Chevy Chase, but he also called blacks “a race of children.”

Robbery of $18 put police on collision course with the man they fatally shot

Several in D.C. held a vigil for Raymond Robinson, saying they’re wary of what police have said.

Redskins protesters plan a first:
A game-day rally near FedEx Field

Redskins protesters plan a first: <br>A game-day rally near FedEx Field

Meanwhile, a nearby fundraiser once named “Scalp Out Cancer,” will take place at the same time.

After a year of budget fireworks, Virginia sees smooth sailing ahead

After a year of budget fireworks, Virginia sees smooth sailing ahead

Despite a budget gap and a brush with a shutdown, the state’s finances are largely safe from partisan battles.

Teacher lawsuit against Fairfax principal moves forward

But a judge dismissed several parts of a case alleging discrimination by the principal of Bailey’s Elementary.

Letting it fly helps Eagles pull away

Letting it fly helps Eagles pull away

BOYS’ BASKETBALL | Christian Matthews and Sylvester Ogbonda help No. 4 National Christian beat No. 13 South Lakes in tournament play.

Trash strike slows collections in some Montgomery neighborhoods

Workers charged that their company, Unity Disposal of Laurel, refuses to negotiate a fair contract.

Boy shot in the leg in NoMa neighborhood

He was conscious and breathing, a police spokeswoman said.

Depth helps keep Old Mill unbeaten

Depth helps keep Old Mill unbeaten

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL | Kiara Jackson makes the most of her first varsity start, scoring 11 points to help hand Northern its first loss.

Saturday sun to lift holiday spirit, but Sunday might bring showers

Saturday sun to lift holiday spirit, but Sunday might bring showers

Prepare for another helping of sunshine and mild temperatures.

Severe flooding in Southeast Asia: 100,000 Malaysians evacuated, 14 dead in Sri Lanka

Severe flooding in Southeast Asia: 100,000 Malaysians evacuated, 14 dead in Sri Lanka

Torrential rains have deluged southern Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Malaysia in recent days, leading to flooding throughout the region.

Children’s Museum at National Harbor to close Jan. 4

Children’s Museum at National Harbor to close Jan. 4

The financially troubled institution hopes to move back into the District in 2015.

 

Document: Judge’s order requiring information release in Geer case

The letter opinion and order in the Geer family’s civil lawsuit against the Fairfax County police and the unnamed officer who fired the shot.

Polly Donaldson picked to lead D.C. housing department

Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser taps affordable housing developer to lead Department of Housing and Community Development.

E-mails show struggle over D.C. streetcar safety

Final safety checks in progress, but state safety office and Federal Transit Administration have many questions.

Transportation network expanded in 2014

The top 10 list of traffic and transit stories shows more wins than losses in the Washington region.

Metro is tightening its belt, but it’s still planning $1.3 billion in new projects

For next year, Metro plans new escalators, buses and canopies among its long-term capital projects.

Traffic, transit tips for the holiday weekend

Military Bowl in Annapolis highlights otherwise quiet weekend for local travel.

Downtown Bethesda could become ‘green’ community

Montgomery planners are working on an environmentally friendly pilot program for next 20-year growth plan.

Once-rare express toll systems now widespread in region

The 95 Express Lanes are the latest addition to programs that are expanding highway capacity.

Carpoolers offered new deal on 95 Express Lanes

Grace period designed to ease transition for drivers who order E-ZPass Flex transponder.

Water main break reported near Eastern Market

Possible traffic delays in Southeast because of water main berak

Earlier delays on three Metro lines

The Orange, Silver and Blue lines faced delays in Virginia.

Holiday getaway outlook for this week

Many variables affect escape routes from the D.C. area this week.

Fire and gushing water in Burtonsville closes roads

A house fire caused $800,000 in damage, no major injuries. Nearby, gushing water causes road closures

All lanes of Beltway’s outer loop reopen after earlier crash in Prince George’s County

Traffic backups on Beltway’s outer loop at Central Avenue in Prince George’s. Drivers should avoid the area.

Older drivers getting greater scrutiny in Va.

The commonwealth will require in-person renewals.

Local Columns

John Kelly

John Kelly

When a District grandmother faced homelessness, Community of Hope stepped in to help.

Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

There are still too many questions about what happened to the missing 8-year-old.

Robert McCartney

Robert McCartney

These “Holiday Angels” served the needy and comforted the afflicted in the region.

Courtland Milloy

Courtland Milloy

Queen Elsa and Princess Anna from “Frozen” have supplanted Barbie as top sellers.

Photo Galleries

D.C. loses a pillar of pastry in Mount Pleasant

After more than 80 years of sweet treats, the doors close at Heller’s Bakery

A lost mother and daughter

In the case of missing Relisha Rudd, emotional scars transcend generations.

Best of The Washington Post photography 2014

A collection of photos for the year.

District urged to step up to combat homelessness

Faith groups say their efforts can’t address the problem.

Mayor Vincent Gray’s parting words

The one-term mayor exhaustively detailed his achievements in a two-hour speech at Dunbar High School.

Candles for justice

Friday’s candlelight vigil on 16th Street NW protested grand juries not indicting white police officers who killed unarmed black men.

Rejoicing in their roles, if only for the holidays

Holiday shows give talented locals their chance to shine.

Succeeding despite setbacks

Even as her home life imploded, Sareana Kimia continued her work, going to meetings, testifying, working and networking.

Our Washington

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

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