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D.C. osprey hazards long journey home

"Ron” and his mate return to nest beneath South Capitol Bridge. (Post)

Ecologists track D.C. ospreys’ long journey home: a weeks-long trip to the Anacostia from South America.

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Labor group sides with Braveboy for Md. attorney general

A Washington-area building trades organization has endorsed the Prince George’s delegate.

A mighty fine Saturday and a splendid Sunday ahead

A mighty fine Saturday and a splendid Sunday ahead

We start a stretch of mostly ideal weather this weekend, with increased sunshine throughout. Temperatures are also pretty close to perfect.

NatCast: It doesn’t get much better than this

NatCast: It doesn’t get much better than this

Just about perfect for a midday game. Grab the sunscreen and enjoy!

Local digest: D.C. area news briefs

A roundup of D.C. area news briefs.

Video

Costumed residents attempt to set Guinness record

Costumed residents attempt to set Guinness record

Before the weekend's AwesomeCon local residents try to break the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people dressed up as comic book characters.

Cultural diplomacy starts young

Cultural diplomacy starts young

Members of a Sikh community in Maryland combat misunderstanding with education.

Md. lawmaker Darren Swain counters allegations

Md. lawmaker Darren Swain counters allegations

In police reports, suspects claim Del. Darren Swain used drugs with them.

O’Malley: more limited cooperation on jail deportations

O’Malley: more limited cooperation on jail deportations

Maryland’s governor said the Baltimore facility will no longer automatically comply with requests.

Notable deaths in the Washington area

Obituaries of residents from the District, Maryland and Northern Virginia.

Owl that grabbed D.C.’s attention to be released from rehab

Owl that grabbed D.C.’s attention to be released from rehab

Three months after it appeared downtown, the snowy owl will be released into the wild this weekend.

Va. speeds voting-rights process for some drug-case felons

Va. speeds voting-rights process for some drug-case felons

The governor reclassified a series of crimes, leading to far-reaching change starting Monday.

Police identify homeless men found dead near D.C. highway

Police identify homeless men found dead near D.C. highway

People who knew one of the men recall him fondly, but also say he was troubled.

Area ministers preach “Seven Last Cries of Christ,” on Good Friday

Area ministers preach “Seven Last Cries of Christ,” on Good Friday

Good Friday and Maundy Thursday bring out worshipers

HIV/AIDS physician Charles Farthing dies

HIV/AIDS physician Charles Farthing dies

Dr. Farthing controversially volunteered to be a human guinea pig in the quest for a vaccine to AIDS.

Prosecutor argues for extradition of Charles Severance

The 53-year-old is a “person of interest” in three killings in Alexandria.

Washington area’s largest churches

Which churches are on the list?

Loudoun considers ending Thomas Jefferson bus service

The county School Board may cut funding to transport students to the magnet high school in Fairfax County.

Ruling allows D.C. fire chief to change crews’ schedules

Ruling allows D.C. fire chief to change crews’ schedules

Kenneth Ellerbe, who has tried to implement the change since 2011, says the plan will save $38 million.

Md. spent $90 million on health exchange technology

Md. spent $90 million on health exchange technology

State spent $130 million total on failed exchange, and will now spend even more to replace it.

Marine reservist admits swiping and selling metal at base

Alroy Anthony Simmonds took cartridge cases and ammunition cans from Quantico and scrapped them.

Purple Line derails CASA endorsements in Montgomery County

CASA de Maryland has decided not to endorse Montgomery council members Leventhal, Floreen.

30-year sentence for heroin dealer linked to three deaths

30-year sentence for heroin dealer linked to three deaths

The stiff term prompts Eugene Williams’s relatives to storm out of court and berate the federal judge.

Watch online: ‘I Am Divine’ and ‘Putzel’

Watch online: ‘I Am Divine’ and ‘Putzel’

A documentary about the drag queen and John Waters’s muse, and an offbeat comedy set in a New York deli.

Arlington proposes freezing merit pay, then backs down

Unions had cried foul over the sudden decision to replace the merit pay with a cost-of-living increase and bonus.

Warmer temperatures and more sunshine this weekend

Warmer temperatures and more sunshine this weekend

Clouds and ocean air kept us fairly cool most spots today, but we head back toward normal this weekend. And normal is quite delightful this time of year!

D.C. osprey hazards long journey home

D.C. osprey hazards long journey home

Ecologists track D.C. ospreys’ long journey home: a weeks-long trip to the Anacostia from South America.

Illegal immigrants can soon apply for D.C. ID

Illegal immigrants can soon apply for D.C. ID

‘Limited purpose’ credentials carry indication they may not be used for ‘official federal purposes.’

E-mail from Woodson High School to parents

E-mail from Woodson High School to parents

Following a series of suicides, the Woodson community is working to prevent more loss.

Running for ‘something bigger’

Running for ‘something bigger’

As the youngest female in the field for the 2014 Boston Marathon, W.T. Woodson senior Emily Cox is running for ‘something bigger’ than herself.

Parents seek action at Woodson High after suicides

Parents seek action at Woodson High after suicides

The Fairfax County school’s parents want to prevent more suicides after six student deaths in three years.

 

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.

Illegal immigrants can soon apply for D.C. ID

‘Limited purpose’ credentials carry indication they may not be used for ‘official federal purposes.’

New York-bound Megabus accident reported on I-95 north of Baltimore

Maryland State Police say none of the 75 people about the New York-bound bus appear to be injured.

Accident slows traffic on Baltimore-Washington Parkway

A one-car accident briefly shut down the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.

Northbound New Hampshire Avenue closed in Silver Spring

A two-car crash shut down traffic headed north on New Hampshire Avenue.

Fatal crash closes Old Dominion Drive in Fairfax County

One person is dead and at least one injured after a car hit a tree in Dranesville.

MWAA’s new top cop faced heat over singer Chris Brown

Prosecutors in Los Angeles questioned Bryan Norwood’s handling of the R&B star’s probation.

Help wanted: Executive needed to run the Silver Line project

MWAA is looking for someone to manage the $5.6 billion Silver Line rail project. Think you have what it takes?

Virginia doing away with E-ZPass fee

Transportation department has till Sept. 1 to eliminate monthly charge.

Duke Street and ramp from I-395 closed in Alexandria

A vehicle fire has closed part of Duke Street in Alexandria.

Fatal crash causes closure, then restricted traffic, on Route 28

Part of Route 28 in Montgomery County closed this morning after a car flipped over, killing one person inside.

Head of Silver Line project stepping down

Pat Nowakowski had led the effort to build the rail line since construction began in 2009, and the Metro board acknowledges that attempts to fix a key component of the new line have failed.

D.C. HOT lanes plan will bump into reality

Virginia’s experience showed complexity of creating managed lanes.

D.C. rider won over by ease, convenience of Bikeshare

Average guy finds price is right, and you can skip the Spandex shorts.

Cargo ship grounded in windy Chesapeake Bay

An evening thunderstorm with wind gusts of more than 70 mph caused a cargo ship to run aground.

Local Columns

John Kelly

John Kelly

A new book explores the history of Woodward & Lothrop, once one of Washington’s favorite stores.

Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

Madison and Davis Gestiehr, who perform together, are brother-and- sister soul mates rather than rivals.

Robert McCartney

Robert McCartney

Don’t let tobacco industry’s alluring ads for e-cigarettes hook new generation of Americans on nicotine.

Courtland Milloy

Courtland Milloy

Courtland Milloy: It’s oxymoronic to be dependent on government to celebrate this day of liberation

Photo Galleries

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.

Driving for dollars with UberX

Single mothers, translators and students are among those turning the family ride into a profit center.

Last call at D.C. lounge for black professionals

With a waterfront transformation planned, the Channel Inn is closing.

Through their eyes

The InFocus project teaches photography to people with autism and opens windows into their worlds.

On the trail of bushy tails

Nearly 400 readers entered the inaugural Washington Post Squirrel Week Photo Contest. Here are our favorites.

Pillow fight on the Mall

Hundreds gathered on the Mall on Saturday to participate in International Pillow Fight Day.

Our Washington

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

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