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Suspect in U-Va. case was known as ‘an all-around good person’

Jesse L. Matthew Jr. was arrested in the case of missing U.-Va. sophomore Hannah Graham. (David J. Phillip/AP)

Jesse L. Matthew Jr.’s past includes a playful persona in high school and an abrupt departure from college.

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U-Md. police make arrest in robbery of pizza delivery driver

U-Md. police make arrest in robbery of pizza delivery driver

Authorities filed armed robbery, other charges against 36-year-old Justin Jamal Lewis.

Warm September was driest since 2007 in D.C.; 4th driest on record at Dulles

Warm September was driest since 2007 in D.C.; 4th driest on record at Dulles

The weather in Washington in 2014, on balance, has been cool and wet. But not this past September.

Adams Morgan named one of nation’s 10 best neighborhoods

Adams Morgan named one of nation’s 10 best neighborhoods

The American Planning Association creates an annual list.

Catania picks up endorsement of high-ranking Democrat

Catania picks up endorsement of high-ranking Democrat

Vermont Gov. Pete Shumlin is head of the DGA, but his endorsement does not speak for the organization.

Nightlife Agenda: Seasonal beers, Animal Collective and a phone-free club

Nightlife Agenda: Seasonal beers, Animal Collective and a phone-free club

This week’s essential DJs, happy hours, dance nights and parties.

Bowie man may have been killed while breaking up teen fight

Mitchell White, 39, was fatally shot not far from Bowie High School and a swim club.

DeMatha, Good Counsel meet again

DeMatha, Good Counsel meet again

Fresh off impressive wins over top-5 teams, DeMatha visits Good Counsel with the longtime rivals looking to remain atop the WCAC.

Damascus QB Gibson finding his way

Damascus QB Gibson finding his way

Senior quarterback Derek Gibson provides an important balance to a Swarmin’ Hornets offense focused on the run game; Sherwood’s schedule has been taxing.

‘Need to know’ session on Va. transportation goals

‘Need to know’ session on Va. transportation goals

Easing congestion on I-66 is a top priority in Northern Virginia. Leaders foresee adding HOT lanes.

D.C. coalition pushes for stronger neighborhood schools

Education activists urge better coordination with charter schools and more resources for poor schools.

Damascus is young and hungry

Damascus is young and hungry

VOLLEYBALL | The Swarmin’ Hornets lost experience from last year’s Maryland 3A title team but return a strong desire to repeat; O’Connell knocked off Holy Cross.

UberX, Lyft, Sidecar may face new rules in D.C.

UberX, Lyft, Sidecar may face new rules in D.C.

D.C. Council member Mary Cheh is expected to unveil an updated proposal for regulating UberX, Lyft, Sidecar and other similar services

Loudoun County and Fauquier County home sales

Listings of homes sold recently in Loudoun and Fauquier counties.

Loudoun County crime report

Reports from the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and the Leesburg, Middleburg and Purcellville police.

Loudoun County community calendar, Oct. 2-9, 2014

Events include the Waterford Fair, horse trials, a fire department open house and a gardening program.

Loudoun County Animal Watch

These were among recent reports received by the Loudoun County Department of Animal Services.

McAuliffe heads to Illinois to help Quinn in governor’s race

The Virginia governor will stump for Pat Quinn in Chicago before traveling to Rhode Island for his political fund.

Weather Channel announces winter storm names, reigniting debate over their value

Weather Channel announces winter storm names, reigniting debate over their value

The question remains how useful winter storm names are as a communication tool without buy-in from the weather community at large.

Prince William County crime report

A listing of incidents reported by police in Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park.

Going Out Guide

Going Out Guide

Going Out Guide, Northern Virginia

The Hotlist: October 2014

A monthly preview of things to taste, see and do in the weeks ahead.

Chopticon looking to ‘turn the tide’

Chopticon looking to ‘turn the tide’

A diverse offense at Chopticon matches up with Huntingtown’s disciplined defense Thursday night in a critical SMAC matchup.

D.C. charter schools come in first in new quality ranking

Report is first effort to rank charter school performance in growth, innovation and academic results

Prince George’s new pink pumper named ‘Courage’

Prince George’s new pink pumper named ‘Courage’

Prince George’s fire department launches breast cancer awareness month with another pink pumper

Wilson’s Fosburgh stands tall on the pitch

Wilson’s Fosburgh stands tall on the pitch

BOYS’ SOCCER | At 6-foot-10, striker Pieter Fosburgh has helped Wilson to a 6-1-1 start to the season; High Point has a high-octane offense

Review

Southern flair, from a wanderer

Southern flair, from a wanderer

At Gypsy Soul, R.J. Cooper celebrates the joys of far-flung inspiration

D.C. Council agenda

Meeting schedule for the D.C. Council and its committees for the coming week.

D.C. news in brief

DDOT issues plan for new D.C. Circulator routes; breast cancer walk is Sunday; more news.

Poolesville piling up victories

Poolesville piling up victories

GIRLS’ SOCCER | With Monday’s win over Damascus, the Falcons are tearing through their Montgomery County schedule; Calvert finally got the best of Huntingtown.

Video

An awaited do-over for Josh Bell

An awaited do-over for Josh Bell

The acclaimed violinist returns to the Metro to perform after seven years. This time, the crowd takes notice.

 

Popular Woodson High coach Derrick Pearson hired, then un-hired as baseball coach

After the school principal overruled his athletic director, the school district reversed the decision and un-hired Pearson.

David Catania has never been to Nationals Park. Does it matter?

In June, the independent mayoral candidate said he avoided the ballpark ‘out of principle.’ Will Nats fans hold it against him?

‘Need to know’ session on Va. transportation goals

Easing congestion on I-66 is a top priority in Northern Virginia. Leaders foresee adding HOT lanes.

UberX, Lyft, Sidecar may face new rules in D.C.

D.C. Council member Mary Cheh is expected to unveil an updated proposal for regulating UberX, Lyft, Sidecar and other similar services

Those other idiots are the distracted drivers you fear

A survey finds people are quick to point the finger when it comes to driving distraction.

Report: More traffic tickets, fewer crashes

Research shows that when more tickets are issued, crash rates go down.

Bike commuting is up in the District

According to new Census Bureau data, 4.5 percent of D.C. working residents commuted by bicycle in 2013. That is up from 4.1 percent in 2012 and from 2.2 percent in 2009.

The latest obstacle in D.C.’s bike wars? A porta-potty.

The porta-potty was moved out of the street, and DDOT issued a fine of about $300.

Suspect in U-Va. case was known as ‘an all-around good person’

Jesse L. Matthew Jr.’s past includes a playful persona in high school and an abrupt departure from college.

Purple Line planners say construction costs now at $2.45 billion

Cost increase is less than 1 percent but latest for Maryland light-rail project

Another Purple Line battle focuses on fears of ISIS

In Bevery Hills, school officials have opposed tunneling subway beneath high school.

Pearls for Lunch? Joshua Bell performs in Union Station

Bell, a Grammy-winning violinist, will host a 30-minute impromptu concert at 12:30 p.m.

Purple Line supporters draft “community compact” for route

Agreement would define goals for economic development around new transit stations.

Transparency sought on airline baggage fees

Two consumer groups ask USDOT to require more up-front disclosures.

Local Columns

John Kelly

John Kelly

Ninety-year-old pinups — boys and girls — pose for a new fundraising calendar.

Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

COLUMN | They made the pact when they came back for a 50-year reunion and saw their record stood firm.

Robert McCartney

Robert McCartney

The rush to embrace natural gas and fracking is steamrolling valid worries about long-term risks to environment.

Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

The name, life and probable death of the missing 8-year-old are rarely invoked by the candidates.

Photo Galleries

Nationals Park, on its way up

With the planned opening of a Harris Teeter, the neighborhood — and its pack of new buildings — is on the rise.

Celebrating at the H Street festival

The event’s dramatic growth mirrors the reinvention of the D.C. neighborhood.

D.C. mayoral candidates confront each other in first debate

Muriel E. Bowser, David A. Catania and Carol Schwartz sparred testily over ethics and education.

The C&O Canal over the years

It’s been 60 years since Justice William O. Douglas led a hike that helped make the canal a national monument.

Celebrating Constitution Day and new citizenship

Highlights of the naturalization ceremony at the National Archives.

Remembering the Navy Yard victims

Mourners gather for a memorial service on the one-year anniversary of the deadly shooting.

Celebrating the national anthem

Reenactors mark the 200th anniversary of the writing of the

Turning 9/11 from day of horror to day of help

The National Day of Service trades in on lessons learned in the wake of terror, and a school gets a playground.

Our Washington

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

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