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Back where she began after housing aid ends

(Evelyn Hockstein / For The Washington Post)

Washington’s “Rapid Re-Housing” program is designed to fend off homelessness in an increasingly expensive city. But for some, the temporary subsidies only put off the inevitable: a difficult hunt for an affordable home.

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H Street protest Saturday night over Ferguson shooting

Protesters march down H Street NE on Saturday night to protest a shooting by police in Ferguson, Mo.

National Book Festival lures huge crowds of readers

National Book Festival lures huge crowds of readers

After many years on the Mall, the celebrated annual book fair turns the page by taking its act indoors.

Melee mars Carroll’s win over Eastern

Melee mars Carroll’s win over Eastern

FOOTBALL | The Lions take a 36-20 home victory, but the game is truncated late in the third quarter following a post-onside-kick fight.

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Transit project critics hunt for critters to justify lawsuit

Transit project critics hunt for critters to justify lawsuit

COLUMN | Purple Line transit project opponents can’t find tiny species in forest but sue to protect them anyway

McDonnell trial puts focus on big gifts to Va. officeholders

McDonnell trial puts focus on big gifts to Va. officeholders

Some legislators expect the closely watched case to inspire even tougher standards than recent reforms.

Werner Franz, survivor of Hindenburg crash, dies at 92

Werner Franz, survivor of Hindenburg crash, dies at 92

Mr. Franz was a cabin boy aboard the German airship, which was destroyed in a fiery New Jersey crash in 1937.

Small plane, headed for Manassas, crashes in Atlantic

Small plane, headed for Manassas, crashes in Atlantic after flying through Washington airspace.

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Full speed ahead: Gearing up for WWII in Alexandria

Full speed ahead: Gearing up for WWII in Alexandria

Swords into plowshares? How about torpedoes into artist studios? The history of an Alexandria factory.

Cavaliers run past the Crusaders

Cavaliers run past the Crusaders

FOOTBALL | Quarterback Evan Fochtman helps Spalding grind out a win over Riverdale Baptist, which was coming off a perfect season.

Body found along Anacostia River trail in Cottage City

A roundup of news from across the Washington region.

Maryland woman’s book tells of Alzheimer’s ordeal

Maryland woman’s book tells of Alzheimer’s ordeal

Meryl Comer, a former journalist, gives an unsparing account of the ordeal of her husband’s Alzheimer’s.

Ocean City neighborhood wants tourists but not renters

Ocean City neighborhood wants tourists but not renters

Residents of Mallard Island, including those who own businesses on the boardwalk, seek to ban rentals.

Even indoors, book lovers flock to National Book Festival

Even indoors, book lovers flock to National Book Festival

After 13 years on the Mall, the festival came indoors for the first time this year. People seemed to approve.

Lawyers take scientific approach to beat data breaches

Lawyers take scientific approach to beat data breaches

For cars, there are mechanics. For corporate data breaches, there are Chris Cwalina and Steve Roosa.

Fires roust guests at Marriott Wardman Park hotel

Fires roust guests at Marriott Wardman Park hotel

District fire officials spoke to guests and described it as “a serious situation” but said they were safe.

In the galleries: A meeting of lines in art and architecture

In the galleries: A meeting of lines in art and architecture

“Form, Light, Line” converge impressively at the Old Print Gallery in Washington’s Georgetown district.

Lida Moser, photographer of New York and beyond, dies

Lida Moser, photographer of New York and beyond, dies

Ms. Moser trained her camera on faces and scenes that reflected life in the second half of the 20th century.

Summer makes a comeback, just in time for its unofficial end

Summer makes a comeback, just in time for its unofficial end

WEATHER GANG | Don’t let our so-far tame summer fool you, heat and humidity are on the way.

Montgomery County warns of whooping cough in schools

Four schools have 12 confirmed or suspected cases of pertussis, a highly contagious disease.

Oakton kicks aside Woodson

Oakton kicks aside Woodson

FOOTBALL | Nick Delgado, a transfer from Gonzaga, kicks six field goals to boost the Cougars to a 25-22 OT win.

Mystery cat closes Anne Arundel school

Richard Henry Lee Elementary closes for the day after a cat shows up in class and then eludes capture.

Family-first approach lifts Panthers over the Titans

Family-first approach lifts Panthers over the Titans

FOOTBALL | Potomac Falls sticks together on a late defensive stop on a fourth-and-two play in a 10-6 win over Sterling rival Dominion.

McDonnell prosecutor: ‘This is corruption. The real thing.’

McDonnell prosecutor: ‘This is corruption. The real thing.’

In closing arguments, Robert F. McDonnell’s attorneys say that the government’s star witness lied.

Dominion high-voltage line gives Pr. William jitters

Dominion high-voltage line gives Pr. William  jitters

The company says it’s to serve a customer who will add to local growth but declines to say who that is.

Senator’s Woodbridge grave gets a facelift

Senator’s Woodbridge grave gets a facelift

William Grayson died 224 years ago. His tomb has seen war, hippies — and now public-private partnership.

Castillo, Falcons roll in opener

Castillo, Falcons roll in opener

FOOTBALL | Playing its first non-nationally televised season opener in three seasons, No. 12 Good Counsel cruises to an impressive win at Wilson.

A quick history of Bob Dylan in Washington

A quick history of Bob Dylan in Washington

The legendary singer-songwriter returns to the District this fall with a show at Constitution Hall.

D.C. rental housing market is out of balance

The District’s rental housing stock has too many luxury apartments and too few affordable ones.

Three people creating the new Washington

Three people creating the new Washington

Selling Washington worldwide, making the city a playground, designing the future office.

Private school players kicked off Wilson High football team

Private school players kicked off Wilson High football team

Two students at school for students with disabilities told they can’t play because they pay for private school.

 

Ex-Haymarket police chief James Roop arrested for drunk driving

A month after stepping down as chief, Winchester police say they stopped him driving the wrong way down a one-way street.

Ward 5: ‘Dumping ground’ no longer?

Task force finds ways to reconcile residents’ wishes with city’s need for industrial land.

Route 1 closed in Alexandria

Route 1 is closed in both directions from Slater’s Lane to First Street in Alexandria due to two fallen electrical poles in the road.

Update: Delays on Metro’s Orange, Silver and Blue lines resolved

Earlier delays because of a train malfunction are clear.

Fence fight could affect residents along Purple Line route

A Montgomery judge will consider who owns land along trail between Bethesda and Silver Spring.

Labor Day weekend Metro service

Major Metro track work will affect several rail lines over the Labor Day weekend. Trains will operate on a weekend or adjusted schedule on Labor Day.

Search continues for missing pilot of fighter jet that crashed

Massachusetts Air National Guard plane crashed in rugged Shenandoah Valley national forest.

Red Line delayed in both directions after switch problem

Trains were stopped at Fort Totten.

Paving along Connecticut Avenue in Chevy Chase continues through morning rush hour

Crews are waiting for asphalt to cool and should be finished working on southbound lanes by midday Thursday.

Update: Outer loop of Capital Beltway reopens in Silver Spring after five-vehicle collision

Authorities reopened the highway following the 6:10 a.m. accident, just before Route 97, also known as Georgia Avenue.

Pilot's fate unknown in fighter jet crash

An experienced pilot was missing Wednesday after the flier’s F-15 fighter jet crashed in the mountains of western Virginia, shaking residents but causing no injuries on the ground, military and law enforcement officials said.

Town of Chevy Chase won’t sue over Purple Line

The vice mayor says the town could file brief supporting lawsuit filed by trail advocacy group.

Commuter alert: Avoid Connecticut Ave. near Md.-D.C. line this week

Emergency pavement repairs will close lanes, even during peak commuting times, through the week, Maryland officials say.

Video captures dramatic rescue at the Rhode Island Avenue Metro station

Metro Transit Police pull a man back onto the station platform just seconds before a Red Line train would have struck him.

Inner loop of Beltway shut down in Prince George’s County

Multiple vehicles were involved in the crash.

Local Columns

John Kelly

John Kelly

Swords into plowshares? How about torpedoes into artist studios? The history of an Alexandria factory.

Robert McCartney

Robert McCartney

COLUMN | Purple Line transit project opponents can’t find tiny species in forest but sue to protect them anyway

Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

A city shouldn’t bet on building a sunny future on the backs of the elderly, poor and desperate.

Robert McCartney

Robert McCartney

Even a Harvard-educated lawyer can’t overcome delays at District’s health insurance Web site.

Photo Galleries

Fun times at the fair

Events in Maryland and Virginia counties feature hog shows, demolition derbies, Ferris wheels and plenty of food.

Robert F. McDonnell on trial

Former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, are battling corruption charges.

Horseshoe Baltimore casino’s opening night

Throngs of people showed up to try their luck at the city’s first casino.

Back to school: First day is a fun day

As students return to class, they’re greeted with crowns, balloons and dance parties.

Aboard the Memphis Belle

Members of the media get a ride on the World War II B-17 bomber ahead of a weekend exhibition in Baltimore.

Bao Bao turns 1

The National Zoo’s giant panda cub has changed a lot in just one year.

Evicted from his indoor office, mayor pitches tent

Seat Pleasant Mayor Eugene W. Grant’s temper is affecting employees, the City Council has said.

McDonnell’s time in office comes to a close

Gov. Robert F. McDonnell was supposed to be in the thick of the race to succeed him. Instead, the Republican found himself relegated to the role of passive observer, keeping busy with other engagements amid a gifts scandal.

Our Washington

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

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