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A growing heroin problem, even in the affluent D.C. suburbs: ‘We had no clue’

(Ricky Carioti / The Washington Post)

Two mothers’ stories — of a son who died and of a son who is trying to live — highlight a growing scourge in Virginia.

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Extradition weighed for ‘person of interest’ in NoVa cases

A W. Va. judge is considering extradition for Charles Severance, wanted in Northern Virginia.

To get a permit for Potomac project, you must first understand the process

To get a permit for Potomac project, you must first understand the process

Government regulations are aimed at preventing escalation of waste problem in the Bay.

Windy Wednesday, but warming up Thursday into the weekend

Windy Wednesday, but warming up Thursday into the weekend

Some of us may find today disagreeably chilly thanks to the stiff northwest breeze but milder, more tranquil weather is right around the corner.

Physical game ends in tie

Physical game ends in tie

BOYS’ SOCCER | Washington-Lee and Yorktown play a physical match that ends in a 0-0 tie.

Arlington budget cuts tax rate, raises spending

The Arlington County Board unanimously approves a $1.1 billion budget.

Vendor says Md. candidate for governor owes it money

The dispute involving the campaign of Republican Charles Lollar has landed in a court in Fairfax County

AU probes potential student misconduct

The school is looking at e-mails, disclosed last week, that discuss assault, parties and rape.

Police search for motive in shooting outside National Zoo

Police search for motive in shooting outside National Zoo

Grandmother of one victim says she thinks he was targeted.

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In D.C., pandas elicit more concern than the poor

In D.C., pandas elicit more concern than the poor

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

Fairfax spending plan includes tax increases, pay raises

Homeowners would see average tax increase of $352 next year; schools funding would increase 3 percent.

Reconvened Va. Assembly unlikely to solve biggest divides

Reconvened Va. Assembly unlikely to solve biggest divides

Medicaid expansion and the budget are not on the agenda, raising the prospect of a government shutdown.

McCann lifts Atholton past Reservoir

McCann lifts Atholton past Reservoir

BASEBALL | Dan McCann gets the first walk-off hit of his career to send Atholton to a 3-2 win over Reservoir and right-hander Cody Morris.

James Hilleary, noted Washington artist, dies at 90

James Hilleary, noted Washington artist, dies at 90

Mr. Hilleary was an early exponent of Washington Color Painting, an abstract style of the mid-20th century.

Little Hoyas hold off Stags

Little Hoyas hold off Stags

BOYS’ LACROSSE | Top-ranked Georgetown Prep’s defense shuts down No. 3 DeMatha’s potent offense in a rout.

Bob Gray, influential Washington lobbyist, dies at 92

Bob Gray, influential Washington lobbyist, dies at 92

To many observers of politics, Mr. Gray embodied lobbying as it came to be practiced in the modern era.

House panel will examine D.C. marijuana act

House panel will examine D.C. marijuana act

Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) will put his subcommittee’s spotlight on D.C. decriminalization measure.

A growing heroin problem, even in the affluent D.C. suburbs: ‘We had no clue’

A growing heroin problem, even in the affluent D.C. suburbs: ‘We had no clue’

Two mothers’ stories — of a son who died and of a son who is trying to live — highlight a growing scourge in Virginia.

Baker appoints new top aide

Prince George’s County executive appoints former D.C. prosecutor as his new chief administrative officer.

Police investigate assaults on trails in the D.C. region

Police investigate assaults on trails in the D.C. region

Officials don’t believe that the incidents, from Rosslyn to Takoma Park to Glover Park, are linked.

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

Brown calls Gansler comments ‘reckless and irresponsible’

Brown calls Gansler comments ‘reckless and irresponsible’

Maryland’s lieutenant governor fired back at a Democratic primary rival for governor.

Romney donates $10,000 to McDonnell defense fund

Romney donates $10,000 to McDonnell defense fund

The 2012 GOP presidential nominee made the donation to show support for an ally, a Romney adviser said.

Chance of evening showers; sunny and windy Wednesday

Chance of evening showers; sunny and windy Wednesday

Widely scattered showers are possible this evening before gradual clearing. Sunshine returns Wednesday, but there’s a chilly breeze.

D.C. prison guard arrested on bribery charges

Darren Malry is charged with allegedly taking bribes to smuggle contraband for an inmate.

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A new artistic style, on a hairdresser’s wall in Alexandria

A new artistic style, on a hairdresser’s wall in Alexandria

When Goldie White dreamed of painting Michelle Obama she knew she had to make the portrait special.

‘Sadness Town!’ plays terrible music for laughs

‘Sadness Town!’ plays terrible music for laughs

Local comedian David Tveite is sending-up Linkin Park, Godsmack and every other awful band you loved in high school.

Looking for a race less challenging than a marathon?

Looking for a race less challenging than a marathon?

Forget 26.2 or 13.1. Try .10 or .05 if you want to participate in a race without months (or even minutes) of training.

Va. Gov. Terry McAuliffe gets Silver Line update

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.“

Beautiful bluebells bloom along Bull Run (PHOTOS)

Beautiful bluebells bloom along Bull Run (PHOTOS)

The bluebell is a native perennial plant that can grow up to 2.5 feet tall and blooms in the spring, before the canopy of leaves from the trees above blocks out the sun light.

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Scurlark on her plans for Jericho City of Praise

Scurlark on her plans for Jericho City of Praise

Evangelist Jasmine Scurlark talks about her future plans after her first sermon at the Jericho City of Praise in Landover, Md.

 

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.

House panel will examine D.C. marijuana act

Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) will put his subcommittee’s spotlight on D.C. decriminalization measure.

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.

Plans for D.C. HOT lanes still warming up

Political, financial and engineering hurdles are formidable. Just ask Virginia.

Curbing distracted teen drivers

A growing number of apps for parents prevent mobile-device use behind the wheel.

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.

Local Columns

John Kelly

John Kelly

When Goldie White dreamed of painting Michelle Obama she knew she had to make the portrait special.

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?

Courtland Milloy

Courtland Milloy

Someone damaged more than 750 in D.C. Why? And what about those who saw the gouger and did nothing?

Photo Galleries

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.

Two wounded in shooting near National Zoo

Thousands of people were visiting the zoo for an annual holiday event when the gunfire erupted.

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.

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.

Our Washington

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

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