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First gay D.C. mayor? We can wait, some Democrats say.

(Jacquelyn Martin / AP)

David Catania would become the city’s first openly gay mayor, but some activists are putting party first.

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

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

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

Loudoun County crime report

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

Loudoun County community calendar, April 17-24, 2014

Events include egg hunts, bluegrass music, the “Last Ham Standing” comedy show and a steeplechase.

Loudoun County animal watch

Recent reports received by the Loudoun County Department of Animal Services.

D.C., Maryland and Virginia health code violations

Here is a list of food establishments that were closed because of health code violations.

Loudoun County and Fauquier County home sales

A listing of residential properties sold recently in Loudoun and Fauquier counties.

A bird’s-eye view of a changing Loudoun County

A bird’s-eye view of a changing Loudoun County

The Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy’s bird atlas project tracks effects of development on avian populations.

Bodies of two men found under I-295

Bodies of two men found under I-295

D.C. police see no signs of foul play, a medical examiner has not yet determined how the men died.

Pharrell’s hat, now on view in Alexandria

Pharrell’s hat, now on view in Alexandria

Pop culture’s most au courant lid is portrayed in artist Diane Blackwell’s “Happy.“

Broccoli City Festival FAQ

Broccoli City Festival FAQ

Kelela, Cam’ron and Just Blaze perform at new event dedicated to green living and eating.

Records for cold nearly set this morning; freeze watch tonight

Records for cold nearly set this morning; freeze watch tonight

Two of our three local airports fell below 32 this morning, coming within a degree or two of record lows for the date.

Going Out Guide

Going Out Guide

Going Out Guide, Northern Virginia

‘Behind the Mask’ highlights sexual assault services

Hylton Center hosts evening of art, performance to raise money for services in Prince William County.

Man charged after Tysons Corner standoff

Michael Gordon, 62, has been charged after he “threatened to shoot officers with a weapon.”

Prince William County crime report

Among incidents reported by police in Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park.

Silver Line project director and Metro chief financial officer resign

Silver Line project director and Metro chief financial officer resign<br>

Resignations come as both agencies are under fire for delays and financial practices.

Dining: 3 concepts, 1 success: Menu MBK in Penn Quarter

Dining: 3 concepts, 1 success: Menu MBK in Penn Quarter

Frederik De Pue carves up four floors into market, bistro and chef’s table

Saints living up to legacy

Saints living up to legacy

GIRLS’ LACROSSE | No. 1 St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes is 16-0, all against a nationally competitive schedule; Bishop Ireton looks to get healthy.

Clear leaders emerge in primary races in northern Virginia, finance reports show

Republican Barbara Comstock, in the 10th district, and Democrat Don Beyer, in the 8th District, were far ahead.

Landon rights the ship against DeMatha

Landon rights the ship against DeMatha

BOYS’ LACROSSE | The Bears avoid a blow to morale — and a loss to No. 3 DeMatha — to salvage the second game of a grueling stretch; Robinson heats up in Virginia.

The gay Democrat’s dilemma

The gay Democrat’s dilemma

David Catania’s independent bid to be D.C.’s first openly gay mayor presents hard choice to gay Democrats.

O’Malley turns to West Wing Writers for speech help

O’Malley turns to West Wing Writers for speech help

The payment appears on the Democrat’s latest finance report for his political action committee.

A morning of troubles on Metro’s lines

Earlier delays on Metro’s Red Line follows other problems on Blue and Yellow lines. The problems are resolved (for now)

Mizeur to propose initiatives for Md. senior citizens

Mizeur to propose initiatives for Md. senior citizens

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful’s plan includes making the state “an epicenter for Alzheimer’s research.”

Williams & Jensen lobbyists leave to start own firm

Five of the six founding partners of Alignment Government Strategies were at the powerhouse company.

Fairfax City police chief Rick Rappoport to retire, join Amtrak police

Fairfax City police chief Rick Rappoport to retire, join Amtrak police

After 13 years in the city, and 24 years in the county, will become a regional deputy chief for Amtrak.

D.C. area forecast: Cold today with another freeze threat tonight

D.C. area forecast: Cold today with another freeze threat tonight

Like a bad dream, winter 2013-2014 is back. The freezing mark is back in play again tonight before we struggle back toward spring.

Quiz: How would you do on the new SAT exam?

The College Board released its test specifications for the redesigned SAT exam, which current high school freshmen will take in two years. How would you do?

College Board releases preview of new SAT exam questions

Dreaded college admission test will debut in 2016 with less tricky vocabulary, focus on achievement.

A few ‘SAT words,’ defined

So, we knew you were wondering. What are the definitions of those “SAT words”?

 

Fairfax City police chief Rick Rappoport to retire, join Amtrak police

After 13 years in the city, and 24 years in the county, will become a regional deputy chief for Amtrak.

The gay Democrat’s dilemma

David Catania’s independent bid to be D.C.’s first openly gay mayor presents hard choice to gay Democrats.

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.

Silver Line project director and Metro chief financial officer resign

Resignations come as both agencies are under fire for delays and financial practices.

A morning of troubles on Metro’s lines

Earlier delays on Metro’s Red Line follows other problems on Blue and Yellow lines. The problems are resolved (for now)

D.C. might add carpool, toll lanes to part of 14th St. bridge

A council member says the city wants to speed commutes and get financial help maintaining roads and bridges.

U-Md. pursues plan for hotel-conference center on Route 1

The 11-story hotel and conference center is part of the university’s vision to create a livelier College Park.

USDOT: Highway fund almost too low to pay bills

With gas tax revenue continuing to decline, highway trust fund will run low on cash in July.

Riding Metro while pregnant, some advice on offering -- and getting -- a seat

One basic rule: When offering a seat, don’t blurt out, “because you’re pregnant“; the person may not be.

D.C. traffic rules adjust to Wednesday holiday

Rush hour restrictions in effect, but some other regulations suspended.

Express lanes get pricier at peak times

The top toll has exceeded $11 for a full, 14-mile trip at rush hour.

As blossom crowds fade, Metro will renew track work

The four-week break is over. Service on the Red, Orange, Blue and Green lines will be affected this weekend.

Earlier power outage at Cleveland Park Metro stop; no effect on train service

Power outage at Cleveland Park Metro stop. Trains are running, but elevators and escalators are out.

Big project starting on Mass. Ave. and H Street, in heart of D.C. traffic

Travel on Massachusetts Avenue near the Third Street Tunnel will be even more challenging.

Local Columns

John Kelly

John Kelly

It was after the art auction ended that the real bidding war broke out in Bethesda.

Courtland Milloy

Courtland Milloy

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

Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

It’s time to talk about such deaths and make sure youths let people know how they feel.

Robert McCartney

Robert McCartney

COLUMN | Lt. Gov. Brown’s allies protect his reputation by avoiding quick probe of Md. health site woes.

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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