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A boy with a bullet in his brain is still fighting

Jaydan Stancil plays in the hospital. (M. Joseph/Post)

It’s been three months since Jaydan Stancil, 9, was shot in the head while leaving a playground near his Northeast Washington home. For days and weeks, it was unclear whether he’d survive. But his recovery has progressed by leaps and bounds, and he’s determined to leave the hospital behind.

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Column

Once-rare express toll systems now widespread in region

The 95 Express Lanes are the latest addition to programs that are expanding highway capacity.

Va. Assembly candidates face evenly divided electorate

The special election is playing out in the 34th District, with equal numbers of Republican and Democratic voters.

Column

Does Relisha Rudd’s mother deserve her sons back?

Does Relisha Rudd’s mother deserve her sons back?

There are still too many questions about what happened to the missing 8-year-old.

Obituaries of note

Obituaries of note

Obituaries of note

People flock to theaters showing ‘The Interview’

People flock to theaters showing ‘The Interview’

Patrons drove from the far reaches of the D.C. region to Manassas, Va., canceling their Christmas plans to see the comedy nearly yanked from the silver screen.

D.C. police investigate two officer-involved shootings

The shootings — one fatal — come at a time of heightened tension between officers and communities nationwide.

Dreaming of a mild Christmas?
You’ve got it — and lots of wind.

Dreaming of a mild Christmas? <br>You’ve got it — and lots of wind.

Expect this spell of sunshine and mild weather on Friday and Saturday, too.

2 D.C. police shootings leave 1 suspect dead, another wounded

2 D.C. police shootings leave 1 suspect dead, another wounded

Police said the suspects in two separate crimes fired at police, who returned fire. No officers were shot.

NIH is getting overrun with deer. But hunting isn’t the answer; spaying is.

NIH is getting overrun with deer. But hunting isn’t the answer; spaying is.

The surgeries, which cost $1,000
per doe, take place in a high-tech operating room.

Column

Not everyone in this town is a turkey. These nonprofits lent a hand this year.

Not everyone in this town is a turkey. These nonprofits lent a hand this year.

These “Holiday Angels” served the needy and comforted the afflicted in the region.

Charles C. Thompson II, producer of gutsy TV reports, dies

Charles C. Thompson II, producer of gutsy TV reports, dies

Mr. Thompson, 72, investigated the death of Elvis Presley and toxic experiments on recruits in WWII.

Venison bolognese? Deer meat helps feed the hungry.

Venison bolognese? Deer meat helps feed the hungry.

After killing 55 deer in Rock Creek Park, the National Park Service donated 1,700 pounds of venison.

Shower and maybe a thundershower risk overnight, nicer Christmas Day; Chicago snow bust

Shower and maybe a thundershower risk overnight, nicer Christmas Day; Chicago snow bust

It’ll go down as a wet Christmas Eve across the area, and more rain is to come overnight. Christmas Day promises a return of sunshine as well as gusty winds.

Business leaders urge Hogan to say ‘yes’ to Purple Line

Business leaders urge Hogan to say ‘yes’ to Purple Line

The Prince George’s and Montgomery chambers of commerce wrote a letter to the Md. governor-elect.

Two week outlook: Trending colder and stormy into the New Year, but lots of uncertainty

Two week outlook: Trending colder and stormy into the New Year, but lots of uncertainty

The pattern early next week to around New Year’s Day may be a stormy one, but the position of the rain-snow line is a big wild card.

Victim of Silver Spring homicide identified

Oscar Uriel Navarro, 36, was found dead at his house on Tuesday.

D.C. area Christmas Eve storm update: Rising temperatures, midnight thunder?

D.C. area Christmas Eve storm update: Rising temperatures, midnight thunder?

The rain diminishes some into the evening as temps slowly rise, before a final of round of downpours and maybe thunder overnight.

20-year-old found dead on side of road in Frederick

Police are investigating Malicia Smith’s death as a homicide.

Column

I bet you didn’t know this . . .

I bet you didn’t know this . . .

A trivial pursuit: Test your knowledge of D.C. history with John Kelly’s fiendishly difficult quiz.

Woman killed in collision with tow truck identified

Lashawn Childs, 29, was killed in a Fairmount Heights crash last week.

A lost engagement ring. A frantic search. And a Christmas miracle.

A lost engagement ring. A frantic search. And a Christmas miracle.

Maybe someone would find the ring, Hayley Plack’s fiance told her. Maybe that person would find them.

Man bags estimated 650-pound bear in Fauquier County

Man bags estimated 650-pound bear in Fauquier County

The black bear, shot by a hunter from Reva, Va., ranks among the biggest ever killed in the state.

83-year-old man dies after Bowie house fire

83-year-old man dies after Bowie house fire

The fire occurred at a single-story home in the 5700 block of Park Drive.

Bao Bao touched a hot wire and spent lots of time up at tree

Bao Bao touched a hot wire and spent lots of time up at tree

D.C.’s favorite panda cub is fine but has been up in the tree for hours, the National Zoo said.

1914 Christmas truce brought a pause in the killing

1914 Christmas truce brought a pause in the killing

Informal truce spread along WWI’s western front, as implacable foes became friends for a day.

Bomb threat at office building near Richmond capitol

Bomb threat at office building near Richmond capitol

Police said there was a voice mail threat that someone was going to blow up that building.

Review

Wanted: a moment of peace

Wanted: a moment of peace

At City Perch in North Bethesda, the waitstaff wants to bond. A diner wants to eat. Thankfully, there’s the bread.

Deadly storm races towards Great Lakes: Snow on backside, rain and storms for East

Deadly storm races towards Great Lakes: Snow on backside, rain and storms for East

The storm could ignite a second round of dangerous thunderstorms in the Southeast today, with soaking rains up the East Coast.

Carpoolers offered new deal on 95 Express Lanes

Carpoolers offered new deal on 95 Express Lanes

Grace period designed to ease transition for drivers who order E-ZPass Flex transponder.

Virginia’s redistricting panel pushes ahead

But any plan probably will be killed in the Gneral Assembly.

 

Document: Judge’s order requiring information release in Geer case

The letter opinion and order in the Geer family’s civil lawsuit against the Fairfax County police and the unnamed officer who fired the shot.

Polly Donaldson picked to lead D.C. housing department

Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser taps affordable housing developer to lead Department of Housing and Community Development.

Once-rare express toll systems now widespread in region

The 95 Express Lanes are the latest addition to programs that are expanding highway capacity.

Carpoolers offered new deal on 95 Express Lanes

Grace period designed to ease transition for drivers who order E-ZPass Flex transponder.

Water main break reported near Eastern Market

Possible traffic delays in Southeast because of water main berak

Earlier delays on three Metro lines

The Orange, Silver and Blue lines faced delays in Virginia.

Holiday getaway outlook for this week

Many variables affect escape routes from the D.C. area this week.

Fire and gushing water in Burtonsville closes roads

A house fire caused $800,000 in damage, no major injuries. Nearby, gushing water causes road closures

All lanes of Beltway’s outer loop reopen after earlier crash in Prince George’s County

Traffic backups on Beltway’s outer loop at Central Avenue in Prince George’s. Drivers should avoid the area.

Older drivers getting greater scrutiny in Va.

The commonwealth will require in-person renewals.

Power outage in Mall area caused some morning bus delays, lights out at the Lincoln Memorial

Pepco did not yet know exactly what caused the outage or how long it would last.

HOT lanes concept evolved from early hopes and fears

Today’s network doesn’t quite match what either advocates or critics envisioned for the D.C. region.

Is ‘parklet’ a sign of good things to come in Tysons?

The developer hopes the pop-up park will help change people’s minds about the community and its future.

As faulty air bags cause millions of auto recalls, who pays?

Car owners won’t, but automakers may want the air-bag manufacturer to foot the bill.

Protesters briefly block northbound lanes of I-295

Lanes were closed at the 11th Street Bridge.

Local Columns

John Kelly

John Kelly

A trivial pursuit: Test your knowledge of D.C. history with John Kelly’s fiendishly difficult quiz.

Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

There are still too many questions about what happened to the missing 8-year-old.

Robert McCartney

Robert McCartney

These “Holiday Angels” served the needy and comforted the afflicted in the region.

Courtland Milloy

Courtland Milloy

Queen Elsa and Princess Anna from “Frozen” have supplanted Barbie as top sellers.

Photo Galleries

A lost mother and daughter

In the case of missing Relisha Rudd, emotional scars transcend generations.

Best of The Washington Post photography 2014

A collection of photos for the year.

District urged to step up to combat homelessness

Faith groups say their efforts can’t address the problem.

Mayor Vincent Gray’s parting words

The one-term mayor exhaustively detailed his achievements in a two-hour speech at Dunbar High School.

Candles for justice

Friday’s candlelight vigil on 16th Street NW protested grand juries not indicting white police officers who killed unarmed black men.

Rejoicing in their roles, if only for the holidays

Holiday shows give talented locals their chance to shine.

Succeeding despite setbacks

Even as her home life imploded, Sareana Kimia continued her work, going to meetings, testifying, working and networking.

D.C. mourns its ‘mayor for life’

A public farewell for Marion Barry was held Saturday at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Our Washington

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

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