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Sister-in-law: Maureen McDonnell could be ‘sweet,’ but at other times ‘deceptive’

(Steve Helber / AP)

Robert McDonnell’s sister was able to offer a personal perspective, at times detailing messy internal dynamics of a family that had remained hidden despite the public spotlight in which they lived.

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Tropical storm threatens to develop, track into Gulf of Mexico

Tropical storm threatens to develop, track into Gulf of Mexico

An area of thunderstorms in the Atlantic has a good chance of becoming the season’s third named storm.

D.C., Maryland and Virginia health code violations

These food establishments were closed recently because of health department actions.

D.C. news in brief

Alcohol board sets policy for liquor apps; children’s hospital race needs runners and volunteers; more news.

D.C. home buyers write letters to sellers to stand out amid stiff competition

D.C. home buyers write letters to sellers to stand out amid stiff competition

Writing letters to sellers has proven fairly common in pockets of the country with competitive real estate markets. Now it’s come to D.C.

Southeast D.C. tunnel project decision postponed

The Federal Highway Administration is postponing a decision on the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project until at least Sept. 15.

Park Southern is a federal case

Park Southern is a federal case

Internal Revenue Service agents seize documents from troubled Southeast housing complex.

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

Pope’s comments on war in Iraq make news -- and raise questions (again)

Pope Francis is making news again in what has become his signature pattern: Passionate comments, followed by intense debate about what he really meant. This time the topic is U.S. airstrikes in Iraq.

Update: Suitland Parkway reopens after five-car accident

Police said three people were transported to the hospital after a 7:39 a.m. crash on the westbound side of the highway.

Going Out Guide

Going Out Guide

Events in the District of Columbia.

Going Out Guide

Going Out Guide

Are you a ‘Work Martyr?’

Are you a ‘Work Martyr?’

Forty percent of all Americans don’t take all of their vacation, leaving 430 million days of unused paid vacation a year, according to the U.S. Travel Association.

LGBT artifacts added to National Museum of American History’s collection

LGBT artifacts added to National Museum of American History’s collection

In a ceremony on Tuesday, the National Museum of American History officially added hundreds of LGBT-related artifacts to its collection.

Redskins’ RGIII remains a reckless runner

Redskins’ RGIII remains a reckless runner

Column | Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III remains at risk after resisting advice from new coach Jay Gruden on running and sliding.

D.C. area forecast: Not hot, but kind of humid. Storms later today?

D.C. area forecast: Not hot, but kind of humid. Storms later today?

The gorgeousness of last week is gone. But the Dog Days of August remain mostly missing in action, other than a sampling of humidity.

Nationals vs. Diamondbacks weather forecast: Showers a threat, but timing uncertain

Nationals vs. Diamondbacks weather forecast: Showers a threat, but timing uncertain

We may get lucky and see the best chance of showers and storms hold off until after 9 p.m. or so. But that is not a guarantee.

More states fund ACT college admission testing

More states fund ACT college admission testing

Thirteen states paid this year for 11th-graders to take the exam during the school day. More plan to follow suit.

Common Core support has eroded nationwide, poll shows

Wide-ranging Gallup survey
also shows that trust in the nation’s public school system has evaporated.

Hogan suggests eliminating taxes on all retirement income

Hogan suggests eliminating taxes on all retirement income

The GOP nominee for governor presented few details about his plan during a candidates forum.

GOP win in SW Virginia Senate race secures control

GOP win in SW Virginia Senate race secures control

Republican Ben Chafin succeeds Democrat Phillip P. Puckett, who resigned with GOP job prospects.

House-call doctor ready — whether you’re wealthy or poor

House-call doctor ready — whether you’re wealthy or poor

Ernest Brown decided early on that he wanted to be the kind of doctor who really knew his patients.

Va. congressmen ask state GOP to postpone party battles

Va. congressmen ask state GOP to postpone party battles

Va. congressmen Griffith, Hurt and Rigell ask state GOP to postpone party squabbles until after election.

Hashim Khan, seven-time world squash champion, dies

Hashim Khan, seven-time world squash champion, dies

The champion learned to play barefoot in what is now Pakistan. He broke social and racial barriers.

Column

Ferguson waits for the arc of moral justice to bend its way

Ferguson waits for the arc of moral justice to bend its way

At the Martin Luther King Memorial, quotes about ending racial injustice resonate as protests rage in Missouri.

Jailed D.C. lawmaker continues to fight ethics charges

Jailed D.C. lawmaker continues to fight ethics charges

Michael A. Brown, serving a bribery sentence of 39 months, says city rules don’t apply to FBI stings.

Md. officials: Health insurance site will be fixed by Nov.

Md. officials: Health insurance site will be fixed by Nov.

The new site, which replaces a failed first attempt, will be finished before enrollment begins, they say.

Henderson will join Georgetown’s board of directors

Henderson will join Georgetown’s board of directors

The three-year term for the D.C. public schools chancellor will begin during October.

Three lawyers recommended for D.C. judgeships

The recommendations come after last year’s retirement of Magistrate Judge Andrea L. Harnett.

Southern Maryland volunteer opportunities

Nonprofit organizations seeks short- and long-term help in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties.

 

Document: Jayson Werth’s reckless driving ticket

The actual ticket for Werth’s July 6 interaction with the Virginia State Police.

Park Southern is a federal case

Internal Revenue Service agents seize documents from troubled Southeast housing complex.

Southeast D.C. tunnel project decision postponed

The Federal Highway Administration is postponing a decision on the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project until at least Sept. 15.

Update: Suitland Parkway reopens after five-car accident

Police said three people were transported to the hospital after a 7:39 a.m. crash on the westbound side of the highway.

Metro: Weekend work to affect Red and Orange lines

Some passengers on the Red and Orange lines will wait longer for trains this weekend.

Update: Floral Park Road in Accokeek reopens after fatal single-vehicle accident

A police spokeswoman said a privately owned ambulance crashed in the 4900 block of Floral Park Road around 2:10 a.m.

More or less distraction with windshield texting?

Device that projects your iPhone or Android info on the windshield is “the future of driving“?

Metrorail to stay open later than normal for Monday night’s Redskins game

Metrorail will operate into the early hours of Tuesday to accommodate FedEx crowds at Redskins’ preseason game.

Live in the D.C. area? Odds are your car won’t be stolen.

Car theft takes a holiday as electronics make stealing harder, catching thieves easier.

Plan to upgrade southeast D.C. rail tunnel stalls

Recent flooding is an indication of the need for the Virginia Avenue Tunnel to be rebuilt, CSX officials say.

More repairs, but still no opening date
in sight for Silver Spring transit center

The project, which is nearly four years behind schedule and tens of millions of dollars over budget, has become a $120 million concrete albatross around the necks of Montgomery County officials.

Metro: Third-rail crack caused morning rush-hour delays

The issue near Arlington Cemetery disabled five Blue Line trains that couldn’t draw enough power.

We did the Beltway. Now what do we do?

The next big thing in transportation depends as much on the financing as it does on the type of project.

New bus changes start Aug. 24

Metrobus changes going into effect Aug. 24, affect about 40 bus routes in the D.C. region.

Local Columns

John Kelly

John Kelly

Copies of famous paintings are popping up as part of Art Everywhere U.S. Have you seen them?

Courtland Milloy

Courtland Milloy

At the Martin Luther King Memorial, quotes about ending racial injustice resonate as protests rage in Missouri.

Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

Officials and pastors in Prince George’s County want the deadly violence to end.

Courtland Milloy

Courtland Milloy

Protesters are using symbols instead of doing the work required for African Americans to protect themselves.

Photo Galleries

A rarity today: A doctor who makes house calls

Wanting to work in the community, Ernest Brown tends to those in D.C.’s embassies, hotels and homes, as well as the poor.

Robert F. McDonnell on trial

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

Looking for customers with the “oil man”

Justin Green, who sells fragrances on street corners, is a purveyor of one of D.C.’s most durable old-school hustles.

Life at summer camp

It’s where many children enjoy a host of first experiences and have a chance to just be kids.

Robert F. McDonnell trial

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

Camp Corral gives military kids a break

Children of service members enjoy time together in the Virginia countryside.

Cameras in hand, kids encouraged to capture their dreams

A photography program supplies homeless children with cameras. The kids supply the dreams.

Museum Square grows fluent in tenant rights

A predominantly Chinese housing project is under threat of being razed, inspiring unity among its diverse neighbors.

Our Washington

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

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