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D.C. police could face personnel shortage

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The District is on the cusp of a severe shortage of police officers as a potential flood of retirements and the departures of some young officers threaten to shrink the force even as the city grows and 911 calls increase.

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    At this Capitol Hill dance class, a dude teaches you to how to move in high heels

    At this Capitol Hill dance class, a dude teaches you to how to move in high heels

    How tall are those size 14 leather pumps? “Five inches, but with the platform, it’s really 6,” says JuWan Bizzell, who developed a dance class around the moves he learned backing up drag queens in nightclub shows.

    My friend is soliciting donations to pay for her international vacation.

    My friend is soliciting donations to pay for her international vacation.

    Dr. Andrea advises a reader on what to do about her friend’s plan to make other people pay for her travels. Also: How do I leave after 25 years of marriage?

    Meet Moe Alafrangy, the martial arts star who plays Spider-Man in Marvel Universe Live!

    Meet Moe Alafrangy, the martial arts star who plays Spider-Man in Marvel Universe Live!

    As a kid growing up in Falls Church, Alafrangy had to be dragged to taekwondo classes. “I didn’t see the point of it,” says Alafrangy, although he stuck with it when he realized the tricks could make him feel like a superhero. Now, he’s playing one onstage.

    September sizzle holds through Saturday before cold front arrives

    September sizzle holds through Saturday before cold front arrives

    Highs in the upper 80s and 90s through Saturday don’t feel like autumn.

    Frequently absent students score lower on NAEP

    One in five students who took the national test in 2013 reported missing three or more days in previous month.

    Stephen D. Isaacs, Post journalist and professor, dies at 76

    Stephen D. Isaacs, Post journalist and professor, dies at 76

    Mr. Isaacs was city editor of The Washington Post at 26 and a journalism professor at Columbia.

    Arrest made in beating death of Md. Popeye’s employee

    The body of a female employee was found in the fast-food restaurant’s stockroom Sunday morning.

    Column

    Virginia’s inadequate child-care regulation costs lives

    Economics often leads parents to shadowy businesses that may not be what’s advertised.

    Policymakers say STEM education produces innovation

    Policymakers say STEM education produces innovation

    Despite report that most STEM graduates don’t go into related jobs, many think it is a solid foundation.

    In search of a new conversation about public schools

    New nonprofit Education Post seeks to take the sting out of national conversations about school reform.

    McDonnell corruption trial may hinge on marital woes

    McDonnell corruption trial may hinge on marital woes

    The McDonnells’ defense teams argue their marriage was too broken for them to conspire.

    New academic year brings changes for Virginia schools

    New academic year brings changes for Virginia schools

    As nearly 400,000 students in D.C.’s Virginia suburbs start school, Fairfax focuses on “portrait of a graduate.”

    Olney mourns Sherwood student killed in teen car crash

    Olney mourns Sherwood student killed in teen car crash

    A 15-year-old was killed and two other Sherwood High School students hurt in weekend crash.

    Chris Brown expected in D.C. Superior Court Tuesday

    Chris Brown expected in D.C. Superior Court Tuesday

    The Grammy Award-winning singer is scheduled to appear for a hearing on a possible plea deal.

    Jennifer Lawrence’s racy leaked photos and a breach of celebrity privacy is today’s cover story

    Nude photos surface on the Internet that purportedly show more than a dozen famous women, a security breach that stirred outrage as a “flagrant violation of privacy.“

    A shift in D.C. sports neighborhoods?

    A shift in D.C. sports neighborhoods?

    Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s proposal to keep more students close to home could have a big impact on Washington high school athletics.

    Sharptown Colored School reopens as community center

    Sharptown Colored School reopens as community center

    The San Domingo, Maryland, building opened in 1919 as a Rosenwald school for African American children.

    Police investigate fatal shooting of Alexandria man in D.C.

    Willard Carlos Shelton, 38, was found shot in Southeast Washington, police say.

    Mother dead, 3-year-old hurt after getting struck by SUV

    Prince George’s County police investigating fatal pedestrian incident in Riverdale on Monday afternoon

    Former Louis Vuitton CEO Yves Carcelle dies

    Former Louis Vuitton CEO Yves Carcelle dies

    He was credited with turning Louis Vuitton into the world’s largest and most valuable luxury brand.

    D.C. police could face personnel shortage

    D.C. police could face personnel shortage

    The District is on the cusp of a severe shortage of police officers as a potential flood of retirements and the departures of some young officers threaten to shrink the force even as the city grows and 911 calls increase.

    Widely scattered storms to pass through D.C. region into early evening

    Widely scattered storms to pass through D.C. region into early evening

    Widely scattered storms have developed over the region, focused in two areas: northwest of the District and to the south.

    Md. veterans can see Evergreen Health Care doctors

    Md. veterans can see Evergreen Health Care doctors

    Veterans Affairs Maryland Health Care System has partnered with Evergreen to work through backlog.

    A humid start to September

    A humid start to September

    WEATHER GANG | The hot a muggy weather we’ve missed out on this summer has finally arrived.

    Friendship’s Cammon guts it out

    Friendship’s Cammon guts it out

    FOOTBALL | Jay Cammon Jr. made a big stop late to help Friendship Collegiate hold off St. Frances; Ballou shut out Perry Street Prep.

    Raiders’ WR Jackson busts loose

    Raiders’ WR Jackson busts loose

    A year after breaking his collarbone in Loudoun County’s season opener, Antonio Jackson scores four touchdowns in a win over Fauquier.

    D.C. mayor’s race may turn on education

    D.C. mayor’s race may turn on education

    The campaign for D.C. mayor enters the final fall stretch this week with new evidence that the quality of public schools — and how voters feel about them — could decide what is widely seen as the city’s most competitive general election in at least two decades.

    Battlefield’s passing game is no secret

    Battlefield’s passing game is no secret

    FOOTBALL | WR Zac Kerxton wouldn’t mind keeping it hush-hush, but he and Bobcats QB Matt Gallagher are a stellar combination.

    Fairfax City man killed while working on his SUV

    A Chevrolet Tahoe rolled off its support stands, killing a 45-year-old man who was working on the vehicle.

    Rams look to rebuild reputation

    Rams look to rebuild reputation

    After a few disappointing seasons — by its own lofty standards — Robinson seeks a return to the top; Madison kicks off with a win.

     

    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.

    As ‘new’ Bethesda grows, Tastee Diner remains a constant

    Comfort food is served with a taste of the ‘old’ neighborhood at the landmark business, opened in 1935.

    More wheelchair-accessible taxis will cruise D.C. streets

    A package of initiatives also includes a text messaging system to summon D.C. cabs to where need is greatest.

    Person struck by train at Mount Vernon Square Metro

    Green and Yellow line riders should expect delays in both directions while police investigate.

    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.

    Local Columns

    John Kelly

    John Kelly

    Ringo a mediocre drummer? Just try walking a mile in his Beatle boots. Also: Ringing the cathedral’s bells.

    Petula Dvorak

    Petula Dvorak

    Economics often leads parents to shadowy businesses that may not be what’s advertised.

    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.

    Photo Galleries

    The dog days of greyhound racing

    Once a mainstay of American gambling, dog tracks are in steep decline.

    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.

    Our Washington

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

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