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Heroin deaths spur action in Md., Va.

Don Flattery of Virginia lost his 26-year-old son to a heroin overdose. (Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post)

A rise in overdoses, affecting both rich and poor, has galvanized Virginia’s Democratic governor and Maryland’s newly elected Republican governor.

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    D.C. may only see an inch — or less

    D.C. may only see an inch — or less

    There still are a couple of windows for some disruptive accumulating snow by the time the last showers depart.

    Leave the serious snow for points north; D.C. might duck it

    D.C. may get about 1.5 inches on Monday; parts of Montgomery could get about 3.5’’ inches of snow.

    Concerts unite singing groups from Patriot, feeder schools

    Concerts unite singing groups from Patriot, feeder schools

    The events at the Prince William County high school will include students from several schools.

    Parties popping up in unlikely places in Prince George’s

    Promoters desperate to showcase young music artists resorting to unlikely venues in wake of strict laws.

    Rock Creek Park kicks off anniversary with owl experiment

    Rock Creek Park kicks off anniversary with owl experiment

    Young rangers dissect owl pellets as part of the park’s 125th anniversary celebration.

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    On this prize patrol, a college acceptance

    On this prize patrol, a college acceptance

    Forget fat envelopes in the mail. For some University of Maryland applicants, getting in means a knock at the door.

    What happens when the Common Core isn’t common?

    What happens when the Common Core isn’t common?

    As states drop the standards and their tests, comparing U.S. student achievement becomes more difficult.

    D.C. police body camera video ending up in court

    In a recent assault trial in D.C., both the prosecution and defense highlighted police body camera video.

    Loudoun County community calendar, Jan. 25-Feb. 1, 2015

    Events include bluegrass music, the Loudoun Symphony, a Morven Park open house and a winter hike.

    Crisis training expands to Loudoun adult detention center

    Classes are extended to deputies at county jail, where many inmates are diagnosed with mental illnesses.

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    Why do nasty online comments rile us up? It’s in our DNA.

    Why do nasty online comments rile us up? It’s in our DNA.

    Our fight-or-flight response kept us safe from saber-toothed tigers, but on Twitter, it feeds the monsters within.

    Should decline of neighborhood schools cause discomfort?

    Families are more likely to choose a distant school, hence an argument over safety and quality.

    ‘Potentially historic’ blizzard takes aim at Northeast; up to 3 feet of snow

    ‘Potentially historic’ blizzard takes aim at Northeast; up to 3 feet of snow

    Residents from New York City to Maine are being advised to change their travel plans ahead of the storm.

    D.C., Montgomery Co. police investigate two homicides

    Early morning shootings in the District and Montgomery County kill two men.

    Overnight snowfall shouldn’t pile up, but tomorrow night may get messy

    Overnight snowfall shouldn’t pile up, but tomorrow night may get messy

    A two-phase storm will be set to clobber the region by late Monday afternoon.

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    Metrorail action plan is a start in restoring confidence

    Metrorail action plan is a start in restoring confidence

    After Yellow Line incident, riders wanted answers, and they wanted them from Metro: Are trains safe?

    Snow on Sunday night likely
    to cause problems come Monday

    Snow on Sunday night likely <br>to cause problems come Monday

    Accumulation totals are elusive, but at least a thin blanket of white is expected.

    Virginia bars’ happy hours might become less secretive if bill passes

    Virginia bars’ happy hours might become less secretive if bill passes

    A Fairfax delegate’s proposed law would let bars detail their drink specials, though not prices.

    Milton Rosen, engineer and NASA executive, dies at 99

    Milton Rosen, engineer and NASA executive, dies at 99

    Mr. Rosen led the United States’ first satellite venture and was the space agency’s launch-vehicle director.

    Plans on tap for easing I-66 commute, more D.C. bike lanes

    Under the plan, solo drivers will pay to use I-66 inside the Beltway during peak hours.

    Martha Derthick, authority on Social Security, dies at 81

    Martha Derthick, authority on Social Security, dies at 81

    Dr. Derthick, a retired Brookings and U-Va. scholar, was a leading authority in public policy.

    ‘They murdered those cats’: 23 were removed from home, 22 euthanized

    ‘They murdered those cats’: 23 were removed from home, 22 euthanized

    Renetta DeBlase says she took good care of her cats. Animal control officers disagreed.

    Mistrial for woman accused of insurance killing

    Mistrial for woman accused of insurance killing

    D.C. prosecutors now must decide whether they will retry Claire Rice in the 2012 slaying of her cousin

    Virginia GOP elects John Whitbeck as new chairman

    Virginia GOP elects John Whitbeck as new chairman

    Loudoun County lawyer, 38, promises to stick to principles of fiscal responsibility, individual liberty.

    What books and music are in the bedroom of the KGB operatives in ‘The Americans’?

    What books and music are in the bedroom of the KGB operatives in ‘The Americans’?

    Oh, Anne Murray, Fleetwood Mac, Aerosmith. Wait: Aerosmith?

    Distracted behind the wheel? These teens are developing an app for that

    A team of high school students from the Governor’s School @ Innovation Park have developed a prototype for an app that would silence phones while driving or allow people to work distraction-free.

    Ernie Banks, baseball great known as ‘Mr. Cub,’ dies at 83

    Ernie Banks, baseball great known as ‘Mr. Cub,’ dies at 83

    Mr. Banks, a Hall of Fame infielder for the Chicago Cubs, was one of baseball’s sunniest ambassadors.

    Condo fire in Greenbelt, Md., injures one, displaces 18

    Firefighters are investigating the cause of the blaze, which caused an estimated $125,000 in damage.

    Hollywood needs a very special skill set, which ex-CIA spies help deliver

    Hollywood needs a very special skill set, which ex-CIA spies help deliver

    From “Homeland” to “The Americans,” they add a dose of reality to espionage entertainment.

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    Relief in Md. suburbs: GOP budget not so bad after all

    Relief in Md. suburbs: GOP budget not so bad after all

    Prince George’s, Montgomery say Hogan went relatively easy on them even though they voted against him.

     

    Soldier’s family makes a horrifying discovery: Wrong body in the casket

    The family settled with the Fairfax City funeral home that lost the body — it was buried in another grave.

    Will D.C.’s new mayor let the funk come to U Street?

    Parade organizers beseech the mayor to allow new route.

    Metro arrests two in Morgan Blvd. stabbing

    Transit police arrested two suspects after man stabbed on rail platform; Metro says robbery involved .

    Metrorail action plan is a start in restoring confidence

    After Yellow Line incident, riders wanted answers, and they wanted them from Metro: Are trains safe?

    Plans on tap for easing I-66 commute, more D.C. bike lanes

    Under the plan, solo drivers will pay to use I-66 inside the Beltway during peak hours.

    D.C. disputes Metro claims about tunnel rescue

    City report disputes claim that D.C. firefighters caused radios not to work during rescue of passengers.

    Metro budget committee discusses possible fare increases

    Rising costs and flat revenue mean the transit agency might impose a price hike on rail and bus riders.

    Road closed in Bowie, re-opened in Bethesda after water main breaks

    In Bowie, Old Annapolis Road remains closed at Church Road.

    Constitution Avenue NW reopened after brief closure due to suspicious package

    Suspicious package briefly closes part of Constitution Avenue NW.

    Scientist: Crustacean found near rail route not endangered

    Opponents of Purple Linel project say they’ll keep searching for endangered amphipod’s DNA in Rock Creek Park.

    Metro: D.C. firefighters changed radio encryption codes without telling us

    But D.C. fire said it had told Metro days before that fatal incident that radios weren’t working at station.

    New NTSB recommendations for finding planes lost at sea

    The federal safety agency issued recommendations that would help pinpoint ocean crashes.

    Update: VRE delays cleared after person fatally struck by train

    Morning trains on Manassas line were delayed.

    WSSC plan would add $12.60 to average quarterly bills

    Water utility for Montgomery, Prince George’s proposes to add new fee to fix and replace aging pipes, valves.

    Focus on fans, radios in fatal Metro incident

    A breakdown in radio communications and problems with ventilation in the subway tunnel and train involved in last week’s fatal Metro incident aggravated the crisis, members of Congress briefed by investigators said Wednesday.

    Local Columns

    John Kelly

    John Kelly

    Our fight-or-flight response kept us safe from saber-toothed tigers, but on Twitter, it feeds the monsters within.

    Robert McCartney

    Robert McCartney

    Prince George’s, Montgomery say Hogan went relatively easy on them even though they voted against him.

    Petula Dvorak

    Petula Dvorak

    COLUMN | Some women are losing money by working. This week, the president acknowledged the crisis.

    Robert McCartney

    Robert McCartney

    If Larry Hogan can position Md. Republicans as moderates, it could give the party a historic chance.

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    A prize patrol’s delivery: College acceptance

    Forget fat envelopes in the mail. For some University of Maryland applicants, getting in meant getting a knock on the front door.

    Annapolis mansion destroyed by fire

    Owners Don and Sandra Pyle and four of their grandchildren are unaccounted for after flames consumed the house.

    Leesburg celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.

    Nearly 1,000 people parade through the town’s historic streets to honor the slain civil rights leader.

    Maryland’s inauguration day

    New Gov. Larry Hogan and his lieutenant, Boyd Rutherford, are sworn in after an interfaith prayer service.

    Another bout of snow

    The Washington area endured another round of slick roads and rocky commutes.

    Virginia doctor keeps on trucking

    Rob Marsh administers care from a clinic at a truck stop in Raphine. Truckers passing through as well as locals are his patient base.

    ‘Sea of Blue’ demonstrators rally in support of police

    The D.C. march is among several staged across the country to counter demonstrations against police brutality.

    Spirit of St. Louis touches down again

    Lindbergh’s plane is lowered to ground level of the Air and Space Museum for a safety check.

    Our Washington

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

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