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Daughter says ex-governor’s fall is mom’s fault

Maureen McDonnell arrived separately from her husband to their federal corruption trial.

Two of Robert F. McDonnell’s children wrote about their parents’ strained relationship in letters seeking leniency for their father.

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Town Square | New apartment with artistic elements leasing in Alexandria

Town Square | New apartment with artistic elements leasing in Alexandria

Also alternative mortgage lender arrives in D.C.-area market.

2015’s finale will be on the cold side

2015’s finale will be on the cold side

WEATHER GANG | Christmas week was more mild than not. The week of New Year’s leans more wintry.

Family of ramp agent killed at Dulles says airport has flaws

Family of ramp agent killed at Dulles says airport has flaws

Confusion about runway rules and lack of a risk management system led to Jared Dodson’s death, parents say.

Eulogies begin for D.C.’s ‘Homicide Watch’ blog, which is shutting down

Eulogies begin for D.C.’s ‘Homicide Watch’ blog, which is shutting down

The four-year-old site, a combination true crime blog, case log and victim memorial, could not find a buyer.

At FedEx Field, Redskins protesters confront team’s fans

At FedEx Field, Redskins protesters confront team’s fans

As fans walked toward the stadium, they passed more than 100 activists chanting “Not your mascots.”

For once-homeless artist, a Christmas success

For once-homeless artist, a Christmas success

Kimberly Williams cried tears of joy when she learned she had sold an original work just before the holidays.

Aspen Hill group fights move of alternative-ed programs

Residents appealed the Montgomery school board’s decision to the Maryland State Board of Education.

District lawmaker wonders about his legacy

District lawmaker wonders about his legacy

Despite an ethics scandal that led to his defeat in a bid for a fifth term on the D.C. Council, Jim Graham hopes his constituents will look at how their area changed and remember him for it.

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A bridge to D.C.’s musical past

Where once was written “Surrender Dorothy” on a rail pass over the north Beltway, “Fugazi” is now scrawled.

95 Express Lanes go HOT on Monday

95 Express Lanes go HOT on Monday

Here are some last-minute tips to prepare drivers for a new experience.

Light snow on Tuesday is a long shot, but forecast worth monitoring

Light snow on Tuesday is a long shot, but forecast worth monitoring

After cold air filters into the region Monday, low pressure could bring a period of snow Tuesday - though we remain skeptical.

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Big state football powers may also be great schools

We tend to dismiss those that win the big games, but that overlooks other useful qualities.

On game day, ‘Redskins’ protesters rally for support near FedEx Field

On game day, ‘Redskins’ protesters rally for support near FedEx Field

As the NFL team prepares for its season finale, demonstrators demand a name change.

Still on the mild side, but clouds moving in, showers likely by midday

Still on the mild side, but clouds moving in, showers likely by midday

WEATHER GANG | Some rain showers are likely today and light snow is possible Monday night.

Vandals target eight houses in Montgomery County

Homes were on three streets in the Kensington area.

Buddy DeFranco, master of the jazz clarinet, dies at 91

Buddy DeFranco, master of the jazz clarinet, dies at 91

Mr. DeFranco, whose career lasted more than 70 years, was acclaimed as the finest of his era.

Maryland’s Hogan and Frosh look for comity

Maryland’s Hogan and Frosh look for comity

GOP governor-elect and Democratic attorney general-elect’s history could help their working relationship.

At F.I.T., St. John’s makes
a fast impression

At F.I.T., St. John’s makes <br>a fast impression

INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD | The Cadets sprint to a surprising victory in the 800-meter relay race at the Friends of Indoor Track Invitational.

‘Cool’ McCalla leads Raiders to win

‘Cool’ McCalla leads Raiders to win

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL | Freshman Aisha McCalla scores 27 points as No. 2 Eleanor Roosevelt beats Good Counsel in OT.

D.C. loses Heller’s Bakery, a pillar of pastry

D.C. loses Heller’s Bakery, a pillar of pastry

After more than 80 years of sweet treats, the doors close at an institution in Mount Pleasant.

Skywatch: Mercury and Venus become cosmic companions

What you’ll see in the January sky.

Deaths elsewhere

Deaths elsewhere

Donald J. Albosta, Michigan congressman; Billie Whitelaw, stage and screen actress.

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A journey out of despair, with two children in tow

A journey out of despair, with two children in tow

When a District grandmother faced homelessness, Community of Hope stepped in to help.

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Transportation network expanded in 2014

Transportation network expanded in 2014

The top 10 list of traffic and transit stories shows more wins than losses in the Washington region.

Purple Puck welcomes
strong field

Purple Puck welcomes <br>strong field

ICE HOCKEY | Locals Gonzaga, O’Connell, DeMatha and St. Albans will be joined at Fort Dupont by teams from as far away as Nova Scotia.

Balmy weather today, then Sunday’s rain and chill snap us back to winter

Balmy weather today, then Sunday’s rain and chill snap us back to winter

Lots of sunshine today, then temperatures will dip as a cold front approaches Monday.

Md. fire victim lived caring, useful life, her daughter says

Fannie Kirkland, 84, killed by a fire at her Capitol Heights home, was a nurse, church member and volunteer.

Police warn officers to be vigilant after shootings in NW

Gunmen targeted two cars in Petworth on Tuesday, one having police union license plates.

O’Malley, in wait-and-see mode, eyes spring to assess shot against Clinton

O’Malley, in wait-and-see mode, eyes spring to assess shot against Clinton

Outgoing Maryland governor will wait to see how Democrats receive Hillary Clinton before saying if he will run.

Joseph Sargent, Emmy-winning director, dies at 89

Joseph Sargent, Emmy-winning director, dies at 89

Mr. Sargent directed about 70 projects, including the thriller “The Taking of Pelham One Two Three.”

 

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.

95 Express Lanes go HOT on Monday

Here are some last-minute tips to prepare drivers for a new experience.

E-mails show struggle over D.C. streetcar safety

Final safety checks in progress, but state safety office and Federal Transit Administration have many questions.

Transportation network expanded in 2014

The top 10 list of traffic and transit stories shows more wins than losses in the Washington region.

Metro is tightening its belt, but it’s still planning $1.3 billion in new projects

For next year, Metro plans new escalators, buses and canopies among its long-term capital projects.

Traffic, transit tips for the holiday weekend

Military Bowl in Annapolis highlights otherwise quiet weekend for local travel.

Downtown Bethesda could become ‘green’ community

Montgomery planners are working on an environmentally friendly pilot program for next 20-year growth plan.

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.

Local Columns

John Kelly

John Kelly

Where once was written “Surrender Dorothy” on a rail pass over the north Beltway, “Fugazi” is now scrawled.

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

D.C. loses a pillar of pastry in Mount Pleasant

After more than 80 years of sweet treats, the doors close at Heller’s Bakery

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.

Our Washington

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

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