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A growing heroin problem, even in the affluent D.C. suburbs: ‘We had no clue’

Susan Brennan, left, and Ellen Walker hope their stories help others. (Post)

Two mothers’ stories — of a son who died and of a son who is trying to live — highlight a growing scourge in Virginia.

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Bullied autistic boy says girl wanted relationship secret

The Md. boy who was allegedly assaulted by two teenage girls hasn’t wanted to speak until recently.

What professional players see at the poker table. (Hint: More than you.)

What professional players see at the poker table. (Hint: More than you.)

Insights from inside the Maryland Live poker room.

Southern Maryland crime report

Reports from the Maryland State Police and the Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties sheriff’s offices

Why don’t more local breweries sell Nationals T-shirts?

Why don’t more local breweries sell Nationals T-shirts?

Gear that combines beer and baseball hasn’t caught on in Washington yet.

Judge orders extradition of ‘person of interest’ in killings

Judge orders extradition of ‘person of interest’ in killings

But W.Va. judge stays order, so attorneys can file appeal on behalf of Charles Severance.

U-Va. board approves 4.3 percent in-state price increase

The Board of Visitors, on a 12 to 3 vote, approves tuition and fees of nearly $13,000 for Virginia residents.

Kaplan, Huskies are still perfect

Kaplan, Huskies are still perfect

GIRLS’ SOCCER | With Courtenay Kaplan guarding the goal, Tuscarora is 8-0 and has yet to concede a goal this season.

Clinton booked for fundraiser for Brown

Clinton booked for fundraiser for Brown

The former president will help the Democratic candidate for governor raise money next month in Potomac.

Spotted on Metro: the darndest creatures

This is proof that Metrorail attracts riders of all different kinds.

Loudoun County community events, April 24-May 1, 2014

Events include a flower and garden festival, a horse show, an evening of hymns and a chestnut tree program.

Loudoun County crime report

Reports from the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and the Leesburg, Middleburg and Purcellville police.

Baker touts feats, looks ahead in State of County speech

Baker touts feats, looks ahead in State of County speech

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker says work remains to make the county “the place to be.”

Riverdale’s Terrill approaches milestone

Riverdale’s Terrill approaches milestone

BASEBALL | In his 38th year as skipper, Riverdale Baptist’s Terry Terrill is one win away from 1,000 for his career; Georgetown Prep is loaded.

Gansler calls Md. health exchange a ‘$200 million failure’

In his latest TV ad, the Democratic gubernatorial hopeful also pledges to ‘get tough’ on insurance companies.

Uprising brings muffins and coffee to Shaw

Uprising brings muffins and coffee to Shaw

Freelancers and students are going to make themselves at home here.

Montgomery report on longer school day due in June

Task force asks: What could be done with 30 more minutes in the elementary school day?

Fairfax County Animal Watch

Incidents reported by the animal control divisions of police in Fairfax County, Fairfax City and Vienna.

Poll: Most Virginians concerned about impact of SOL tests

Nearly seven out of10 Virginians say that increased testing hurts student performance or makes no difference

Loudoun County animal watch

Recent reports received by the Loudoun County Department of Animal Services.

D.C. adopt a pet

D.C. adopt a pet

Elizabeth, an Old English sheepdog and American Staffordshire mix, is available for adoption.

Prince George’s County Animal Watch

Cases received by the Department of Environmental Resources’ Animal Management Group.

Loudoun’s small community schools saved, for now

The school board rejected their closure, and also decided to save bus service to Thomas Jefferson High.

Great Lakes covered in record-shattering amount of ice this late in spring

Great Lakes covered in record-shattering amount of ice this late in spring

It’s almost May and a third of the Great Lakes is still covered by ice. This is unprecedented in records dating back more than three decades.

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Price of time subject to inflation for express lanes drivers

Price of time subject to inflation for express lanes drivers

Bad weather or accidents that slow traffic can drive Beltway tolls above $11 for 14-mile trip.

Prince George’s holds college and career readiness session

Schools CEO Maxwell says that lowering the county’s dropout rate is a top concern.

Alexandria and Arlington Animal Watch

Incidents involving pets and wildlife reported by Alexandria and Arlington animal welfare leagues.

Arlington-Alexandria news in brief

Free trees at Fairlington Community Center on Arbor Day; Alexandria park renovations underway; more news

At Phoenix, building bikes, confidence and tech skills

At Phoenix, building bikes, confidence and tech skills

‘They’re earning freedom’: Nonprofit program puts at-risk middle-schoolers on a path to self-sufficiency

Supporters of small Loudoun schools rally to keep them open

Hundreds appeal to School Board to save four western Loudoun County schools from being closed.

Montgomery adds people without adding driving

Montgomery adds people without adding driving

Vehicle miles driven in the county despite population growth over the past 10 years.

 

Va. Supreme Court rules for U-Va. in global warming FOIA case

The high court decision rejects an argument by global warming skeptics who wanted to see the work of a climate researcher.

Congress is always watching

House panel’s interest in marijuana legislation shows that there’s no escaping the curiosity of Capitol Hill.

Spotted on Metro: the darndest creatures

This is proof that Metrorail attracts riders of all different kinds.

Rowdy passengers pose greater risk to teen drivers than electronics

New study finds loud conversation and horseplay more likely then cell phones to distract young drivers.

Price of time subject to inflation for express lanes drivers

Bad weather or accidents that slow traffic can drive Beltway tolls above $11 for 14-mile trip.

Trial delayed for MetroAccess driver accused of sex assault

Ezra Porter, Jr., 51, is accused of stopping a MetroAccess vehicle and assaulting a female passenger

Va. Gov. Terry McAuliffe gets Silver Line update

Officials at the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority said they will announce Thursday whether the project is “substantially complete.“

Everything you need to know about the D.C. driver’s license changeover

News that all D.C.driver’s license and other ID holders will need to take a trip to the DMV to replace their documents sparked a collective groan yesterday. And, as with most things DMV-related, there also were many questions. Here’s what you need to know.

Teen stowaway said to survive 2,300-mile flight to Hawaii in the wheel well of jet

A 16-year-old California boy flew halfway across the Pacific Ocean to Hawaii — unconscious — while stowed away in a Hawaiian Airlines flight wheel well, the FBI says. He’s alive.

Starting next month, all D.C. licenses will need to be replaced. Yes, all of them.

Starting May 1, the District will start issuing REAL ID licenses that conform to stringent federal regulations.

I-95 partially closed in Triangle after two accidents

Two accidents partially closed I-95 in Triangle.

MGM starts initial site work for National Harbor casino

Casino project moves expeditiously; Prince George’s Planning Board to hear MGM’s application on May 8.

Plans for D.C. HOT lanes still warming up

Political, financial and engineering hurdles are formidable. Just ask Virginia.

Curbing distracted teen drivers

A growing number of apps for parents prevent mobile-device use behind the wheel.

New York-bound Megabus accident reported on I-95 north of Baltimore

Maryland State Police say none of the 75 people about the New York-bound bus appear to be injured.

Local Columns

John Kelly

John Kelly

When Goldie White dreamed of painting Michelle Obama she knew she had to make the portrait special.

Courtland Milloy

Courtland Milloy

Many have become detached from the violence and problems plaguing the poor areas of the District.

Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

A rehousing program is the core of the mayor’s campaign to house “500 families in 100 days.” Will it work?

Courtland Milloy

Courtland Milloy

Someone damaged more than 750 in D.C. Why? And what about those who saw the gouger and did nothing?

Photo Galleries

Singer Chris Brown charged with assault

Brown and his bodyguard were arrested and charged in the assault of a man outside the W Hotel in the District.

In Fairfax, Va., heroin rips families apart

Parents’ stories — one of a son who died, another of a son trying to live — highlight a growing problem in D.C.’s suburbs.

Two wounded in shooting near National Zoo

Thousands of people were visiting the zoo for an annual holiday event when the gunfire erupted.

The 136th annual White House Easter Egg Roll

Thousands of children gather at the White House for the Easter Egg Roll.

Autistic boy defends girls accused of assaulting him

A Md. teen says he wants to resume a friendship with his schoolmates, but his parents say the case must be pursued.

Holy Week in the Washington area

Starting Palm Sunday and continuing through Good Friday and beyond, locals observed the rituals leading up to Easter.

T. rex at Smithsonian

The bones come from Montana and will be displayed for 50 years.

Cherry blossoms reach peak bloom in D.C.

It’s prime viewing time for Washington’s famous trees from Japan.

Our Washington

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

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