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D.C. is about to host the nation’s biggest, legal, marijuana giveaway

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Over 800 city residents are expected at an event offering free seeds now that pot possession is legal.

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    City charge dropped in Hannah Graham case to facilitate murder trial

    City charge dropped in Hannah Graham case to facilitate murder trial

    Jesse L. Matthew Jr. to face trial in Farifax sexual assault before murder and abduction charges near U-Va.

    Pirate-themed Piratz Tavern will hoist its last tankard on April 4

    Pirate-themed Piratz Tavern will hoist its last tankard on April 4

    The pub couldn’t survive the rough seas in the wake of Spike TV’s epic “Bar Rescue” episode in 2012.

    Maryland Senate unanimously approves budget

    Maryland Senate unanimously approves budget

    Republicans and Democrats praise each other for the cooperation that led to the spending plan.

    Maryland Senate committee approves budget plan

    The vote took place hours before the full House finalized its budget proposal.

    How to do the National Cherry Blossom Festival in 2015

    How to do the National Cherry Blossom Festival in 2015

    These are some of the biggest events of the festival. (With a map to show you where everything is.)

    U-Va. student involved in violent arrest makes brief court appearance

    U-Va. student involved in violent arrest makes brief court appearance

    Martese Johnson did not enter a plea. His lawyer asked for a May court date so criminal probe of arrest can finish.

    Spring’s first thunderstorms possible in 5-10 p.m. window today

    Spring’s first thunderstorms possible in 5-10 p.m. window today

    The most intense activity may contain thunder and lightning, heavy downpours, some strong wind gusts, and a bit of hail.

    Metro police plan crackdown on fare evaders

    Station managers and bus drivers say they fear confrontations when attempting to collect fares.

    Roadway delivery: Breech baby born along Interstate 270 in Montgomery

    Roadway delivery: Breech baby born along Interstate 270 in Montgomery

    The baby boy was delivered by his father, a helicopter mechanic. The mother and child are “doing well.”

    Va. Attorney General Herring to focus on predatory lending

    The Democrat wants Virginia to shed its designation as the “predatory-lending capital of the East Coast.”

    8 things to do in the D.C. area on the weekend of March 27-29

    8 things to do in the D.C. area on the weekend of March 27-29

    The Cherry Blossom Festival gets interesting and the West End Cinema closes with a classic set of films.

    Pr. George’s firefighters training at vacant Bowie mall before demolition

    Before Bowie mall gets torn down for redevelopment, firefighters take over vacant shops to sharpen skills.

    Project launched to reduce lightning deaths in Africa, targets schools

    Project launched to reduce lightning deaths in Africa, targets schools

    The death rates from lightning in developing nations are much like those of the U.S. 100 years ago

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    Metrorail safety instructions

    Metrorail safety instructions

    Metro officials released new safety videos designed to explain to passengers what they should do in the event of an emergency involving fire or smoke on a Metrorail train.

    Public picks names for two Andean bear cubs at National Zoo

    Public picks names for two Andean bear cubs at National Zoo

    The brother bear cubs, which will make their public debut Saturday, are named Mayni and Muniri.

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    Metrorail safety instructions (3 minutes)

    Metrorail safety instructions (3 minutes)

    Metro officials released new safety videos designed to explain to passengers what they should do in the event of an emergency involving fire or smoke on a Metrorail train.

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    Metrorail safety instructions (Spanish)

    Metrorail safety instructions (Spanish)

    Metro officials released new safety videos designed to explain to passengers what they should do in the event of an emergency involving fire or smoke on a Metrorail train.

    Metro unveils new safety videos

    The new safety videos come in the wake of a Jan. 12 smoke incident in which one passenger died and more than 80 were injured.

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    Zoo reveals Andean cub names

    Zoo reveals Andean cub names

    The National Zoo’s two bear cubs are officially named Mayni and Muniri after a public vote.

    Tornado-magnet Moore, Okla. struck again Wednesday; 1 person killed near Tulsa (PHOTOS and VIDEO)

    Tornado-magnet Moore, Okla. struck again Wednesday; 1 person killed near Tulsa (PHOTOS and VIDEO)

    Multiple damaging tornadoes touched down in Oklahoma, including Moore - which has been ravaged repeatedly by twisters in recent years.

    McAuliffe vetoes six redistricting bills

    McAuliffe vetoes six redistricting bills

    Calling them unconstitutional, the Virginia governor killed the measures live on a radio show.

    D.C. is about to host the nation’s biggest, legal, marijuana giveaway

    D.C. is about to host the nation’s biggest, legal, marijuana giveaway

    Over 800 city residents are expected at an event offering free seeds now that pot possession is legal.

    U of Md. student will not return to school after racist, sexist e-mail

    U of Md. student will not return to school after racist, sexist e-mail

    A university official said the family and school agreed that the student will not come back this semester.

    How do schools respond to competition? Not as you might expect.

    How do schools respond to competition? Not as you might expect.

    School-choice is built on the philosophy that competition forces schools to improve, but a new study shows that school leaders are more likely to improve recruiting than academics.

    Vehicle fire causes backups on Fairfax Parkway

    A vehicle fire has caused major backups on Fairfax County Parkway

    Kacey Musgraves brings her fearless new country music to the 9:30 Club

    Kacey Musgraves brings her fearless new country music to the 9:30 Club

    Two years after the 26-year-old’s “Same Trailer, Different Park” made waves for its lyrics about kissing girls and smoking pot, and a year after it won a Grammy for best country album, Musgraves returns to the 9:30 Club for a sold-out show on Thursday.

    ‘Danny Collins’ director Dan Fogelman made Al Pacino sing for a real audience

    ‘Danny Collins’ director Dan Fogelman made Al Pacino sing for a real audience

    “I wanted, when Al comes out the door, for it to be a real crowd coming to their feet,” Fogelman says. So he found his extras at a Chicago concert in Los Angeles.

    Things to know before visiting Beefsteak, Jose Andres’s new fast-casual spot

    Things to know before visiting Beefsteak, Jose Andres’s new fast-casual spot

    Last week celebrity chef Jose Andres debuted his new fast-casual restaurant, Beefsteak, in Foggy Bottom. Here are five things we learned during our recent visit.

    Puppet play ‘The Pigeoning’ carries a universal message to Artisphere

    Puppet play ‘The Pigeoning’ carries a universal message to Artisphere

    If you’re reading this outdoors, chances are you’re being observed … by pigeons. They’re on the sidewalk, in the park, flying overhead and perched on windowsills, power lines and traffic lights. And they’re watching you. What

     

    PNC Bank loses Vienna man’s $100,000 check for 10 months, then ‘finds’ it

    The bank appeared uninterested in restoring a longtime customer’s money. Then The Washington Post called.

    Ted Cruz could go on Obamacare. What about Congress’s other potential 2016 candidates?

    Lindsey Graham, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio have reconciled their ideology and the family obligations in different ways.

    Metro police plan crackdown on fare evaders

    Station managers and bus drivers say they fear confrontations when attempting to collect fares.

    Metro unveils new safety videos

    The new safety videos come in the wake of a Jan. 12 smoke incident in which one passenger died and more than 80 were injured.

    Vehicle fire causes backups on Fairfax Parkway

    A vehicle fire has caused major backups on Fairfax County Parkway

    At casino progress event, MGM says it’s meeting local contracting goals

    Prince George’s groups dispute the company’s efforts to recruit black-owned companies for the project.

    If it’s spring, it must be time for Potholepalooza

    The District has declared a “War on Potholes” with the kickoff of its 7th annual Potholepalooza campaign.

    In the District, brace for a tougher commute

    The 16th Street Bridge rebuilding is entering a high-impact phase for drivers and bus riders.

    Meeting to address concerns on I-66 HOT lanes

    The Wednesday night session will focus on the concerns of the project’s neighbors in Fairfax County.

    Fear and loathing at the D.C. DMV

    “I realized that the DMV is the only institution in Washington that has so far reminded me of my old job—in which I covered an authoritarian regime in the Middle East.“

    Crash closes part of Branch Avenue in Prince George’s County

    Northbound drivers should seek alternative routes.

    Big delays likely on I-95 in Baltimore

    The work zone through central Baltimore is returning for another season of lane closings and lane shifts.

    ‘The Most Interesting Man in the World’ from beer ads rides in HOV lanes

    “I don’t always violate the HOV lane law. . . but when I do, I get a $124 ticket.”

    Local Columns

    John Kelly

    John Kelly

    Do you know how to get rid of an unwanted piano? I don’t know, but hum a few bars.

    Courtland Milloy

    Courtland Milloy

    He asked “How could this happen?” as he was violently arrested. But he needed to have known before then.

    Petula Dvorak

    Petula Dvorak

    No university is generating more sensation and scandal than Thomas Jefferson’s “academical village.”

    Petula Dvorak

    Petula Dvorak

    Can the nation’s capital eliminate homelessness with nothing but fancy condos?

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    Andean bear cubs romp at National Zoo

    The brother bears get ready to meet the public.

    A Virginia tribe seeks federal recognition amid casino fears

    The bid by the Pamunkey — the tribe of Pocahontas — is opposed by MGM and 11 black lawmakers.

    From snow to rain

    In the D.C. area, a morning wintry mix turns to snow, which turns back to rain.

    Changing perceptions, one bullet at a time

    The firearms industry has poured millions of dollars into college shooting clubs, and many students’ views about guns have evolved.

    The fine art of making maple syrup

    Find the right tree, tap in your spile, hang up your bucket and wait for the sap to run.

    Heavy snow throughout the East Coast

    Winter refuses to surrender as D.C., New York and more endure another snowy blast.

    Remnants of the war

    Experts are combing through items that have been left at the Vietnam Wall over the years for a planned education display.

    It’s all business at D.C.’s ‘Cannabis Academy’

    City hosts a two-day expo to teach attendees how to make greenbacks from pot’s legalization.

    Our Washington

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

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