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Christmas tree fueled deadly Annapolis fire

(Glenn A. Miller / AP)

The tree was still up on Jan. 19 when an inferno gutted Don and Sandra Pyle’s huge waterfront home.

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    John T. Myers, House Republican from Indiana, dies at 87

    <b></b>John T. Myers, House Republican from Indiana, dies at 87

    Mr. Myers represented a swath of western Indiana in the U.S. House of Representatives for 30 years.

    Diana Engel, co-founder of Levine music school, dies at 77

    Diana Engel, co-founder of Levine music school, dies at 77

    An amateur pianist, Ms. Engel also was a community activist and a lawyer specializing in family law.

    Washington-area obituaries of note

    Washington-area obituaries of note

    Obituaries of residents from the District, Maryland and Northern Virginia.

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    Be prepared: McDonnells could be fully cleared on appeal

    Annoying but true: Fuzzy federal law means appeals courts could throw out McDonnells’ felony convictions.

    Pedestrian hit and killed on I-95 in Prince George’s County

    One lane of the highway was closed for much of the afternoon.

    Hogan agrees to rule protecting gays from discrimination in Medicaid program

    Hogan agrees to rule protecting gays from discrimination in Medicaid program

    He also approved two other O’Malley administration regulations, but continued to review poultry waste measure.

    Arlington-Alexandria volunteer opportunities

    Arlington Regional Master Naturalists, Alexandria and Arlington Police Academies need volunteers.

    Alexandria and Arlington crime report

    Among incidents reported by police in Alexandria and Arlington.

    Alexandria-Arlington community calendar, Jan. 29-Feb. 5

    Workshops, winter art exhibits, nature programs, concerts, plays and cancer support groups.

    Christmas tree fueled deadly Annapolis fire

    Christmas tree fueled deadly Annapolis fire

    The tree was still up on Jan. 19 when an inferno gutted Don and Sandra Pyle’s huge waterfront home.

    Osbourn names former Redskins OL Samuels coach

    Osbourn names former Redskins OL Samuels coach

    FOOTBALL | Six-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle Chris Samuels was approved as the Eagles’ new head football coach Wednesday, bringing “buzz and excitement” with him.

    Clear and cold tonight, a little wintry mix possible Thursday

    Clear and cold tonight, a little wintry mix possible Thursday

    One of the chillier nights of the winter is ahead. Some late day rain and snow showers may be around tomorrow.

    Tejada will not run for reelection to Arlington board

    Tejada will not run for reelection to Arlington board

    The progressive Democrat says he will serve out his term this year but did not disclose his future plans.

    Just how fast are newcomers moving out of the District? Real fast.

    Just how fast are newcomers moving out of the District? Real fast.

    About 23 percent of people who moved to D.C. in 2004 are still here.

    Meanwhile in Oklahoma, record breaking... warmth

    Meanwhile in Oklahoma, record breaking... warmth

    In Oklahoma City, daily high records have been broken each day for the past three days.

    Nightlife Agenda: A Rent Party, local bluegrass and the Wig Night Out

    Nightlife Agenda: A Rent Party, local bluegrass and the Wig Night Out

    This week: Maryland bluegrass, Virginia beers and dance music to shake off the winter blues.

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    A super record for watching the Super Bowl

    A super record for watching the Super Bowl

    These Maryland couples haven’t missed a Super Bowl together in nearly 50 years.

    Gun-control bill comes back to life in Virginia legislature

    A bill that would keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers passed out of a state Senate committee.

    Thursday afternoon wintry mix possible; better chance of snow or mix Sunday

    Thursday afternoon wintry mix possible; better chance of snow or mix Sunday

    Of the two weather systems, Sunday’s has somewhat greater potential to produce accumulating frozen precipitation. But we shouldn’t turn a blind eye to Thursday.

    McDuffie introduces Title IX legislation again

    The Ward 5 Council member reintroduced the bill to increase sports participation for girls.

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    It’s not 1953: U-Va. sorority sisters need to demand their rights

    It’s not 1953: U-Va. sorority sisters need to demand their rights

    Sorority sisters ordered by their council to stay in this weekend need to fight instead.

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    Weekend Metro rider has hard time spotting progress

    Weekend Metro rider has hard time spotting progress

    Gains from transit rebuilding program are not easy to spot when trains are few and far between.

    Southern Maryland crime report

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

    Southern Maryland home sales

    Listings of homes sold recently in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties.

    Southern Maryland community calendar, Jan. 29-Feb. 5

    Events include a Jane Austen book discussion, a “Treasure Island” children’s show and a manga activity.

    Super Bowl rules: guacamole yes, drones no

    Super Bowl rules: guacamole yes, drones no

    The FAA offers this handy reminder: Drones and football don’t mix, especially at the Super Bowl.

    Raging snow, howling wind: The meteorological evolution of the Blizzard of 2015

    In meteorological parlance, it was a textbook “Miller Type B” nor’easter evolution, albeit in extremis.

    Dad who abducted baby in Poolesville arrested, police say

    Dad who abducted baby in Poolesville arrested, police say

    Five-month-old Drew Denny is safe and has been reunited with her mother.

    Drivers ask about getting started with express lanes

    Drivers ask about getting started with express lanes

    Questions arise about E-ZPass Flex rules and the toll signs.

    Montgomery Bikeshare program exceeds expectations

    Montgomery Bikeshare program exceeds expectations

    The bike-sharing program attracted about 35,000 trips in its first year.

     

    Fairfax SWAT team raids high stakes Great Falls poker game, seizes cash, terrifies players

    Police continue to aggressively enforce anti-gambling laws, though charges against the players are set to be dismissed.

    Boehner not inclined to meddle with D.C. pot vote, Bowser says

    After meeting with House speaker, new mayor says Boehner is focused on ‘national agenda.’

    Weekend Metro rider has hard time spotting progress

    Gains from transit rebuilding program are not easy to spot when trains are few and far between.

    Super Bowl rules: guacamole yes, drones no

    The FAA offers this handy reminder: Drones and football don’t mix, especially at the Super Bowl.

    Drivers ask about getting started with express lanes

    Questions arise about E-ZPass Flex rules and the toll signs.

    Montgomery Bikeshare program exceeds expectations

    The bike-sharing program attracted about 35,000 trips in its first year.

    Trifecta of problems on Metro’s rail lines

    Broken rail causes trains to share track on Green Line. Earlier, a disabled train at East Falls Church caused delays.

    Traffic-choked roads don’t yield sufficient gas tax revenue

    Report says 40 percent of roadways don’t generate enough money to cover maintenance costs.

    Multi-vehicle crash causes delays on Interstate 270 south

    Drivers advised to avoid area of I-270 south near Montrose Road. No fatalities but delays.

    Travel woes continue after snowstorm

    Dozens of flights from D.C. area airports -- many bound for airports in the New York area and farther up the coast -- are delayed or canceled on Wednesday.

    Sen. Sanders wants to spend $1 trillion on infrastructure

    Vermont senator’s bill would increase spending on infrastructure by about $148 billion a year.

    WSSC seeks more time for legally required sewer repairs

    Utility said delays stemmed from Park Service’s slow permitting process to repair pipes in stream valleys.

    Weather messing with meetings on I-66’s future

    A second public session on Virginia’s HOT lanes plan has been called off because of wintry weather.

    Sanders wants to spend $1 trillion on infrastruture

    The investment is in line with the need, experts say.

    Broken traffic cameras contributed to revenue decline

    D.C. police initially claimed the drop was because more drivers were obeying the law.

    Local Columns

    John Kelly

    John Kelly

    These Maryland couples haven’t missed a Super Bowl together in nearly 50 years.

    Robert McCartney

    Robert McCartney

    Annoying but true: Fuzzy federal law means appeals courts could throw out McDonnells’ felony convictions.

    Petula Dvorak

    Petula Dvorak

    Sorority sisters ordered by their council to stay in this weekend need to fight instead.

    Petula Dvorak

    Petula Dvorak

    The Disneyland measles outbreak is the result of discredited research linking vaccines to autism.

    Photo Galleries

    Learning the fine art of bottling whiskey

    At Purcellville distillery, spirit lovers process Roundstone Rye from cask to bottle.

    Sinkhole swallows car in Bladensburg area

    A 12-inch water-main break caused a residential street to give way and swallow a car in the Bladensburg area.

    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 died in the blaze.

    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.

    Our Washington

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

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