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Maureen McDonnell was ‘trusting,’ ‘very gullible,’ friend testifies

(Steve Helber / AP)

Follow our liveblog on Day 23 of the corruption trial of former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell.

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With public financing, Hogan has more cash than Brown

With public financing, Hogan has more cash than Brown

The Maryland Republican reports more money in the bank than his Democratic opponent — for now.

Column

Maryland town won’t pony up for John Wayne museum

Maryland town won’t pony up for John Wayne museum

Hey, pilgrim: Bowie’s tiny John Wayne Museum is looking for corporate sponsorship.

Leggett braves the ice bucket, passes it on

When Ike Leggett took the ice bucket challenge, he looked east to issue his own challenge.

D.C. officials consider allowing residents to carry guns

A month after federal judge’s ruling, officials are proceeding with a rewrite of the city’s gun laws.

Cold front to deliver a delightful Thursday

Cold front to deliver a delightful Thursday

Blue skies of today will give way to blue skies of tomorrow. In between, a cold front passes mostly uneventfully.

Commuter alert: Avoid Connecticut Ave. near Md.-D.C. line this week

Emergency pavement repairs will close lanes, even during peak commuting times, through the week, Maryland officials say.

George Barrett, civil rights lawyer in Tennessee, dies at 86

George Barrett, civil rights lawyer in Tennessee, dies at 86

Mr. Barrett filed at suit that helped desegregated the state’s public colleges and universities.

Video

Metro Transit Police save man from oncoming train

Metro Transit Police save man from oncoming train

Surveillance video captured the moment Metro Transit Police likely saved a 22-year-old man from being struck by a Red Line train at the Rhode Island Avenue Metro station.

National Zoo’s American bisons named: Zora and Wilma

National Zoo’s American bisons named: Zora and Wilma

Buffalo return to the zoo for the first time in more than a decade. Exhibit opens to the public on Saturday.

Video captures dramatic rescue at the Rhode Island Avenue Metro station

Metro Transit Police pull a man back onto the station platform just seconds before a Red Line train would have struck him.

Arlington and Alexandria volunteer opportunities

AHC, Carlyle House and Alexandria Black History museums, Bikes for the World.

Pr. George’s Baker headed to China on trade mission

Pr. George’s Baker headed to China on trade mission

Hoping to entice foreign investment in Pr. George’s, Baker administration headed to China on Wednesday.

Hurricanes Marie and Cristobal lash both coasts with large waves

Hurricanes Marie and Cristobal lash both coasts with large waves

Surfers are flocking to the shores in southern California and the Mid-Atlantic as large waves are breaking from hurricanes Marie and Cristobal.

Prosecutors clear officers who killed Navy Yard gunman

Prosecutors clear officers who killed Navy Yard gunman

A.D.C. police officer and a U.S. Park Police officer ended the rampage by Aaron Alexis.

Ferguson protests handled poorly, D.C. chief says

Cathy Lanier says she “wouldn’t bring an armored personnel carrier out” for a protest.

Manassas teen drowns off Ocean City beach

An official warns that strong rip currents could make swimming in more than knee-deep water unsafe.

Going Out Guide

A list of events in Montgomery County Maryland for Aug. 28-Sept. 3, 2014

D.C. mayor fires back at Bowser over school boundaries

D.C. mayor fires back at Bowser over school boundaries

Vince Gray says Muriel Bowser would be “unwise” to rewrite schools plan without input from chancellor.

Driverless cars in D.C. are on today’s cover

Autonomous cars are taking a capital test drive. How do they hold up to D.C.’s confusing streets?

Inner loop of Beltway shut down in Prince George’s County

Multiple vehicles were involved in the crash.

Va. reading scores remain stagnant on harder state tests

Va. reading scores remain stagnant on harder state tests

Virginia students overall saw modest math gains; more than half of state’s districts saw drop in writing exams.

Head Start grantees flagged for quality concerns state-by-state

About 370 grantees across the country have had to compete for new funds

Go the distance: Neptune’s opposition amid a busy week for the planet

Go the distance: Neptune’s opposition amid a busy week for the planet

Neptune is having a busy week, with opposition, the silver anniversary of its encounter with Voyager 2, and the fly-by of NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft.

U-Md. student tapped for system’s Board of Regents seat

U-Md. student tapped for system’s Board of Regents seat

As a teen, Raaheela Ahmed, 21, nearly defeated the then-chairman of the Prince George’s school board.

D.C. Public Library hires human services coordinator

D.C. Public Library hires human services coordinator

One responsibility of the new position is figuring out how the system can best serve the homeless population.

D.C. adopt a pet

D.C. adopt a pet

Cinderella, an American Staffordshire terrier mix, is available for adoption.

D.C. Animal Watch

Among cases handled by the Washington Humane Society and the Washington Animal Rescue League.

Southern Maryland deaths

Obituaries reported by funeral homes in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties.

Fairfax County Animal Watch

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

Going Out Guide

Going Out Guide

Going Out Guide, District of Columbia

 

Reston kart driver Ayrton Climo, 18, in coma in Quebec after crash

The experienced teen driver is slowly recovering, but his parents are struggling to return him to this area.

Ferguson protests handled poorly, D.C. chief says

Cathy Lanier says she “wouldn’t bring an armored personnel carrier out” for a protest.

Pilot's fate unknown in fighter jet crash

An experienced pilot on a standard maintenance mission was missing Wednesday after the flier’s fighter jet crashed in the mountains of western Virginia, shaking residents but causing no injuries on the ground, military and law enforcement officials said.

Commuter alert: Avoid Connecticut Ave. near Md.-D.C. line this week

Emergency pavement repairs will close lanes, even during peak commuting times, through the week, Maryland officials say.

Video captures dramatic rescue at the Rhode Island Avenue Metro station

Metro Transit Police pull a man back onto the station platform just seconds before a Red Line train would have struck him.

Inner loop of Beltway shut down in Prince George’s County

Multiple vehicles were involved in the crash.

Report: Military jet crashes in Virginia

There were reports that the plane was an F-15 fighter jet but police said they couldn’t confirm until they reached the crash site.

Update: Delays resolved on Metro’s Orange, Silver and Blue lines

Delays on the Orange, Silver and Blue lines because of an earlier train malfunction at Smithsonian station have been cleared.

More Americans expected to hit the road this Labor Day weekend

Lower gas prices, better economy expected to spur highest travel levels since 2008.

Update: Southeast Freeway lanes reopen after accident near Third Street tunnel

Eastbound traffic on the Southeast Freeway had been redirected because of an accident just before Third Street tunnel. Police said the accident is clear and all lanes are open.

Trail advocates file lawsuit to change Purple Line route

Plaintiffs say light-rail line would harm habitat of two rare crustaceans, including endangered species.

D.C. Council tackles CSX tunnel project

Some council members support doing a comprehensive rail study before CSX is allowed to move forward with a plan to rebuild a rail tunnel in Southeast Washington.

Md. officials offer tips for Labor Day travel

Maryland transportation officials say you’ll fare better if you have some flexibility in your schedule Labor Day weekend.

VDOT said peeling lane striping fixed on I-66

A Virginia Department of Transportation spokeswoman said crews finished repairing a stretch of faulty lane striping by 4 a.m. Tuesday.

Local Columns

John Kelly

John Kelly

Hey, pilgrim: Bowie’s tiny John Wayne Museum is looking for corporate sponsorship.

Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

We’ve sanctioned criminalization of childhood independence by arresting parents who let kids play unguarded.

Robert McCartney

Robert McCartney

Bob McDonnell’s plea for sympathy at corruption trial is riddled by rationalizations, contradictions.

Robert McCartney

Robert McCartney

Salvadoran youths’ horrific story of violence at home shows why they deserve U.S. protection.

Photo Galleries

Horseshoe Baltimore casino’s opening night

Throngs of people showed up to try their luck at the city’s first casino.

Back to school: First day is a fun day

As students return to class, they’re greeted with crowns, balloons and dance parties.

Aboard the Memphis Belle

Members of the media get a ride on the World War II B-17 bomber ahead of a weekend exhibition in Baltimore.

Bao Bao turns 1

The National Zoo’s giant panda cub has changed a lot in just one year.

Evicted from his indoor office, mayor pitches tent

Seat Pleasant Mayor Eugene W. Grant’s temper is affecting employees, the City Council has said.

McDonnell’s time in office comes to a close

Gov. Robert F. McDonnell was supposed to be in the thick of the race to succeed him. Instead, the Republican found himself relegated to the role of passive observer, keeping busy with other engagements amid a gifts scandal.

A rarity today: A doctor who makes house calls

Wanting to work in the community, Ernest Brown tends to those in D.C.’s embassies, hotels and homes, as well as the poor.

Looking for customers with the “oil man”

Justin Green, who sells fragrances on street corners, is a purveyor of one of D.C.’s most durable old-school hustles.

Our Washington

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

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