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D.C. mayor’s race may turn on education

Candidates Muriel Bowser and David Catania.

The campaign for D.C. mayor enters the final fall stretch this week with new evidence that the quality of public schools — and how voters feel about them — could decide what is widely seen as the city’s most competitive general election in at least two decades.

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    Best Of is back! Vote for your favorites in the D.C. area

    Vote for your favorite D.C. bars, restaurants and people, and we’ll spotlight the winners in our October 16 issue.

    Scattered strong storms possible through this evening

    Scattered strong storms possible through this evening

    The best chance of storms in the D.C. metro area is from approximately 4 p.m. to midnight.

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    Thank you, and I hope we passed the audition

    Thank you, and I hope we passed the audition

    Ringo a mediocre drummer? Just try walking a mile in his Beatle boots. Also: Ringing the cathedral’s bells.

    D.C. mayor’s race may turn on education

    D.C. mayor’s race may turn on education

    The campaign for D.C. mayor enters the final fall stretch this week with new evidence that the quality of public schools — and how voters feel about them — could decide what is widely seen as the city’s most competitive general election in at least two decades.

    Montgomery crashes leave 3 dead; man hit by Metro train

    A roundup of news from across the region.

    Buying frenzy of Russian-made AK-47s follows import ban

    Buying frenzy of Russian-made AK-47s follows import ban

    The surge of sales after sanctions were imposed against Russia brought a boom in demand.

    Neighbors question plans for Md. shooting ranges

    Many Sugarloaf Mountain area residents are gun owners, but are worried about safety and noise.

    Dog racing struggles to compete with casinos

    Dog racing struggles to compete with casinos

    Once a mainstay of American gambling, dog tracks are in steep decline around the country.

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    Hark, hear the National Cathedral's bells

    Hark, hear the National Cathedral's bells

    Bell-ringing enthusiasts from across the U.S., U.K. and Canada converged inside the National Cathedral's tower for the annual North American Guild of Change Ringers convention this weekend.

    Man dies after getting trapped under boulder on island

    Rescuers tried to save 25-year-old man trapped on Offutt Island in the Potomac Gorge.

    Five injured in boat explosion on Maryland’s Eastern Shore

    The cause is not known yet.

    Security measures increase as schools open for new year

    Security measures increase as schools open for new year

    Schools are equipped with buzzer systems, cameras and uniformed officers after Newtown shootings.

    A hotel manager’s lesson about the lap of luxury

    A hotel manager’s lesson about the lap of luxury

    It’s a metaphor for people and literal reality for pets, but after that the differences can be few.

    Capitol Concert moved to Kennedy Center to avoid rain

    The free Labor Day Capitol Concert begins at 8 p.m.

    One teen dead, two seriously injured in Olney crash

    The three teenagers were in a convertible that crashed about 1:23 a.m. Saturday.

    Anne Arundel Popeye’s employee found dead

    The body of a female employee was found in the fast-food restaurant’s stockroom Sunday morning.

    $10 or Less: Gaithersburg Labor Day Parade, Split this Rock

    $10 or Less: Gaithersburg Labor Day Parade, Split this Rock

    The Going Out Guide recommends free or low-cost things to do this week.

    Person struck by train at Mount Vernon Square Metro

    Green and Yellow line riders should expect delays in both directions while police investigate.

    Forecast: Warm and sticky heading into Labor Day

    Forecast: Warm and sticky heading into Labor Day

    Scattered storms could interrupt your plans this afternoon and evening. Labor Day looks similarly warm and humid with a lower storm risk.

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    Is Massachusetts really No. 1 in schools? Maybe not.

    Is Massachusetts really No. 1 in schools? Maybe not.

    The Bay State’s best schools do a bad job of challenging average students with tough courses.

    Man arrested for sexually assaulting woman in Gainesville

    Police say Juan Carlos Lopez Ramirez pushed the victim down an embankment as she was walking.

    Man found dead at Shady Grove Metro station

    The man, found by Metro Transit Police shortly after 2 a.m. on Sunday, likely died of a drug overdose.

    Video: TV weather people can’t pronounce Cristobal

    Hilarious clip from Jimmy Kimmel live shows TV weather people struggling to say crease TOE bal.

    Seminar focuses on office communication

    Seminar focuses on office communication

    With four generations in the workforce, differences in values and preferences can lead to clashes.

    Pr. William announces $5.9 million shortfall for fiscal 2014

    Shortfall is due in part to an increase in disabled veterans, the government shutdown and harsh winter weather.

    Prince William County development projects

    Here is information on planned development throughout the county.

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    Ferguson protesters march through Washington street

    Ferguson protesters march through Washington street

    Washington's H Street NE corridor was filled with protesters Saturday night, demonstrating in solidarity with Ferguson, Mo., after the death of Michael Brown.

    United vs. New York weather forecast: Warm and muggy with a storm threat

    United vs. New York weather forecast: Warm and muggy with a storm threat

    Storms are enough of a risk to keep an eye on the sky, on radar, and on our social media feeds for updates as warranted.

    H Street protest Saturday night over Ferguson shooting

    H Street protest Saturday night over Ferguson shooting

    Protesters march down H Street NE on Saturday night to protest a shooting by police in Ferguson, Mo.

    National Book Festival lures huge crowds of readers

    National Book Festival lures huge crowds of readers

    After many years on the Mall, the celebrated annual book fair turns the page by taking its act indoors.

     

    Ex-Haymarket police chief James Roop arrested for drunk driving

    A month after stepping down as chief, Winchester police say they stopped him driving the wrong way down a one-way street.

    Ward 5: ‘Dumping ground’ no longer?

    Task force finds ways to reconcile residents’ wishes with city’s need for industrial land.

    More wheelchair-accessible taxis will cruise D.C. streets

    A package of initiatives also includes a text messaging system to summon D.C. cabs to where need is greatest.

    Person struck by train at Mount Vernon Square Metro

    Green and Yellow line riders should expect delays in both directions while police investigate.

    Route 1 closed in Alexandria

    Route 1 is closed in both directions from Slater’s Lane to First Street in Alexandria due to two fallen electrical poles in the road.

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

    Earlier delays because of a train malfunction are clear.

    Fence fight could affect residents along Purple Line route

    A Montgomery judge will consider who owns land along trail between Bethesda and Silver Spring.

    Labor Day weekend Metro service

    Major Metro track work will affect several rail lines over the Labor Day weekend. Trains will operate on a weekend or adjusted schedule on Labor Day.

    Search continues for missing pilot of fighter jet that crashed

    Massachusetts Air National Guard plane crashed in rugged Shenandoah Valley national forest.

    Red Line delayed in both directions after switch problem

    Trains were stopped at Fort Totten.

    Paving along Connecticut Avenue in Chevy Chase continues through morning rush hour

    Crews are waiting for asphalt to cool and should be finished working on southbound lanes by midday Thursday.

    Update: Outer loop of Capital Beltway reopens in Silver Spring after five-vehicle collision

    Authorities reopened the highway following the 6:10 a.m. accident, just before Route 97, also known as Georgia Avenue.

    Pilot's fate unknown in fighter jet crash

    An experienced pilot was missing Wednesday after the flier’s F-15 fighter jet crashed in the mountains of western Virginia, shaking residents but causing no injuries on the ground, military and law enforcement officials said.

    Town of Chevy Chase won’t sue over Purple Line

    The vice mayor says the town could file brief supporting lawsuit filed by trail advocacy group.

    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.

    Local Columns

    John Kelly

    John Kelly

    Ringo a mediocre drummer? Just try walking a mile in his Beatle boots. Also: Ringing the cathedral’s bells.

    Robert McCartney

    Robert McCartney

    COLUMN | Purple Line transit project opponents can’t find tiny species in forest but sue to protect them anyway

    Petula Dvorak

    Petula Dvorak

    A city shouldn’t bet on building a sunny future on the backs of the elderly, poor and desperate.

    Robert McCartney

    Robert McCartney

    Even a Harvard-educated lawyer can’t overcome delays at District’s health insurance Web site.

    Photo Galleries

    The dog days of greyhound racing

    Once a mainstay of American gambling, dog tracks are in steep decline.

    Fun times at the fair

    Events in Maryland and Virginia counties feature hog shows, demolition derbies, Ferris wheels and plenty of food.

    Robert F. McDonnell on trial

    Former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, are battling corruption charges.

    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.

    Our Washington

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

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