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U-Md. gives the personal touch to a handful of accepted applicants

Andrea Hutson and her parents after she was personally informed of her U-Md. acceptance. (Marvin Joseph/Post)

Six local students admitted to the university got a big surprise at their front door Sunday.

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Fairfax County turns over investigative materials to lawyers for John Geer family

Fairfax County turns over investigative materials to lawyers for John Geer family

The release was ordered by a Fairfax judge in the family’s wrongful death lawsuit against the police.

D.C. may only see an inch — or less

D.C. may only see an inch — or less

There still are a couple of windows for some disruptive accumulating snow by the time the last showers depart.

Leave the serious snow for points north; D.C. might duck it

D.C. may get about 1.5 inches on Monday; parts of Montgomery could get about 3.5’’ inches of snow.

Concerts unite singing groups from Patriot, feeder schools

Concerts unite singing groups from Patriot, feeder schools

The events at the Prince William County high school will include students from several schools.

Parties popping up in unlikely places in Prince George’s

Promoters desperate to showcase young music artists resorting to unlikely venues in wake of strict laws.

Rock Creek Park kicks off anniversary with owl experiment

Rock Creek Park kicks off anniversary with owl experiment

Young rangers dissect owl pellets as part of the park’s 125th anniversary celebration.

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On this prize patrol, a college acceptance

On this prize patrol, a college acceptance

Forget fat envelopes in the mail. For some University of Maryland applicants, getting in means a knock at the door.

What happens when the Common Core isn’t common?

What happens when the Common Core isn’t common?

As states drop the standards and their tests, comparing U.S. student achievement becomes more difficult.

D.C. police body camera video ending up in court

D.C. police body camera video ending up in court

In a recent assault trial in D.C., both the prosecution and defense highlighted police body camera video.

Loudoun County community calendar, Jan. 25-Feb. 1, 2015

Events include bluegrass music, the Loudoun Symphony, a Morven Park open house and a winter hike.

Crisis training expands to Loudoun adult detention center

Classes are extended to deputies at county jail, where many inmates are diagnosed with mental illnesses.

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Why do nasty online comments rile us up? It’s in our DNA.

Why do nasty online comments rile us up? It’s in our DNA.

Our fight-or-flight response kept us safe from saber-toothed tigers, but on Twitter, it feeds the monsters within.

Should decline of neighborhood schools cause discomfort?

Families are more likely to choose a distant school, hence an argument over safety and quality.

‘Potentially historic’ blizzard takes aim at Northeast; up to 3 feet of snow

‘Potentially historic’ blizzard takes aim at Northeast; up to 3 feet of snow

Residents from New York City to Maine are being advised to change their travel plans ahead of the storm.

D.C., Montgomery Co. police investigate two homicides

Early morning shootings in the District and Montgomery County kill two men.

Overnight snowfall shouldn’t pile up, but tomorrow night may get messy

Overnight snowfall shouldn’t pile up, but tomorrow night may get messy

A two-phase storm will be set to clobber the region by late Monday afternoon.

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Metrorail action plan is a start in restoring confidence

Metrorail action plan is a start in restoring confidence

After Yellow Line incident, riders wanted answers, and they wanted them from Metro: Are trains safe?

Snow on Sunday night likely
to cause problems come Monday

Snow on Sunday night likely <br>to cause problems come Monday

Accumulation totals are elusive, but at least a thin blanket of white is expected.

Virginia bars’ happy hours might become less secretive if bill passes

Virginia bars’ happy hours might become less secretive if bill passes

A Fairfax delegate’s proposed law would let bars detail their drink specials, though not prices.

Milton Rosen, engineer and NASA executive, dies at 99

Milton Rosen, engineer and NASA executive, dies at 99

Mr. Rosen led the United States’ first satellite venture and was the space agency’s launch-vehicle director.

Plans on tap for easing I-66 commute, more D.C. bike lanes

Under the plan, solo drivers will pay to use I-66 inside the Beltway during peak hours.

Martha Derthick, authority on Social Security, dies at 81

Martha Derthick, authority on Social Security, dies at 81

Dr. Derthick, a retired Brookings and U-Va. scholar, was a leading authority in public policy.

‘They murdered those cats’: 23 were removed from home, 22 euthanized

‘They murdered those cats’: 23 were removed from home, 22 euthanized

Renetta DeBlase says she took good care of her cats. Animal control officers disagreed.

Mistrial for woman accused of insurance killing

Mistrial for woman accused of insurance killing

D.C. prosecutors now must decide whether they will retry Claire Rice in the 2012 slaying of her cousin

Virginia GOP elects John Whitbeck as new chairman

Virginia GOP elects John Whitbeck as new chairman

Loudoun County lawyer, 38, promises to stick to principles of fiscal responsibility, individual liberty.

What books and music are in the bedroom of the KGB operatives in ‘The Americans’?

What books and music are in the bedroom of the KGB operatives in ‘The Americans’?

Oh, Anne Murray, Fleetwood Mac, Aerosmith. Wait: Aerosmith?

Distracted behind the wheel? These teens are developing an app for that

A team of high school students from the Governor’s School @ Innovation Park have developed a prototype for an app that would silence phones while driving or allow people to work distraction-free.

Ernie Banks, baseball great known as ‘Mr. Cub,’ dies at 83

Ernie Banks, baseball great known as ‘Mr. Cub,’ dies at 83

Mr. Banks, a Hall of Fame infielder for the Chicago Cubs, was one of baseball’s sunniest ambassadors.

Condo fire in Greenbelt, Md., injures one, displaces 18

Firefighters are investigating the cause of the blaze, which caused an estimated $125,000 in damage.

Hollywood needs a very special skill set, which ex-CIA spies help deliver

Hollywood needs a very special skill set, which ex-CIA spies help deliver

From “Homeland” to “The Americans,” they add a dose of reality to espionage entertainment.

 

Fairfax County turns over investigative materials to lawyers for John Geer family

The release was ordered by a Fairfax judge in the family’s wrongful death lawsuit against the police.

Will D.C.’s new mayor let the funk come to U Street?

Parade organizers beseech the mayor to allow new route.

Metro arrests two in Morgan Blvd. stabbing

Transit police arrested two suspects after man stabbed on rail platform; Metro says robbery involved .

Metrorail action plan is a start in restoring confidence

After Yellow Line incident, riders wanted answers, and they wanted them from Metro: Are trains safe?

Plans on tap for easing I-66 commute, more D.C. bike lanes

Under the plan, solo drivers will pay to use I-66 inside the Beltway during peak hours.

D.C. disputes Metro claims about tunnel rescue

City report disputes claim that D.C. firefighters caused radios not to work during rescue of passengers.

Metro budget committee discusses possible fare increases

Rising costs and flat revenue mean the transit agency might impose a price hike on rail and bus riders.

Road closed in Bowie, re-opened in Bethesda after water main breaks

In Bowie, Old Annapolis Road remains closed at Church Road.

Constitution Avenue NW reopened after brief closure due to suspicious package

Suspicious package briefly closes part of Constitution Avenue NW.

Scientist: Crustacean found near rail route not endangered

Opponents of Purple Linel project say they’ll keep searching for endangered amphipod’s DNA in Rock Creek Park.

Metro: D.C. firefighters changed radio encryption codes without telling us

But D.C. fire said it had told Metro days before that fatal incident that radios weren’t working at station.

New NTSB recommendations for finding planes lost at sea

The federal safety agency issued recommendations that would help pinpoint ocean crashes.

Update: VRE delays cleared after person fatally struck by train

Morning trains on Manassas line were delayed.

WSSC plan would add $12.60 to average quarterly bills

Water utility for Montgomery, Prince George’s proposes to add new fee to fix and replace aging pipes, valves.

Focus on fans, radios in fatal Metro incident

A breakdown in radio communications and problems with ventilation in the subway tunnel and train involved in last week’s fatal Metro incident aggravated the crisis, members of Congress briefed by investigators said Wednesday.

Local Columns

John Kelly

John Kelly

Our fight-or-flight response kept us safe from saber-toothed tigers, but on Twitter, it feeds the monsters within.

Robert McCartney

Robert McCartney

Prince George’s, Montgomery say Hogan went relatively easy on them even though they voted against him.

Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

COLUMN | Some women are losing money by working. This week, the president acknowledged the crisis.

Robert McCartney

Robert McCartney

If Larry Hogan can position Md. Republicans as moderates, it could give the party a historic chance.

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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 are unaccounted for after flames consumed the house.

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.

‘Sea of Blue’ demonstrators rally in support of police

The D.C. march is among several staged across the country to counter demonstrations against police brutality.

Spirit of St. Louis touches down again

Lindbergh’s plane is lowered to ground level of the Air and Space Museum for a safety check.

Our Washington

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

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