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Businessman who gave gifts takes stand

Jonnie Williams. (Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

Jonnie Williams testified that the former Va. first lady offered to help his company, with then Gov. McDonnell’s blessing, for $65,000.

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Propelled by a dream: New life sought for rusty ’50s ship

Propelled by a dream: New life sought for rusty ’50s ship

Susan L. Gibbs wants to preserve the record-setting ocean liner that her grandfather designed.

Delays near New York Avenue Northeast after motor vehicle crash

Authorities reopened a closed section of New York Avenue Northeast at 8:04 a.m. but delays in the area continued.

You don’t need mad chops to be a poker TV star. You need a dump truck.

You don’t need mad chops to be a poker TV star. You need a dump truck.

Christian Harder’s bet for this year’s Poker Night in America breakout star is Dumpster Joe.

Police probe fatal shooting of man in Bowie

Authorities found the man, who was not identifed, on Chessington Way early Thursday.

The Rosebuds write a new chapter with ‘Sand + Silence’ (and help from Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon)

The Rosebuds write a new chapter with ‘Sand + Silence’ (and help from Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon)

After indie-rock duo The Rosebuds wrap an August tour, multi-instrumentalist Kelly Crisp is finally going to get around to writing that novel. Maybe.

Nauti Foods feeds boaters on the Potomac. Where else do we wish we could eat?

nauti Nauti Foods, a floating cafe on the Potomac River, launched last week to satisfy seafarers. Here are other food deserts where we wish grub were more readily available.

Astro’s Old Bay doughnut chicken sandwich is worth the calories

You can’t help but feel a little sorry for the lettuce and tomato on Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken’s latest creation. It’s easy to overlook the roughage when it’s sandwiched between a fried chicken filet and an Old Bay doughnut.

La Tomate Caffe’s ricotta cheesecake is our dish of the week

Last week La Tomate, opened an adjoining cafe serving Illy coffee and casual bites. The ricotta cheesecake laced with Sambuca (an anise-flavored Italian liqueur) and topped with a fennel preserve is worth seconds.

*NSYNC is back! Plus more in the daily links

*NSYNC is back! Plus more in the daily links

The band was pretty surprised to learn they have a new album.

Let’s talk about ‘Masters of Sex’ PG-style

Let’s talk about ‘Masters of Sex’ PG-style

Since this is a family newspaper, I didn’t want the Express censor to redact my recap.

In It Together Fest celebrates the spirit of D.C.’s DIY music scene

In It Together Fest celebrates the spirit of D.C.’s DIY music scene

It’s a fitting coincidence that the inaugural In It Together Fest begins on Thursday — the same night as this summer’s final Fort Reno show.

‘Sullivan & Son’ star Steve Byrne brings castmates Ahmed Ahmed, Owen Benjamin and Roy Wood Jr. to the DC Improv

‘Sullivan & Son’ star Steve Byrne brings castmates Ahmed Ahmed, Owen Benjamin and Roy Wood Jr. to the DC Improv

The comedian runs a bar on TBS’ “Sullivan & Son,” the sitcom he co-created with Rob Long.

A guide to RGIII having a successful season for the Redskins

A guide to RGIII having a successful season for the Redskins

As preseason looms, let’s look at five things quarterback Robert Griffin III has to do to spark a turnaround season.

Forecast: Unlimited sun today; unwelcome t’storm chances this weekend

Forecast: Unlimited sun today;  unwelcome t’storm chances this weekend

The reality of summer sneaks back into the area but no worse than seasonably so, ending a rather benign month that was itself near normal.

NatCast: Clear with winning humidity levels

NatCast: Clear with winning humidity levels

For a summer  evening, this is a good one to sit and enjoy.

Two teens wounded in Hyattsville shooting

Police search for group of men who opened fire on teenagers as they walked on city street

Fitness gyms for dogs? Canine cardio the new pet project.

Fitness gyms for dogs? Canine cardio the new pet project.

Frolick Dogs in pet-crazy Alexandria bills itself as the region’s first sports club for Fido.

Top Md. health official Joshua Sharfstein to step down

Top Md. health official Joshua Sharfstein to step down

Sharfstein will become an associate dean at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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Dog gym? Yes, it's a thing.

Dog gym? Yes, it's a thing.

There are mobile dog spas and doggie daycares, now the newest thing to hit the canine market is a gym just for man’s best friend. A husband-and-wife team based in Alexandria, Va., opened the first canine sports club – complete with treadmills, box jumps and showers.

Theodore J. VanKirk, navigator of the Enola Gay, dies at 93

Theodore J. VanKirk, navigator of the Enola Gay, dies at 93

Mr. VanKirk helped guide the Enola Gay, carrying the first atomic bomb used in war, to Hiroshima.

U-Va. Board of Visitors considers limiting public dissent

U-Va. Board of Visitors considers limiting public dissent

A draft policy seeks to unify the board by limiting Visitors’ ability to speak out when they disagree with decisions.

James Shigeta, the would-be leading man, dies at 85

James Shigeta, the would-be leading man, dies at 85

‘Debonair’ actor seemed destined for big things after his 1961 role in ‘Flower Drum Song.’

Autistic twins will be temporarily cared for by guardians

The twins’ parents have not decided whether they will try to bring the two back into their Rockville home.

Program helps dispense clean water in Uganda, Kenya

Program helps dispense clean water in Uganda, Kenya

USAID’s venture-capital program is meant to help people help themselves in battling poverty.

Dysfunctional Congress causing even protesters to quit is on today’s cover

Congress has become so broken that even protesters don’t see the point in showing up.

Lanier: Security, not street crime, at risk after gun ruling

Lanier: Security, not street crime, at risk after gun ruling

D.C. police chief says federal judge’s ruling against gun-carry ban shouldn’t affect neighborhood policing.

In critiquing Obama, Va. GOP official derides Muslims

GOP treasurer Bob FitzSimmonds asks what contributions Muslims have made in the United States.

Va. elections office sends 125,000 voters misleading letters

Va. Department of Elections mistakenly sends 125,000 voters notice they may not be registered

D.C. charter schools sue city, alleging unequal funding

D.C. charter schools sue city, alleging unequal funding

The federal lawsuit caps years of disputes over charter school funding, which comes from D.C. taxpayers.

Louise Shivers, late-blooming novelist, dies at 84

Louise Shivers, late-blooming novelist, dies at 84

Mrs. Shivers’s 1983 novel, “Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail,” was hailed as a Southern masterpiece.

 

P.Wm. prosecutors say they won’t use, seek explicit photos in Manassas City ‘sexting’ case

Photos taken of the teen last month will not be used, and a new search warrant will not be served, prosecutors said.

Goodbye, FBI

Is the impending departure of an ultra-high-profile federal agency something to be cheered?

Delays near New York Avenue Northeast after motor vehicle crash

Authorities reopened a closed section of New York Avenue Northeast at 8:04 a.m. but delays in the area continued.

In possible hate crime, teen suffers minor stab wound on Metro train

A 15-year-old Metrorail passenger suffered a puncture wound on her back and the assailant who allegedly stabbed her was arrested at the Fort Totten station.

Metro customer falls onto tracks, is helped to safety by fellow riders

Unidentified woman who apparently fainted on Farragut West platform was pulled from tracks by others in the station.

Two accidents snarl traffic on I-395 in Arlington

Traffic is moving again, but delayed.

Judge says driver ‘didn’t look’ when she fatally struck cyclist

Driver appealed four traffic citations after she hit bicyclist from behind.

We still don’t know for sure if express lanes are a hot idea

The D.C. region has limited experience with high-occupancy vehicle lanes.

Route 7 widening entering new phase

Traffic shift is part of program to add a lane in each direction.

Capital Beltway reopens after single-vehicle crash, traffic still snarled

Authorities said a Nissan Rouge lost control on a ramp to Annapolis Road in New Carrollton.

Van Ness Metro station reopens after investigation of suspicious package

Police said no hazardous materials were found inside the package, which was an envelope.

Senate moves to patch transportation funding

Issue over how long the stop-gap funding should last is fraught with partisan politics.

Maryland releases bid details for light-rail Purple Line

Companies will have until Jan. 9 to submit proposals for 35-year contract to build and operate transit line

Idea for a faster airport checkpoint could win you cash

You could win at least $5,000 if you can find a way to move travelers more quickly through airport security.

Local Columns

John Kelly

John Kelly

Generous readers push us toward our Moss Hollow goal. Plus: a Smart Car helps out in a tight parking spot.

Robert McCartney

Robert McCartney

While relishing a “Peyton Place” story line in the trial, keep in mind the larger ethics issue.

Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

To expand a ballet memorializing her son, Amy Wolfe of Manassas is interviewing Colin’s comrades.

Robert McCartney

Robert McCartney

D.C. region needs to ante up for rail cars for Metro, and add at least one Potomac crossing, to relieve traffic.

Photo Galleries

200-year-old mystery unravels

It's not clear how this ship got buried beneath the twin towers, but Maryland archaeologists and curators are intrigued.

Once the height of luxury, now a ghost ship

Susan L. Gibbs has a vision for the ocean liner her grandfather designed, but the cost could sink it.

Now that’s a doggone workout

Canines hit the gym in Alexandria, Va., at the Frolick Dogs facility.

Where will the FBI’s new headquarters end up?

A look at the sites that made the shortlist for what could be the biggest local real estate project in a generation.

Fairfax tries to address overcrowded housing

Dionicia Gomez and her two sons share a two-bedroom apartment with an unrelated married couple.

Robert F. McDonnell trial

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

Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam: Out of the shadows

Virginia’s low-profile second-in-command juggles pediatrics with politics

A family copes with their aging son’s autism

The transition to adulthood is filled with gut-wrenching choices for many parents like the Bucknams.

Our Washington

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

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