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D.C. on pace for worst year on homelessness

(Michael S. Williamson / The Washington Post)

Surge in families seeking rooms on freezing nights is an early — and major — test for D.C.’s new mayor.

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Wintry mix rapidly exits early this evening, cold and very windy Friday

Wintry mix rapidly exits early this evening, cold and very windy Friday

The blitz of mixed precipitation that quickly came and went was a harbinger of blast of cold, windy air to arrive Friday.

6-year-old sledding in driveway in critical condition after hitting car

6-year-old sledding in driveway in critical condition after hitting car

The boy was with other kids playing on the site of a vacant house in McLean.

Visitation too much for NCS

Visitation too much for NCS

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL | The collective strength of the No. 4 Cubs is enough to overcome Marta Sniezek and Isabella Alarie for a 55-48 victory.

Renovation of D.C.’s Garrison Elementary delayed again

Shifts in school renovation funding cast District projects into doubt.

Supply of death drug debated in Va.

Supply of death drug debated in Va.

Critics focused on the secrecy provisions of the measure that would let pharmacies custom-mix materials.

Montgomery schools chief made a case to stay on the job

Montgomery schools chief made a case to stay on the job

Contract renewal being discussed, Joshua Starr wrote a five-page memo on his accomplishments and vision.

Va. House budget writers react to revenue increase

Va. House budget writers want to give state workers a raise and to nix fee hikes in the governor’s plan.

Legislative Black Caucus criticizes Hogan’s education plan

Legislative Black Caucus criticizes Hogan’s education plan

Lawmakers say proposal would hinder efforts to address a minority achievement gap in Md. schools.

D.C.’s Bowser stands by commitment to affordable housing

Despite budget gap, D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser reiterated a promise to invest $100 million in affordable housing.

Colleen McCullough, author of ‘The Thorn Birds,’ dies at 77

Colleen McCullough, author of ‘The Thorn Birds,’ dies at 77

Ms. McCullough wrote the epic story of illicit love in the outback that became a popular TV miniseries.

Leggett likely to seek property tax increase in Montgomery

Leggett likely to seek property tax increase in Montgomery

The county executive said state cuts and sluggish revenue mean painful spending reductions or a tax hike.

Atholton skates past Mustangs

Atholton skates past Mustangs

ICE HOCKEY | The No. 4 Raiders score early and shut out No. 8 Marriotts Ridge in a clash of Howard County’s top two teams.

Your evening commute may get icy, especially north and west of Beltway

Your evening commute may get icy, especially north and west of Beltway

The precipitation will likely happen between 3 and 7 p.m., starting off as sleet.

I-66 West reopens after car fire causes major delays

Backup of 11 miles is reported.

You need to make $108,092 a year to comfortably live in D.C., report says

You need to make $108,092 a year to comfortably live in D.C., report says

The only cities with a higher cost of comfort are New York boroughs and in the San Francisco Bay area.

Fire alarm, but no evacuation, at McPherson Square

Metro officials looked at cameras and saw no sign of smoke.

A neighborhood of jaywalkers

East-West Highway feels car-oriented, even though the area is more walkable than ever.

O’Malley headed back to New Hampshire, South Carolina

O’Malley headed back to New Hampshire, South Carolina

The former governor plans to appear at a breakfast in the first primary state on St. Patrick’s Day.

The day DeMatha toppled Kareem

The day DeMatha toppled Kareem

Friday marks the 50th anniversary of DeMatha’s win over Lew Alcindor’s Power Memorial team — the lone high school loss as a starter for the player who became Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Eight things to do in the D.C. area on the weekend of Jan. 30-Feb. 1

Eight things to do in the D.C. area on the weekend of Jan. 30-Feb. 1

This weekend: Oscar shorts, a Zap Mama/Antibalas show and a little thing called the Super Bowl.

Former Va. cabdriver joins ‘Most Wanted Terrorists’ list

Former Va. cabdriver joins ‘Most Wanted Terrorists’ list

FBI offers $50,000 reward for information about Liban Haji Mohamed.

Local digest: D.C.-area news briefs

A roundup of D.C.-area news briefs.

Man robbed Hyattsville bank while holding cellphone

Man robbed Hyattsville bank while holding cellphone

Police won’t disclose content of call, nor will they say if phone information is being used in pursuit.

Two week outlook: Above normal chance of snow in the next week

Two week outlook: Above normal chance of snow in the next week

Only the truest of cold-lovers will be pleased with the weather over the next 10 days, but snow lovers might also have reason to rejoice.

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Annapolis mansion fire 911 call

Annapolis mansion fire 911 call

A neighbor of Don and Sandra Pyle in Annapolis told an emergency operator on a 911 call that she could see the $6 million waterfront mansion “engulfed” in flames.

Purple Line opponents, country club members hold Hogan fundraiser

Opponents raised money for the then governor-elect as he considered whether to continue light-rail project.

Annapolis mansion fire 911 call: ‘The whole house is engulfed’

Annapolis mansion fire 911 call: ‘The whole house is engulfed’

Fire officials have released the 911 calls on the fire that consumed a $6 million Annapolis mansion.

The Majestic reopens as “creative comfort food” spot

The Majestic reopens as “creative comfort food” spot

Alexandria Restaurant Partners, the group behind Virtue Feed & Grain, have taken over the historic eatery and installed chef Jorge Pimentel.

 

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.

It pays to be close to Mayor Bowser

Top mayoral aides continue to pull down big salaries in D.C.

Fire alarm, but no evacuation, at McPherson Square

Metro officials looked at cameras and saw no sign of smoke.

Inert grenade? Two loaded guns? Just another day at the TSA checkpoint

TSA officers seize lots of interesting items at airport checkpoints. Here are a few more entries from Atlanta.

Purple Line opponents, country club members hold Hogan fundraiser

Opponents raised money for the then governor-elect as he considered whether to continue light-rail project.

Alexandria to eliminate ‘add value’ option aboard buses

Bus riders will still be able to add value to their SmarTrip at Metro stations and other locations in Alexandria.

Maryland’s acting transit chief says he’ll keep an ‘open mind’ on Purple Line’s future

Pete Rahn tells state senators he hopes to make recommendation to governor in next 90 days.

Five of six Metro lines delayed, quickly resolved problems

The only line with no reported problems (at the moment) is the bRed Line.

Road reopens in Dupont Circle after water main break in area

Water main break at R Street NW caused traffic detours

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.

Local Columns

John Kelly

John Kelly

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

Robert McCartney

Robert McCartney

Brace yourself: Despite convictions for corruption, the ex-governor and his wife could get off.

Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

Making women stay in on fraternities’ bid night is not the answer to the school’s rape problem.

Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

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

Photo Galleries

Counting the District’s homeless population

Volunteers and public employees combed streets, alleys and parks to tally those living rough in Washington this winter.

Homegrown tastes available year-round

Paella, crepes, fruits and vegetables, popcorn and cheeses beckon at the Palisades Farmers Market in Northwest Washington.

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.

Our Washington

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

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