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Silver Line nears the end of its beginning

(Jahi Chikwendiu / The Washington Post)

Long fights over track elevation and the threat of money drying up nearly killed the project, opening Saturday.

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Alexandria man accused of sexual assault at drugstore

Police say suspect reportedly tried to remove the underwear of a woman in an Alexandria store.

Weather official says tornado killed two near Cape Charles

Weather official says tornado killed two near Cape Charles

A meteorologist said the storm hit campground in Virginia at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

McAuliffe’s statement on Eastern Shore tornado

McAuliffe released the following statement in response to a deadly tornado on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

Wild summer skies from Montana to Maine (PHOTOS)

Wild summer skies from Montana to Maine (PHOTOS)

Dramatic cloud forms, vivid lightning, roping waterspouts, and vibrant rainbows put on a show over the U.S. Wednesday.

Poll: Warner maintains lead over Gillespie in Senate race

Poll: Warner maintains lead over Gillespie in Senate race

Mark Warner enjoys big lead over Ed Gillespie in early stages of U.S. Senate race in Virginia

What’s so ‘new’ about the Silver Line?

What’s so ‘new’ about the Silver Line?

Will there be delays and breakdowns? Sure.

It’s never too early to start complaining about the Silver Line — in song!

It’s never too early to start complaining about the Silver Line — in song!

Silver Line service doesn’t start ‘till Saturday, but here’s head start on the harping that’s sure to follow. We collected every complaint to date about WMATA’s new line and compiled them to the tune of “Silver Bells.”

Delgaudio wants Loudoun County to pay his legal fees

Delgaudio wants Loudoun County to pay his legal fees

Loudoun supervisor seeks taxpayer funds to cover the cost of his defense against a failed recall petition.

Washington Flyer transition plan to Silver Line

Washington Flyer transition plan to Silver Line

Washington Flyer transitions to Silver Line Express and moves service to Silver Line Saturday July 26

Guest list for Silver Line opening includes a who’s who of Virginia politics

Guest list for Silver Line opening includes a who’s who of Virginia politics

Dozens of VIPs including the U.S Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx are expected to attend opening ceremonies for the Silver Line.

Fairfax teen is fifth in the world in biology competition

William Long was the top American to finish in an international biology competition.

Bethesda, Rockville among ‘snobbiest’ small cities in U.S.

Bethesda, Rockville among ‘snobbiest’ small cities in U.S.

Montgomery County communities’ wealth, education push them onto America’s “snooty little cities” list

9 things to do in the D.C. area on the weekend of July 25-27

9 things to do in the D.C. area on the weekend of July 25-27

See the Piano Man at Nationals Park, or join in the dance mania at the Kennedy Center.

The rent is too high? Not for everyone.

A shortage of housing for the middle-class has led to increased competition for low-income units.

Tornado touches down at Cape Charles, Va. campground

Tornado touches down at Cape Charles, Va. campground

A tornado ripped through a campground near Cape Charles, Virginia just before 9 a.m. this morning overturning campers and causing injuries.

O’Malley’s longest-serving aide departs for private sector

O’Malley’s longest-serving aide departs for private sector

Rebecca Mules had worked with the governor since he first for mayor of Baltimore in 1999.

D.C. names charter school as defendant in fraud case

City says Dorothy I. Height Community Academy has continued to make improper payments.

Montgomery Council members respond to blog criticism

Josh Kurtz places blame for low turnout on area politicians, calling them “minor league.” Some hit back.

SUV flipped in fatal Fort Washington collision, police say

Authorities said the Honda SUV flipped after it hit another vehicle stopped at a traffic light.

Denizens Brewing Co. opens in Silver Spring with its Southside Rye IPA on tap

Denizens Brewing Co. opens in Silver Spring with its Southside Rye IPA on tap

Silver Spring has a new brew in town, and a new brewery, too.

‘Good Times: A TV Theme Song Cabaret’ celebrates boob-tube tunes

‘Good Times: A TV Theme Song Cabaret’ celebrates boob-tube tunes

Signature Theatre showcases the unforgettable songs that have invaded our hearts and living rooms with its production “Good Times: A TV Theme Song Cabaret.”

Could a Sharknado actually happen?

Could a Sharknado actually happen?

I was working for National Geographic when the original “Sharknado” aired and asked myself that very question. My intern and I did research. Here’s what we found.

Firefly, Teddy & the Bully Bar and others serve jam with dinner

Firefly, Teddy & the Bully Bar and others serve jam with dinner

Jams. They’re not just for biscuits. Local chefs from Firefly, Teddy and the Bully Bar, Evening Star and 701 Restaurant are crafting jams from savory ingredients — and pairing them with dishes far from the expected breakfast pastry.

Rob Reiner, director of ‘And So It Goes,’ is still in love with love

Rob Reiner, director of ‘And So It Goes,’ is still in love with love

“It’s all about this wonderfully charged and awkward dance that we as men and women do with each other.”

Which outdoor summer concert should you go to this weekend?

Which outdoor summer concert should you go to this weekend?

It’s Beck! And Billy! And Wiz! If this weekend’s many outdoor concerts are too much to take in, our personality test can point you in the right direction.

Clouds, possible showers subdue heat today and head south tomorrow

Clouds, possible showers subdue heat today and head south tomorrow

While we won’t see much sun today, the milder temperatures are a reasonable trade-off.

‘Citizen Canine’ tracks the social status of dogs and cats from property to person

‘Citizen Canine’ tracks the social status of dogs and cats from property to person

It wasn’t long ago that Americans considered cats and dogs too stinky and unsanitary to let inside. Now pets are considered members of the family, writes David Grimm in his new book.

D.C. community calendar, July 24-31, 2014

Jazz nights in Shaw, “Passion of Edith Cavell,” Globe-to-Globe Hamlet, ghost tours, Peru Festival.

Pr. George’s Council will ask voters to approve 3-term limit

Board members say two terms isn’t enough to do their job. Also, a deal is reached with MGM casino on jobs.

 

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.

D.C. gets Trumped once again

Some D.C. politicos just can’t get close enough to Donald Trump.

What’s so ‘new’ about the Silver Line?

Will there be delays and breakdowns? Sure.

Washington Flyer transition plan to Silver Line

Washington Flyer transitions to Silver Line Express and moves service to Silver Line Saturday July 26

Guest list for Silver Line opening includes a who’s who of Virginia politics

Dozens of VIPs including the U.S Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx are expected to attend opening ceremonies for the Silver Line.

Bethesda, Rockville among ‘snobbiest’ small cities in U.S.

Montgomery County communities’ wealth, education push them onto America’s “snooty little cities” list

Silver Line nears the end of its beginning

Long fights over track elevation and the threat of money drying up nearly killed the project, opening Saturday.

VDOT places traffic barrels on I-395 after restriping causes commuter confusion

Jennifer McCord, a department spokeswoman, said a VDOT contractor had not finished restriping 1,000 feet of the edge of the left lane near Seminary Road on the highway.

A guide for using the Metrorail guide

Metrorail is in the midst of dramatic changes in its operating schedule. Riders need to research them.

Half-smoke fans rejoice -- Ben’s Chili Bowl arrives at Reagan National

The restaurant’s debut is part of an ambitious effort by officials to remake the airports’ dining and retail options.

Fairfax County leader adds her Silver Line sales pitch

As opening day nears, county wants travelers to make the most of big investment in transit.

Washington’s most dangerous intersections

Check out our map to see where the most crashes occurred from 2010 to 2012.

8 facts about D.C. traffic accidents

Researchers working for DDOT analyzed just about every aspect of the District’s traffic accidents from 2010 through 2012.

Fatal accident in Fort Washington closes roads

One person died in the two-car collision.

Malaysia Air black boxes may not reveal much

Airplane-crash investigators say tiny holes in the wreckage could confirm a missile did the damage.

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

Governor told religious leaders Maryland should be willing to shelter up to 1,880 young migrants.

Courtland Milloy

Courtland Milloy

Compassion and acts of kindness are flowing in Piscataway Hills.

Clinton Yates

The nonprofit L’Enfant Trust has renovated an abandoned house that was a former crack den.

Photo Galleries

Honors for the defiant POW

Before he was a rear admiral and senator, Jeremiah A. Denton Jr. was a prisoner who wouldn’t give up.

Robert E. Lee mansion renovation plan gets a boost

Philanthropist David M. Rubenstein is donating more than $12 million to restore the property.

Washington kids go to ‘Farm Camp’

At Woodlawn Plantation in Alexandria, Va., kids learn about where their food comes from, healthy eating, cooking and bugs.

No easy ride

Americans participated in the Brompton National Championships folding bike race for a chance to win a trip to England.

Saying goodbye to a Prince George’s leader

Mourners pay their respects to Wayne K. Curry, the first black Prince George’s County executive.

Stolen grave markers returned

Volunteers canvassed the grounds of Congressional Cemetery to match up stolen memorial items to their original monuments.

He grew up never knowing his mother

The day Tyshon Williams was born was the same day that his mother died. Now 19, he is graduating from high school.

Celebrating the Fourth of July

Washington is full of red, white and blue as Americans celebrate Independence Day.

Our Washington

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

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