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T. rex fossils arrive at Smithsonian museum

(Nikki Kahn / The Washington Post)

They will replace a life-size T. rex replica that’s been displayed at the Natural History Museum since 1999.

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Williams & Jensen lobbyists leave to start own firm

Five of the six founding partners of Alignment Government Strategies were at the powerhouse company.

Fairfax City police chief Rick Rappoport to retire, join Amtrak police

Fairfax City police chief Rick Rappoport to retire, join Amtrak police

After 13 years in the city, and 24 years in the county, will become a regional deputy chief for Amtrak.

D.C. area forecast: Cold today with another freeze threat tonight

D.C. area forecast: Cold today with another freeze threat tonight

Like a bad dream, winter 2013-2014 is back. The freezing mark is back in play again tonight before we struggle back toward spring.

Quiz: How would you do on the new SAT exam?

The College Board released its test specifications for the redesigned SAT exam, which current high school freshmen will take in two years. How would you do?

College Board releases preview of new SAT exam questions

Dreaded college admission test will debut in 2016 with less tricky vocabulary, focus on achievement.

Funding snag threatens Hyattsville Pizzeria Paradiso plan

Delays in Prince George’s County have put the project’s federal grant money in jeopardy.

Mizeur to propose initiatives for Md. senior citizens

Mizeur to propose initiatives for Md. senior citizens

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful’s plan includes making the state “an epicenter for Alzheimer’s research.”

Julian R. Dugas, influential D.C. government official, dies

Julian R. Dugas, influential D.C. government official, dies

Mr. Dugas became a power broker in the administration of former D.C. mayor Walter E. Washington.

D.C. might add carpool, toll lanes to part of 14th St. bridge

D.C. might add carpool, toll lanes to part of 14th St. bridge

A council member says the city wants to speed commutes and get financial help maintaining roads and bridges.

Funding tiff settled, D.C.’s Emancipation Day parade is a go

Next year, the mayor’s office will retain control of the yearly Pennsylvania Avenue event.

D.C. Council weighs ceding power to mayor

Measure would end council votes on scores of multimillion-dollar contracts negotiated each year by mayor.

First gay D.C. mayor? We can wait, some Democrats say.

First gay D.C. mayor? We can wait, some Democrats say.

David Catania would become the city’s first openly gay mayor, but some activists are putting party first.

Column

What a real Emancipation Day in the District would mean

Courtland Milloy: It’s oxymoronic to be dependent on government to celebrate this day of liberation

Rain and perhaps a few flakes of snow tonight, then freezing

Rain and perhaps a few flakes of snow tonight, then freezing

The mercury continues to plunge this evening and lingering rain may briefly change to sleet and/or snow before ending by midnight.

Developers target Montgomery County fees, surpluses

Montgomery is charging excessive fees for construction permits and inspections, developers say.

Attorney: Release ‘person of interest’ in Alexandria killings

Lawyer says a weapons charge against his client was drummed up to aid the investigation of three deaths.

T. rex fossils arrive at Smithsonian museum

T. rex fossils arrive at Smithsonian museum

They will replace a life-size T. rex replica that’s been displayed at the Natural History Museum since 1999.

Doris Pilkington Garimara, Australian writer, dies at 76

Doris Pilkington Garimara, Australian writer, dies at 76

Her work helped spur discussion of a dark period in Australian history and led to a policy shift.

Virginia Intermont College loses merger opportunity

Questions are raised about what happens next for struggling private school in southwestern part of state.

Volunteer opportunities

Goodwin House, Bikes for the World, Veterans Moving Forward and Bowen McCauley Dance need volunteers.

U-Md. pursues plan for hotel-conference center on Route 1

U-Md. pursues plan for hotel-conference center on Route 1

The 11-story hotel and conference center is part of the university’s vision to create a livelier College Park.

Local Digest: Roundup of D.C. area news briefs

A roundup of D.C. area news briefs.

Bukauskas is on MLB scouts’ radar

Bukauskas is on MLB scouts’ radar

With a blistering fastball, Stone Bridge pitcher JB Bukauskas is shooting up MLB draft boards.

Column

In search of a lost painting

It was after the art auction ended that the real bidding war broke out in Bethesda.

Man under electronic monitoring beats girlfriend, police say

The suspect has managed to elude authorities by somehow disabling his monitoring device, police say.

Options likely to remain open, but DCPS will not manage it

Options likely to remain open, but DCPS will not manage it

D.C. government lawyers asked a judge Tuesday to extend the term of the charter school’s receiver.

Video

Look out Washington, new T. rex in town

Look out Washington, new T. rex in town

The Nation’s T. rex rolls into Washington from Montana to a dinosaur-loving crowd at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. And the Wankel family, who discovered the fossil in 1988, says goodbye to their ‘baby.’

Tweet of the Week, Vol. 12 - Tony Lewis Jr. thinks of his dad

Today’s Tweet of the Week explores the 25th anniversary of an auspicious day in D.C. history

Fairfax County police end standoff with no injuries

Fairfax County police end standoff with no injuries

A man claimed to have a gun in a Tysons apartment complex. Police deployed SWAT teams to the scene.

 

Fairfax City police chief Rick Rappoport to retire, join Amtrak police

After 13 years in the city, and 24 years in the county, will become a regional deputy chief for Amtrak.

Emancipation Day parade will go on

Funding impasse is settled after mayor and D.C. Council chairman reach deal.

D.C. might add carpool, toll lanes to part of 14th St. bridge

A council member says the city wants to speed commutes and get financial help maintaining roads and bridges.

U-Md. pursues plan for hotel-conference center on Route 1

The 11-story hotel and conference center is part of the university’s vision to create a livelier College Park.

USDOT: Highway fund almost too low to pay bills

With gas tax revenue continuing to decline, highway trust fund will run low on cash in July.

Riding Metro while pregnant, some advice on offering -- and getting -- a seat

One basic rule: When offering a seat, don’t blurt out, “because you’re pregnant“; the person may not be.

D.C. traffic rules adjust to Wednesday holiday

Rush hour restrictions in effect, but some other regulations suspended.

Express lanes get pricier at peak times

The top toll has exceeded $11 for a full, 14-mile trip at rush hour.

As blossom crowds fade, Metro will renew track work

The four-week break is over. Service on the Red, Orange, Blue and Green lines will be affected this weekend.

Earlier power outage at Cleveland Park Metro stop; no effect on train service

Power outage at Cleveland Park Metro stop. Trains are running, but elevators and escalators are out.

Big project starting on Mass. Ave. and H Street, in heart of D.C. traffic

Travel on Massachusetts Avenue near the Third Street Tunnel will be even more challenging.

Inner loop of Beltway lanes dealing with accident, backups

Inner loop of Beltway lanes closed in Prince George’s. Drivers advised to avoid area.

Rival bureaucracies won’t solve D.C.’s traffic problems

Council proposal would splinter transportation department into competing factions.

Capital Bikeshare growth on hold

College Park’s plan to join the bike network on hold; other jurisdictions unable to place orders to expand.

All lanes of the Inner Loop of the Beltway near Branch Avenue closed

Police say the incident involves six cars and have no estimate for when the lanes will reopen.

Local Columns

John Kelly

John Kelly

It was after the art auction ended that the real bidding war broke out in Bethesda.

Courtland Milloy

Courtland Milloy

Courtland Milloy: It’s oxymoronic to be dependent on government to celebrate this day of liberation

Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

It’s time to talk about such deaths and make sure youths let people know how they feel.

Robert McCartney

Robert McCartney

COLUMN | Lt. Gov. Brown’s allies protect his reputation by avoiding quick probe of Md. health site woes.

Photo Galleries

T. rex at Smithsonian

The bones come from Montana and will be displayed for 50 years.

Cherry blossoms reach peak bloom in D.C.

It’s prime viewing time for Washington’s famous trees from Japan.

Amateur gets a seat at the poker table

A new TV show gives Reisterstown, Md., man chance to play with pros.

Driving for dollars with UberX

Single mothers, translators and students are among those turning the family ride into a profit center.

Last call at D.C. lounge for black professionals

With a waterfront transformation planned, the Channel Inn is closing.

Through their eyes

The InFocus project teaches photography to people with autism and opens windows into their worlds.

On the trail of bushy tails

Nearly 400 readers entered the inaugural Washington Post Squirrel Week Photo Contest. Here are our favorites.

Pillow fight on the Mall

Hundreds gathered on the Mall on Saturday to participate in International Pillow Fight Day.

Our Washington

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

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