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Superintendent unveils ‘roadmap to greatness’ for Pr. George’s schools

(Bill O'Leary / The Washington Post)

Kevin Maxwell’s plan to lift schools could mean tax increases for county homeowners.

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    Reservoirs open for boating and fishing season Saturday

    The season starts two weeks late this year, because the water was still icy on March 15.

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    Pulaski County: Investigation into Thomas's death begins

    Pulaski County: Investigation into Thomas's death begins

    Pulaski County spokesman Anthony Akers discusses the next steps in the investigation of Noah Thomas's death. The 5-year-old's body was found in a septic tank on his parents' property on Thursday.

    Superintendent unveils ‘roadmap to greatness’ for Pr. George’s schools

    Superintendent unveils ‘roadmap to greatness’ for Pr. George’s schools

    Kevin Maxwell’s plan to lift schools could mean tax increases for county homeowners.

    Columbus to D.C. residents: Move here because it’s cheaper

    Columbus to D.C. residents: Move here because it’s cheaper

    Columbus, Ohio, is running an ad campaign in D.C. boasting about its lower cost of living.

    14 years worth of rain in one day triggers deadly flooding in driest place on Earth

    14 years worth of rain in one day triggers deadly flooding in driest place on Earth

    Parts of the Atacama Desert in Chile were flooded this week when heavy thunderstorms caused torrential rainfall.

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    'Mad Men' creator: Smithsonian exhibit 'incredible'

    'Mad Men' creator: Smithsonian exhibit 'incredible'

    Matthew Weiner, creator of AMC's hit show "Mad Men," headed to D.C. to celebrate the opening of the show's exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Cast members Jon Hamm, Christina Hendricks and John Slattery were also in attendance.

    Antarctica may have set its highest temperature ever recorded Tuesday

    Antarctica may have set its highest temperature ever recorded Tuesday

    The trio of weather bloggers at Weather Underground report the temperature in Antarctica* soared to a record-breaking 63.5F (17.5C) Tuesday.

    Alexandria wins last of waterfront suits

    City’s plans for redeveloping waterfront will stand, Virginia Supreme Court decides.

    All-black towns across America: Life was hard but full of promise

    All-black towns across America: Life was hard but full of promise

    Nicodemus, Kan., was advertised as “The Largest Colored Colony in America.”

    Privatize Virginia’s ABC

    A plan by McDonnell got too political, but it may now be time.

    Tasters favored Terrapin Wake-n-Bake at Thursday’s Beer Madness happy hour

    Tasters favored Terrapin Wake-n-Bake at Thursday’s Beer Madness happy hour

    An extremely tight vote at Meridian Pint saw the Georgia brewery barely edge Bluejacket.

    Montgomery, Prince George’s up for part of $20 million in school funding

    Two state legislative committees passed a bill to give five Maryland counties more construction money.

    ‘Get Hard,’ ‘Home’ and other new movies, reviewed

    ‘Get Hard,’ ‘Home’ and other new movies, reviewed

    Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell team up for one new comedy.

    McAuliffe vows to amend ethics bills to close loopholes

    McAuliffe vows to amend ethics bills to close loopholes

    Virginia’s governor wants to improve the state’s reputation on governance by toughening ethics rules.

    Snow joke: Winter refuses to budge in East while West gets record highs

    Snow joke: Winter refuses to budge in East while West gets record highs

    Meteorologically, it’s spring. Astronomically, it’s spring. But Mother Nature has been saying “no” to all of the above.

    Power restored in Northeast D.C., Pepco reports

    Power restored in Northeast D.C., Pepco reports

    The incident was in the area of Tennessee and Maryland avenues NE and was reported around 2 a.m.

    Pentagon Center shopping plaza reopens after bomb threat

    Shoppers were told to leave Costco, Best Buy and other stores after threat was phoned in; roads reopening.

    AccuWeather rips Weather Service for dismissing tornado threat in Oklahoma Wednesday and delayed warning

    AccuWeather rips Weather Service for dismissing  tornado threat in Oklahoma Wednesday and delayed warning

    AccuWeather is promoting its superior forecast to demonstrate the edge its services provide but some feel it is unfairly throwing the Weather Service under the bus.

    News viewer’s tip leads to arrest of man wanted for shooting veteran

    Rakeem “Killa” Solomon is under arrest in the November robbery and assault.

    The end of war

    The end of war

    After a Union breakthrough, the Rebel capital falls, Lee surrenders, and slaves cheer their freedom.

    Arlington, Alexandria Democrats line up for local, state races this spring

    Alexandria mayor, Arlington County Board and a delegate’s race draw multiple contenders.

    Sexual abuse investigation at controversial Loudoun County church

    Sheriff’s office says it is investigating abuse at church previously criticized for controlling members’ lives.

    Roads closed in NE Washington because of person barricaded in attic

    Roads around 4900 block of Meade Street NE closed because of a barricade situation in DC

    Traffic, transit tips for second weekend of blossom festival

    Traffic, transit tips for second weekend of blossom festival

    The kite competition is a weekend highlight. See tips for getting around throughout the festival, including the Metrorail schedule.

    Black towns, established by freed slaves after the Civil War, are dying out

    Black towns, established by freed slaves after the Civil War, are dying out

    Residents and researchers are racing to document communities before they disappear.

    Man identified in Greenbelt slaying

    Man from Texas killed at a home in Greenbelt. Police found him with stab wounds to his neck.

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    D.C. hosts largest pot giveaway

    D.C. hosts largest pot giveaway

    Residents gathered in Adams Morgan to receive free marijuana seeds in a massive, legal drug deal.

    Delays for Friday morning on Metro

    Metro’s Silver Line has delays following a signal problem.

    Hundreds of D.C. residents now have marijuana seeds. But can they grow it?

    Hundreds of D.C. residents now have marijuana seeds. But can they grow it?

    The seed holders are hoping their green thumbs will extend to pot.

    Tennessee school districts sue state over what they say is inadequate funding

    Tennessee school districts sue state over what they say is inadequate funding

    They say the state has “breached its duty under the Tennessee Constitution to provide a system of free public education.“

     

    PNC Bank loses Vienna man’s $100,000 check for 10 months, then ‘finds’ it

    The bank appeared uninterested in restoring a longtime customer’s money. Then The Washington Post called.

    GOP congressman: Ted Cruz backers are making boorish phone calls to my office

    Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) says the Cruz supporters ringing his office “suffer from severe cases of arrested development.“

    Roads closed in NE Washington because of person barricaded in attic

    Roads around 4900 block of Meade Street NE closed because of a barricade situation in DC

    Traffic, transit tips for second weekend of blossom festival

    The kite competition is a weekend highlight. See tips for getting around throughout the festival, including the Metrorail schedule.

    Delays for Friday morning on Metro

    Metro’s Silver Line has delays following a signal problem.

    High water closes some lanes of Connecticut Avenue in Montgomery County

    Some lanes closed on part of Connecticut Avenue in Montgomery County.

    Metroway will get more dedicated bus lanes this summer

    While ridership is strong on the new bus route between the Braddock Road and Crystal City Metro stations, Arlington is preparing to open its portion of transitway this summer.

    Metro’s long-awaited new subway cars set for April 14 debut

    The 7000-series cars, with advanced technology, will appear first on the Blue Line.

    Metro workers say safety culture doesn’t exist

    A union meeting grew heated as Metro workers accused the transit agency of neglecting safety.

    Security experts say U.S. rules aim to prevent lone-pilot scenario

    U.S. airlines require that two crew members are in the cockpit at all times.

    Last-minute drill for 16th Street Bridge commuters

    Drivers and bus riders should give themselves extra commuting time starting Friday morning.

    Metro police plan crackdown on fare evaders

    Station managers and bus drivers say they fear confrontations when attempting to collect fares.

    Metro unveils new safety videos

    The new safety videos come in the wake of a Jan. 12 smoke incident in which one passenger died and more than 80 were injured.

    Vehicle fire causes backups on Fairfax Parkway

    Traffic is getting by in one lane but the backups stretch for nearly three miles.

    At casino progress event, MGM says it’s meeting local contracting goals

    Prince George’s groups dispute the company’s efforts to recruit black-owned companies for the project.

    Local Columns

    John Kelly

    John Kelly

    Do you know how to get rid of an unwanted piano? I don’t know, but hum a few bars.

    Petula Dvorak

    Petula Dvorak

    Zakiya James is studying civil engineering at Drexel University.

    Courtland Milloy

    Courtland Milloy

    He asked “How could this happen?” as he was violently arrested. But he needed to have known before then.

    Petula Dvorak

    Petula Dvorak

    No university is generating more sensation and scandal than Thomas Jefferson’s “academical village.”

    Photo Galleries

    Andean bear cubs romp at National Zoo

    The brother bears get ready to meet the public.

    A Virginia tribe seeks federal recognition amid casino fears

    The bid by the Pamunkey — the tribe of Pocahontas — is opposed by MGM and 11 black lawmakers.

    From snow to rain

    In the D.C. area, a morning wintry mix turns to snow, which turns back to rain.

    Changing perceptions, one bullet at a time

    The firearms industry has poured millions of dollars into college shooting clubs, and many students’ views about guns have evolved.

    The fine art of making maple syrup

    Find the right tree, tap in your spile, hang up your bucket and wait for the sap to run.

    Heavy snow throughout the East Coast

    Winter refuses to surrender as D.C., New York and more endure another snowy blast.

    Remnants of the war

    Experts are combing through items that have been left at the Vietnam Wall over the years for a planned education display.

    It’s all business at D.C.’s ‘Cannabis Academy’

    City hosts a two-day expo to teach attendees how to make greenbacks from pot’s legalization.

    Our Washington

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

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