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McDonnell takes the stand

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell arrives at federal court in Richmond on Wednesday.

Follow our liveblog on Day 18 of the corruption trial of former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell.

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Catania seeks to pad public safety bona fides with cops’ nod

Catania seeks to pad public safety bona fides with cops’ nod

Police union’s endorsement could reassure crime-focused voters eyeing independent David Catania.

Meats & Foods opens with sausages and beers

Meats & Foods opens with sausages and beers

Add this neighborhood sausage spot to your list of D.C.’s best new cheap eats.

D.C. adopt a pet

D.C. adopt a pet

Rocky, a 2-year-old domestic shorthair, is available for adoption.

D.C. Animal Watch

Among cases handled by the Washington Humane Society and the Washington Animal Rescue League.

Prince George’s County Animal Watch

Cases received by the Department of Environmental Resources’ Animal Management Group.

Fairfax County Animal Watch

Incidents reported by the animal control divisions of police in Fairfax County, Fairfax City and Vienna.

Alexandria and Arlington Animal Watch

Incidents involving pets and wildlife reported by Alexandria and Arlington animal welfare leagues.

Arlington-Alexandria news in brief

Metro warns about fare-card scams; school board member to resign; more news

Robert McDonnell takes witness stand to defend himself

Robert McDonnell takes witness stand to defend himself

The former Virginia governor denies that he sold the credibility of his office for loans and gifts.

Updates: Line of thunderstorms approaching D.C.

Updates: Line of thunderstorms approaching D.C.

Storms are moving east into D.C. this afternoon. While this line is mostly sub-severe, some severe thunderstorm warnings have been issued this afternoon.

Pr. George’s police: Bank robber who wore pink arrested

Pr. George’s police: Bank robber who wore pink arrested

Police say a Landover woman donned all pink while robbing two banks in December.

Hurricane hype is here to stay; forecasters must adapt

Hurricane hype is here to stay; forecasters must adapt

Education is the only weapon weather communicators have in this fight against social media misinformation.

‘Exact change’ lanes to dwindle on Dulles Toll Road

‘Exact change’ lanes to dwindle on Dulles Toll Road

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is converting 19 lanes that now take “exact cash” into E-ZPass only lanes over the next year.

Parents keeping photos of their kids off Facebook is on today’s cover

While most parents flood their Facebooks with photos of their children, some are resisting the trend and instead keeping their kids off social media entirely.

Police seek public’s help in a case of slain 3-year-old girl

Police seek public’s help in a case of slain 3-year-old girl

On the day of Knijah Bibb’s funeral, police are still looking for the man they say fatally shot her.

School lunches get an upgrade

School lunches get an upgrade

The meals that launched a million jokes have gotten serious about nutriion.

D.C.’s Ward 8 got its first bike lanes this summer

D.C.’s Ward 8 got its first bike lanes this summer

DDOT has installed 7.5 miles of bike lanes this year, including the first bike lanes in Ward 8.

Loudoun County crime report

Reports from the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and the Leesburg, Middleburg and Purcellville police.

Loudoun County and Fauquier County home sales

Listings of homes sold recently in Loudoun and Fauquier counties.

Loudoun County Animal Watch

These were among recent reports received by the Loudoun County Department of Animal Services.

Loudoun County community calendar, Aug. 21-28, 2014

Events include a hike and campfire, an Army brass quintet concert and students onstage in “Legally Blonde.”

Devastating mudslides leave dozens dead in Hiroshima, Japan

Torrential rain caused massive landslides in the Hiroshima Prefecture of Japan early Wednesday morning.

Fairfax theater seeks new seats with ‘Save Our Butts’ campaign on Kickstarter

Fairfax theater seeks new seats with ‘Save Our Butts’ campaign on Kickstarter

The University Mall Theatres, the last ‘dollar theater’ in the DC area, is trying to raise $100,000 to improve the moviegoing experience.

LoCo Joe Coffee and Vigilante Coffee Company are worth the trip

LoCo Joe Coffee and Vigilante Coffee Company are worth the trip

LoCo Joe in Purcellville, Va. and Vigilante Coffee Company in Hyattsville, Md. make fresh cups of coffee that are worth the trip outside the city.

Wednesday’s best D.C. Beer Week events

Wednesday’s best D.C. Beer Week events

Play an old N64 favorite while drinking ale, and hit a late-night H Street happy hour.

BOOM Pops, Hill Pops, WhimPop and more offer icy summer treats

What’s more refreshing than a frigid, fruity ice pop? Here are five area folks who are bringing the District an alternative to syrupy Popsicle with fresh cream- or water-based ice pops and paletas, the Latin American version.

Warning for “dangerous” heat in St. Louis and Ferguson for next 5 days

Warning for “dangerous” heat in St. Louis and Ferguson for next 5 days

As if the situation around St. Louis wasn’t tense enough, temperatures will rise to scorching levels for five days.

Review

Fresh from the farm, and a chef’s imagination

Fresh from the farm, and a chef’s imagination

Tarver King helps take Patowmack Farm to the next level.

How to write a love letter to a house

How to write a love letter to a house

Writing a personal letter to the seller has helped many D.C.-area home buyers land their dream house. Here are a few tips to help in crafting your letter.

Tropical storm threatens to develop, track into Gulf of Mexico

Tropical storm threatens to develop, track into Gulf of Mexico

An area of thunderstorms in the Atlantic has a good chance of becoming the season’s third named storm.

 

Fairfax theater seeks new seats with ‘Save Our Butts’ campaign on Kickstarter

The University Mall Theatres, the last ‘dollar theater’ in the DC area, is trying to raise $100,000 to improve the moviegoing experience.

Park Southern is a federal case

Internal Revenue Service agents seize documents from troubled Southeast housing complex.

‘Exact change’ lanes to dwindle on Dulles Toll Road

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is converting 19 lanes that now take “exact cash” into E-ZPass only lanes over the next year.

D.C.’s Ward 8 got its first bike lanes this summer

DDOT has installed 7.5 miles of bike lanes this year, including the first bike lanes in Ward 8.

Metro to pay $4M for role in no-bid contract

Metro has paid to settle a whistleblower lawsuit about violating federal contract regulations.

Southeast D.C. tunnel project decision postponed

The Federal Highway Administration is postponing a decision on the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project until at least Sept. 15.

Update: Suitland Parkway reopens after five-car accident

Police said three people were transported to the hospital after a 7:39 a.m. crash on the westbound side of the highway.

Metro: Weekend work to affect Red and Orange lines

Some passengers on the Red and Orange lines will wait longer for trains this weekend.

Update: Floral Park Road in Accokeek reopens after fatal single-vehicle accident

A police spokeswoman said a privately owned ambulance crashed in the 4900 block of Floral Park Road around 2:10 a.m.

More or less distraction with windshield texting?

Device that projects your iPhone or Android info on the windshield is “the future of driving“?

Metrorail to stay open later than normal for Monday night’s Redskins game

Metrorail will operate into the early hours of Tuesday to accommodate FedEx crowds at Redskins’ preseason game.

Live in the D.C. area? Odds are your car won’t be stolen.

Car theft takes a holiday as electronics make stealing harder, catching thieves easier.

Plan to upgrade southeast D.C. rail tunnel stalls

Recent flooding is an indication of the need for the Virginia Avenue Tunnel to be rebuilt, CSX officials say.

More repairs, but still no opening date
in sight for Silver Spring transit center

The project, which is nearly four years behind schedule and tens of millions of dollars over budget, has become a $120 million concrete albatross around the necks of Montgomery County officials.

Local Columns

John Kelly

John Kelly

Copies of famous paintings are popping up as part of Art Everywhere U.S. Have you seen them?

Courtland Milloy

Courtland Milloy

At the Martin Luther King Memorial, quotes about ending racial injustice resonate as protests rage in Missouri.

Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

Officials and pastors in Prince George’s County want the deadly violence to end.

Courtland Milloy

Courtland Milloy

Protesters are using symbols instead of doing the work required for African Americans to protect themselves.

Photo Galleries

Robert F. McDonnell on trial

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

A rarity today: A doctor who makes house calls

Wanting to work in the community, Ernest Brown tends to those in D.C.’s embassies, hotels and homes, as well as the poor.

Looking for customers with the “oil man”

Justin Green, who sells fragrances on street corners, is a purveyor of one of D.C.’s most durable old-school hustles.

Life at summer camp

It’s where many children enjoy a host of first experiences and have a chance to just be kids.

Robert F. McDonnell trial

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

Camp Corral gives military kids a break

Children of service members enjoy time together in the Virginia countryside.

Cameras in hand, kids encouraged to capture their dreams

A photography program supplies homeless children with cameras. The kids supply the dreams.

Museum Square grows fluent in tenant rights

A predominantly Chinese housing project is under threat of being razed, inspiring unity among its diverse neighbors.

Our Washington

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

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