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Prosecutor: McDonnell knew what wealthy businessman wanted

Former Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell arrives at U.S. District Court in Richmond with his children on Friday morning.

Follow our liveblog on Day 25 of the corruption trial of former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell.

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Montgomery County warns of whooping cough in schools

Four schools have confirmed or suspected cases of pertussis, a highly contagious disease.

Private school players kicked off Wilson High football team

Two students at school for students with disabilities told they can’t play because they pay for private school.

Loudoun Valley fires football coach

Loudoun Valley fires football coach

One week before the season opener, seventh-year Coach Danny McGrath is dismissed; he had raised player safety issues with the administration.

Senator’s Woodbridge grave gets a facelift

Senator’s Woodbridge grave gets a facelift

William Grayson died 224 years ago. His tomb has seen war, hippies — and now public-private partnership.

Ex-Haymarket police chief James Roop arrested for drunk driving

Ex-Haymarket police chief James Roop arrested for drunk driving

A month after stepping down as chief, Winchester police say they stopped him driving the wrong way down a one-way street.

McDonnell prosecutor: ‘This is corruption. The real thing.’

McDonnell prosecutor: ‘This is corruption. The real thing.’

As closing arguments end, Robert F. McDonnell’s lawyers say government’s star witness lied.

Washington-area obituaries of note

Obituaries of residents of the District, Maryland and Northern Virginia.

Dominion high-voltage line gives Pr. William the jitters

Dominion high-voltage line gives Pr. William the jitters

The company says it’s to serve a customer who will add to local growth but declines to say who that is.

Calif. teacher tenure case spices up superintendent race

Tom Torlakson seeks to appeal tenure ruling, siding with teachers unions; rival sides with plaintiffs.

Pete’s New Haven Apizza rolls out personal pizzas on Monday

Pete’s New Haven Apizza rolls out personal pizzas on Monday

The local chain has been testing the 9-inch pies at the Clarendon store, with positive results.

Doctor: Accused ‘Demon Assassin’ killer legally insane

Doctor: Accused ‘Demon Assassin’ killer legally insane

Montgomery County woman was not criminally responsible in exorcism case, doctor says.

O’Malley: Cut back on immigrant detentions in state jail

O’Malley: Cut back on immigrant detentions in state jail

Decision by Maryland governor draws praise from immigrant advocacy groups.

Ex-GWU president faces uproar over sex assault remark

Ex-GWU president faces uproar over sex assault remark

Stephen Joel Trachtenberg said he did not mean to imply drunken women should be blamed if raped.

Md. veterans can now see Evergreen Health Care doctors

Md. veterans can now see Evergreen Health Care doctors

Veterans Affairs Maryland Health Care System has partnered with Evergreen to work through backlog.

Column

Car phones: ’Twas ever thus

In 1945 AT&T had a cockamamie idea: Stick telephones in cars. Some people questioned the notion.

Storms possible this weekend as heat and humidity return; Mining for Arctic data in old satellite films

Storms possible this weekend as heat and humidity return; Mining for Arctic data in old satellite films

It’s going to get muggy this weekend, and a chance of thunderstorms kicks up on Sunday, lasting into Labor Day.

Judge: D.C. nonprofit group illegally used funds

Money intended for summer youth program went to group’s executive director, accountant, prosecutors say.

D.C. auto mechanic gets 12 years in sledgehammer attack

Abdul Ewumi was convicted of assaulting a co-worker in an argument over customer’s vehicle.

Hashtag activism brings Ferguson to White House

Hashtag activism brings Ferguson to White House

On Thursday afternoon, a group of about 100 people showed up in front of The White House to demand action from President Obama and the Department of Justice regarding the accountability of police. But a bike ride with the police shows there are other ways to mend fences.

Lawyers take scientific approach to beat data breaches

Lawyers take scientific approach to beat data breaches

For cars, there are mechanics. For corporate data breaches, there are Chris Cwalina and Steve Roosa.

R&B singer Chris Brown expected to take plea deal Tuesday

R&B singer Chris Brown expected to take plea deal Tuesday

The R&B singer was scheduled to plea on Friday, but the hearing was rescheduled for Tuesday.

Busted: Cristobal’s hurricane-hyped 2,500 mile track error

Busted: Cristobal’s hurricane-hyped 2,500 mile track error

On August 19, an ominous forecast suggested that a massive hurricane would make landfall on the northern Gulf Coast on the anniversary of Katrina’s Gulf landfall. That forecast busted big time.

Prince George’s revises its student appeal process

Decisions on serious discipline cases must be made within 10 days.

New Guinea and Iceland volcanoes display striking contrast

New Guinea and Iceland volcanoes display striking contrast

Volcanoes in Iceland and New Guinea erupted nearly simultaneously Thursday night but at practically opposite ends of the world. And their surroundings could not be more different.

Route 1 closed in Alexandria

Route 1 is closed in both directions from Slater’s Lane to First Street in Alexandria due to two fallen electrical poles in the road.

Man arrested after barricading inside College Park hotel

Authorities said the armed man, who stayed in his Holiday Inn room for hours, will be medically evaluated.

Cat closes Glen Burnie elementary school

A spokesman said animal control officials put out traps for the cat, who was spotted inside the school.

‘Love Is Strange’ and other new movies, reviewed

‘Love Is Strange’ and other new movies, reviewed

John Lithgow and Alred Molina star in a touching film about love and family.

Think this summer has been “way cool?” Think again!

Think this summer has been “way cool?” Think again!

Surprisingly, 2014 actually ranks on the upper end of the summer heat spectrum here in D.C. However, it was a different story in Baltimore this summer.

 

Ex-Haymarket police chief James Roop arrested for drunk driving

A month after stepping down as chief, Winchester police say they stopped him driving the wrong way down a one-way street.

Ward 5: ‘Dumping ground’ no longer?

Task force finds ways to reconcile residents’ wishes with city’s need for industrial land.

Route 1 closed in Alexandria

Route 1 is closed in both directions from Slater’s Lane to First Street in Alexandria due to two fallen electrical poles in the road.

Update: Delays on Metro’s Orange, Silver and Blue lines resolved

Earlier delays because of a train malfunction are clear.

Fence fight could affect residents along Purple Line route

A Montgomery judge will consider who owns land along trail between Bethesda and Silver Spring.

Labor Day weekend Metro service

Major Metro track work will affect several rail lines over the Labor Day weekend. Trains will operate on a weekend or adjusted schedule on Labor Day.

Search continues for missing pilot of fighter jet that crashed

Massachusetts Air National Guard plane crashed in rugged Shenandoah Valley national forest.

Red Line delayed in both directions after switch problem

Trains were stopped at Fort Totten.

Paving along Connecticut Avenue in Chevy Chase continues through morning rush hour

Crews are waiting for asphalt to cool and should be finished working on southbound lanes by midday Thursday.

Update: Outer loop of Capital Beltway reopens in Silver Spring after five-vehicle collision

Authorities reopened the highway following the 6:10 a.m. accident, just before Route 97, also known as Georgia Avenue.

Pilot's fate unknown in fighter jet crash

An experienced pilot was missing Wednesday after the flier’s F-15 fighter jet crashed in the mountains of western Virginia, shaking residents but causing no injuries on the ground, military and law enforcement officials said.

Town of Chevy Chase won’t sue over Purple Line

The vice mayor says the town could file brief supporting lawsuit filed by trail advocacy group.

Commuter alert: Avoid Connecticut Ave. near Md.-D.C. line this week

Emergency pavement repairs will close lanes, even during peak commuting times, through the week, Maryland officials say.

Video captures dramatic rescue at the Rhode Island Avenue Metro station

Metro Transit Police pull a man back onto the station platform just seconds before a Red Line train would have struck him.

Inner loop of Beltway shut down in Prince George’s County

Multiple vehicles were involved in the crash.

Local Columns

John Kelly

John Kelly

In 1945 AT&T had a cockamamie idea: Stick telephones in cars. Some people questioned the notion.

Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

A city shouldn’t bet on building a sunny future on the backs of the elderly, poor and desperate.

Robert McCartney

Robert McCartney

Even a Harvard-educated lawyer can’t overcome delays at District’s health insurance Web site.

Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

We’ve sanctioned criminalization of childhood independence by arresting parents who let kids play unguarded.

Photo Galleries

Robert F. McDonnell on trial

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

Horseshoe Baltimore casino’s opening night

Throngs of people showed up to try their luck at the city’s first casino.

Back to school: First day is a fun day

As students return to class, they’re greeted with crowns, balloons and dance parties.

Aboard the Memphis Belle

Members of the media get a ride on the World War II B-17 bomber ahead of a weekend exhibition in Baltimore.

Bao Bao turns 1

The National Zoo’s giant panda cub has changed a lot in just one year.

Evicted from his indoor office, mayor pitches tent

Seat Pleasant Mayor Eugene W. Grant’s temper is affecting employees, the City Council has said.

McDonnell’s time in office comes to a close

Gov. Robert F. McDonnell was supposed to be in the thick of the race to succeed him. Instead, the Republican found himself relegated to the role of passive observer, keeping busy with other engagements amid a gifts scandal.

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.

Our Washington

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

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