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A growing heroin problem, even in the affluent D.C. suburbs: ‘We had no clue’

Susan Brennan, left, and Ellen Walker hope their stories help others. (Post)

Two mothers’ stories — of a son who died and of a son who is trying to live — highlight a growing scourge in Virginia.

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Going Out Guide

Going Out Guide for the District of Columbia, April 24-30.

Alexandria and Arlington crime report

Among incidents reported by police in Alexandria and Arlington.

Volunteer opportunities

Volunteer advocates, teachers, office administrator, foster puppy raisers and gardeners are needed.

Alexandria and Arlington home sales

Residential real estate transactions in Arlington County and Alexandria.

Alexandria-Arlington community events, April 24-May 1

Book sales, pancake breakfast, Move Me Festival, Earth Day celebration, Green Living Expo, creative arts.

Loudoun’s small community schools saved, for now

The school board rejected their closure, and also decided to save bus service to Thomas Jefferson High.

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Wading into the water to take a scaly census

Wading into the water to take a scaly census

Care to shock a shad or a trout? Join our fish expedition in the Anacostia watershed.

U-Va. board approves 4.3 percent in-state price increase

Against objections and citing an era of falling state aid, the Board of Visitors votes 12 to 3 for the hike.

Schools roll out the red carpet for dads who volunteer

Schools roll out the red carpet for dads who volunteer

Though fathers are more involved in their children’s lives, volunteering at school is still a rarity for them.

5 ways to help people addicted to heroin

With heroin overdoses on the rise, advocates want more access to treatment, and Good Samaritan laws.

Jim Graham is considering run for D.C. education board

Jim Graham is considering run for D.C. education board

The outgoing Ward 1 council member says he’d be “running for the sake of further public service.“

Chilly tonight, and quite nice on Thursday; remaining breezy

Chilly tonight, and quite nice on Thursday; remaining breezy

It was a cool and windy day, though otherwise quite pretty given all the fresh blooms and greenery. Winds start to tame a little overnight, but they stay with us through tomorrow.

Cheo Feliciano, bolero and salsa singer, dies at 78

Cheo Feliciano, bolero and salsa singer, dies at 78

The debonair Grammy-winning performer’s career spanned decades and styles.

UC’s experience with an affirmative action ban

The ending of racial preferences has made it harder to maintain diversity, the University of California says.

Pr. George’s honors two women for heroic actions

For the first time, the top fire department honors in the county go to two women.

Gray says he’ll push forward on firefighter shift changes

Gray says he’ll push forward on firefighter shift changes

D.C. mayor brushes off lame-duck concerns, says he’ll implement controversial deployment proposal.

Officer honored for trying to save man from burning SUV

Officer honored for trying to save man from burning SUV

Pr. Geo.’s Capt. John Boesman tried to pull a man from a flaming SUV, and was injured in the attempt.

Risk of New York City coastal flooding has surged by factor of 20, says study

Risk of New York City coastal flooding has surged by factor of 20, says study

The chance of floodwaters overtopping Manhattan’s seawalls has skyrocketed since the mid-1800s thanks to swelling seas and mounting storm surges finds a new study.

Fairfax school board approves options for later bell times

The push for later high school start times moves forward with the Fairfax school board approving four options.

Bullied autistic boy says girl wanted relationship secret

The Md. boy who was allegedly assaulted by two teenage girls hasn’t wanted to speak until recently.

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Comic book fans put to the test

Comic book fans put to the test

The Post's Clinton Yates quizzes characters like Captain America on their comic book knowledge.

What professional players see at the poker table. (Hint: More than you.)

What professional players see at the poker table. (Hint: More than you.)

Insights from inside the Maryland Live poker room.

Southern Maryland crime report

Reports from the Maryland State Police and the Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties sheriff’s offices

Why don’t more local breweries sell Nationals T-shirts?

Why don’t more local breweries sell Nationals T-shirts?

Gear that combines beer and baseball hasn’t caught on in Washington yet.

Judge orders extradition of ‘person of interest’ in killings

Judge orders extradition of ‘person of interest’ in killings

But W.Va. judge stays order, so attorneys can file appeal on behalf of Charles Severance.

Kaplan, Huskies are still perfect

Kaplan, Huskies are still perfect

GIRLS’ SOCCER | With Courtenay Kaplan guarding the goal, Tuscarora is 8-0 and has yet to concede a goal this season.

Clinton booked for fundraiser for Brown

Clinton booked for fundraiser for Brown

The former president will help the Democratic candidate for governor raise money next month in Potomac.

Spotted on Metro: the darndest creatures

This is proof that Metrorail attracts riders of all different kinds.

Loudoun County community events, April 24-May 1, 2014

Events include a flower and garden festival, a horse show, an evening of hymns and a chestnut tree program.

Loudoun County crime report

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

 

Va. Supreme Court rules for U-Va. in global warming FOIA case

The high court decision rejects an argument by global warming skeptics who wanted to see the work of a climate researcher.

Jim Graham is considering run for D.C. education board

The outgoing Ward 1 council member says he’d be “running for the sake of further public service.“

Spotted on Metro: the darndest creatures

This is proof that Metrorail attracts riders of all different kinds.

Rowdy passengers pose greater risk to teen drivers than electronics

New study finds loud conversation and horseplay more likely then cell phones to distract young drivers.

Price of time subject to inflation for express lanes drivers

Bad weather or accidents that slow traffic can drive Beltway tolls above $11 for 14-mile trip.

Trial delayed for MetroAccess driver accused of sex assault

Ezra Porter, Jr., 51, is accused of stopping a MetroAccess vehicle and assaulting a female passenger

Va. Gov. Terry McAuliffe gets Silver Line update

Officials at the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority said they will announce Thursday whether the project is “substantially complete.“

Everything you need to know about the D.C. driver’s license changeover

News that all D.C.driver’s license and other ID holders will need to take a trip to the DMV to replace their documents sparked a collective groan yesterday. And, as with most things DMV-related, there also were many questions. Here’s what you need to know.

Teen stowaway said to survive 2,300-mile flight to Hawaii in the wheel well of jet

A 16-year-old California boy flew halfway across the Pacific Ocean to Hawaii — unconscious — while stowed away in a Hawaiian Airlines flight wheel well, the FBI says. He’s alive.

Starting next month, all D.C. licenses will need to be replaced. Yes, all of them.

Starting May 1, the District will start issuing REAL ID licenses that conform to stringent federal regulations.

I-95 partially closed in Triangle after two accidents

Two accidents partially closed I-95 in Triangle.

MGM starts initial site work for National Harbor casino

Casino project moves expeditiously; Prince George’s Planning Board to hear MGM’s application on May 8.

Plans for D.C. HOT lanes still warming up

Political, financial and engineering hurdles are formidable. Just ask Virginia.

Curbing distracted teen drivers

A growing number of apps for parents prevent mobile-device use behind the wheel.

New York-bound Megabus accident reported on I-95 north of Baltimore

Maryland State Police say none of the 75 people about the New York-bound bus appear to be injured.

Local Columns

John Kelly

John Kelly

Care to shock a shad or a trout? Join our fish expedition in the Anacostia watershed.

Courtland Milloy

Courtland Milloy

Many have become detached from the violence and problems plaguing the poor areas of the District.

Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

A rehousing program is the core of the mayor’s campaign to house “500 families in 100 days.” Will it work?

Courtland Milloy

Courtland Milloy

Someone damaged more than 750 in D.C. Why? And what about those who saw the gouger and did nothing?

Photo Galleries

Singer Chris Brown charged with assault

Brown and his bodyguard were arrested and charged in the assault of a man outside the W Hotel in the District.

In Fairfax, Va., heroin rips families apart

Parents’ stories — one of a son who died, another of a son trying to live — highlight a growing problem in D.C.’s suburbs.

Two wounded in shooting near National Zoo

Thousands of people were visiting the zoo for an annual holiday event when the gunfire erupted.

The 136th annual White House Easter Egg Roll

Thousands of children gather at the White House for the Easter Egg Roll.

Autistic boy defends girls accused of assaulting him

A Md. teen says he wants to resume a friendship with his schoolmates, but his parents say the case must be pursued.

Holy Week in the Washington area

Starting Palm Sunday and continuing through Good Friday and beyond, locals observed the rituals leading up to Easter.

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.

Our Washington

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

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