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Maureen McDonnell’s attorneys begin presenting their case

(Steve Helber / AP)

Follow our liveblog on Day 23 of the corruption trial of former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell.

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Why is an airplane safe from lighting strikes?

At first glance you might think that this flies in the face of the basic safety rule: when thunder roars go indoors.

Update: D.C. police reopen portion of Albermarle Street NW after suspicious package investigation

The 4000 to 4200 block of Albermarle Street NW has reopened.

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

Delays on the Orange, Silver and Blue lines because of an earlier train malfunction at Smithsonian station have been cleared.

District Doughnut, softly opening Friday, offers gourmet flavors and coffee

District Doughnut, softly opening Friday, offers gourmet flavors and coffee

District Doughnut, which is hosting a soft opening Friday in advance of its Sept. 12 debut, hinges on simplicity, offering only eight to 10 gourmet flavors and Compass Coffee.

David Chang and Peter Chang make plans to come to D.C. in 2015

David Chang and Peter Chang make plans to come to D.C. in 2015

David Chang and Peter Chang are two high-profile chefs of the same name (no relation) who plan to make their mark on the area in 2015.

Update: Southeast Freeway lanes reopen after accident near Third Street tunnel

Eastbound traffic on the Southeast Freeway had been redirected because of an accident just before Third Street tunnel. Police said the accident is clear and all lanes are open.

Arlington Historical Museum loves all Arlington things great and small

Arlington Historical Museum loves all Arlington things great and small

No example of civic pride is too trivial for this modest museum.

Knee Defender, cause of a diverted flight, was born in D.C.

Knee Defender, cause of a diverted flight, was born in D.C.

The Knee Defender, a $22 device that prevents an airplane seat from reclining, was invented right here in the District.

Forecast: Summer simmers a bit today and again this weekend

Forecast: Summer simmers a bit today and again this weekend

As the Labor Day weekend fast approaches, summer tries to hit its stride.

With public financing, Hogan has more cash than Brown

With public financing, Hogan has more cash than Brown

The Maryland Republican reports more money in the bank than his Democratic opponent — for now.

Bowser opposes Gray’s D.C. school boundaries overhaul

Bowser opposes Gray’s D.C. school boundaries overhaul

Bowser says that if elected mayor, she would undo recently adopted plans; Catania asks for a delay.

Horseshoe Baltimore opening draws crowds, politicians

Horseshoe Baltimore opening draws crowds, politicians

Charm City meets Sin City as Maryland ups its reliance on casinos for tax revenue and jobs.

District to lease four more school buildings to charters

Fletcher-Johnson, Gibbs, Mamie D. Lee and MC Terrell-McGogney will be available for bids this fall.

Report: Lobbyist spending during Va. session dips slightly

Report: Lobbyist spending during Va. session dips slightly

It’s unclear if the decline is a result of the scandal over gifts received by former governor McDonnell.

McDonnell insists he never promised favors

McDonnell insists he never promised favors

The former Virginia governor spent hours fending off skeptical questions from prosecutors in his final day on the witness stand.

Trail advocates file lawsuit to change Purple Line route

Plaintiffs say light-rail line would harm habitat of two rare crustaceans, including endangered species.

Howard preview

Howard preview

Perennial state title contender River Hill remains the favorite, but Glenelg, Howard, Reservoir and others will look to shake things up in a county race that is wide open for a second straight year.

Anne Arundel preview

Anne Arundel preview

Offense is always a strength in this league, and Arundel returns several key playmakers in its high-octane attack. Old Mill, Meade and Broadneck should push the Wildcats.

SMAC preview

SMAC preview

Defending Md. 2A state finalist Patuxent looks for an encore behind QB Tyler Crounse while Huntingtown, Lackey and Westlake should all factor into the race.

Prince George’s 3A/2A/1A preview

Prince George’s 3A/2A/1A preview

Rivals Douglass and Gwynn Park should once again contend for the Maryland 2A South title while Surrattsville looks to build on a 2013 full of firsts.

Prince George’s 4A: Wise, DuVal in the mix

Prince George’s 4A: Wise, DuVal in the mix

Wise returns plenty of talent, but Eleanor Roosevelt, DuVal, C.H. Flowers and Suitland will all factor into the race in one of the area’s most challenging leagues.

Montgomery 3A/Indep. preview

Montgomery 3A/Indep. preview

After losing only three starters from last year’s 9-2 team, Damascus is the favorite, but could be pushed by Seneca Valley.

The Post preseason Top 20

The Post preseason Top 20

FOOTBALL PREVIEW | Centreville starts the 2014 campaign where it ended 2013: atop The Post’s rankings.

Top area story lines for 2014

Top area story lines for 2014

FOOTBALL PREVIEW | Coaches in new places, high-profile linemen, tougher schedules and added parity are among the story lines to watch this fall.

Games to watch

Games to watch

A look at the biggest matchups on the 2014 high school football schedule.

Montgomery 4A East

Montgomery 4A East

Despite losing its top two offensive weapons, Paint Branch returns as the favorite ahead of Sherwood and Springbrook.

Montgomery 4A South

Montgomery 4A South

With Wootton in rebuilding mode, Whitman enters the fall as the favorite in the 4A South despite an inexperienced defense.

Montgomery 4A West preview

Montgomery 4A West preview

Defending Maryland 4A state champs Northwest return as the favorite, but Quince Orchard and Clarksburg should also be in the mix.

MIAA

MIAA

Annapolis Area Christian, St. Mary’s Annapolis and Spalding all must replace quarterbacks as they look to contend in 2014.

CAFC

CAFC

New coaches lead Riverdale Baptist and Avalon, which both feature talented rosters ready to contend for a title.

 

Reston kart driver Ayrton Climo, 18, in coma in Quebec after crash

The experienced teen driver is slowly recovering, but his parents are struggling to return him to this area.

D.C. candidate’s reform plan: Ban all campaign donations

Robert White suggests city adopt “Clean Elections” system used in Arizona, Connecticut and Maine.

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

Delays on the Orange, Silver and Blue lines because of an earlier train malfunction at Smithsonian station have been cleared.

More Americans expected to hit the road this Labor Day weekend

Lower gas prices, better economy expected to spur highest travel levels since 2008.

Update: Southeast Freeway lanes reopen after accident near Third Street tunnel

Eastbound traffic on the Southeast Freeway had been redirected because of an accident just before Third Street tunnel. Police said the accident is clear and all lanes are open.

Trail advocates file lawsuit to change Purple Line route

Plaintiffs say light-rail line would harm habitat of two rare crustaceans, including endangered species.

D.C. Council tackles CSX tunnel project

Some council members support doing a comprehensive rail study before CSX is allowed to move forward with a plan to rebuild a rail tunnel in Southeast Washington.

Md. officials offer tips for Labor Day travel

Maryland transportation officials say you’ll fare better if you have some flexibility in your schedule Labor Day weekend.

VDOT said peeling lane striping fixed on I-66

A Virginia Department of Transportation spokeswoman said crews finished repairing a stretch of faulty lane striping by 4 a.m. Tuesday.

Nine-mile traffic delays on I-395 after accident near 14th Street Bridge

D.C. police said backups in the area stretch for nine miles because of an earlier accident.

Driverless cars: 15 things you need to know

When are they coming? How much will they cost? Will they be safe? And will traffic jams be a thing of the past?

Driverless cars on the streets of D.C.?

Up against locals and tourists, an autonomous car takes a test run in the nation’s capital.

UPS ousted from inquiry into crash of one of its planes

NTSB also bounces union for violating code of silence during ongoing investigation.

Local Columns

John Kelly

John Kelly

The chance discovery of a World War II Army trunk allows a man to learn about his estranged father.

Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

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

Robert McCartney

Robert McCartney

Bob McDonnell’s plea for sympathy at corruption trial is riddled by rationalizations, contradictions.

Robert McCartney

Robert McCartney

Salvadoran youths’ horrific story of violence at home shows why they deserve U.S. protection.

Photo Galleries

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.

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.

Our Washington

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

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