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Suspect in U-Va. case was known as ‘an all-around good person’

Jesse L. Matthew Jr. was arrested in the case of missing U.-Va. sophomore Hannah Graham. (David J. Phillip/AP)

Jesse L. Matthew Jr.’s past includes a playful persona in high school and an abrupt departure from college.

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McAuliffe heads to Illinois to help Quinn in governor’s race

The Virginia governor will stump for Pat Quinn in Chicago before traveling to Rhode Island for his political fund.

Weather Channel announces winter storm names, reigniting debate over their value

Weather Channel announces winter storm names, reigniting debate over their value

The question remains how useful winter storm names are as a communication tool without buy-in from the weather community at large.

Prince William County crime report

A listing of incidents reported by police in Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park.

Going Out Guide

Going Out Guide

Going Out Guide, Northern Virginia

The Hotlist: October 2014

A monthly preview of things to taste, see and do in the weeks ahead.

Chopticon looking to ‘turn the tide’

Chopticon looking to ‘turn the tide’

A diverse offense at Chopticon matches up with Huntingtown’s disciplined defense Thursday night in a critical SMAC matchup.

D.C. charter schools come in first in new quality ranking

Report is first effort to rank charter school performance in growth, innovation and academic results

Wilson’s Fosburgh stands tall on the pitch

Wilson’s Fosburgh stands tall on the pitch

BOYS’ SOCCER | At 6-foot-10, Wilson striker Pieter Fosburgh has helped Wilson to a 6-1-1 start to the season; High Point has a high-octane offense

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Southern flair, from a wanderer

Southern flair, from a wanderer

At Gypsy Soul, R.J. Cooper celebrates the joys of far-flung inspiration

D.C. Council agenda

Meeting schedule for the D.C. Council and its committees for the coming week.

D.C. news in brief

DDOT issues plan for new D.C. Circulator routes; breast cancer walk is Sunday; more news.

Poolesville piling up victories

Poolesville piling up victories

GIRLS’ SOCCER | With Monday’s win over Damascus, the Falcons are tearing through their Montgomery County schedule; Calvert finally got the best of Huntingtown.

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An awaited do-over for Josh Bell

An awaited do-over for Josh Bell

The acclaimed violinist returns to the Metro to perform after seven years. This time, the crowd takes notice.

Police investigate shooting death of 13-year-old in NE D.C.

Authorities have no one in custody and are investigating the shooting as an undetermined death.

The Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival begins tonight

The Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival begins tonight

We asked some of the comics to tell us about the art of telling jokes.

DGA spends more to bolster Brown campaign in Md.

DGA spends more to bolster Brown campaign in Md.

The national Democratic group will pay for another two weeks of television ads in the race for governor.

Have questions about D.C.’s so-called ‘yoga tax’? We have some answers.

Have questions about D.C.’s so-called ‘yoga tax’? We have some answers.

If you’re confused about the scope of the new D.C. sales tax extension, join the club. Here’s a Q&A that should help.

EatsPlace restaurant will host a new local chef every four months

EatsPlace restaurant will host a new local chef every four months

Next week, Katy Chang of EatsPlace will open a 40-seat restaurant where aspiring chefs can test their menus on paying customers. Residences last for four months, and chefs are responsible for the ambiance.

Make Toki Underground’s pumpkin bread pudding at home

Make Toki Underground’s pumpkin bread pudding at home

Sarah Conezio of Toki Underground shares how to make the ramen house’s pumpkin bread pudding. It begins with bread mixed with brown sugar, maple syrup, pumpkin puree and spices.

A pumpkin dish for every day of October

A pumpkin dish for every day of October

Because pumpkins are both sweet and earthy, they’re extremely versatile. To prove it, we picked a pumpkin-laced dish for every day of October, each one more original than the last. Does that make us out of our gourd? Never.

UMUC cybersecurity team wins international event

UMUC cybersecurity team wins international event

Cyber Padawans, as the university’s squad is known, captures first place in Global CyberLympics.

Bike commuting is up in the District

Bike commuting is up in the District

According to new Census Bureau data, 4.5 percent of D.C. working residents commuted by bicycle in 2013. That is up from 4.1 percent in 2012 and from 2.2 percent in 2009.

The latest obstacle in D.C.’s bike wars? Porta-potties.

DDOT issued a fine of about $300.

D.C. area forecast: Some fog and sun before Friday front threatens showers

D.C. area forecast: Some fog and sun before Friday front threatens showers

Gray mornings followed by partly sunny afternoons are the story today and tomorrow. Will showers impact Friday’s ball games?

The latest obstacle in D.C.’s bike wars? A porta-potty.

The porta-potty was moved out of the street, and DDOT issued a fine of about $300.

Pot decriminalization takes effect in Maryland

Other new laws include the “yoga” tax in D.C. and higher minimum wages in Montgomery and Pr. George’s.

D.C. chancellor: Schools on track to progress

D.C. chancellor: Schools on track to progress

“We know what we need to do, and we have what it takes to get it done,” Kaya Henderson said Tuesday.

Hillary Clinton skips Brown fundraiser, sends Bill instead

Hillary Clinton skips Brown fundraiser, sends Bill instead

The former secretary of state is clearing her calendar to spend more time with her new granddaughter.

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In D.C., Joshua Bell finally gets his ovation

In D.C., Joshua Bell finally gets his ovation

For violinist Joshua Bell his second time playing to an audience in a D.C. Metro station brought healing. For the commuter crowd, the chance to appreciate something they once ignored.

Chance of rain tonight, mostly cloudy on Wednesday; Fall colors seen from space

Chance of rain tonight, mostly cloudy on Wednesday; Fall colors seen from space

If they do occur, showers should be limited, though a rumble of thunder cannot be ruled out.

 

Popular Woodson High coach Derrick Pearson hired, then un-hired as baseball coach

After the school principal overruled his athletic director, the school district reversed the decision and un-hired Pearson.

David Catania has never been to Nationals Park. Does it matter?

In June, the independent mayoral candidate said he avoided the ballpark ‘out of principle.’ Will Nats fans hold it against him?

Those other idiots are the distracted drivers you fear

A survey finds people are quick to point the finger when it comes to driving distraction.

Report: More traffic tickets, fewer crashes

Research shows that when more tickets are issued, crash rates go down.

Bike commuting is up in the District

According to new Census Bureau data, 4.5 percent of D.C. working residents commuted by bicycle in 2013. That is up from 4.1 percent in 2012 and from 2.2 percent in 2009.

The latest obstacle in D.C.’s bike wars? A porta-potty.

The porta-potty was moved out of the street, and DDOT issued a fine of about $300.

Suspect in U-Va. case was known as ‘an all-around good person’

Jesse L. Matthew Jr.’s past includes a playful persona in high school and an abrupt departure from college.

Purple Line planners say construction costs now at $2.45 billion

Cost increase is less than 1 percent but latest for Maryland light-rail project

Another Purple Line battle focuses on fears of ISIS

In Bevery Hills, school officials have opposed tunneling subway beneath high school.

Pearls for Lunch? Joshua Bell performs in Union Station

Bell, a Grammy-winning violinist, will host a 30-minute impromptu concert at 12:30 p.m.

Purple Line supporters draft “community compact” for route

Agreement would define goals for economic development around new transit stations.

Transparency sought on airline baggage fees

Two consumer groups ask USDOT to require more up-front disclosures.

Update: Single-tracking resolved on Metro’s Red Line, delays continue

Crews repaired a cracked rail outside the Dupont Circle station, a Metro spokesman said.

Declining traffic-camera revenue threatens D.C. budget

The city’s chief financial officer warns that the trend could force District leaders to cut $70 million in spending.

Local Columns

John Kelly

John Kelly

Ninety-year-old pinups — boys and girls — pose for a new fundraising calendar.

Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

COLUMN | They made the pact when they came back for a 50-year reunion and saw their record stood firm.

Robert McCartney

Robert McCartney

The rush to embrace natural gas and fracking is steamrolling valid worries about long-term risks to environment.

Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

The name, life and probable death of the missing 8-year-old are rarely invoked by the candidates.

Photo Galleries

Nationals Park, on its way up

With the planned opening of a Harris Teeter, the neighborhood — and its pack of new buildings — is on the rise.

Celebrating at the H Street festival

The event’s dramatic growth mirrors the reinvention of the D.C. neighborhood.

D.C. mayoral candidates confront each other in first debate

Muriel E. Bowser, David A. Catania and Carol Schwartz sparred testily over ethics and education.

The C&O Canal over the years

It’s been 60 years since Justice William O. Douglas led a hike that helped make the canal a national monument.

Celebrating Constitution Day and new citizenship

Highlights of the naturalization ceremony at the National Archives.

Remembering the Navy Yard victims

Mourners gather for a memorial service on the one-year anniversary of the deadly shooting.

Celebrating the national anthem

Reenactors mark the 200th anniversary of the writing of the

Turning 9/11 from day of horror to day of help

The National Day of Service trades in on lessons learned in the wake of terror, and a school gets a playground.

Our Washington

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

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