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‘Unsubstantiated’ child neglect finding for free-range parents

The Meitiv children outside the National Gallery in January. (family photo)

The Md. family is not sure what would happen if the children are seen out walking unsupervised.

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    Striking imagery, video of powerful Villarrica volcano eruption in Chile

    Striking imagery, video of powerful Villarrica volcano eruption in Chile

    The Villarrica volcano exploded in remarkable fashion in the early morning hours on Tuesday.

    Snow and rain mix later today with temperatures hovering near freezing

    Snow and rain mix later today with temperatures hovering near freezing

    The precipitation should develop between 1 and 3 p.m., and taper off before 7 p.m.

    Think spring: Cherry blossoms will
    hit peak bloom April 11-14

    Think spring: Cherry blossoms will <br>hit peak bloom April 11-14

    For Washington, an encouraging sign that a cold, snowy weather eventually will give way to pink and white petals.

    Does the iced-over Tidal Basin mean delayed cherry blossoms?

    Does the iced-over Tidal Basin mean delayed cherry blossoms?

    This is the only year we are aware of in which the Tidal Basin and Potomac have remained ice-encrusted so late in the season.

    Someone ‘spotlighted’ police helicopter in Fairfax County

    The bright light caused dangerous flying conditions for a pilot in Fairfax County, police said.

    Anacostia is ‘way more dangerous’ than parts of Kenya, U.S. official says

    Anacostia is ‘way more dangerous’ than parts of Kenya, U.S. official says

    A New York Times article quoted a state department official saying U.S. travel restrictions to some Kenyan coastal cities should be lifted because, well, even Anacostia is more dangerous.

    Hail hits Huntington Beach and Californians promptly freak out

    Hail hits Huntington Beach and Californians promptly freak out

    Meanwhile, eyes roll in the Northeast.

    Man falls between two Metro cars and escapes unharmed

    Man falls between two Metro cars and escapes unharmed

    On Sunday night, Marco Pieri witnessed a near-disaster at the Mt. Vernon Square Metro stop. But the experience left him wondering: what is a bystander supposed to do if another passenger falls into the path of a moving train?

    Schools warn they may close early with wintry mix predicted for Tuesday

    Schools warn they may close early with wintry mix predicted for Tuesday

    Forecasters have called for snow, sleet and freezing rain to hit in the afternoon.

    Smoky conditions at Metro Center caused by light fixture problem

    Bad light fixture at Metro Center stop creates smoky conditions.

    For D.C. charter schools, a new potential facility in Ward 7

    The mayor’s office wants to reopen the Fletcher Johnson school building as part of a larger development.

    After five days with legal pot, D.C. poised to ban cannabis clubs

    After five days with legal pot, D.C. poised to ban cannabis clubs

    Not a single known club has formed, but D.C. mayor wants to head off gray market under loophole in legalization.

    O’Malley will not run for Mikulski’s U.S. Senate seat

    O’Malley will not run for Mikulski’s U.S. Senate seat

    The Maryland Democrat is weighing a 2016 White House bid and has said he will decide by spring.

    Bulletproof coffee — a brew laden with butter and oils — is the latest ‘health’ fad

    Bulletproof coffee — a brew laden with butter and oils — is the latest ‘health’ fad

    There’s no need to trek to the West Coast if you hanker for the latest alleged miracle food — just to Alexandria.

    Weather-related delays and closings for March 3

    Weather-related delays and closings for March 3

    Which schools have closed or delayed because of the weather?

    Rahn wins Md. Senate committee vote to lead transportation department

    Panel grilled Rahn over the future of the state’s Purple and Red Line projects

    McDonnell launches effort to have corruption conviction thrown out

    McDonnell launches effort to have corruption conviction thrown out

    The former Virginia governor’s brief says the case against him was “built on a boundless definition of bribery.”

    Netanyahu speech presents Hill Democrats with sensitive choice

    Netanyahu speech presents Hill Democrats with sensitive choice

    The dilemma: Be seen as condoning effort to undercut Obama or be seen as bucking a politically potent ally?

    Mikulski’s retirement sets off wild Democratic scramble to succeed her

    Mikulski’s retirement sets off wild Democratic scramble to succeed her

    The longest-serving female senator’s departure could open doors for former Gov. O’Malley and others.

    North Point runs by Great Mills in Maryland 4A East region quarterfinal

    North Point runs by Great Mills in Maryland 4A East region quarterfinal

    GIRLS’ BASKETBALL | Necole Hope scores a game-high 18 points as the Eagles overcome their early struggles to beat the Hornets.

    Virginia cabbie on FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists list detained in Somalia

    Virginia cabbie on FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists list detained in Somalia

    Liban Mohamed was taken into custody shortly after the FBI announced a reward for information.

    Stories of grief, love and penance live among what’s left at the Vietnam Wall

    Stories of grief, love and penance live among what’s left at the Vietnam Wall

    Experts are choosing from 400,000 artifacts for display in a Vietnam War museum planned for the Mall.

    Refreeze tonight after some daytime melting; Wintry mix arrives midday Tuesday

    Refreeze tonight after some daytime melting; Wintry mix arrives midday Tuesday

    We’re headed back into the teens and 20s again tonight, which helps set the stage for a cold one tomorrow. Add in some precipitation and iciness is a concern.

    Mikulski, a role model for generations of women in politics, to retire in 2016

    Mikulski, a role model for generations of women in politics, to retire in 2016

    The longtime — and maybe “prickly” — lawmaker will leave a legacy as a dogged fighter for her constituents.

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    Did Relisha Rudd’s disappearance do anything to help homeless children?

    Did Relisha Rudd’s disappearance do anything to help homeless children?

    A year after the 8-year-old vanished, the old D.C. General Hospital where she lived is still a shameful place for families.

    Fairfax County to create commission in wake of Geer shooting controversy

    Police commission will deal with communication problems that also plague county attorney’s office.

    In Montgomery, council office renovation proposal draws fire

    Education official cites timing problem as schools are trying to secure additional construction funds.

    Former Fairfax board chair Hanley appointed to county electoral board

    Katherine Hanley will help oversee elections in Va.’s largest jurisdiction as county electoral board member

    Three men arrested for trying to access White House area

    A roundup of news from across the Washington region.

     

    Fairfax County considers new information policy in police shootings

    After long delay in John Geer case, Fairfax ponders proposal for release of names, monthly updates.

    Split over ‘tactics’ is to blame for DHS funding impasse, House GOP leaders say

    The defeat of a House DHS bill is not a sign of a more profound rift between conservative and moderate Republican factions, they insist.

    Man falls between two Metro cars and escapes unharmed

    On Sunday night, Marco Pieri witnessed a near-disaster at the Mt. Vernon Square Metro stop. But the experience left him wondering: what is a bystander supposed to do if another passenger falls into the path of a moving train?

    Smoky conditions at Metro Center caused by light fixture problem

    Bad light fixture at Metro Center stop creates smoky conditions.

    Netanyahu, protesters on Capitol Hill could create traffic woes

    The Israeli prime minister’s motorcade could create temporary delays.

    Some Metro board members want to refocus search for new system chief

    Officials say a recent setback in the hunt for a general manager could be a blessing in disguise.

    FAA computers vulnerable to hackers, GAO report says

    A system that controls thousands of planes in flight could be disrupted by terrorists, criminals or foreign nations.

    Monday morning Metro delays for riders

    Monday morning delays for Metro riders

    Some roads closed, authorities warn of icy side streets, sidewalks

    Icy road conditions and sidewalks make dangerous morning commute

    It’s icy out there. Here’s what area road crews are doing to clear things up.

    Here’s how area crews are working to treat those slippery roads for Monday’s commute.

    MGM officials: Casino construction is on track for anticipated 2016 opening

    While the $1.2 billion resort is being built, MGM crafts a hiring and traffic plan, and pledges a transit push.

    Fairfax County Parkway reopens after ‘numerous’ accidents

    The parkway reopened after icy conditions caused multiple accidents, police said.

    Metro riders hanker for information, while they’re still riding

    They don’t need to know how the train works. They just need to know what to do when it doesn’t.

    Metro’s fancy new railcars were supposed to be rolling by now

    But there’s no set date for the release of new cars that will replace a fleet that dates to the 1970s.

    Concerns about air traffic safety are heightened in developing College Park

    Plans for high-rise apartments, a science building and a hotel may affect a historic airport’s viability.

    Local Columns

    John Kelly

    John Kelly

    When a scammer contacted her, one Missouri woman created an online resource to help victims.

    Petula Dvorak

    Petula Dvorak

    A year after the 8-year-old vanished, the old D.C. General Hospital where she lived is still a shameful place for families.

    Courtland Milloy

    Courtland Milloy

    A school for boys of color would ease a dialogue about the world around them, of which the playwright wrote.

    Petula Dvorak

    Petula Dvorak

    Is the nation’s capital too uptight to toke up after legalization?

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    Remnants of the war

    Experts are combing through items that have been left at the Vietnam Wall over the years for a planned education display.

    It’s all business at D.C.’s ‘Cannabis Academy’

    City hosts a two-day expo to teach attendees how to make greenbacks from pot’s legalization.

    A snowy Saturday for the Washington area

    The cold ground was allowing snow to stick faster, making it difficult for road clearing crews to keep up.

    Sentencing of Maureen McDonnell

    Former first lady has been convicted of conspiring to sell the prestige of the governor’s office in exchange for loans.

    The polar vortex makes a comeback

    Washington-area residents prepare for more cold weather, as Friday’s temperatures promise to be extreme.

    Obama chooses Joseph Clancy as new Secret Service chief

    Obama has named his acting director and trusted former detail leader as the new permanent leader of the Secret Service.

    Snowstorm Octavia hits Washington area

    The nation’s capital clears out from another round of snow.

    14 couples say ‘I do’ on Feb. 14 in D.C. court

    Superior Court opens its doors on a weekend to perform weddings for the first time in decades.

    Our Washington

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

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