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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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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.

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.

Episcopal knocks off No. 6 Georgetown Prep, 3-0

Episcopal knocks off No. 6 Georgetown Prep, 3-0

BOYS’ SOCCER | With a third of the team from Europe or Africa, Episcopal’s foreign flavor is shaping into an IAC contender.

Prince George’s County crime report

Among incidents reported by police in Prince George’s County, Greenbelt, Hyattsville and Laurel.

O’Malley talks StateStat with the prime minister of India

O’Malley talks StateStat with the prime minister of India

Maryland’s governor spent about 30 minutes with Narendra Modi in Washington on Tuesday.

Anne Arundel County and Howard County crime report

A listing of incidents reported recently by police in Anne Arundel and Howard counties and Annapolis.

Washington-area obituaries of note

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

Local digest: News of the Washington area

News from Washington, Maryland and Virginia.

Schools report finds large gap in MoCo diversity

Montgomery County report: Students of color make up two-thirds of enrollment; most teachers are white.

Arlington-Alexandria volunteer opportunities

Puppy raisers, race volunteers, tutors and mentors, and airport staffers are needed.

Montgomery Council approves public campaign finance

Candidates for county executive, council could opt into system that leverages money from small donors.

Dominion transmission line stirs up anger in Alexandria

Residents at odds with utility’s plan for a new major underground transmission line

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A little leg and a lot of years

A little leg and a lot of years

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

Md. teen in coma after Fright Fest recovering from surgery

Doctors removed part of the boy’s skull because of increased swelling after the attack at Six Flags.

Five public and private schools in D.C. area get top honor

They have been named National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education.

Two dead in separate incidents in Potomac, may be linked

Two dead in separate incidents in Potomac, may be linked

One person died after a car hit a tree. Another was found dead at a house where a small fire was put out.

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

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?

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

McDonnell, not Virginia, is a laughingstock

Worries about the commonwealth’s recovery from the gift scandal may be overblown.

Taste test: The new cheesesteaks at Taylor Gourmet

Taste test: The new cheesesteaks at Taylor Gourmet

After closing Steak + Ice, the owners introduce the classic Philly bite to their sandwich shops.

The Aral Sea was once the fourth largest lake in the world. Watch it dry up.

The Aral Sea was once the fourth largest lake in the world. Watch it dry up.

Dramatic satellite imagery illustrates the radical transformation that the Aral Sea has undergone over the past 15 years.

Attorney general candidates take stage, but inspire little regarding the position

It’s hard to get excited about an important campaign when a debate between candidates is held at a bar.

Stafford high school teacher charged with sex with student

Erica Lynne Mesa, 27, allegedly had a sexual relationship with a 16- to 17-year-old from February to September.

D.C. teachers makes no endorsement in mayor’s race

WTU president says they want to work more closely with the next administration — whoever wins.

Before Graham, another student vanished in the night

Before Graham, another student vanished in the night

Police announced a break in the Morgan Harrington case Monday, pushing it back into the spotlight.

 

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?

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.

AU to cover extra Metro costs if Nats playoff games run late

American University since 2012 has been an exclusive higher ed ‘partner’ of the ballclub.

Hey, I’m driving here!

That “Don't Walk” sign? City streets would move more smoothly if pedestrians actually obeyed it.

Post recession, nation on the move again

There are more cars on the road, but public transit gains in popularity too.

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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