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Christmas tree may have fueled deadly Annapolis fire

(Glenn A. Miller / AP)

The tree was still up on Jan. 19 when an inferno gutted Don and Sandra Pyle’s huge waterfront home.

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    A bill that would keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers passed out of a Virginia state Senate committee.

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    Thursday afternoon wintry mix possible; better chance of snow or mix Sunday

    Of the two weather systems, Sunday’s has somewhat greater potential to produce accumulating frozen precipitation. But we shouldn’t turn a blind eye to Thursday.

    McDuffie introduces Title IX legislation again

    The Ward 5 Council member reintroduced the bill to increase sports participation for girls.

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    It’s not 1953: U-Va. sorority sisters need to demand their rights

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    Weekend Metro rider has hard time spotting progress

    Weekend Metro rider has hard time spotting progress

    Gains from transit rebuilding program are not easy to spot when trains are few and far between.

    Southern Maryland crime report

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

    Southern Maryland home sales

    Listings of homes sold recently in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties.

    Southern Maryland community calendar, Jan. 29-Feb. 5

    Events include a Jane Austen book discussion, a “Treasure Island” children’s show and a manga activity.

    Christmas tree may have fueled deadly Annapolis fire

    Christmas tree may have fueled deadly Annapolis fire

    The tree was still up on Jan. 19 when an inferno gutted Don and Sandra Pyle’s huge waterfront home.

    Raging snow, howling wind: The meteorological evolution of the Blizzard of 2015

    In meteorological parlance, it was a textbook “Miller Type B” nor’easter evolution, albeit in extremis.

    Dad who abducted baby in Poolesville arrested, police say

    Dad who abducted baby in Poolesville arrested, police say

    Five-month-old Drew Denny is safe and has been reunited with her mother.

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    Drivers ask about getting started with express lanes

    Questions arise about E-ZPass Flex rules and the toll signs.

    Montgomery Bikeshare program exceeds expectations

    Montgomery Bikeshare program exceeds expectations

    The bike-sharing program attracted about 35,000 trips in its first year.

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    Ramberg recovers for Huntingtown

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    Alexandria and Arlington Animal Watch

    Incidents involving pets and wildlife reported by Alexandria and Arlington animal welfare leagues.

    Fairfax County Animal Watch

    Incidents reported by the animal control divisions of police in Fairfax County, Fairfax City and Vienna.

    D.C. Animal Watch

    Among cases handled by the Washington Humane Society and the Washington Animal Rescue League.

    Going Out Guide

    Going Out Guide

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    D.C. adopt a pet

    D.C. adopt a pet

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    Going Out Guide

    Going Out Guide

    Entertainment events in the District of Columbia, Jan. 29-Feb. 4.

    Flint Hill moves up, holds its own

    Flint Hill moves up, holds its own

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    These farmers markets don’t hibernate

    These farmers markets don’t hibernate

    Fresh food is always in season at D.C. area’s winter farmers markets

    Family who escaped sinkhole stays in hotel amid repairs

    Family who escaped sinkhole stays in hotel amid repairs

    Utility officials said repairs are being made after a water main created a sinkhole on a Hyattsville street.

    Prince George’s County home sales

    A list of residential real estate transactions in Prince George’s County.

    Trifecta of problems on Metro’s rail lines

    Trifecta of problems on Metro’s rail lines

    Broken rail causes trains to share track on Green Line. Earlier, a disabled train at East Falls Church caused delays.

    Prince George’s crime report

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

    Going Out Guide, Jan. 29-Feb.4, 2015

    Going Out Guide, Jan. 29-Feb.4, 2015

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    Prince George’s County Animal Watch

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    Loudoun County and Fauquier County home sales

    Listings of homes sold recently in Loudoun and Fauquier counties.

    Loudoun County crime report

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

     

    Fairfax SWAT team raids high stakes Great Falls poker game, seizes cash, terrifies players

    Police continue to aggressively enforce anti-gambling laws, though charges against the players are set to be dismissed.

    Boehner not inclined to meddle with D.C. pot vote, Bowser says

    After meeting with House speaker, new mayor says Boehner is focused on ‘national agenda.’

    Weekend Metro rider has hard time spotting progress

    Gains from transit rebuilding program are not easy to spot when trains are few and far between.

    Super Bowl rules: guacamole yes, drones no

    The FAA offer this handy reminder: drones and football don’t mix, especially at the Super Bowl.

    Drivers ask about getting started with express lanes

    Questions arise about E-ZPass Flex rules and the toll signs.

    Montgomery Bikeshare program exceeds expectations

    The bike-sharing program attracted about 35,000 trips in its first year.

    Trifecta of problems on Metro’s rail lines

    Broken rail causes trains to share track on Green Line. Earlier, a disabled train at East Falls Church caused delays.

    Traffic-choked roads don’t yield sufficient gas tax revenue

    Report says 40 percent of roadways don’t generate enough money to cover maintenance costs.

    Multi-vehicle crash causes delays on Interstate 270 south

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    Travel woes continue after snowstorm

    Dozens of flights from D.C. area airports -- many bound for airports in the New York area and farther up the coast -- are delayed or canceled on Wednesday.

    Sen. Sanders wants to spend $1 trillion on infrastructure

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    WSSC seeks more time for legally required sewer repairs

    Utility said delays stemmed from Park Service’s slow permitting process to repair pipes in stream valleys.

    Weather messing with meetings on I-66’s future

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    Sanders wants to spend $1 trillion on infrastruture

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    Broken traffic cameras contributed to revenue decline

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    John Kelly

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    Petula Dvorak

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    Petula Dvorak

    The Disneyland measles outbreak is the result of discredited research linking vaccines to autism.

    Robert McCartney

    Robert McCartney

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    Photo Galleries

    Learning the fine art of bottling whiskey

    At Purcellville distillery, spirit lovers process Roundstone Rye from cask to bottle.

    Sinkhole swallows car in Bladensburg area

    A 12-inch water-main break caused a residential street to give way and swallow a car in the Bladensburg area.

    A prize patrol’s delivery: College acceptance

    Forget fat envelopes in the mail. For some University of Maryland applicants, getting in meant getting a knock on the front door.

    Annapolis mansion destroyed by fire

    Owners Don and Sandra Pyle and four of their grandchildren are unaccounted for after flames consumed the house.

    Leesburg celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.

    Nearly 1,000 people parade through the town’s historic streets to honor the slain civil rights leader.

    Maryland’s inauguration day

    New Gov. Larry Hogan and his lieutenant, Boyd Rutherford, are sworn in after an interfaith prayer service.

    Another bout of snow

    The Washington area endured another round of slick roads and rocky commutes.

    Virginia doctor keeps on trucking

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