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D.C. is about to host the nation’s biggest, legal, marijuana giveaway

(Robert Macpherson / AFP/Getty Images)

Over 800 city residents are expected at an event offering free seeds now that pot possession is legal.

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    Virginia lawmakers break from party on budget

    Both Democrats and Republicans vote outside partisan lines.

    Local digest: March 26, 2015

    A roundup of news from across the Washington region.

    U-Va. student involved in violent arrest makes brief court appearance

    U-Va. student involved in violent arrest makes brief court appearance

    Martese Johnson did not enter a plea. His lawyer asked for a May court date so criminal probe of arrest can finish.

    Column

    College junior at 17 was once dubbed ‘sweet, but not very smart’

    College junior at 17 was once dubbed ‘sweet, but not very smart’

    Zakiya James is studying civil engineering at Drexel University.

    PM Update: Evening showers and storms cut short taste of spring; a damp and dreary chill on Friday

    PM Update: Evening showers and storms cut short taste of spring; a damp and dreary chill on Friday

    The taste of spring vanishes in a flash. A cold front plows through the region this evening, with showers and storms and then falling temperatures.

    Arlington, Alexandria Democrats line up for local, state races this spring

    Alexandria mayor, Arlington County Board and a delegate’s race draw multiple contenders.

    At U-Va., a price hike for some will fund a price cut for others

    At U-Va., a price hike for some will fund a price cut for others

    New U-Va. tuition and financial aid plan — including an 11 percent tuition raise — has winners and losers.

    The best concerts in D.C. this weekend: Father John Misty and Jason Moran

    The best concerts in D.C. this weekend: Father John Misty and Jason Moran

    Folk, mysticism and fun at the 9:30 Club and a nod to Thelonious Monk at the Kennedy Center.

    More frequent big storms behind increasing rain amounts in tropics

    More frequent big storms behind increasing rain amounts in tropics

    Scientists have observed an increase in heavy rainfall in the tropics.  Now they know the source.

    D.C. government office released students’ personal data to a reporter

    This is the second data security breach reported in two months in D.C. schools.

    Fairfax County supervisor race heats up over ‘troll’ remark on Twitter

    Democrat Janet Oleszek took offense at the county GOP committee’s remark, which was later deleted.

    Sen. Rubio, Rep. Jordan propose repealing D.C. gun control laws

    Sen. Rubio, Rep. Jordan propose repealing D.C. gun control laws

    The bill in Congress would replace D.C. gun laws with much looser federal laws.

    Spring’s first thunderstorms possible in 5-10 p.m. window today

    Spring’s first thunderstorms possible in 5-10 p.m. window today

    The most intense activity may contain thunder and lightning, heavy downpours, some strong wind gusts, and a bit of hail.

    City charge dropped in Hannah Graham case to facilitate murder trial

    City charge dropped in Hannah Graham case to facilitate murder trial

    Jesse L. Matthew Jr. to face trial in Farifax sexual assault before murder and abduction charges near U-Va.

    Pirate-themed Piratz Tavern will hoist its last tankard on April 4

    Pirate-themed Piratz Tavern will hoist its last tankard on April 4

    The pub couldn’t survive the rough seas in the wake of Spike TV’s epic “Bar Rescue” episode in 2012.

    Maryland Senate unanimously approves budget

    Maryland Senate unanimously approves budget

    Republicans and Democrats praise each other for the cooperation that led to the spending plan.

    Maryland Senate committee approves budget plan

    The vote took place hours before the full House finalized its budget proposal.

    How to do the National Cherry Blossom Festival in 2015

    How to do the National Cherry Blossom Festival in 2015

    These are some of the biggest events of the festival. (With a map to show you where everything is.)

    Last-minute drill for 16th Street Bridge commuters

    Last-minute drill for 16th Street Bridge commuters

    Drivers and bus riders should give themselves extra commuting time starting Friday morning.

    Metro police plan crackdown on fare evaders

    Station managers and bus drivers say they fear confrontations when attempting to collect fares.

    Roadway delivery: Breech baby born along Interstate 270 in Montgomery

    Roadway delivery: Breech baby born along Interstate 270 in Montgomery

    The baby boy was delivered by his father, a helicopter mechanic. The mother and child are doing well.

    Va. Attorney General Herring to focus on predatory lending

    The Democrat wants Virginia to shed its designation as the “predatory-lending capital of the East Coast.”

    8 things to do in the D.C. area on the weekend of March 27-29

    8 things to do in the D.C. area on the weekend of March 27-29

    The Cherry Blossom Festival gets interesting and the West End Cinema closes with a classic set of films.

    Pr. George’s firefighters training at vacant Bowie mall before demolition

    Before Bowie mall gets torn down for redevelopment, firefighters take over vacant shops to sharpen skills.

    Project launched to reduce lightning deaths in Africa, targets schools

    Project launched to reduce lightning deaths in Africa, targets schools

    The death rates from lightning in developing nations are much like those of the U.S. 100 years ago

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    Metrorail safety instructions

    Metrorail safety instructions

    Metro officials released new safety videos designed to explain to passengers what they should do in the event of an emergency involving fire or smoke on a Metrorail train.

    Public picks names for two Andean bear cubs at National Zoo

    Public picks names for two Andean bear cubs at National Zoo

    The brother bear cubs, which will make their public debut Saturday, are named Mayni and Muniri.

    Video

    Metrorail safety instructions (3 minutes)

    Metrorail safety instructions (3 minutes)

    Metro officials released new safety videos designed to explain to passengers what they should do in the event of an emergency involving fire or smoke on a Metrorail train.

    Video

    Metrorail safety instructions (Spanish)

    Metrorail safety instructions (Spanish)

    Metro officials released new safety videos designed to explain to passengers what they should do in the event of an emergency involving fire or smoke on a Metrorail train.

    Metro unveils new safety videos

    The new safety videos come in the wake of a Jan. 12 smoke incident in which one passenger died and more than 80 were injured.

     

    PNC Bank loses Vienna man’s $100,000 check for 10 months, then ‘finds’ it

    The bank appeared uninterested in restoring a longtime customer’s money. Then The Washington Post called.

    Ted Cruz could go on Obamacare. What about Congress’s other potential 2016 candidates?

    Lindsey Graham, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio have reconciled their ideology and the family obligations in different ways.

    Metro’s long-awaited new subway cars set to debut April 14 on the Blue Line

    The 7000-series cars, with advanced technology, are a radical departure from the cars now in Metro’s fleet.

    Metro workers say safety culture doesn’t exist

    A union meeting grew heated as Metro workers accused the transit agency of neglecting safety.

    Security experts say U.S. rules aim to prevent lone-pilot scenario

    U.S. airlines require that two crew members are in the cockpit at all times.

    Last-minute drill for 16th Street Bridge commuters

    Drivers and bus riders should give themselves extra commuting time starting Friday morning.

    Metro police plan crackdown on fare evaders

    Station managers and bus drivers say they fear confrontations when attempting to collect fares.

    Metro unveils new safety videos

    The new safety videos come in the wake of a Jan. 12 smoke incident in which one passenger died and more than 80 were injured.

    Vehicle fire causes backups on Fairfax Parkway

    Traffic is getting by in one lane but the backups stretch for nearly three miles.

    At casino progress event, MGM says it’s meeting local contracting goals

    Prince George’s groups dispute the company’s efforts to recruit black-owned companies for the project.

    If it’s spring, it must be time for Potholepalooza

    The District has declared a “War on Potholes” with the kickoff of its 7th annual Potholepalooza campaign.

    In the District, brace for a tougher commute

    The 16th Street Bridge rebuilding is entering a high-impact phase for drivers and bus riders.

    Meeting to address concerns on I-66 HOT lanes

    The Wednesday night session will focus on the concerns of the project’s neighbors in Fairfax County.

    Fear and loathing at the D.C. DMV

    “I realized that the DMV is the only institution in Washington that has so far reminded me of my old job—in which I covered an authoritarian regime in the Middle East.“

    Crash closes part of Branch Avenue in Prince George’s County

    Northbound drivers should seek alternative routes.

    Local Columns

    John Kelly

    John Kelly

    Do you know how to get rid of an unwanted piano? I don’t know, but hum a few bars.

    Petula Dvorak

    Petula Dvorak

    Zakiya James is studying civil engineering at Drexel University.

    Courtland Milloy

    Courtland Milloy

    He asked “How could this happen?” as he was violently arrested. But he needed to have known before then.

    Petula Dvorak

    Petula Dvorak

    No university is generating more sensation and scandal than Thomas Jefferson’s “academical village.”

    Photo Galleries

    Andean bear cubs romp at National Zoo

    The brother bears get ready to meet the public.

    A Virginia tribe seeks federal recognition amid casino fears

    The bid by the Pamunkey — the tribe of Pocahontas — is opposed by MGM and 11 black lawmakers.

    From snow to rain

    In the D.C. area, a morning wintry mix turns to snow, which turns back to rain.

    Changing perceptions, one bullet at a time

    The firearms industry has poured millions of dollars into college shooting clubs, and many students’ views about guns have evolved.

    The fine art of making maple syrup

    Find the right tree, tap in your spile, hang up your bucket and wait for the sap to run.

    Heavy snow throughout the East Coast

    Winter refuses to surrender as D.C., New York and more endure another snowy blast.

    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.

    Our Washington

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

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