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McDonnell begins laying defense groundwork

(Steve Helber / AP)

The former Virginia governor takes the witness stand, insisting he gave Star Scientific and Jonnie Williams Sr. nothing other than routine access to government.

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Police investigate attempted murder-suicide in Laurel

Authorities say a man shot another man Wednesday night, then turned the gun on himself.

Big Star’s Third at 9:30 Club: Singer Brett Harris on the tribute show and his solo concert at Iota

Big Star’s Third at 9:30 Club: Singer Brett Harris on the tribute show and his solo concert at Iota

On Saturday, Brett Harris helps pay tribute to the band Big Star. On Sunday, he’ll play solo.

Station 4′s scallops with fig carpaccio is our dish of the week

Typically, carpaccio is made with thinly pounded raw meat. But chef Orlando Amaro opts for sliced figs instead. He tops them with scallops, grapefruit, daikon sprouts and a passion fruit gastrique with black sesame seeds.

Seasonal Pantry’s Hot Hot Chicken sandwich drew long lines

Chef Dan O’Brien’s riff on this classic Tennessee sandwich caused a line out the door last week. It’s not regularly available on the menu, but O’Brien has hopes of one day opening a fried chicken-centric restaurant.

‘If I Stay’ is out Friday; here are five movies about ghosts

‘If I Stay’ is out Friday; here are five movies about ghosts

In “If I Stay,” out Friday, Mia (Chloe Grace Moretz) has choices to make. She’s in a coma after a car wreck and gets to choose what happens to her.

‘Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage’ comes to National Theatre (but it’s not a musical, Baby)

‘Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage’ comes to National Theatre (but it’s not a musical, Baby)

“It’s not a musical,” says Conrad Helfrich, music supervisor for the show. “It’s a play with music.”

Trillectro Music Festival at RFK: Fat Trel, Migos, SZA and Rae Sremmurd are among the acts to watch

Trillectro Music Festival at RFK: Fat Trel, Migos, SZA and Rae Sremmurd are among the acts to watch

t’s only a matter of time before Trillectro Music Festival becomes as big for hip-hop and electronic fans as the Mad Decent Block Party or Rock The Bells.

Montgomery County investigates Silver Spring shooting

Authorities said one person was taken to the hospital after the Wednesday night gunfire.

The Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival’s Jiffy Lube Live date was canceled, but you can see Amy Schumer, Dave Attell and Jermaine Fowler elsewhere

The Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival’s Jiffy Lube Live date was canceled, but you can see Amy Schumer, Dave Attell and Jermaine Fowler elsewhere

The Oddball Comedy tour was set to hit Jiffy Lube Live on Thursday but the event was canceled on Monday.

Robyn and Royksopp at Wolf Trap: The Swedish dance-pop ruler and her Norwegian chums on ‘Do It Again’

Robyn and Royksopp at Wolf Trap: The Swedish dance-pop ruler and her Norwegian chums on ‘Do It Again’

Royksopp and Robyn collaborated on the mini-album “Do It Again” and are touring together.

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

Trains are no longer single-tracking outside Wheaton and Glenmont stations because of a track problem outside Wheaton station.

Muggy summer weather into Friday with storm chances; Cooler weekend

Muggy summer weather into Friday with storm chances; Cooler weekend

Looks like our mini-heat spell is on for a couple of more days before the marines come to the rescue; the marine layer that is.

NatCast: Summer heat and humidity, and a storm chance

NatCast: Summer heat and humidity, and a storm chance

The storms could well hold off until after the game but since I will actually be there we are probably doomed.

D.C. community calendar, Aug. 21-28, 2014

Military bands, walks, computer classes, book “tasting,” War of 1812 remembrances.

Virginia forms task force to combat campus sexual assault

Virginia forms task force to combat campus sexual assault

Gov. Terry McAuliffe said he wants the state and its universities to be “out front on this issue.”

Sophie Masloff, first female mayor of Pittsburgh, dies at 96

Sophie Masloff, first female mayor of Pittsburgh, dies at 96

Colorful Pittsburgh politician was known for her folksy, self-deprecating style and malapropisms.

Loudoun left behind as other schools get helmet sensors

Loudoun left behind as other schools get helmet sensors

County’s football parents had long pursued impact devices; Norfolk and Williamsburg now using them.

Gillespie releases 1st first campaign ad in race with Warner

Gillespie releases 1st first campaign ad in race with Warner

The strategist faces an uphill battle against Warner, who leads in polls.

Eden Center tenants sue landlord

Eden Center tenants sue landlord

They say the mall, a center of Vietnamese community and commerce, is crumbling around them.

Men punished for sex offenses at college are fighting back

Current and former students say disciplinary systems were unfair; others are skeptical of their claim.

Ferguson turmoil prompts cancellation of costumed “Cops and Robbers” race in D.C.

Organizers canceled the costumed “Cops and Robbers Run” on Wednesday, citing compassion for Michael Brown’s and the community of Ferguson, Mo.

Howard student turns to fundraising site to go to Ferguson

Student says the bus trip to Ferguson will be reminiscent of the Freedom Rides of the 1960s.

Tenants sue over monthly charge for air conditioner

Residents of Olde Salem Village complex in Baileys Crossroads say $75 fee violates language in leases.

Frank E. Schwelb, civil rights lawyer, D.C. judge, dies at 82

Frank E. Schwelb, civil rights lawyer, D.C. judge, dies at 82

Judge Schwelb worked for the Justice Department during the civil rights era before being named a D.C. judge.

Jeep slams 25 feet into Rockville building

Dramatic photographs show vehicle after it plowed straight through an office.

Tana Hicken, versatile actress, dies at 70

Tana Hicken, versatile actress, dies at 70

Ms. Hicken, who died Aug. 17 at 70, was a mainstay of Washington theaters for decades.

Gauge provides data for mapping bomb blasts

Gauge provides data for mapping bomb blasts

Jeffrey Rogers has fielded a device that measures the impact of a blast on a human being.

Days before start of school, D.C. charter relocates — again

Shining Stars Montessori Academy’s new location is 6015 Chillum Pl. NE, near the Maryland border.

Column

No, this Metro Farecard will not fit in your pocket

No, this Metro Farecard will not fit in your pocket

As Metro eases out paper Farecards, let us celebrate what may be the largest in the world.

McDonnell begins laying defense groundwork

McDonnell begins laying defense groundwork

The former Virginia governor takes the witness stand, insisting he gave Star Scientific and Jonnie Williams Sr. nothing other than routine access to government.

 

Fairfax theater seeks new seats with ‘Save Our Butts’ campaign on Kickstarter

The University Mall Theatres, the last ‘dollar theater’ in the DC area, is trying to raise $100,000 to improve the moviegoing experience.

Park Southern is a federal case

Internal Revenue Service agents seize documents from troubled Southeast housing complex.

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

Trains are no longer single-tracking outside Wheaton and Glenmont stations because of a track problem outside Wheaton station.

Metro to pay nearly $5 million for role in no-bid contract

Federal grant funds were used, and a former employee claimed he was unfairly fired for complaining about it.

‘Exact change’ lanes to dwindle on Dulles Toll Road

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is converting 19 lanes that now take “exact cash” into E-ZPass only lanes over the next year.

D.C.’s Ward 8 got its first bike lanes this summer

DDOT has installed 7.5 miles of bike lanes this year, including the first bike lanes in Ward 8.

Southeast D.C. tunnel project decision postponed

The Federal Highway Administration is postponing a decision on the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project until at least Sept. 15.

Update: Suitland Parkway reopens after five-car accident

Police said three people were transported to the hospital after a 7:39 a.m. crash on the westbound side of the highway.

Metro: Weekend work to affect Red and Orange lines

Some passengers on the Red and Orange lines will wait longer for trains this weekend.

Update: Floral Park Road in Accokeek reopens after fatal single-vehicle accident

A police spokeswoman said a privately owned ambulance crashed in the 4900 block of Floral Park Road around 2:10 a.m.

More or less distraction with windshield texting?

Device that projects your iPhone or Android info on the windshield is “the future of driving“?

Metrorail to stay open later than normal for Monday night’s Redskins game

Metrorail will operate into the early hours of Tuesday to accommodate FedEx crowds at Redskins’ preseason game.

Live in the D.C. area? Odds are your car won’t be stolen.

Car theft takes a holiday as electronics make stealing harder, catching thieves easier.

Plan to upgrade southeast D.C. rail tunnel stalls

Recent flooding is an indication of the need for the Virginia Avenue Tunnel to be rebuilt, CSX officials say.

More repairs, but still no opening date
in sight for Silver Spring transit center

The project, which is nearly four years behind schedule and tens of millions of dollars over budget, has become a $120 million concrete albatross around the necks of Montgomery County officials.

Local Columns

John Kelly

John Kelly

As Metro eases out paper Farecards, let us celebrate what may be the largest in the world.

Robert McCartney

Robert McCartney

Salvadoran youths’ horrific story of violence at home shows why they deserve U.S. protection.

Courtland Milloy

Courtland Milloy

At the Martin Luther King Memorial, quotes about ending racial injustice resonate as protests rage in Missouri.

Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

Officials and pastors in Prince George’s County want the deadly violence to end.

Photo Galleries

Robert F. McDonnell on trial

Former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, are battling corruption charges.

A rarity today: A doctor who makes house calls

Wanting to work in the community, Ernest Brown tends to those in D.C.’s embassies, hotels and homes, as well as the poor.

Looking for customers with the “oil man”

Justin Green, who sells fragrances on street corners, is a purveyor of one of D.C.’s most durable old-school hustles.

Life at summer camp

It’s where many children enjoy a host of first experiences and have a chance to just be kids.

Robert F. McDonnell trial

Former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, are battling corruption charges.

Camp Corral gives military kids a break

Children of service members enjoy time together in the Virginia countryside.

Cameras in hand, kids encouraged to capture their dreams

A photography program supplies homeless children with cameras. The kids supply the dreams.

Museum Square grows fluent in tenant rights

A predominantly Chinese housing project is under threat of being razed, inspiring unity among its diverse neighbors.

Our Washington

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

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