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Operational apples and oranges: Comparing Boston, D.C. rail systems

(Brian Snyder / Reuters)

Swift decisions in Massachusetts on reform of Boston’s transit agency contrast with Metro’s struggle for consensus on any major issue.

    Latest local news

    Attempted abduction reported near Fairfax elementary school

    A man approached a boy in front of Ravensworth Elementary School, but the boy was able to get away.

    Mourners gather in Baltimore after clashes over police custody death

    Mourners gather in Baltimore after clashes over police custody death

    Thousands were expected for the funeral of Freddie Gray.

    Troubles with Interstate 66 signs

    Malfunctioning signs on Interstate 66 on the eastbound side. Signs simply read X. Officials said they are working to fix the signs.

    About 2,400 customers in No. Virginia without power after traffic crash

    Two utility poles were badly damaged and need to be replaced.

    National accreditation board suspends all DNA testing at District lab

    Two audits of D.C. crime lab found inadequate procedures for DNA testing and poorly-trained employees.

    Firetruck crashes on the way to call in Prince George’s County

    Firetruck crashes on the way to call in Prince George’s County

    Seven firefighters injured after their firetruck overturns on the way to a call in Suitland area.

    Restaurant in Laurel hit by fire, one firefighter injured

    Officials said an early morning fire broke out at a Laurel restaurant

    Is Metro really so bad?

    Is Metro really so bad?

    A national transit expert says that compared to a half dozen other big-city systems says it isn’t.

    Water main closes road in Northeast D.C.

    Part of Newton Street in Northeast D.C. is closed. There is a water main break in the area of 22nd Street NE.

    Amy Schumer is the queen of comedy television

    Amy Schumer is the queen of comedy television

    Schumer has become one of the sharpest satirists around, putting the writers of “Saturday Night Live” to shame.

    Azalea festival lets you buy designer furnishings and help charity

    Azalea festival lets you buy designer furnishings and help charity

    TOWN SQUARE | The event will benefit students at the Landon School in Bethesda.

    D.C. area forecast: Week starts off chilly, but warms by the weekend

    D.C. area forecast: Week starts off chilly, but warms by the weekend

    The coming week has its share of nice days but really takes until the weekend to offer some real warmth.

    Montgomery County Council’s office building looks ready for a makeover

    Opponents say the money would be better spent by easing overcrowding in schools.

    A few Va. Senate races expected to have wide-ranging impact

    A few Va. Senate races expected to have wide-ranging impact

    Both parties working especially hard on a half-dozen contests that could sway overall control.

    Teenager shot; man who died in earlier incident identified

    A roundup of news from around the region.

    Jim Fanning, manager and executive with Montreal Expos, dies at 87

    Jim Fanning, manager and executive with Montreal Expos, dies at 87

    Mr. Fanning managed the Expos to their only playoff appearance before the franchise moved to Washington.

    Police don’t need to give unattended children to CPS if no neglect suspected

    Police don’t need to give unattended children to CPS if no neglect suspected

    County leaders in Montgomery answer a lengthy series of questions that surfaced after “free range” case.

    Maryland bill would require extra training for school counselors

    Maryland bill would require extra training for school counselors

    Counselors would receive training in mental health to have their certification renewed.

    Man charged with murder in March slaying in Southeast Washington

    Rashad Allen, 33, has been charged in connection with the shooting death of David Simmons.

    After 20 years, could it be deja vu in race to replace Marion Barry?

    After 20 years, could it be deja vu in race to replace Marion Barry?

    On Tuesday, Washington voters will choose D.C. Council successors to Bowser and to a legendary politician.

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    Why one of America’s best schools eased off Advanced Placement courses

    Why one of America’s best schools eased off Advanced Placement courses

    Corbett Charter School still had more AP participation than any D.C. area school, but it did relax some rules.

    Georgetown students avoid anti-gay Westboro group

    Instead of a counter-protest, they’ll hold a solidarity event with a prayer.

    Police officers in Prince William will soon test body cameras

    County supervisors approved a plan to equip 500 officers with cameras as part of the new $2.7 billion budget.

    Pr. William school system decides to use Ferlazzo site for community school

    The superintendent backed down from an alternative plan to move Mary G. Porter Traditional School there.

    At Charles Barrett Elementary, a social worker goes the distance

    At Charles Barrett Elementary, a social worker goes the distance

    Alexandria’s Ana Bonilla-Galdamez has been named the 2014 National Social Worker of the Year.

    D.C. area forecast: Showers and clouds wane, but a bit of a chill remains

    D.C. area forecast: Showers and clouds wane, but a bit of a chill remains

    We’re still on the cool side today and tomorrow, but with increased sunshine and gradually warmer temperatures through midweek, and just a couple chances for light showers.

    After peaceful start, protest of Freddie Gray’s death in Baltimore turns violent

    After peaceful start, protest of Freddie Gray’s death in Baltimore turns violent

    Fans at an Orioles game were briefly asked to remain inside the stadium after a protest over a police-custody death left six unoccupied police cars damaged.

    Washington region flirts with the freezing mark as April nears its end

    At Baltimore’s airport early Saturday, the thermometer read 33 degrees.

    John D. Steinbruner, scholar of foreign and defense policy, dies at 73

    John D. Steinbruner, scholar of foreign and defense policy, dies at 73

    Dr. Steinbruner directed the Brookings Institution’s foreign policy studies program from 1978 to 1996.

    A basketball star, a ton of marijuana and a reputation destroyed

    A basketball star, a ton of marijuana and a reputation destroyed

    Jason Miskiri’s point guard play and his restaurant drew admiration. Then he pleaded guilty to drug dealing.

    Local Columns

    John Kelly

    John Kelly

    Readers say old cars can get you where you want to go, even if it’s only in your imagination.

    Courtland Milloy

    Courtland Milloy

    After videos of men who died after police encounters surfaced, trust has eroded — and that hurts everyone.

    Petula Dvorak

    Petula Dvorak

    At a local barbershop, little surprise at flawed testimony from the FBI’s elite forensic workers.

    Petula Dvorak

    Petula Dvorak

    Florida mailman is part of a wave of homegrown, daffy, sometimes troubled activists descending on D.C.

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    Baltimore protests take confrontational turn

    The city became the new center of demonstrations over police actions after a man’s death.

    Flower power

    Leesburg’s 25th annual Flower and Garden Festival draws 30,000.

    One poignant funeral for eight who died together

    Hundreds on Maryland’s Eastern Shore mourn a father and his seven children, all killed in a carbon monoxide accident.

    Big pitch for McLean boy hurt in sledding accident

    Bensten Schone, 6, was critically injured in a sledding accident in January.

    The secret lives of bees

    The Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy’s “Native Bees” program gives nature lovers a closer look at the pollinators.

    A parade for D.C.’s Emancipation Day

    It marks the 153rd anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Washington.

    Gyrocopter lands on West Lawn of Capitol

    A pilot said to be a mailman from Florida was arrested after landing the one-person copter.

    A vigil at Ford’s Theatre, 150 years after Lincoln’s death

    Living historians recreated the scene from April 14, 1865, when the 16th president was fatally shot by John Wilkes Booth.

    Our Washington

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

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