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The White House fence hasn’t changed since Lyndon B. Johnson was in office

(Jeff Taylor / AP)

As security features proliferate around the mansion, its 7-foot, 6-inch barrier from ’65 is the same.

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    Bowser fleshes out her education platform

    Her plans remains vague, but she clearly hopes Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson will stay

    “We have to adapt” -- President Obama announces new climate change actions

    “We have to adapt” -- President Obama announces new climate change actions

    On Tuesday, President Obama announced plans to deal with the weather extremes that come in hand with climate change, including floods, heat waves, and sea level rise.

    ‘Concealed carry’ gun bill passes D.C. Council

    District lawmakers said they passed legislation only grudgingly to comply with federal court ruling.

    O’Malley plans full weekend of politics in three states

    O’Malley plans full weekend of politics in three states

    The Maryland governor has events scheduled in New Hampshire, Nevada and California.

    Stephen Lorenzetti, a top park service official, dies at 54

    Stephen Lorenzetti, a top park service official, dies at 54

    Mr. Lorenzetti oversaw restoration of the Washington Monument and the construction of the WW II Memorial.

    Former sheriff’s deputy pleads no contest to shoplifting

    A Target employee had said he was fired for reporting the deputy’s thefts.

    GOP MoCo executive candidate vows safety, spending cuts

    In new campaign ads, Jim Shalleck touts his time as a Bronx prosecutor as he challenges Isiah Leggett.

    Column

    Come back, Christina! Fairfax High is better now.

    You know what made “Mad Men’s” Christina Hendricks really mad? Fairfax High School.

    Judge appointed in alleged Alexandria serial killer case

    Judge appointed in alleged Alexandria serial killer case

    The judge who presided at a D.C. sniper’s trial will handle proceedings in Charles Severance’s case.

    Autumnal equinox sunset brings an early taste of fall color

    Autumnal equinox sunset brings an early taste of fall color

    Fall is known for its colorful show. The sky prepared us for what’s ahead in the hours before the season officially arrived last night.

    MIT study finds learning gains from free online course

    Research offers evidence of effective teaching through a “massive open online course,” or MOOC.

    Metro escalator replacement worries some riders

    Metro escalator replacement worries some riders

    The job at Bethesda station is set to begin in October and could continue for two and a half years.

    A busy bourbon week, from Pappy Van Winkle to fall cocktails

    A busy bourbon week, from Pappy Van Winkle to fall cocktails

    Meet Few’s distiller, sample a flight of Pappy Van Winkle or taste new fall cocktails.

    Man gets 10 months for dumping Mall wastewater in Potomac

    Patrick Brightwell pleaded guilty to dumping storm drain waste into the river instead of a treatment plant.

    How about some love for the new moon and a few cool crescents?

    How about some love for the new moon and a few cool crescents?

    With three recent so-called “supermoons” — those larger-than-normal full moons — snaring the summer’s news headlines, here’s some autumnal love for new moons.

    OP-ED: From Ferguson to the ballot box 

    OP-ED: From Ferguson to the ballot box 

    The recent events in Ferguson, are another defining moment in this country’s history. Now is the time that millennials take a stand.

    Indique Heights will not reopen in Chevy Chase

    Indique Heights will not reopen in Chevy Chase

    The owners could not come to terms over the renovated space but say they will reopen elsewhere.

    Montgomery releases school-specific grade data for algebra final exams

    Montgomery County released a school-by-school breakdown of performance on Algebra 1B final exams from last school year as officials examine why the system has had such high failure rates on the exams.

    D.C. Council could force schools to drop ‘Indians’ mascots

    D.C. Council could force schools to drop ‘Indians’ mascots

    D.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie, critic of Redskins name, says city must ‘address the offensive team names in our own backyard.’

    Do you look like Olivia Pope? Have we got a ‘Scandal’ party for you!

    Do you look like Olivia Pope? Have we got a ‘Scandal’ party for you!

    A fundraiser for the YWCA features a “Scandal” trivia contest and an Olivia Pope look-alike party.

    Carol Schwartz says she’ll address ‘affordable housing crisis’

    Carol Schwartz says she’ll address ‘affordable housing crisis’

    Independent candidate issues 10-page paper laying out various housing initiatives.

    O’Malley ‘inclined’ to support use of ballot tool for blind

    O’Malley ‘inclined’ to support use of ballot tool for blind

    The governor’s comments came a day after state lawyers appealed a ruling related to the technology.

    Watch Arctic lose 3.82 million square miles of sea ice in 30 seconds

    Watch Arctic lose 3.82 million square miles of sea ice in 30 seconds

    A new timelapse from NASA shows the Arctic losing sea ice through this year’s summer melt season. The Arctic reached its minimum sea ice extent on September 17.

    How to explore Art All Night in the District

    How to explore Art All Night in the District

    The annual late-night arts festival spreads across the city.

    Metrorail to stay open late for Thursday night football

    Metro said riders traveling by train from the Washington Redskins game against the New York Giants at FedEx Field will be able to enter the transit system at Morgan Boulevard and Largo Town Center stations.

    Around D.C., 2014 will be remembered for its lack of 90 degree days

    Around D.C., 2014 will be remembered for its lack of 90 degree days

    With only 24 days of high temperatures at or above 90 degrees in D.C., this summer was pretty tame. In the western suburbs, it was even more blissful.

    Md. trooper hit during traffic stop on Capital Beltway

    Hyattsville man charged with DUI after incident in Greenbelt. Trooper was released from hospital.

    Photos: Summer’s last sunset at Manassas National Battlefield Park

    Photos: Summer’s last sunset at Manassas National Battlefield Park

    Tall rain clouds and rainbows made for a stunning sunset on Summer’s last full day.

    Cards Against Urbanity: fun for urban planners and their fans

    Get ready for a new party obsession: Cards Against Urbanity, a version of the game Cards Against Humanity written by six urban planning nerds.

    Power outage closes D.C.’s Eastern Senior High School

    A D.C. public schools alert said the outage will close the Capitol Hill school Tuesday.

     

    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.

    D.C. Council could force schools to drop ‘Indians’ mascots

    D.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie, critic of Redskins name, says city must ‘address the offensive team names in our own backyard.’

    Metro escalator replacement worries some riders

    The job at Bethesda station is set to begin in October and could continue for two and a half years.

    Ferrari issues recall of some vehicles -- individuals could get trapped in trunks

    Ferrari North America is recalling more than 3,000 F458 Italia and F458 Spider vehicles manufactured March 5, 2010, to May 20, 2013.

    Metrorail to stay open late for Thursday night football

    Metro said riders traveling by train from the Washington Redskins game against the New York Giants at FedEx Field will be able to enter the transit system at Morgan Boulevard and Largo Town Center stations.

    Streetcar contracts likely to reignite Arlington debate

    Board to vote Tuesday on contract for engineering work on Columbia Pike, Crystal City streetcars.

    Pr. George’s delays proposed Wal-Mart in Bowie

    Neighbors applaud delay; say the store planned at a strip mall is not a good fit for the community

    A priceless #WMATA rush hour tweet

    Sometimes a tweet surfaces in the Twitterverse that just makes you smile. Here’s one of those instances.

    Metro gets $21 million in federal aid for storm-related improvement work

    Aid received by Metro is part of $3.59 billion in federal assistance to Northeast and Mid-Atlantic transportation agencies affected by Hurricane Sandy

    MWAA giving away free E-Z Passes to celebrate the Dulles Toll Road’s 30th year

    The free E-Z Passes will come preloaded with $15 in toll credits.

    Enforcement campaign underway in Beltway HOT lanes

    Virginia State Police will have extra patrols out during rush hours Monday and Tuesday.

    Put down the cellphone and look up when crossing the street

    Safety experts say pedestrians absorbed in smartphones are behind a troubling ‘distracted walking’ trend.

    Computer-driven trains returning to Metro’s Red Line

    Five years after the crash that caused nine deaths, automatic train control will resume next month.

    Passengers suffer minor injuries after Metrobuses collide

    Four people were taken to hospitals Friday after a Metrobus rear-ended another Metrobus in Northwest Washington.

    With initiatives focusing on children, veterans -- is Uber showcasing a softer side?

    The ride-sharing service is highlighting initiatives focused on charitable giving and jobs for veterans.

    Local Columns

    John Kelly

    John Kelly

    You know what made “Mad Men’s” Christina Hendricks really mad? Fairfax High School.

    Robert McCartney

    Robert McCartney

    The frustrated independent scorns Bowser’s shortage of achievements, but he still trails her.

    Petula Dvorak

    Petula Dvorak

    The choices for D.C. mayor are not inspiring voters. But maybe they don’t need to.

    Robert McCartney

    Robert McCartney

    D.C. statehood opponents cite Grave Snowplow Threat among various specious reasons to deny rights.

    Photo Galleries

    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.

    An ancient giant is brought back to life

    National Geographic prepares to unveil an exhibit for Spinosaurus, possibly the largest predator to ever exist.

    Our Washington

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

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