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D.C. firefighter dies after fighting 2-alarm apartment fire in Shaw

A firefighter died Wednesday after fighting an apartment fire in the 1300 block of Seventh Street NW.

Lt. Kevin McRae’s cousin also was a D.C. firefighter who died in the line of duty, officials said.

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    Prosecutors find no criminal activity at school for special education students

    Lengthy investigation of practices at Rock Terrace School in Montgomery County ends with no charges.

    Ed tech company folds after receiving millions in Race to the Top funds

    Thinkgate LLC went out of business, raising concerns about the security of student data in several states.

    Boys’ lacrosse: Logan Broadbent’s save seals Stone Bridge’s win over Madison

    Boys’ lacrosse: Logan Broadbent’s save seals Stone Bridge’s win over Madison

    BOYS’ LACROSSE | Logan Broadbent stops a shot with 18 seconds left to secure a 13-12 win for the Bulldogs over the Warhawks.

    Maryland could build Purple Line for 10 percent less, top state official says

    Maryland could build Purple Line for 10 percent less, top state official says

    Cost estimates are key factor for Gov. Larry Hogan in whether to move forward with long-planned light rail.

    For transgender teens and teachers, acceptance could be two words away

    For transgender teens and teachers, acceptance could be two words away

    Northern Virginia school administration will vote on a proposal to protect transgender students.

    Va. delegate’s answer for what ails Baltimore: Snarling police dogs

    Va. delegate’s answer for what ails Baltimore: Snarling police dogs

    Lawmaker posts a picture on Facebook with the caption: “Go ahead and run. He loves fast food.”

    Severe area storms with large hail, damaging wind possible tonight

    Severe area storms with large hail, damaging wind possible tonight

    Today’s warm and muggy air is fueling weather that may be more robust than yesterday.

    Baltimore mayor wants Justice review of city police; state of emergency lifted

    Baltimore mayor wants Justice review of city police; state of emergency lifted

    Stephanie Rawlings-Blake wants to know whether the department has a pattern of excessive force.

    Bullis finishes the job in IAC victory

    Bullis finishes the job in IAC victory

    BOYS’ LACROSSE | A day after weather suspended their showdown, the Bulldogs closed out an 11-7 road win over St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes.

    D.C.-area news briefs

    A roundup of D.C.-area news briefs.

    World War II veterans will get an aerial salute over Washington skies

    World War II veterans will get an aerial salute over Washington skies

    Vintage planes will fly over Washington for the 70th anniversary of the end of the war in Europe.

    Clean-up crews set to work through night at Silver Spring school

    Flora Singer Elementary School was closed Wednesday, and hopes to reopen on Thursday.

    Mayor’s plan to shield body camera footage from public faces objections

    Mayor’s plan to shield body camera footage from public faces objections

    Chair of D.C. Council’s Judiciary Committee says keeping video from public undermines transparency.

    Arlington and Alexandria volunteer opportunities

    VHC auxiliary, Conquer Cancer Foundation, Department of Parks and Recreation need volunteers.

    Alexandria and Arlington crime report

    Among incidents reported by police in Alexandria and Arlington.

    Alexandria-Arlington community calendar, May 7-14, 2015

    Mother’s Day events, nature programs, author talks, workshops, exhibits, shows and concerts.

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    Former Montgomery County council candidate charged with abusing mom

    Former Montgomery County council candidate charged with abusing mom

    Former Republican candidate for the Montgomery County council, James Kirkland, was arrested and charged with causing abuse to his 87-year-old mother.

    Cabinet secretaries sit down for straight talk with Baltimore students

    Cabinet secretaries sit down for straight talk with Baltimore students

    In a closed-door session, Duncan and Perez meet with students, community leaders at Frederick Douglass High.

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    D.C. firefighter dies after fighting 2-alarm fire

    D.C. firefighter dies after fighting 2-alarm fire

    D.C. firefighter Lt. Kevin McRae, 44, died on Wednesday after battling a fire on the 9th floor of an apartment building in the Shaw neighborhood.

    Election-year shakeup in Virginia Democratic Party continues

    The party’s executive director says he will step down, two months after the chairman’s unexpected exit.

    Baker taps college friend to head county Economic Development Corp.

    Baker taps college friend to head  county Economic Development Corp.

    James Coleman comes to Pr. George’s after helping stimulate business in another big city suburb.

    Hogan will maintain Md. state worker raises; no decision yet on school funds

    Hogan will maintain Md. state worker raises; no decision yet on school funds

    The governor says response to unrest in Baltimore demonstrated the vital role played by state employees.

    Is a folksy showman willing to get meaner?

    Is a folksy showman willing to get meaner?

    More than preaching or politicking, broadcasting has been at Mike Huckabee’s core since he was 11 years old.

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    Fairfax County police release 2009 video of officer involved shooting

    Fairfax County police release 2009 video of officer involved shooting

    On Wednesday, Fairfax County police released dash cam footage of the 2009 chase of David Masters, which ended in him being fatally shot by police.

    Josh Ozersky, a sometimes-snarky food critic mesmerized by meat, dies at 47

    Josh Ozersky, a sometimes-snarky food critic mesmerized by meat, dies at 47

    Mr. Ozersky wrote for magazines and started the international festival Meatopia.

    Val E. Lewton, designer at Smithsonian, dies at 77

    Val E. Lewton, designer at Smithsonian, dies at 77

    Mr. Lewton, the son of a Hollywood producer, focused his artistic career in Washington.

    D.C. community calendar, May 7-14, 2015

    Mother’s Day events, garden tours, pipe organ concert, World Bonsai Day, Congressional Cemetery tour.

    Video: Drone captures exquisite views of Arkansas dust devil

    Video: Drone captures exquisite views of Arkansas dust devil

    A drone zipping over farmland in northeast Arkansas Monday recorded footage of a dust devil in beautiful detail.

    Local Columns

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    John Kelly

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    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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    A tense city tries to pick up the pieces

    Anger that wracked Baltimore seems to have drained away since six officers were charged in Freddie Gray’s death.

    Historic U Street brings in the Funk Parade

    This year, the event’s second, organizers got permission to close a part of the street for revelry, and the party was on.

    Hope a scarce commodity in Sandtown-Winchester

    Misery and poverty have gripped the crumbling Baltimore neighborhood where Freddie Gray lived.

    Seeking justice in the death of Freddie Gray

    State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby said Friday that a medical examiner had ruled the death a homicide.

    Watergate parking garage collapses

    Firefighters rescued at least one person trapped in the garage, which was under construction.

    Nepal rescuers pull teen survivor out of the rubble five days after quake

    The stunned Nepali had survived almost 120 hours since the earthquake by breathing into an air pocket.

    In the aftermath of Baltimore riots

    Residents clean up from the looting and fires that plagued parts of the city Monday after the funeral for Freddie Gray.

    Justices hear arguments on same-sex marriage

    The Supreme Court takes on cases that could give same-sex couples nationwide a constitutional right to marry.

    Our Washington

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