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Deal with pot advocates lighted way to D.C. law

(Marvin Joseph / The Washington Post)

After staring down congressional Republicans who had threatened her with prison, Mayor Muriel Bowser helped usher in legal pot in the District this week with minimal fuss. But the work actually began 11 months ago, when she struck a deal with marijuana advocates.

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Jewish archivist honored for using new technology to revive old films

The National Center for Jewish Film restored “American Matchmaker,” which will be screened Sunday.

Robert Benmosche dies; feisty chief executive of AIG insurance company

Robert Benmosche dies; feisty chief executive of AIG insurance company

The official came out of retirement to help the firm repay a $182 billion taxpayer bailout.

Maryland Senate president cites Hitler in criticizing Gov. Hogan’s tax claims

Maryland Senate president cites Hitler in criticizing Gov. Hogan’s tax claims

State Sen. Mike Miller cited Hitler’s ‘bigger lie’ statement as he criticized the governor.

10 questions: How well do you know D.C. marijuana laws?

10 questions: How well do you know D.C. marijuana laws?

D.C. legalized possession of marijuana, but the new law isn’t that simple. How well can you play by the new rules?

Lots of smoke, but no one hurt, in Crystal City

A fire department dispatcher said the problem was in an HVAC unit.

Snow causes gridlock and pileup on Texas highways

Snow causes gridlock and pileup on Texas highways

Combined with cold and untreated roads, the storm has made travel more than just a hassle across the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area.

No Child Left Behind debate in the House suspended

No Child Left Behind debate in the House suspended

Conservatives say bill doesn’t go far enough; Democrats say it goes too far.

Science group denounces House probe into climate skeptics’ funding

Science group denounces House probe into climate skeptics’ funding

American Meteorological Society says congressional investigations into scientists based on their views and findings send a chilling message.

‘Southeast 67′ shows new footage, puts nuanced tint on ‘crack era’ D.C. students

‘Southeast 67′ shows new footage, puts nuanced tint on ‘crack era’ D.C. students

Previously unseen footage of Anacostia in Betsy Cox’s “Southeast 67” calls to mind what it was like to come of age during that era.

Police arrest suspect in latest carjacking in District

Officers pursued a Mercedes Benz stolen at gunpoint in Georgetown on Wednesday.

NASA satellite captures global precipitation, 3-D views of D.C. winter storms

NASA satellite captures global precipitation, 3-D views of D.C. winter storms

Thanks to the new satellite mission, scientists can now collect and study continuous precipitation patterns extending over nearly the entire globe.

Anne Arundel County and Howard County home sales

Listings of homes sold in Anne Arundel and Howard counties.

‘Focus,’ ‘Maps to the Stars’ and other new movies, reviewed

Will Smith plays a con artist at the head of a criminal organization.

Leonard Nimoy, a pop culture force as Spock of ‘Star Trek,’ dies at 83

Leonard Nimoy, a pop culture force as Spock of ‘Star Trek,’ dies at 83

Starship Enterprise’s Vulcan was the ultimate outsider — a trait that his portrayer said he understood well.

Manassas doctor accused of sexually assaulting four more men

Manassas doctor accused of sexually assaulting four more men

The patients said Tony Nguyen touched them inappropriately during physical examinations.

There is light at the end of this winter’s cold, dark tunnel

There is light at the end of this winter’s cold, dark tunnel

This update is intended to reassure you milder weather is truly around the corner

Is DCPS focus on boys of color illegal?

Some are wondering whether the Empowering Males of Color initiative is unfair.

Md. First Lady Yumi Hogan serves her own kimchi at Lunar New Year celebration

Md. First Lady Yumi Hogan serves her own kimchi at Lunar New Year celebration

The traditional celebration at the governor’s mansion marked a milestone with the state’s first Asian-American first lady. She served her own kimchi.

Bowser announces ‘tweaks’ to D.C. school boundary plan

Bowser announces ‘tweaks’ to D.C. school boundary plan

Boundary changes come in the midst of a lottery in which families are choosing their preferred schools.

Passenger killed in fatal crash in Frederick area, police say

Alcohol said to play a role in fatal crash in Frederick area that killed female passenger

Virginia 6A/5A North region girls’ basketball preview

Virginia 6A/5A North region girls’ basketball preview

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL | Top seeds Oakton, West Springfield, Madison, Stonewall Jackson, Edison, Tuscarora and Potomac headline two loaded regions.

Russia to D.C.: You’re all doomed to be drug addicts

Russia to D.C.: You’re all doomed to be drug addicts

The Russian Health ministry warns D.C. of the dangers of pot.

Man charged in Chantilly Wal-Mart fire

Brenton Carter is facing multiple counts in connection with setting a small blaze.

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Kayakers plunge over Great Falls after snowstorm

Kayakers plunge over Great Falls after snowstorm

Kayakers paddle down the Potomac River's icy waters, before plunging over the Great Falls.

Polar plunge: Kayakers brave ice-coated Great Falls after snow storm

Polar plunge: Kayakers brave ice-coated Great Falls after snow storm

Kayaking Great Falls in the summer is terrifying. Kayaking over Great Falls in February -- when water is high and roaring over ice-coated rocks -- seems downright crazy.

Delays on Metro’s Green and Yellow lines

Brief delays on Metro’s Yellow and Green lines. Metro’s had an especially tough time making trains run without problems lately.

Owner of popular restaurant ‘humiliated’ by bathroom camera charges

Owner of popular restaurant ‘humiliated’ by bathroom camera charges

Owner of Rams Head Tavern in Savage charged with secretly videotaping women in bathroom

Virginia open houses Feb. 28-March 1

Virginia open houses Feb. 28-March 1

A list of properties in Virginia that you can visit Saturday and Sunday.

D.C. open houses Feb. 28-March 1

D.C. open houses Feb. 28-March 1

A list of properties in the District that you can visit Saturday and Sunday.

Maryland open houses Feb. 28-March 1

Maryland open houses Feb. 28-March 1

A list of properties in Maryland that you can visit Saturday and Sunday.

 

Fairfax County considers new information policy in police shootings

After long delay in John Geer case, Fairfax ponders proposal for release of names, monthly updates.

‘You coward,’ top House Democrat tells GOP counterpart

Republicans and Democrats snipe back and forth over the impending lapse of funding for the Department of Homeland Security

Delays on Metro’s Green and Yellow lines

Brief delays on Metro’s Yellow and Green lines. Metro’s had an especially tough time making trains run without problems lately.

Part of Rock Creek Parkway in D.C. reopened

Part of Rock Creek Parkway in NW DC has reopened after earlier crash

Metro board says no fare increases or major service cuts next fiscal year

The transit agency will try to balance its budget without raising prices or reducing the frequency of trains.

Pedestrians killed at about the same rate last year as they were in 2013

D.C., Virginia and Maryland see slight declines in such fatalities.

Maryland panel settles with Uber

Uber has agreed to operate as a common carrier in Maryland, which means it’s UberBlack and UberSUV services are subjected to state regulations.

Snow makes dangerous and messy Thursday morning commute, many schools closed and delayed

Snow in the morning rush hour promises messy roads, slow down officials warn. School closings and delays throughout the region.

Plan to shift transportation burden to states seems doomed

Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) makes clear that an idea he fathered 25 years ago “didn’t work.”

Nearly half of NYC walkers ignoring ‘Don’t Walk’ signals were distracted, study finds

Put down the cell phone and pay attention, new study says.

State audit finds Md. transit agency didn’t verify Purple Line design firm payments

The findings pertain to nearly $233 million in contract payments, according to the report.

Hogan’s decision on light-rail Purple Line expected by mid-May

The Maryland governor will decide the transit proposal’s fate before bidding continues, the state says.

Local Columns

John Kelly

John Kelly

Part 3: Romance schemers harvest U.S. military photographs to create fake dating profiles.

Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

Is the nation’s capital too uptight to toke up after legalization?

Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

Yes, kids are getting chunkier. But school bake sales aren’t the problem. In fact, they can teach key lessons.

Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

“I have no one to blame but myself,” the former first lady of Virginia told the judge.

Photo Galleries

Falling snow once again made a precarious morning commute

The Washington area shovels out from yet another snow leading to closed schools and slippery streets.

A snowy Saturday for the Washington area

The cold ground was allowing snow to stick faster, making it difficult for road clearing crews to keep up.

Sentencing of Maureen McDonnell

Former first lady has been convicted of conspiring to sell the prestige of the governor’s office in exchange for loans.

The polar vortex makes a comeback

Washington-area residents prepare for more cold weather, as Friday’s temperatures promise to be extreme.

Obama chooses Joseph Clancy as new Secret Service chief

Obama has named his acting director and trusted former detail leader as the new permanent leader of the Secret Service.

Snowstorm Octavia hits Washington area

The nation’s capital clears out from another round of snow.

14 couples say ‘I do’ on Feb. 14 in D.C. court

Superior Court opens its doors on a weekend to perform weddings for the first time in decades.

Great Dane, or greatest?

A Prince William County couple’s dog will compete at the famed Westminster show.

Our Washington

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

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