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D.C. Council gives final approval to soccer stadium deal

(Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP)

The city authorizes nearly $140 million for the 20,000-seat Major League Soccer venue.

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    Amid jubilation, Alan Gross is released from Cuba

    Amid jubilation, Alan Gross is released from Cuba

    The Maryland man has been in increasingly poor health since his arrest on espionage charges in 2009.

    U-Va. to release sex-assault review after completion

    “We stand ready to take decisive action based on what we learn,’’ university’s rector says.

    ‘It’s hard to say goodbye’: Gray bids farewell

    ‘It’s hard to say goodbye’: Gray bids farewell

    The D.C. mayor’s closing remarks come after a whirlwind of recent unveilings and ribbon cuttings.

    Md. lieutenant governor to share staff with Hogan

    ALSO: Md. carjacking suspect is caught after chase; Five deaths in Maryland linked to cold weather.

    Franz M. Oppenheimer, Margaret F. Oppenheimer

    Franz M. Oppenheimer, Margaret F. Oppenheimer

    The German-born lawyer and his wife, a teacher, died at 95 and 93.

    McAuliffe budget would boost job fund, teacher pensions

    McAuliffe budget would boost job fund, teacher pensions

    Despite a crippling budget crunch, Virginia’s governor offered big plans, including Medicaid expansion.

    Principal at Va. charter school could get provisional license

    Barbara Smith, who got credentials in Canada, has operated Middleburg Community Charter since August.

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    Vincent Gray bids farewell as mayor of D.C.

    Vincent Gray bids farewell as mayor of D.C.

    "I have given it my all, best I could do, every single day," Vincent Gray said during his farewell address as mayor of D.C. on Wednesday.

    New chancellor named for Maryland public universities

    Robert L. Caret will take over in July as chancellor of the University System of Maryland.

    Norman Bridwell, creator of Clifford the Big Red Dog, dies

    Norman Bridwell, creator of Clifford the Big Red Dog, dies

    Clifford, the clumsy, lovable canine, helped teach millions of youngsters how to face the world.

    5 Marylanders dead of cold-related causes, first of season

    Temperatures dipped to just below freezing during the week. Four men and one woman died.

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    D.C. leaders pursue Olympics without giving residents a chance to weigh in

    COLUMN | It’s troubling that local officials can push a city to host the Olympics without public debate.

    Arlington poised to close arts center in Rosslyn after years of losses

    Arlington poised to close arts center in Rosslyn after years of losses

    Shutting down the Artisphere venue would save $2.5 million a year, according to the county manager.

    Chocolate City Brewing Company to close Dec. 31

    Chocolate City Brewing Company to close Dec. 31

    Silver lining: A new bar from the owners of Wonderland is planned for the space above the brewery.

    Montgomery County freezes most hiring and purchasing

    Montgomery County freezes most hiring and purchasing

    Freeze applies to remainder of fiscal year to try to offset an estimated $179 million budget shortfall.

    Gov.-elect Hogan names four members of his Cabinet

    Gov.-elect Hogan names four members of his Cabinet

    Hogan picked James D. Fielder as his secretary of appointments and kept around an O’Malley Cabinet member.

    D.C. primary date to remain a moving target

    D.C. primary date to remain a moving target

    To avoid a repeat of this year’s dismal turnout, council approves votes in June and Sept. over next four years.

    Carjacker steals taxi, leads police on 40-mile chase

    Suitland resident Chauncey W. Slaughter, 24, suffered injuries when he was arrested on the Bay Bridge.

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    ‘Everything I do is because I want to be the best parent’

    ‘Everything I do is because I want to be the best parent’

    Homestretch provided a helping hand and a place to live for a mom on hard times. You can help, too.

    Sen. Kaine tours site of catastrophic rocket explosion

    The Virginia Democrat remained committed to private space industry after the recent mission’s failure.

    Alexandria and Arlington crime report

    Among incidents reported by police in Alexandria and Arlington.

    Going Out Guide, Dec. 18-24, 2014

    Going Out Guide, Dec. 18-24, 2014

    What’s happening in Prince George’s County and Southern Maryland.

    Letters from a Cuban prison: Alan Gross’s hope and humor

    His health was failing, but in missives to a cousin Alan Gross maintained his wit and sense of gratitude.

    Arlington-Alexandria volunteer opportunities

    Community Tax Aid, Rebuilding Together Alexandria and other groups needs volunteers.

    Alexandria-Arlington community events, Dec. 18-31, 2014

    Christmas markets and events, concerts, menorah lighting and First Night Alexandria.

    Bowser, Chaffetz agree: Olympics would be great for D.C.

    Bowser, Chaffetz agree: Olympics would be great for D.C.

    Utah Republican says he will press Congress to help fund games if Washington is selected for U.S. bid.

    Do-not-drink advisory for water in small area of District

    Do-not-drink advisory for water in small area of District

    Petroleum smell reported in a zone roughly between Q and S streets NW and 8th and 13th; testing continues.

    Nightlife Agenda: Bar crawls, charity happy hours and ugly sweaters

    Nightlife Agenda: Bar crawls, charity happy hours and ugly sweaters

    Bar crawls on U Street and around Dupont Circle, and multiple ugly holiday sweater parties.

    Largo High students perform at the Kennedy Center

    Largo High students perform at the Kennedy Center

    Students offer their spin on a Christmas classic: “A Christmas Story as told by Largo High School.”

    Cooler, mostly clear through Thursday; Arctic warming twice as fast as anywhere else

    Cooler, mostly clear through Thursday; Arctic warming twice as fast as anywhere else

    Winds were gusty today, but temperatures in the 50s felt mild. After a frozen overnight, we’re about 10 degrees colder tomorrow.

     

    Grassley now seeks answers from Fairfax prosecutor on John Geer police slaying

    After getting little new information from Fairfax police or the Justice Department, Grassley asks why the case moved to the feds.

    #BlackLivesMatter at the John A. Wilson Building

    City hall staffers walk out to protest grand jury decisions, congressional intervention in marijuana law.

    Drive a cab? Hollywood wants to make you a star!

    Better hurry. Auditions will be held via Skype Wednesday and Thursday.

    Road closed in Arlington for water main repair

    The westbound lanes of Four Mile Run Drive are closed.

    It didn’t take politicians to kill idea of closing I-395

    The amount of study needed to shut the commuter artery rendered the proposal impractical.

    D.C. plans experiment for downtown parking

    The pilot program, set for 2015, targets the busy Gallery Place, Chinatown, Penn Quarter area.

    AAA: 98.6 million plan holiday travel

    With the economy looking up and gas prices down, more people plan December travel.

    Water main break closes part of 15th Street NW in DC

    Water main break has part of 15th Street NW near R Street closed. Drivers should avoid the area.

    Traffic backups at 3rd Street tunnel in D.C. because of overturned vehicle

    Three to four mile backups because of overturned vehicle at 3rd Street tunnel

    Crews fixed broken water pipe, 12th Street NW reopens

    A water main break caused havoc in Tuesday morning’s commute and forced Metro to cut some of its service on three lines

    61-year-old pipe blamed for snarled commute

    Flooding from the underground water main, young by D.C. standards, caused havoc for thousands on Metro.

    From the war on terrorism to a tranquil college campus

    TSA chief John S. Pistole leaves a job he loves for a setting he adores.

    Md. ethics law doesn’t cover Hogan transition team member, panel says

    But the state ethics panel says the governor-elect should consider limiting a Purple Line bidder’s role.

    Arts group signs lease for Dupont Circle trolley station

    Abandoned trolley station will be revamped to host cultural events, nonprofit group says.

    So that’s what a Metro station looks like when it floods

    A water main break near Metro Center caused floods in stations.

    Local Columns

    John Kelly

    John Kelly

    Homestretch provided a helping hand and a place to live for a mom on hard times. You can help, too.

    Robert McCartney

    Robert McCartney

    COLUMN | It’s troubling that local officials can push a city to host the Olympics without public debate.

    Petula Dvorak

    Petula Dvorak

    Del. Joseph D. Morrissey needs to take pity on Virginia voters and resign.

    Robert McCartney

    Robert McCartney

    The governor-elect sticks to a hard line on the need for lower taxes and less government.

    Photo Galleries

    Candles for justice

    Friday’s candlelight vigil on 16th Street NW protested grand juries not indicting white police officers who killed unarmed black men.

    Rejoicing in their roles, if only for the holidays

    Holiday shows give talented locals their chance to shine.

    Succeeding despite setbacks

    Even as her home life imploded, Sareana Kimia continued her work, going to meetings, testifying, working and networking.

    D.C. mourns its ‘mayor for life’

    A public farewell for Marion Barry was held Saturday at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

    Washington takes to the streets to mourn Barry

    The community residents who knew the former mayor pay their respects during a funeral procession.

    Marion Barry lies in repose

    The four-term D.C. mayor died Nov. 23 at 78. The public can pay their respects all day Thursday and Friday morning.

    Local Ferguson protests

    People formed a chain across I-395 on Sunday, and a die-in was staged in front of the Justice Dept. on Monday.

    Marion Barry’s legacy

    Washington reflects the late mayor’s flourishes and failures.

    Our Washington

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

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