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D.C. on pace for worst year on homelessness

(Michael S. Williamson / The Washington Post)

Surge in families seeking rooms on freezing nights is an early — and major — test for D.C.’s new mayor.

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Maryland open houses Jan. 31-Feb. 1

Maryland open houses Jan. 31-Feb. 1

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

Virginia open houses Jan. 31-Feb. 1

Virginia open houses Jan. 31-Feb. 1

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

D.C. open houses Jan. 31-Feb. 1

D.C. open houses Jan. 31-Feb. 1

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

Where We Live| Potomac Greens

The Va. development off the GW Parkway combines classic architecture with modern amenities.

Super Bowl XLIX: Fact or fiction

Super Bowl XLIX: Fact or fiction

Have you been paying attention to the Super Bowl XLIX news? Take our quiz to see if you can decipher what’s real and what’s not from the wild weeks leading up to the big game?

Anacostia’s potential captures attention of home buyers

Anacostia’s potential captures attention of home buyers

Prices are climbing as an increasing number of people try to get in early on what many see as a coming boom.

Man critically injured after fighting fire in his North Bethesda home

Man critically injured after fighting fire in his North Bethesda home

Authorities said the 75-year-old man used a fire extinguisher and buckets of water to try to extinguish the blaze.

Man to be sentenced in 2014 College Park hit-and-run

Liam Adepo, 30, faces up to 2 years in prison after pleading guilty in the hit-and-run death of a U-Md. student

Jude Law talks about ‘Black Sea,’ his Nazi-treasure hunting movie

Jude Law talks about ‘Black Sea,’ his Nazi-treasure hunting movie

“The script was about desperate men taking desperate measures,” he says. “That was at the heart of the film: what lengths we go to on this planet to survive.”

Jude Law, star of ‘Black Sea,’ is not aging well, but he’s never been better

Jude Law, star of ‘Black Sea,’ is not aging well, but he’s never been better

I think the fact that Law, 42, is allowing himself to get older — maybe even embracing that he’s getting older — is giving him a freedom he never got in his previous incarnations.

Update: Delays resolved on Metro’s Blue Line

Metro said normal service has resumed.

If you go: UCI Road World Championships in Richmond

What you should know about the UCI Road World Championships

The Super Bowl is small fries compared to this

The Super Bowl is small fries compared to this

World Championships of bike racing coming to the U.S. — Richmond — for first time in three decades.

Street Smart: Ivy City’s Green Hat Gin

Street Smart: Ivy City’s Green Hat Gin

A history of Ivy City told through the spotlight of New Columbia Distillers.

3 D.C. bartenders have crafted a top-shelf rental setup

3 D.C. bartenders have crafted a top-shelf rental setup

As a career bartender, Chad Spangler is the first to admit he’s not an easy person to live with. “I don’t tell people they can’t come over to my house at 3 a.m. and drink because my roommates are sleeping,” says Spangler, 25, a bartender at Chaplin’s Restaurant and Bar in Shaw. “Those words have never come out of my mouth.”

House of the Week | Former first lady’s home on Eastern Shore for $1.9M

House of the Week | Former first lady’s home on Eastern Shore for $1.9M

Frances F.C. Preston, widow of President Grover Cleveland, and her second husband used the property as a summer retreat.

Biting winds may gust up to 45 mph today. Our advice? Stay inside.

Biting winds may gust up to 45 mph today. Our advice? Stay inside.

But temperatures will hold steady in the 30s and could touch 40 degrees in some areas.

Wintry mix rapidly exits early this evening, cold and very windy Friday

Wintry mix rapidly exits early this evening, cold and very windy Friday

The blitz of mixed precipitation that quickly came and went was a harbinger of blast of cold, windy air to arrive Friday.

6-year-old sledding in driveway in critical condition after hitting car

6-year-old sledding in driveway in critical condition after hitting car

The boy was with other kids playing on the site of a vacant house in McLean.

Visitation too much for NCS

Visitation too much for NCS

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL | The collective strength of the No. 4 Cubs is enough to overcome Marta Sniezek and Isabella Alarie for a 55-48 victory.

Renovation of D.C.’s Garrison Elementary delayed again

Shifts in school renovation funding cast District projects into doubt.

Va. could begin hiring pharmacies to make lethal drugs that firms won’t sell

Va. could begin hiring pharmacies to make lethal drugs that firms won’t sell<br>

A Va. Senate panel advanced the controversial bill that would also keep pharmacies’ identities secret.

Montgomery schools chief made a case to stay on the job

Montgomery schools chief made a case to stay on the job

Contract renewal being discussed, Joshua Starr wrote a five-page memo on his accomplishments and vision.

Va. House budget writers react to revenue increase

Va. House budget writers want to give state workers a raise and to nix fee hikes in the governor’s plan.

Legislative Black Caucus criticizes Hogan’s education plan

Legislative Black Caucus criticizes Hogan’s education plan

Lawmakers say proposal would hinder efforts to address a minority achievement gap in Md. schools.

D.C.’s Bowser stands by commitment to affordable housing

Despite budget gap, D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser reiterated a promise to invest $100 million in affordable housing.

Colleen McCullough, author of ‘The Thorn Birds,’ dies at 77

Colleen McCullough, author of ‘The Thorn Birds,’ dies at 77

Ms. McCullough wrote the epic story of illicit love in the outback that became a popular TV miniseries.

Leggett: Montgomery should expect
a significant property tax increase

Leggett: Montgomery should expect <br>a significant property tax increase

The county’s executive said he’ll propose a boost this year or next to make up for funding cuts.

Atholton skates past Mustangs

Atholton skates past Mustangs

ICE HOCKEY | The No. 4 Raiders score early and shut out No. 8 Marriotts Ridge in a clash of Howard County’s top two teams.

 

Fairfax SWAT team raids high stakes Great Falls poker game, seizes cash, terrifies players

Police continue to aggressively enforce anti-gambling laws, though charges against the players are set to be dismissed.

It pays to be close to Mayor Bowser

Top mayoral aides continue to pull down big salaries in D.C.

Update: Delays resolved on Metro’s Blue Line

Metro said normal service has resumed.

Fire alarm, but no evacuation, at McPherson Square

Metro officials looked at cameras and saw no sign of smoke.

Inert grenade? Two loaded guns? Just another day at the TSA checkpoint

TSA officers seize lots of interesting items at airport checkpoints. Here are a few more entries from Atlanta.

Purple Line opponents, country club members hold Hogan fundraiser

Opponents raised money for the then governor-elect as he considered whether to continue light-rail project.

Alexandria to eliminate ‘add value’ option aboard buses

Bus riders will still be able to add value to their SmarTrip at Metro stations and other locations in Alexandria.

Maryland’s acting transit chief says he’ll keep an ‘open mind’ on Purple Line’s future

Pete Rahn tells state senators he hopes to make recommendation to governor in next 90 days.

Five of six Metro lines delayed, quickly resolved problems

The only line with no reported problems (at the moment) is the bRed Line.

Road reopens in Dupont Circle after water main break in area

Water main break at R Street NW caused traffic detours

Weekend Metro rider has hard time spotting progress

Gains from transit rebuilding program are not easy to spot when trains are few and far between.

Super Bowl rules: guacamole yes, drones no

The FAA offers this handy reminder: Drones and football don’t mix, especially at the Super Bowl.

Drivers ask about getting started with express lanes

Questions arise about E-ZPass Flex rules and the toll signs.

Local Columns

John Kelly

John Kelly

These Maryland couples haven’t missed a Super Bowl together in nearly 50 years.

Robert McCartney

Robert McCartney

Brace yourself: Despite convictions for corruption, the ex-governor and his wife could get off.

Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

Making women stay in on fraternities’ bid night is not the answer to the school’s rape problem.

Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

The Disneyland measles outbreak is the result of discredited research linking vaccines to autism.

Photo Galleries

Counting the District’s homeless population

Volunteers and public employees combed streets, alleys and parks to tally those living rough in Washington this winter.

Homegrown tastes available year-round

Paella, crepes, fruits and vegetables, popcorn and cheeses beckon at the Palisades Farmers Market in Northwest Washington.

Learning the fine art of bottling whiskey

At Purcellville distillery, spirit lovers process Roundstone Rye from cask to bottle.

Sinkhole swallows car in Bladensburg area

A 12-inch water-main break caused a residential street to give way and swallow a car in the Bladensburg area.

A prize patrol’s delivery: College acceptance

Forget fat envelopes in the mail. For some University of Maryland applicants, getting in meant getting a knock on the front door.

Annapolis mansion destroyed by fire

Owners Don and Sandra Pyle and four of their grandchildren died in the blaze.

Leesburg celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.

Nearly 1,000 people parade through the town’s historic streets to honor the slain civil rights leader.

Maryland’s inauguration day

New Gov. Larry Hogan and his lieutenant, Boyd Rutherford, are sworn in after an interfaith prayer service.

Our Washington

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

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