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D.C. police use fake robberies to lure criminals

(Obtained by The Washington Post)

Police say they’re after “bad guys,” but defense lawyers worry that suspects are talked into committing crimes.

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Police arrest man at House office building on gun charge

Police say they found a loaded 9 mm pistol in bag of South Carolina man at the Cannon House Office Building.

How a solar storm nearly destroyed life as we know it two years ago

How a solar storm nearly destroyed life as we know it two years ago

On July 23, 2012, the sun unleashed two massive clouds of plasma that barely missed a catastrophic encounter with the Earth’s atmosphere.

Prince George’s council asks voters to extend term limits

County board members would like to serve three terms, instead of two; casino vote expected later in day.

Former Redskins player sought on assault charge

Former Redskins player sought on assault charge

Fred Davis, suspended by the NFL in February, is wanted in connection with a June 2 incident in NW D.C.

Lyman’s Tavern is hosting a pinball tournament this weekend

Lyman’s Tavern is hosting a pinball tournament this weekend

The bar added Star Trek and Judge Dredd pinball machines for the next few weeks, giving it six in total.

Man pleads guilty to Arlington hospital rape

A hospital worker in Arlington County pleaded guilty Wednesday to raping a patient in the emergency department.

New CFO named for Prince George’s County schools

New CFO named for Prince George’s County schools

Colby R. White replaces Thomas Sheeran, who recently resigned.

Six charged with first-degree murder in Suitland stabbing

Police say five young men and a teen girl have admitted some involvement in the death of Amos Jones.

Tours, open houses and family events celebrate the War of 1812

Tours, open houses and family events celebrate the War of 1812

Local historic sites want to “Muster the Militias” this weekend.

Conflict based graffiti, then a conflict in the train car

Conflict based graffiti, then a conflict in the train car

An argument I witnessed on the train this morning had me thinking about the rigors of hauling people around on Metro every day.

U.S. leads in number of people who think climate change is no big deal

U.S. leads in number of people who think climate change is no big deal

In a poll released this week, the U.S. came in last in number of people who agree that climate change is a disaster waiting to happen.

Future Islands to headline Union Market’s second music festival

Future Islands to headline Union Market’s second music festival

September’s inaugural “Fall Classic” will feature Future Islands, Tove Lo, HAERTS, Bear Hands and more.

DC Youth Slam Team brings home world championship

Contest attracted 55 teams and more than 500 poets

Alexandria and Arlington crime report

Among incidents reported by police in Alexandria and Arlington.

Ex-D.C. judge admits to ethics violations, is fined $20,000

Mary Oates Walker faced 17 counts of wrongdoing to alleged contract steering and conflicts of interest.

Arlington and Alexandria volunteer opportunities

Best Kids, Borromeo Housing, Alive, American Red Cross, Greenbrier Learning Center.

Alexandria and Arlington home sales

Residential real estate transactions in Arlington County and Alexandria.

Alexandria-Arlington community events, July 24-31, 2014

English country dancing, War of 1812, stories at the museum, science behind Harry Potter.

Heavy storms possible this evening; widespread severe storms unlikely

Heavy storms possible this evening; widespread severe storms unlikely

A cold front sliding will likely trigger thunderstorms this evening. The most likely timing for the storms is between 5 and 10 p.m. from west to east.

A compromise on extended school days?

The results from one school’s extended-day experiment may point to success in D.C.

Dominion seeks Md. approval to move ahead with Calvert LNG facility

Environmentalists are expected to oppose its request Wednesday for a wetlands license.

Alexandria boat club accepts deal to move from King Street

Alexandria boat club accepts deal to move from King Street

More than 80 percent of members agree to end decades-old fight by taking $5 million to move.

Police arrest man in abduction of child at Metro station

Police arrest man in abduction of child at Metro station

Police say suspect took his daughter from her mother at Southern Avenue station in Hillcrest Heights.

Glenn Beck’s theatrical attack on Common Core

Glenn Beck’s theatrical attack on Common Core

Conservative media star leads simulcast strategy session to kill the national academic standards.

K Street continues modest recovery

The District’s 10 largest lobby firms saw revenue creep up less than 1 percent during first half of 2014

God-like face emerges in England sunset

God-like face emerges in England sunset

Along the east coast of England in the county of Norfolk, a middle-aged man photographed an arrangement of clouds that took on the appearance of a God-like man.

Loudoun County and Fauquier County home sales

Listings of homes sold recently in Loudoun and Fauquier counties.

Loudoun County crime report

Reports from the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and the Leesburg, Middleburg and Purcellville police.

Loudoun County community calendar, July 24-31, 2014

Events include the Loudoun County Fair, knitting, birding, outdoor family movies and senior line dancing.

VDOT places traffic barrels on I-395 after restriping causes commuter confusion

Jennifer McCord, a department spokeswoman, said a VDOT contractor had not finished restriping 1,000 feet of the edge of the left lane near Seminary Road on the highway.

 

P.Wm. prosecutors say they won’t use, seek explicit photos in Manassas City ‘sexting’ case

Photos taken of the teen last month will not be used, and a new search warrant will not be served, prosecutors said.

Effective policing or entrapment?

D.C. police and prosecutors have found an effective, if questionable new way to get armed robbers off the streets.

VDOT places traffic barrels on I-395 after restriping causes commuter confusion

Jennifer McCord, a department spokeswoman, said a VDOT contractor had not finished restriping 1,000 feet of the edge of the left lane near Seminary Road on the highway.

A guide for using the Metrorail guide

Metrorail is in the midst of dramatic changes in its operating schedule. Riders need to research them.

Half-smoke fans rejoice -- Ben’s Chili Bowl arrives at Reagan National

The restaurant’s debut is part of an ambitious effort by officials to remake the airports’ dining and retail options.

Fairfax County leader adds her Silver Line sales pitch

As opening day nears, county wants travelers to make the most of big investment in transit.

Washington’s most dangerous intersections

Check out our map to see where the most crashes occurred from 2010 to 2012.

8 facts about D.C. traffic accidents

Researchers working for DDOT analyzed just about every aspect of the District’s traffic accidents from 2010 through 2012.

Fatal accident in Fort Washington closes roads

One person died in the two-car collision.

Malaysia Air black boxes may not reveal much

Airplane-crash investigators say tiny holes in the wreckage could confirm a missile did the damage.

U.S. airlines prohibited from flying to or from Tel Aviv

The ban comes after Delta diverted a flight to Paris, citing a report of a rocket near the Israeli airport.

86 Metro stations in a single day

What did Mark Kawar do on his day off? He rode Metro -- all day and all night long.

Overturned tractor-trailer spawns delays on I-95 in Howard County

Police said crews are working to clean up the crash, but as of 7 a.m. traffic was still backed up on the highway.

Update: Delays on Metro’s Yellow Line resolved

Metro said residual delays to Mount Vernon Square station on the line because of an earlier train malfunction were resolved.

Construction starts on D.C. shipping-container apartments

The boxy three-story unit being built near Catholic U. is a test for lower-cost, faster-moving construction.

Local Columns

John Kelly

John Kelly

When it comes to feeding the birds, humans of a feather flock together.

Courtland Milloy

Courtland Milloy

Compassion and acts of kindness are flowing in Piscataway Hills.

Clinton Yates

The nonprofit L’Enfant Trust has renovated an abandoned house that was a former crack den.

Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

COLUMN | Lawmakers could have helped some of the thousands who flock annually to the Wise County Fairgrounds for health care. But instead they blocked, bickered and weaseled until the state forfeited billions in Medicaid expansion funds.

Photo Galleries

Honors for the defiant POW

Before he was a rear admiral and senator, Jeremiah A. Denton Jr. was a prisoner who wouldn’t give up.

Robert E. Lee mansion renovation plan gets a boost

Philanthropist David M. Rubenstein is donating more than $12 million to restore the property.

Washington kids go to ‘Farm Camp’

At Woodlawn Plantation in Alexandria, Va., kids learn about where their food comes from, healthy eating, cooking and bugs.

No easy ride

Americans participated in the Brompton National Championships folding bike race for a chance to win a trip to England.

Saying goodbye to a Prince George’s leader

Mourners pay their respects to Wayne K. Curry, the first black Prince George’s County executive.

Stolen grave markers returned

Volunteers canvassed the grounds of Congressional Cemetery to match up stolen memorial items to their original monuments.

He grew up never knowing his mother

The day Tyshon Williams was born was the same day that his mother died. Now 19, he is graduating from high school.

Celebrating the Fourth of July

Washington is full of red, white and blue as Americans celebrate Independence Day.

Our Washington

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

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