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Police make arrest in fatal stabbing
of lawyer at District hotel

HANDOUT PHOTO: David Messerschmitt, 30. (Courtesy of Metropolitan Police Department)

David Messerschmitt, an intellectual property lawyer at DLA Piper, was found dead at the Donovan Hotel.

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    Bi-County Parkway foes optimistic that state letter means project is dead

    Bi-County Parkway foes optimistic that state letter means project is dead

    Transportation officials say speculation concerning the Loudoun-Pr. William road is premature.

    Prince George’s County home sales

    A list of residential real estate transactions in Prince George’s County.

    Prince George’s County crime report

    Among incidents reported by police in Prince George’s County, Greenbelt, Hyattsville and Laurel.

    Going Out Guide, April 2-8, 2015

    Going Out Guide, April 2-8, 2015

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

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    The nose knows: A Silver Spring apartment complex invests in scents

    What’s that smell? The latest way stores, hotels and apartments are branding themselves.

    Opposition to federal recognition of Virginia tribe heats up

    Opposition to federal recognition of Virginia tribe heats up

    The Pamunkey Indians’ bid came under a fresh wave of attacks before U.S. delayed its decision until July.

    Del. Ana Sol Gutierrez looking at race for Van Hollen House seat

    Del. Ana  Sol Gutierrez looking at race for Van Hollen House seat

    The Montgomery delegate is the latest possible entrant into crowded race for District 8 Congressional seat.

    Cool tonight and warm tomorrow; Spring wildfires burning across the U.S.

    Cool tonight and warm tomorrow; Spring wildfires burning across the U.S.

    Today was a little cooler than normal, but it’s doubtful there were many complaints. We warm up more on Thursday.

    Judge dismisses felony indictment against Virginia’s Joe Morrissey

    Judge dismisses felony indictment against Virginia’s Joe Morrissey

    The decision is the latest twist in the politician’s long history of legal skirmishes.

    John H. Makin, influential economist at AEI, dies at 71

    John H. Makin, influential economist at AEI, dies at 71

    Mr. Makin was a University of Chicago-trained economist and an authority on free enterprise.

    Hogan rejects Democratic request for ban on state-funded travel to Indiana

    Hogan rejects Democratic request for ban on state-funded travel to Indiana

    A gay Maryland state senator sought the prohibition, but the Republican governor quickly said no.

    Rep. Chris Van Hollen raised more than $1 million in 1st quarter of 2015

    Rep. Chris Van Hollen raised more than $1 million in 1st quarter of 2015

    The Maryland Democrat is gathering cash for his campaign to succeed retiring U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski.

    California snowpack fades to shocking record low

    California snowpack fades to shocking record low

    As of the end of March, the snowpack is a startling 6 percent of normal, by far the lowest on record.

    Dump truck rear-ends Metrobus in Silver Spring

    Dump truck rear-ends Metrobus in Silver Spring

    Authorities said 10 people were hurt, but their injuries were not life-threatening.

    Pleasant Pops to open a second location at 15th and H Streets NW

    Pleasant Pops to open a second location at 15th and H Streets NW

    Pleasant Pops is expanding with a second location in downtown D.C. The new space will be slightly smaller than the shop in Adams Morgan, though considerably larger than the ice pop cart from which the company was born.

    Yorktown boys’ lacrosse scores historic upset; Paul VI is loaded

    Yorktown boys’ lacrosse scores historic upset; Paul VI is loaded

    BOYS’ LACROSSE | The Patriots became the first Arlington County team to knock off perennial power Robinson; Paul VI has the talent, and the experience, to break through.

    Authorities arrest man wanted in connection with Dumfries drive-by shooting

    Authorities arrest man wanted in connection with Dumfries drive-by shooting

    U.S. Marshals’ Fugitive Task Force captured Andre Vaunquez Perry in Norfolk.

    National Zoo plays April Fools’ joke

    The zoo put up a webcam link for one animal that doesn’t seem well suited to constant camera coverage — a sloth.

    Anne Arundel County and Howard County home sales

    Listings of homes sold recently in Anne Arundel and Howard counties.

    Looking for half-priced craft beer? Try these six happy hours.

    Looking for half-priced craft beer? Try these six happy hours.

    Why settle for a bar offering $1 off when you can get two craft beers for the price of one?

    Sleepy skies: March delivers lowest tornado activity in decades

    Sleepy skies: March delivers lowest tornado activity in decades

    The average number of tornadoes at this point in the season in the U.S. is 226, but this year so far we’ve only seen 37.

    Alexandria and Arlington home sales

    Listings of homes sold recently in Alexandria and Arlington.

    Alexandria-Arlington community calendar, April 2-8, 2015

    Help with filing taxes, community college registration, gardening Q&A, performance by 10,000 Maniacs.

    Alexandria and Arlington crime report

    Among incidents reported by police in Alexandria and Arlington.

    Five Capital Weather Gang readers correctly forecast winter snow amount of 18.3 inches

    Five Capital Weather Gang readers correctly forecast winter snow amount of 18.3 inches

    Reagan National Airport officially logged 18.3 inches of snow this winter and, amazingly, five Capital Weather Gang reader predicted it on the nose.

    Have you made Easter brunch plans yet? No? Time to get on that.

    Have you made Easter brunch plans yet? No? Time to get on that.

    Don’t worry if you’ve procrastinated. There are still plenty of good choices.

    Cheer up! Our traffic’s only the 74th-worst in the world

    Cheer up! Our traffic’s only the 74th-worst in the world

    Aren’t you glad you don’t drive to work in Istanbul every morning?

    Mayor Bowser to push ahead with streetcars

    The mayor promises streetcars from Georgetown to Ward 7.

    Cynthia Lennon, first wife of Beatle John Lennon, dies at 75

    Cynthia Lennon, first wife of Beatle John Lennon, dies at 75

    Ms. Lennon was married to the Beatle in the 1960s and was the mother of singer Julian Lennon.

    Revamped Centreville girls’ soccer roster aims to maintain momentum

    Revamped Centreville girls’ soccer roster aims to maintain momentum

    GIRLS’ SOCCER | A year after making a surprise run to the Virginia 6A final, the Wildcats are still rolling, despite the loss of several key players.

     

    Va. governor amends license plate reader bill, angers legislators

    A bill limiting the time police could keep data from license plate readers passed overwhelmingly, McAuliffe moves to extend the time.

    Senate’s top Dems all agree: Chuck Schumer should be next party leader

    Potential opponents, including Sens. Patty Murray and Richard Durbin, have endorsed Schumer for the role.

    Bi-County Parkway foes optimistic that state letter means project is dead

    Transportation officials say speculation concerning the Loudoun-Pr. William road is premature.

    Dump truck rear-ends Metrobus in Silver Spring

    Authorities said 10 people were hurt, but their injuries were not life-threatening.

    What Bowser’s SOTD said (and didn’t) about Metro, streetcars and transit

    In her first State of the District address, Mayor Muriel Bowser promised to get the long delayed streetcar system running, talked about extending transit benefits to D.C. students, and investing in the Metropolitan Branch trail system.

    Highway crews spring forward into road work season

    Drivers, just recovering from winter commuting, will encounter some new, man-made delays.

    Rider stabbed by group of people on Baltimore Light Rail

    The victim has been released from the hospital.

    With 61,000 bridges needing repair, states await action on Capitol Hill

    Data show a slight decline in decrepit bridges. Some states raise taxes in the face of uncertain federal funding.

    Morning delays on the Blue Line

    Trains are single-tracking at the southern end of the Blue Line.

    Georgetown Pike reopens after head-on collision

    At least one person was transported to a hospital.

    National? Reagan? DCA? 17 years later, locals still can’t agree on airport name.

    Though it became Ronald Reagan National Airport in 1998, many — especially Democrats — won’t call it that.

    County, state officials differ over future of the Bi-County Parkway

    Some legislators say the roadway project is dead, but state officials say no decision has been made.

    Final Wilson Bridge reconstruction comes in $86 million under budget

    Project is now used as national model for “lessons learned” in successful project management.

    Learn about the proposed Potomac Yard Metro station

    Alexandria is offering several opportunities in the next month where residents can learn more about the proposed infill Metro station. A public hearing is scheduled for late April.

    Roads around Inova Fairfax Hospital closed after prisoner escapes

    Roads around Inova Fairfax Hospital closed because of escaped prisoner who is armed

    Local Columns

    John Kelly

    John Kelly

    What’s that smell? The latest way stores, hotels and apartments are branding themselves.

    Petula Dvorak

    Petula Dvorak

    COLUMN | We have, at long last, scientific proof that more of mom isn’t necessarily better.

    Petula Dvorak

    Petula Dvorak

    Zakiya James is studying civil engineering at Drexel University.

    Courtland Milloy

    Courtland Milloy

    He asked “How could this happen?” as he was violently arrested. But he needed to have known before then.

    Photo Galleries

    Re-creating the Capitol dome’s ornaments

    At a foundry in Utah, 2,500-degree liquid metal is cast into replacements for the dome’s damaged and missing decorations.

    Prisoner arrested after fleeing Fairfax hospital

    Wossen Assaye allegedly overpowered a guard and carjacked two vehicles to make his escape. He was captured in the District.

    1 person fatally shot after car rams gate at NSA

    Officers at the agency’s headquarters in Maryland fired on the two people in the vehicle. At least one other person was injured.

    Library of Congress gets trove of Civil War photos

    Texas grandmother and collector Robin Stanford has gathered rare stereo photos of war and slavery for 40 years.

    Liftoff for Blossom Kite Festival on the Mall

    The event is part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

    Silver Spring hosts flip for Danish gymnasts

    The performance team is welcomed with open arms during a stop that’s part of a 10-month world tour.

    Andean bear cubs romp at National Zoo

    The brother bears get ready to meet the public.

    A Virginia tribe seeks federal recognition amid casino fears

    The bid by the Pamunkey — the tribe of Pocahontas — is opposed by MGM and 11 black lawmakers.

    Our Washington

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

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