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Metro’s Silver Line ‘is ready for its close-up’

The Spring Hill Station in Vienna, Va. (Jahi Chikwendiu/Post)

After several days of strenuous tests, and no major glitches, the new rail route — which connects the Dulles corridor — will welcome passengers Saturday.

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Kastles advance to WTT final

Kastles advance to WTT final

Bobby Reynolds sparks the Kastles past visiting Philadelphia and into Sunday’s WTT finals on the night he announces he will retire at the end of the season.

Fairfax County low-income housing plan likely to be tabled

Some homeowners groups opposed the plan for higher-density housing with smaller units.

Mistrial in case of D.C. officer accused of trying to kill wife

Samson E. Lawrence III, 46, tried to kill his wife with a metal lamp, state prosecutors say.

Prince George’s holds closed-door meeting with residents

Prince George’s holds closed-door meeting with residents

Fort Washington residents affected by a landslide met with county officials about how to save their homes.

Rep. Harris leaves staff hanging, makes no friends with his D.C. ‘constituents’

Rep. Harris leaves staff hanging, makes no friends with his D.C. ‘constituents’

The Maryland Eastern Shore Congressman had a chance to face the people he claims to look out for. He passed.

Gov. O’Malley on heroin deaths: ‘It’s getting worse’

Gov. O’Malley on heroin deaths: ‘It’s getting worse’

He calls for action, saying that drug overdose deaths in Maryland rose 33 percent in the first quarter.

At the Charlotte Hotel, inspiration doesn’t sleep

At the Charlotte Hotel, inspiration doesn’t sleep

A couple renovated a 1907 hotel in the shore town of Onancock, Va., imbuing it with a passion for life.

Bus riders talk, plan, and grumble about the Silver Line

Bus riders talk, plan, and grumble about the Silver Line

With the opening of Metro’s new rail line come widespread changes to bus service in Fairfax County

Police: Man who bragged on Facebook about dodging cops gets caught

Police: Man who bragged on Facebook about dodging cops gets caught

Authorities: Man featured in police department’s Facebook page posts comment: ‘Y’all will never catch me...’

Ex-Va. doctor indicted on charges of running ‘pill mill’

Hundreds of patients were given excessive prescriptions for addictive medications, and one person died.

Five in D.C. cited under new marijuana law

Five in D.C. cited under new marijuana law

Possessing one ounce or less of the drug is now a civil fine, not a criminal offense

Man arrested on gun charge at Cannon Building released

Suspect is from South Carolina and is president of a turkey farm. He also is incoming head of pork lobby group

Rain exits and skies clear tonight; comfortable sunshine Friday

Rain exits and skies clear tonight; comfortable sunshine Friday

D.C.’s rain-free luck will continue on Friday as skies clear.

Protesters press Md. congressman to address local D.C. complaints

Protesters press Md. congressman to address local D.C. complaints

Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) intervened in city marijuana law; activists wonder if he wants to take up potholes next.

Yep, that Old Bay fried chicken sandwich is as good as it looks

Yep, that Old Bay fried chicken sandwich is as good as it looks

The sandwich sold out within an hour in its first day on the menu at Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken.

Ex-Redskins Davis surrenders on D.C. assault warrant

Ex-Redskins Davis surrenders on D.C. assault warrant

The former player is accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend at an Adams Morgan diner.

Md. Democrats file complaint targeting GOP nominee

Md. Democrats file complaint targeting GOP nominee

The state party said Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan had broken election law.

September in July: Big cold front to bring stellar summer next week

September in July: Big cold front to bring stellar summer next week

Following in the footsteps of the record-setting cool air mass in mid-July, a second blast of air with polar origins will invade the eastern U.S. to close July.

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Metro passengers dance in Silver Line ad

Metro passengers dance in Silver Line ad

Silver Line passengers dance their commute away in Metro Forward's advertisement for the Silver Line.

Balancing act keeps Phish jamming

Balancing act keeps Phish jamming

Consumed with family and solo projects, the famed act hits the road when the music moves them.

Bug derecho caught on radar

Bug derecho caught on radar

Every year, Mayflies rise like zombies from the Mississippi River, covering everything that doesn’t move in a bug blanket.

The battle of the Silver Line videos -- Metro vs. Express

Which do you like better -- Metro’s newest Silver Line spot or the Express’ Silver Line song?

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WMATA Silver Line song

WMATA Silver Line song

Washington Post Express reporter Sadie Dingfelder compiled all the complaints she heard about WMATA's new Silver Line into one tune.

Cool off with a boozy summer slushy at Eat the Rich

Cool off with a boozy summer slushy at Eat the Rich

The new menu of frozen cocktails takes slushies upscale with seasonal fruits and herbs.

Billy Joel at Nationals Park FAQ

Billy Joel at Nationals Park FAQ

Seeing the Piano Man at the ballpark? Here’s how to get there, where to eat and what not to bring.

Alexandria man accused of sexual assault at drugstore

Police say suspect reportedly tried to remove the underwear of a woman in an Alexandria store.

McAuliffe’s statement on Eastern Shore tornado

McAuliffe released the following statement in response to a deadly tornado on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

Wild summer skies from Montana to Maine (PHOTOS)

Wild summer skies from Montana to Maine (PHOTOS)

Dramatic cloud forms, vivid lightning, roping waterspouts, and vibrant rainbows put on a show over the U.S. Wednesday.

Poll: Warner maintains lead over Gillespie in Senate race

Poll: Warner maintains lead over Gillespie in Senate race

Mark Warner enjoys big lead over Ed Gillespie in early stages of U.S. Senate race in Virginia

What’s so ‘new’ about the Silver Line?

What’s so ‘new’ about the Silver Line?

Will there be delays and breakdowns? Sure.

 

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.

D.C. gets Trumped once again

Some D.C. politicos just can’t get close enough to Donald Trump.

Metro’s Silver Line ‘is ready for its close-up’

After several days of strenuous tests, and no major glitches, the new rail route — which connects the Dulles corridor — will welcome passengers Saturday.

What N.Va. bus riders need to know about the Silver Line

Many bus routes will change. New service will start. Air travelers will have more options to get to Dulles.

Bus riders talk, plan, and grumble about the Silver Line

With the opening of Metro’s new rail line come widespread changes to bus service in Fairfax County

The battle of the Silver Line videos -- Metro vs. Express

Which do you like better -- Metro’s newest Silver Line spot or the Express’ Silver Line song?

What’s so ‘new’ about the Silver Line?

Will there be delays and breakdowns? Sure.

Washington Flyer transition plan to Silver Line

Washington Flyer transitions to Silver Line Express and moves service to Silver Line Saturday July 26

Guest list for Silver Line opening includes a who’s who of Virginia politics

Dozens of VIPs including the U.S Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx are expected to attend opening ceremonies for the Silver Line.

Bethesda, Rockville among ‘snobbiest’ small cities in U.S.

Montgomery County communities’ wealth, education push them onto America’s “snooty little cities” list

Silver Line nears the end of its beginning

Long fights over track elevation and the threat of money drying up nearly killed the project, opening Saturday.

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.

Local Columns

John Kelly

John Kelly

Generous readers push us toward our Moss Hollow goal. Plus: a Smart Car helps out in a tight parking spot.

Robert McCartney

Robert McCartney

Governor told religious leaders Maryland should be willing to shelter up to 1,880 young migrants.

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.

Photo Galleries

Two dead after tornado strikes Va. campground

Two people are confirmed dead at the site near Cape Charles on the Delmarva Peninsula, authorities said.

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.

Our Washington

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

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