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Prosecution rests case in McDonnell corruption trial

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Follow our liveblog on Day 24 of the corruption trial of former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell.

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Smoking restrictions planned for Ocean City

Officials vote to draft law to regulate tobacco use on the beach and boardwalk beginning in May.

Charter school wants to get rid of recess to shorten day

Parents oppose the move at a Prince George’s middle school, saying kids should have downtime to socialize.

Horse farm is hole in development’s doughnut

Horse farm is hole in development’s doughnut

Land around a Maryland horse farm is open now, but potential development surrounds the stables

Promoter of cabaret-style entertainment in D.C.

Promoter of cabaret-style entertainment in D.C.

Terri Allen, 63, was the founder and later executive director of the D.C. Cabaret Network.

Roommate held in death of man who was stuffed into bags

Roommate held in death of man who was stuffed into bags

Santos Leonel Mejia-Yanes, 32, charged in slaying of Laurel man; warrant issued for second suspect.

Fence fight could affect residents along Purple Line route

A Montgomery judge will consider who owns land along trail between Bethesda and Silver Spring.

Ex-D.C. council candidate sentenced for campaign fraud

“My campaign was not a fraud. Jeff Thompson was a fraud,” Jeff Smith says in court.

Humidity stays low for one more day; Pollen counts are high

Humidity stays low for one more day; Pollen counts are high

Friday should be similar to Thursday, though not as breezy. One more day before the heat and humidity creep in for the holiday weekend.

Maryland reports first West Nile virus case of 2014

Maryland reports first West Nile virus case of 2014

In 2013, 16 people were infected in the state. Summer is mosquito season.

With public financing, Hogan has more cash than Brown

With public financing, Hogan has more cash than Brown

The Maryland Republican reports more money in the bank than his Democratic opponent — for now.

Labor Day weekend Metro service

Labor Day weekend Metro service

Major Metro track work will affect several rail lines over the Labor Day weekend. Trains will operate on a weekend or adjusted schedule on Labor Day.

Oklahoma loses, Indiana wins federal education waiver

Oklahoma loses, Indiana wins federal education waiver

Okla. governor blasts Education Department as coercive; feds say state isn’t preparing students.

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray plans return trip to China

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray plans return trip to China

The reprise of his successful 2012 trade mission will last 10 days and include Beijing and Shanghai.

Incredible, close-range lightning strike caught on video

Incredible, close-range lightning strike caught on video

Lightning strikes unexpectedly as a videographer films a peaceful rainbow scene.

U-Va. says most staff must disclose sex assault reports

U-Va. says most staff must disclose sex assault reports

Most employees at University of Virginia will not be allowed to keep reports from students confidential.

The importance of cycletracks in one word

Keeping bicycles safe from cars is a good idea.

Dog, shot by owner, now has its day: New home with vet

Dog, shot by owner, now has its day: New home with vet

Ruby, a 9-month-old boxer mix, was shot in the face and is now recovering.

Should you believe winter forecasts issued in August? Probably not.

Should you believe winter forecasts issued in August? Probably not.

Because so much in the atmosphere can change between the summer and late fall, we don’t think issuing winter forecasts in the summer is a good idea.

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House of the Week | McLean chateau for $12.9 million

House of the Week | McLean chateau for $12.9 million

Belle Demeure, or Beautiful House, was inspired by Chateau de Chambord in France’s Loire Valley.

Sandy Wilson, composer of ‘The Boy Friend,’ dies at 90

Sandy Wilson, composer of ‘The Boy Friend,’ dies at 90

Mr. Wilson’s show, a pastiche of 1920s musicals, launched Julie Andrews as a stage star in 1954.

Brown and Hogan agree to Washington area debate

Brown and Hogan agree to Washington area debate

The Washington Post is a co-host of the face-off between the two candidates for Maryland governor.

Maryland fans, these are the college football bars to avoid this fall

Maryland fans, these are the college football bars to avoid this fall

Want to stay away from people in Sparty T-shirts or doing the “O-H-I-O” cheer? These are the bars to skip on Saturdays.

Prince George’s County crime report

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

Prince George’s and Southern Maryland Going Out Guide

A list of events in Prince George’s County and Southern Maryland for Aug. 28-Sept. 3, 2014

Police seek man in connection with Gainesville assault

Authorities said an unidentified man assaulted a 19-year-old woman after pushing her down an embankment.

Weather’s dark side can’t subdue the human spirit

Weather’s dark side can’t subdue the human spirit

The Post tells dreadfully sad, but deeply moving stories of how local families have dealt with loss after deadly storms.

9 things to do in the D.C. area this Labor Day weekend

9 things to do in the D.C. area this Labor Day weekend

The National Book Festival heads inside, and summertime favorites Jazz in the Garden and the Backyard Barbecue wrap up.

Give the Corcoran a ‘farewell hug’ on Saturday

Give the Corcoran a ‘farewell hug’ on Saturday

Say an early goodbye to the museum this weekend.

Fairfax schools chief Garza gets drenched for charity

Fairfax schools chief Garza gets drenched for charity

Fairfax schools chief Karen Garza is among the latest to take part in the viral ALS ice bucket challenge.

Prince George’s charter school wants to get rid of recess

Parents oppose the move, say children should have down time.

 

Reston kart driver Ayrton Climo, 18, in coma in Quebec after crash

The experienced teen driver is slowly recovering, but his parents are struggling to return him to this area.

Ward 5: ‘Dumping ground’ no longer?

Task force finds ways to reconcile residents’ wishes with city’s need for industrial land.

Fence fight could affect residents along Purple Line route

A Montgomery judge will consider who owns land along trail between Bethesda and Silver Spring.

Labor Day weekend Metro service

Major Metro track work will affect several rail lines over the Labor Day weekend. Trains will operate on a weekend or adjusted schedule on Labor Day.

Search continues for missing pilot of fighter jet that crashed

Massachusetts Air National Guard plane crashed in rugged Shenandoah Valley national forest.

Red Line delayed in both directions after switch problem

Trains were stopped at Fort Totten.

Paving along Connecticut Avenue in Chevy Chase continues through morning rush hour

Crews are waiting for asphalt to cool and should be finished working on southbound lanes by midday Thursday.

Update: Outer loop of Capital Beltway reopens in Silver Spring after five-vehicle collision

Authorities reopened the highway following the 6:10 a.m. accident, just before Route 97, also known as Georgia Avenue.

Pilot's fate unknown in fighter jet crash

An experienced pilot was missing Wednesday after the flier’s F-15 fighter jet crashed in the mountains of western Virginia, shaking residents but causing no injuries on the ground, military and law enforcement officials said.

Town of Chevy Chase won’t sue over Purple Line

The vice mayor says the town could file brief supporting lawsuit filed by trail advocacy group.

Commuter alert: Avoid Connecticut Ave. near Md.-D.C. line this week

Emergency pavement repairs will close lanes, even during peak commuting times, through the week, Maryland officials say.

Video captures dramatic rescue at the Rhode Island Avenue Metro station

Metro Transit Police pull a man back onto the station platform just seconds before a Red Line train would have struck him.

Inner loop of Beltway shut down in Prince George’s County

Multiple vehicles were involved in the crash.

Report: Military jet crashes in Virginia

There were reports that the plane was an F-15 fighter jet but police said they couldn’t confirm until they reached the crash site.

Local Columns

John Kelly

John Kelly

Hey, pilgrim: Bowie’s tiny John Wayne Museum is looking for corporate sponsorship.

Robert McCartney

Robert McCartney

Even a Harvard-educated lawyer can’t overcome delays at District’s health insurance Web site.

Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

We’ve sanctioned criminalization of childhood independence by arresting parents who let kids play unguarded.

Robert McCartney

Robert McCartney

Bob McDonnell’s plea for sympathy at corruption trial is riddled by rationalizations, contradictions.

Photo Galleries

Robert F. McDonnell on trial

Former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, are battling corruption charges.

Horseshoe Baltimore casino’s opening night

Throngs of people showed up to try their luck at the city’s first casino.

Back to school: First day is a fun day

As students return to class, they’re greeted with crowns, balloons and dance parties.

Aboard the Memphis Belle

Members of the media get a ride on the World War II B-17 bomber ahead of a weekend exhibition in Baltimore.

Bao Bao turns 1

The National Zoo’s giant panda cub has changed a lot in just one year.

Evicted from his indoor office, mayor pitches tent

Seat Pleasant Mayor Eugene W. Grant’s temper is affecting employees, the City Council has said.

McDonnell’s time in office comes to a close

Gov. Robert F. McDonnell was supposed to be in the thick of the race to succeed him. Instead, the Republican found himself relegated to the role of passive observer, keeping busy with other engagements amid a gifts scandal.

A rarity today: A doctor who makes house calls

Wanting to work in the community, Ernest Brown tends to those in D.C.’s embassies, hotels and homes, as well as the poor.

Our Washington

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

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