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A missing little girl, and pain that transcends generations

(Bonnie Jo Mount / Washington Post)

To find the roots of 8-year-old Relisha’s fate, and that of her brothers, look to a mother who went unmothered, in a family beset by poverty, homelessness and neglect.

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    Joe Cocker, gravel-voiced British singer, dies at 70

    Joe Cocker, gravel-voiced British singer, dies at 70

    Mr. Cocker, who gave a memorable performance at Woodstock, had top hits from the 1960s to the 1980s.

    Panel adopts ideas for changing Va.’s redistricting process

    One recommendation: Creating an independent commission to redraw lawmakers’ districts.

    Grosso chairman of District’s education committee

    A roundup of news from across the Washington region.

    Accounts of ‘unwanted sexual advances’ roil elite schools

    After National Cathedral School girls detail incidents, some St. Albans boys write ‘inappropriate’ replies.

    A missing little girl, and pain that transcends generations

    A missing  little girl, and pain that transcends generations

    To find the roots of 8-year-old Relisha’s fate, and that of her brothers, look to a mother who went unmothered, in a family beset by poverty, homelessness and neglect.

    Child in critical condition after being hit by car in Temple Hills

    A fire department spokesman said the victim was 3 years old.

    Without Smith, Wolverines adjust

    Without Smith, Wolverines adjust

    BOYS’ BASKETBALL | Potomac (Md.) has had to completely alter its strategy after Anthony Smith suffered a possible season-ending knee injury.

    Nurses at Washington Hospital Center strike Monday

    Hospital said they can’t return until Jan. 1, meaning they miss Christmas and New Year’s holiday pay.

    Two private schools review accounts of ‘unwanted sexual advances’

    This is a letter that the National Cathedral School sent to parents on Friday.

    Holiday getaway outlook for this week

    Holiday getaway outlook for this week

    Many variables affect escape routes from the D.C. area this week.

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    Plugging back in after dropping out of high school

    Plugging back in after dropping out of high school

    For some young people seeking their GED, the future’s so bright they have to wear shades.

    Carleton Mabee, Pulitzer-winning historian, dies at 99

    Carleton Mabee, Pulitzer-winning historian, dies at 99

    Mr. Mabee won the 1944 Pulitzer for his often-scathing biography of the painter and inventor Samuel Morse.

    Waning evening showers, drizzle and isolated icy spots possible overnight

    Waning evening showers, drizzle and isolated icy spots possible overnight

    A raw and gloomy day gives way to a damp overnight. Clouds are in no hurry to depart on Tuesday.

    Va. Democrats to pick new candidate for Morrissey’s seat

    Va. Democrats to pick new candidate for Morrissey’s seat

    Del. Joe Morrissey, currently serving a six-month sentence, could run as an independent.

    Fairfax ordered to disclose information in police shooting

    Fairfax ordered to disclose information in police shooting

    County police must provide vast portions of their investigation into the death of John Geer.

    Maryland Gov.-elect Hogan plans ball, ‘people’s’ event

    Maryland Gov.-elect Hogan plans ball, ‘people’s’ event

    Tickets went on sale Sunday for events connected to his inauguration. Three days of festivities are planned.

    Bang: The troubled legacy of toy guns

    Bang: The troubled legacy of toy guns

    The recent shooting of a 12-year-old boy in Cleveland raises old questions about modern realities of boyhood.

    Christmas Eve or Easter? D.C. could see 65-degree temps and thunder late Wednesday

    Christmas Eve or Easter? D.C. could see 65-degree temps and thunder late Wednesday

    Santa may wonder if he has his dates confused Wednesday night.

    “Uncut Christmas Story” saving more than souls

    “Uncut Christmas Story” saving more than souls

    Prince Georges County cop uses Christmas story and theatrical ministry to save souls.

    Solar flare activity prompts beautiful auroras, radio blackouts on Earth (Photos)

    Solar flare activity prompts beautiful auroras, radio blackouts on Earth (Photos)

    Friday’s X1.8 class solar flare jolted low-frequency radio communications for more than two hours in parts of the Southern Hemisphere.

    Virginia and Maryland rank high among states with greatest need for mental health services

    How the District, Maryland and Virginia stack up against the rest of the country in terms of need for and access to mental health care.

    Entire region under freezing rain advisory as wet day gets underway

    Entire region under freezing rain advisory as wet day gets underway

    Watch out for ice — we may be socked by rain until as late as midnight tonight.

    Loudoun County community calendar, Dec. 21-Jan. 4

    Events include holiday tours at Morven Park, “The Nutcracker” and New Year’s Eve celebrations.

    In Loudoun, a tasting room and art gallery in one

    In Loudoun, a tasting room and art gallery in one

    Local artists can showcase their works in an exhibition space at Old Ox Brewery in Ashburn.

    Planning commission gives helipad project a green light

    A controversial plan to build Loudoun’s first residential helipad will next go to the Board of Supervisors.

    Unusually small fraction of U.S. to witness White Christmas

    Unusually small fraction of U.S. to witness White Christmas

    It seems Scrooge has blown a lot of hot air over the Lower 48 this holiday season, as only a small fraction of it will awake to a blanket of snow Christmas morning.

    Fire and gushing water in Burtonsville closes roads

    Fire and gushing water in Burtonsville closes roads

    A house fire caused $800,000 in damage, no major injuries. Nearby, gushing water causes road closures

    Christmas Day closings

    Christmas Day closings: Banks, post offices, transportation, liquor stores and more.

    Wet Christmas storm will be messy for travel in eastern U.S., snowy in Great Lakes

    Wet Christmas storm will be messy for travel in eastern U.S., snowy in Great Lakes

    Rain will linger in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast through at least Wednesday evening, causing a holiday traffic headache on the roads. Snow could disrupt travel in Chicago.

    All lanes of Beltway’s outer loop reopen after earlier crash in Prince George’s County

    All lanes of Beltway’s outer loop reopen after earlier crash in Prince George’s County

    Traffic backups on Beltway’s outer loop at Central Avenue in Prince George’s. Drivers should avoid the area.

     

    Judge to rule on whether Fairfax must release information in John Geer killing

    Judge Randy Bellows will handle the civil suit, where Fairfax is resisting making any disclosures about the shooting.

    Polly Donaldson picked to lead D.C. housing department

    Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser taps affordable housing developer to lead Department of Housing and Community Development.

    Holiday getaway outlook for this week

    Many variables affect escape routes from the D.C. area this week.

    Fire and gushing water in Burtonsville closes roads

    A house fire caused $800,000 in damage, no major injuries. Nearby, gushing water causes road closures

    All lanes of Beltway’s outer loop reopen after earlier crash in Prince George’s County

    Traffic backups on Beltway’s outer loop at Central Avenue in Prince George’s. Drivers should avoid the area.

    Older drivers getting greater scrutiny in Va.

    The commonwealth will require in-person renewals.

    Power outage in Mall area caused some morning bus delays, lights out at the Lincoln Memorial

    Pepco did not yet know exactly what caused the outage or how long it would last.

    HOT lanes concept evolved from early hopes and fears

    Today’s network doesn’t quite match what either advocates or critics envisioned for the D.C. region.

    Is ‘parklet’ a sign of good things to come in Tysons?

    The developer hopes the pop-up park will help change people’s minds about the community and its future.

    As faulty air bags cause millions of auto recalls, who pays?

    Car owners won’t, but automakers may want the air-bag manufacturer to foot the bill.

    Protesters briefly block northbound lanes of I-295

    Lanes were closed at the 11th Street Bridge.

    Traffic, transit tips for the weekend

    It’s the last weekend for holiday shoppers and the start of the December getaway season.

    40 percent say they’ll bail out of D.C. area for holidays

    AAA forecast says it will be a record number of departures for the region.

    Tricky gun owner gets nabbed by TSA

    TSA says he took handgun apart and hid it in a PlayStation in hope of eluding security officers.

    Local Columns

    John Kelly

    John Kelly

    For some young people seeking their GED, the future’s so bright they have to wear shades.

    Clinton Yates

    The soccer team would do well to invest in the human capital that could be the people who attend the games.

    Robert McCartney

    Robert McCartney

    COLUMN | The taxi chief upgraded cabs and gave drivers a chance to compete with Uber.

    Petula Dvorak

    Petula Dvorak

    E-mails to Santa Claus are shoving aside letters scrawled on paper by hopeful children.

    Photo Galleries

    A lost mother and daughter

    In the case of missing Relisha Rudd, emotional scars transcend generations.

    Best of The Washington Post photography 2014

    A collection of photos for the year.

    District urged to step up to combat homelessness

    Faith groups say their efforts can’t address the problem.

    Mayor Vincent Gray’s parting words

    The one-term mayor exhaustively detailed his achievements in a two-hour speech at Dunbar High School.

    Candles for justice

    Friday’s candlelight vigil on 16th Street NW protested grand juries not indicting white police officers who killed unarmed black men.

    Rejoicing in their roles, if only for the holidays

    Holiday shows give talented locals their chance to shine.

    Succeeding despite setbacks

    Even as her home life imploded, Sareana Kimia continued her work, going to meetings, testifying, working and networking.

    D.C. mourns its ‘mayor for life’

    A public farewell for Marion Barry was held Saturday at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

    Our Washington

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