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Rare California lightning storm leaves one man dead

Rare California lightning storm leaves one man dead

Lightning struck Venice Beach as rare thunderstorms pushed north through southern California on Sunday.

Also leaving Md. for Tennessee: The military’s M9 sidearm

Also leaving Md. for Tennessee: The military’s M9 sidearm

Beretta has made the gun in Maryland for more than two decades. The company is moving manufacturing to Tennessee to protest the state’s new gun laws.

Sometimes big thunderstorm forecasts fizzle: what went wrong Sunday...

Sometimes big thunderstorm forecasts fizzle: what went wrong Sunday...

Advertised severe storms Sunday failed to materialize, leaving some local residents - who altered their plans based on the forecast - exasperated.

Jury being chosen in ex-Va. governor corruption case

Jury being chosen in ex-Va. governor corruption case

Experts say process will be key to deciding fate of Robert McDonnell, wife.

Carry on, D.C. gun owners

Carry on, D.C. gun owners

In unusual weekend ruling, federal judge declares city ban on carrying of weapons is unconstitutional.

Marine Corps museum exhibit explores war and identity

Marine Corps museum exhibit explores war and identity

“War and Peace” captures 21st-century troops with tintypes, a 19th-century photographic technique.

Authorities look into killing of man found in Northeast

Officers found the man early Sunday, and detectives are investigating his death as a homicide.

The Manolo recommends Christian Louboutin’s Audrey Glitter Strappy Sandals for facing your forties

The Manolo recommends Christian Louboutin’s Audrey Glitter Strappy Sandals for facing your forties

I’m turning 40 years old in three weeks. To forestall any potential pain, can you please suggest some comfortable party shoes for the big day?

The New York Times endorsed legalizing marijuana, and the “Simpsons Guy” teaser was released at Comic-Con

The New York Times endorsed legalizing marijuana, and the “Simpsons Guy” teaser was released at Comic-Con

Also, Buzzfeed editor Benny Johnson was fired for plagiarism, a Florida representative thought U.S. officials were Indian representatives, and a strip club has endorsed a candidate for Congress.

Town Square | Waterfront condos coming to Southwest

Town Square | Waterfront condos coming to Southwest

Also ‘Hot Homes’ feature helps buyers act quickly.

Monday marks transition day in beautiful week ahead

Monday marks transition day in beautiful week ahead

Much of the upcoming work week is something special weatherwise with day after day of beautiful sunshine and low humidity.

D.C. police are told not to enforce handgun ban

Attorney general will seek stay of judge’s ruling overturning law as city decides whether to appeal.

In Prince George’s, a tree-planting crusade

Forest Heights Mayor Jacqueline Goodall says planting trees is good for the budget and the community.

Meet the Silver Line’s very first operator

Meet the Silver Line’s very first operator

Of the hundreds of people squished onto Saturday’s first Silver Line train, only one had an assigned seat: operator Detrick Washington.

Beretta joins gun exodus from liberal states

Beretta joins gun exodus from liberal states

In moving its manufacturing from Maryland to Tennessee — and taking 160 jobs with it — Beretta joined several other prominent gunmakers in abandoning liberal states that passed tough gun laws after the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary.

Overcrowding continues to be concern in Fairfax County

Overcrowding continues to be concern in Fairfax County

Proposal to create low-income housing likely will be shelved, leaving county in search of answers on issue.

Traversing two D.C.s, from Dunbar High to Georgetown U.

Traversing two D.C.s, from Dunbar High to Georgetown U.

Dunbar valedictorian talks about the challenges of transitioning from North Capitol Street to elite private college.

MacDowell’s Brew Kitchen to purchase ‘beach’ property

MacDowell’s Brew Kitchen to purchase ‘beach’ property

The sale of public land is one step toward the resolution of Leesburg restaurant’s property concerns.

Loudoun County community calendar, July 27-Aug. 3, 2014

Events include farmers markets, concerts, “Anything Goes” onstage and senior center activities.

In Richmond, students seek to revive ‘Rebel’ mascot

At Freeman High School in Henrico County, a student-led petition to field a Rebel mascot has 1,200 signatures.

There’s a lot to learn about Va. Lt. Gov. Ralph S. Northam

There’s a lot to learn about Va. Lt. Gov. Ralph S. Northam

Northam, a pediatric neurologist, presides over the Virginia Senate as lieutenant governor.

Elaine M. Brody, pioneer in gerontology, dies at 91

Elaine M. Brody, pioneer in gerontology, dies at 91

Mrs. Brody’s studies of the elderly and their caregivers transformed the field of gerontology.

Silver Line: What to watch for on Monday

Silver Line: What to watch for on Monday

After the weekend’s joy-riding, commuting on the new Metro line gets serious.

A lawyer for sundaes, floats and frozen custard

A lawyer for sundaes, floats and frozen custard

A K Street lawyer and his dessert entrepreneur client share love of milkshakes, custard.

D.C. police investigating armed robbery, 3 stabbings

No fatalities reported in the overnight incidents.

Severe storms possible in D.C. today

Severe storms possible in D.C. today

Severe storms could sweep through D.C. on Sunday evening, and a widespread outbreak is expected to the west in Appalachia.

D.C. area forecast: Strong to severe storms possible today into this evening; another stretch of nice weather coming up

D.C. area forecast: Strong to severe storms possible today into this evening; another stretch of nice weather coming up

A couple rounds of storms are possible today. It’s the one toward and during the evening that could bring the best chance for severe weather.

Ocean City drawbridge stuck on Route 50

Ocean City drawbridge on Route 50 gets stuck in open position for about four hours; fixed by 7 p.m.

U.S. should help children ‘fleeing death,’ O’Malley says

U.S. should help children ‘fleeing death,’ O’Malley says

Maryland’s governor stood firm in a spat with the White House during a speech in Nebraska.

Five things you wanted to know about the Silver Line

Why isn’t Metro offering free rides on the Silver Line? Answers to that and other questions.

 

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.

Carry on, D.C. gun owners

In unusual weekend ruling, federal judge declares city ban on carrying of weapons is unconstitutional.

Silver Line weathers its first morning commute

Five new stations and 11.7 miles of track handle first rush hour commute one.

Silver Line: What to watch for on Monday

After the weekend’s joy-riding, commuting on the new Metro line gets serious.

Silver Line commutes: Will you save time or money?

We did some sample time and money calculations of commutes before and after the opening of the Silver Line.

Five things you wanted to know about the Silver Line

Why isn’t Metro offering free rides on the Silver Line? Answers to that and other questions.

Riding the Silver Line: An artist’s perspective

A sculptor from the Tysons area interprets the Silver Line’s aesthetics on the day of the rail line’s debut.

These Metro users aren’t dazzled by Silver

While the transit agency celebrates, some riders will skip the dancing.

‘Welcome aboard the Silver Line!’

Fifty years in the planning, the most expensive transportation project in Washington history rolled down 11.7 miles of track Saturday with its first load of passengers.

The Silver Line at a glance

The nuts and bolts of Metrorail’s new Silver Line.

As the Silver Line opens: Using Metro

The basics — hours and fares. And why using a SmarTrip card will save you money.

Parking at Silver Line garage? Check your SmarTrip card.

If you use SmartBenefits program, be sure it covers parking.

The newbie guide: Advice to heed if a Silver Line ride will be your first Metro trip

Riders follow rules and traditions. These tips will help you get along.

Shipping container time-lapse: Watch an apartment go up in 3 days

A container apartment went up in three days this week in Washington.

Metro reboots faulty ‘next-train’ signs for Blue Line

Riders complained they didn’t have information to make travel decisions.

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

D.C. region needs to ante up for rail cars for Metro, and add at least one Potomac crossing to relieve traffic

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.

Photo Galleries

Fairfax tries to address overcrowded housing

Dionicia Gomez and her two sons share a two-bedroom apartment with an unrelated married couple.

Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam: Out of the shadows

Virginia’s low-profile second-in-command juggles pediatrics with politics

A family copes with their aging son’s autism

The transition to adulthood is filled with gut-wrenching choices for many parents like the Bucknams.

Remnants of original U-Va. dome found

Artifacts from a fire at the University of Virginia Rotunda have been discovered in a cavity of the historic building.

Come ride with me

A look back at D.C.’s Metro to commemorate the Silver Line opening.

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.

Our Washington

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

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