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Light shines on vote lines in Maryland

(Kate Patterson / For The Washington Post)

To anti-gerrymandering activists,the 3rd Congressional District looks like “a broken-winged pterodactyl, lying prostrate across the center of the state.”

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    Prince George’s police officer suspended after assault charge

    Authorities said the officer has been suspended with pay after Baltimore police charged him on Saturday.

    ‘Red Band Society’: A teen show for old people

    ‘Red Band Society’: A teen show for old people

    I liked those cranky, spunky, sickly kids because they know what it took us old people a long time to learn: Life isn’t fair.

    ‘Saturday Night Live’: How well do you know the show’s famous characters?

    ‘Saturday Night Live’: How well do you know the show’s famous characters?

    Pair “SNL’s” famous cast members and guest stars with their best characters’ trademark quotes.

    Town Square | Luxury apartments coming to National Harbor

    Town Square | Luxury apartments coming to National Harbor

    Also resort estate for sale on Gibson Island.

    A fantastic, nearly flawless first week of fall

    A fantastic, nearly flawless first week of fall

    Fall kicks in at 10:29 p.m. tonight and the weather today and the rest of this week handsomely fits the newborn season.

    Virginia plane crash kills executive and his mother

    Two-seat, single-engine aircraft wrecks at an Alton raceway; witnesses reported seeing barrel roll.

    Montgomery schools differ in Algebra 1 final exam failures

    Newly released figures show some stark differences in algebra exam failure rates by school.

    Statement by U.Va. student Hannah Graham’s parents

    John and Sue Graham of Fairfax County spoke Sunday about their missing daughter.

    A killer convicted again, decades after a fatal shooting

    A killer convicted again, decades after a fatal shooting

    A victim’s family must relive a crime 42 years later after a shooter’s first trial is found unconstitutional.

    Missing U-Va. student’s father: ‘This is every parent’s worst nightmare’

    Missing U-Va. student’s father: ‘This is every parent’s worst nightmare’

    Jesse Matthew, the man believed to be the last to see Hannah Graham, was charged with reckless driving.

    People from many faiths take a step toward understanding

    People from many faiths take a step toward understanding

    Congregations along Massachusetts Avenue opened their doors for annual 9/11 Unity Walk.

    NAACP branch president: Largo principal should be ousted

    Bob Ross is second county official to weigh in on the alleged discriminatory actions taken by the principal.

    Column

    Sold! To the man who loves old guitars . . .

    Sold! To the man who loves old guitars . . .

    That 1960 Gibson Les Paul guitar? It sold for more than $140,000. Meet the rabid collector who bought it.

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    Police on missing U-Va. student: 'Somebody's got to know where she is'

    Police on missing U-Va. student: 'Somebody's got to know where she is'

    Charlottesville police Chief Timothy J. Longo summarized what is known so far in the case of missing U-Va. student Hannah Graham as of Sunday and thanked volunteers who helped in the search effort.

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    In D.C. mayor’s race, vote for schools chief Henderson

    In D.C. mayor’s race, vote for schools chief Henderson

    Kaya Henderson isn’t running for mayor, but the candidates should support her continued leadership.

    AmeriCorps volunteers play a big role in D.C. schools

    AmeriCorps volunteers play a big role in D.C. schools

    About half of D.C.’s 1,600 AmeriCorps volunteers are working in schools or education organizations.

    AmeriCorps celebrates 20th anniversary this month

    Education is one of the national service program’s focus areas.

    Hugo changed the way Americans watch hurricanes

    Hugo changed the way Americans watch hurricanes

    Hurricane Hugo confirmed that hurricane forecasting can be an around-the-clock, live news story lasting days.

    George Washington University student, 20, dies

    Police identify dead student as 20-year-old William Gwathmey.

    An inclusive vision of dance

    An inclusive vision of dance

    Gainesville Ballet has launched a class designed specifically for children with special needs.

    Polly Bergen, Emmy-winning actress, dies at 84

    Polly Bergen, Emmy-winning actress, dies at 84

    Ms. Bergen, a onetime singer, appeared on stage, screen and TV and launched a beauty products firm.

    Glowing ground fog and the crescent moon -- sunrise scenes

    Glowing ground fog and the crescent moon -- sunrise scenes

    The fog was very low to the ground and it almost appeared that ground itself had burst into shades of red and yellow. It was a very cool.

    D.C. area forecast: Summery Sunday, then fall paradise returns for a while

    D.C. area forecast: Summery Sunday, then fall paradise returns for a while

    After today’s touch of summer and chance for a late-day shower or storm, we’re looking high and dry to start the work week, with early-autumn bliss likely lasting through the week.

    Longtime Va. legislator Vincent F. Callahan Jr. dies

    Longtime Va. legislator Vincent F. Callahan Jr. dies

    The Republican lawmaker was a powerful presence for Northern Virginia for decades. He was 82.

    Maryland police gave heroin user
    a drug that turned her life around

    Maryland police gave heroin user <br>a drug that turned her life around

    Danielle Hall said she’s alive because Annapolis officers gave her naxolone, an antidote to heroin.

    Washington-area obituaries of note

    Washington-area obituaries of note

    Obituaries of residents from the District, Maryland and Northern Virginia.

    It’s root, root, root for ... which team?

    It’s root, root, root for ... which team?

    There’s a rift between fans who have adopted the Nationals as their team and those who stuck with the Orioles.

    O’Malley stumps for fellow Democrat in South Carolina

    The Maryland governor stops by a gay pride festival and other events for gubernatorial candidate Vincent Sheheen.

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    In Bowser vs. Catania, he can’t get traction despite record

    In Bowser vs. Catania, he can’t get traction despite record

    The frustrated independent scorns Bowser’s shortage of achievements, but he still trails her.

    Douglass extends its shutout streak

    Douglass extends its shutout streak

    FOOTBALL | The 13th-ranked Eagles rout Gwynn Park, 38-0, to improve to 3-0. Douglass has yet to allow a point this season.

     

    Popular Woodson High coach Derrick Pearson hired, then un-hired as baseball coach

    After the school principal overruled his athletic director, the school district reversed the decision and un-hired Pearson.

    Bowser plans to unveil platform at debate

    The Democratic mayoral nominee is ready to blunt criticism about her vision for the city.

    Put down the cellphone and look up when crossing the street

    Safety experts say pedestrians absorbed in smartphones are behind a troubling ‘distracted walking’ trend.

    Computer-driven trains returning to Metro’s Red Line

    Five years after the crash that caused nine deaths, automatic train control will resume next month.

    Passengers suffer minor injuries after Metrobuses collide

    Four people were taken to hospitals Friday after a Metrobus rear-ended another Metrobus in Northwest Washington.

    With initiatives focusing on children, veterans -- is Uber showcasing a softer side?

    The ride-sharing service is highlighting initiatives focused on charitable giving and jobs for veterans.

    Commuter program kept up by finding new directions

    Increasing congestion, more travel options and better technology encouraged car-free commuting.

    Will you go car-free on Monday?

    Taking the one-day pledge could raise awareness about the D.C. region’s many alternatives to solo driving.

    Traffic, transit tips for the weekend

    Many festivals and 5K runs are scheduled for this weekend, but there’s no event likely to cause a major traffic disruption.

    Park(ing) Day turns metered spots into temporary parks

    About 20 D.C. locations are participating in the annual worldwide event that raises awareness of the need for more parks and public spaces in cities. Expect a shortage of metered parking spots in some areas.

    Traffic jammed on George Washington Parkway after motorcycle crash

    The 8:15 a.m. accident with injuries happened south of Rt. 123 and was still blocking one lane just before 9 a.m.

    National Harbor casino construction is at ‘full speed’

    At the casino site, trucks haul dirt and workers build the foundation for a luxury casino resort to open in 2016.

    Montgomery drops Apex project for Purple Line station

    Rebuilding the Bethesda space would be too costly and time-consuming, County Executive Leggett said.

    Launch of women-only car service, SheRide, is delayed

    Company officials have postponed the New York launch of SheRides, an app-based transportation service for women.

    Airport hosts Dulles Day on Saturday

    The annual event will include a display of vintage planes, a classic car show and airport tours aboard the airport’s famous mobile lounges.

    Local Columns

    John Kelly

    John Kelly

    That 1960 Gibson Les Paul guitar? It sold for more than $140,000. Meet the rabid collector who bought it.

    Robert McCartney

    Robert McCartney

    The frustrated independent scorns Bowser’s shortage of achievements, but he still trails her.

    Petula Dvorak

    Petula Dvorak

    The choices for D.C. mayor are not inspiring voters. But maybe they don’t need to.

    Robert McCartney

    Robert McCartney

    D.C. statehood opponents cite Grave Snowplow Threat among various specious reasons to deny rights.

    Photo Galleries

    Celebrating at the H Street festival

    The event’s dramatic growth mirrors the reinvention of the D.C. neighborhood.

    D.C. mayoral candidates confront each other in first debate

    Muriel E. Bowser, David A. Catania and Carol Schwartz sparred testily over ethics and education.

    The C&O Canal over the years

    It’s been 60 years since Justice William O. Douglas led a hike that helped make the canal a national monument.

    Celebrating Constitution Day and new citizenship

    Highlights of the naturalization ceremony at the National Archives.

    Remembering the Navy Yard victims

    Mourners gather for a memorial service on the one-year anniversary of the deadly shooting.

    Celebrating the national anthem

    Reenactors mark the 200th anniversary of the writing of the

    Turning 9/11 from day of horror to day of help

    The National Day of Service trades in on lessons learned in the wake of terror, and a school gets a playground.

    An ancient giant is brought back to life

    National Geographic prepares to unveil an exhibit for Spinosaurus, possibly the largest predator to ever exist.

    Our Washington

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

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