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As term ends, Gray reflects on successes and struggles

(Michael S. Williamson / The Washington Post)

The D.C. mayor’s reputation has been tarnished by fraud allegations, but Gray maintains his innocence.

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    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

    Democrats to pick new candidate for Joe Morrissey’s seat

    Democrats to pick new candidate for Joe Morrissey’s seat

    Morrissey, currently serving a six-month sentence, himself will not participate in caucus.

    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.

    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.

    Police: Gang member aiming for rival shoots bystander

    Shooting occurred outside a school and near Anacostia Metro station.

    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.

    Grosso will focus on mental health as education chair

    Other priorities include budget transparency, student discipline, early childhood education, and attendance,

    Man convicted in case involving FBI agent under scrutiny

    Prosecutors highlight case as evidence that convictions can be obtained despite role of FBI agent.

    U-Md. recruits Ulman to transform College Park into a start-up hub

    U-Md. recruits Ulman to transform College Park into a start-up hub

    The former Howard county executive’s role will be to attract businesses and entrepreneurs.

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

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

    Tickets went on sale online Sunday for events connected to his inauguration.

    As term ends, Gray reflects on successes and struggles

    As term ends, Gray reflects on successes and struggles

    The D.C. mayor’s reputation has been tarnished by fraud allegations, but Gray maintains his innocence.

    Manassas council votes to delay decision on water tower

    Manassas council votes to delay decision on water tower

    The group agreed to give supporters six more months to find the money to save the Old Town landmark.

    Faith groups pressure Bowser to act against D.C.’s surge in homelessness

    Faith groups pressure Bowser to act against D.C.’s surge in homelessness

    With shelters at capacity or filling fast, organizers warn more must be done to address the growing need.

    Police bulletin: ‘Remain vigilant and constantly aware’

    Officials, unions worry that officers are seen as “the enemy” after Ferguson, Staten Island deaths.

    Calls flood Washington’s hotline for emergency food

    Calls flood Washington’s hotline for emergency food

    The number of calls seeking emergency food assistance has jumped 57 percent.

    For Lorton, park standoff typifies exasperation over development

    For Lorton, park standoff typifies exasperation over development

    Fairfax County and the waste company building the park can’t come to terms over insurance.

    Light freezing rain possible Monday morning, especially western areas

    Light freezing rain possible Monday morning, especially western areas

    Enough cold air will linger for the possibility of a little morning ice, especially west and southwest of I-95.

    Five tips for continuing academic momentum during break

    Five ways to keep children smart over winter break.

    Arthur Howe Jr., former Yale admissions dean, dies at 93

    Arthur Howe Jr., former Yale admissions dean, dies at 93

    Mr. Howe was a transitional figure in Yale admissions policies. He later led the American Field Service.

    Christmas storm is set to complicate holiday travel for many Americans

    Christmas storm is set to complicate holiday travel for many Americans

    WEATHER GANG | The good news is we’re looking at mainly rain and wind rather than snow or ice.

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    Grandma’s obsession with straight tinsel, and other Christmas gems

    Grandma’s obsession with straight tinsel, and other Christmas gems

    Among the memories that come flooding back each year: My grandmother ironed her tinsel.

    Column

    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.

    Snowy owl spotted near airport during annual bird count

    Snowy owl spotted near airport during annual bird count

    The spotting, near the runways of National Airport, established the return of the white arctic bird.

    Column

    Firing a successful principal makes no sense

    Peter Cahall has made great progress at D.C.’s Wilson High. Yet his contract is not being renewed.

     

    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.

    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.

    South Capitol Street SE reopens after fire

    A fire in the basement of an apartment building led to the road closure.

    Local Columns

    John Kelly

    John Kelly

    Among the memories that come flooding back each year: My grandmother ironed her tinsel.

    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.

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    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.

    Washington takes to the streets to mourn Barry

    The community residents who knew the former mayor pay their respects during a funeral procession.

    Marion Barry lies in repose

    The four-term D.C. mayor died Nov. 23 at 78. The public can pay their respects all day Thursday and Friday morning.

    Our Washington

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

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