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Maureen McDonnell was ‘trusting,’ ‘very gullible,’ friend testifies

(Steve Helber / AP)

Follow our liveblog on Day 23 of the corruption trial of former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell.

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Driverless cars in D.C. are on today’s cover

Autonomous cars are taking a capital test drive. How do they hold up to D.C.’s confusing streets?

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

Multiple vehicles were involved in the crash.

Va. reading scores remain stagnant on harder state tests

Va. reading scores remain stagnant on harder state tests

Virginia students overall saw modest math gains; more than half of state’s districts saw drop in writing exams.

Go the distance: Neptune’s opposition amid a busy week for the planet

Go the distance: Neptune’s opposition amid a busy week for the planet

Neptune is having a busy week, with opposition, the silver anniversary of its encounter with Voyager 2, and the fly-by of NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft.

Teen tapped for U-Md. Board of Regents seat

Teen tapped for U-Md. Board of Regents seat

As a teen, Raaheela Ahmed, 21, nearly defeated the then-chairman of the Prince George’s school board.

D.C. Public Library hires human services coordinator

D.C. Public Library hires human services coordinator

One responsibility of the new position is figuring out how the system can best serve the homeless population.

D.C. adopt a pet

D.C. adopt a pet

Cinderella, an American Staffordshire terrier mix, is available for adoption.

D.C. Animal Watch

Among cases handled by the Washington Humane Society and the Washington Animal Rescue League.

Southern Maryland deaths

Obituaries reported by funeral homes in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties.

Fairfax County Animal Watch

Incidents reported by the animal control divisions of police in Fairfax County, Fairfax City and Vienna.

Going Out Guide

Going Out Guide, District of Columbia

For Alonso Abugattas, blogging proves a natural talent

For Alonso Abugattas, blogging proves a natural talent

Arlington’s natural resources chief is committed to blogging and teaching the public about flora and fauna.

Alexandria and Arlington Animal Watch

Alexandria and Arlington Animal Watch

Incidents involving pets and wildlife reported by Alexandria and Arlington animal welfare leagues.

Column

Two D.C. charters show how to embrace ethnic balance

A new book says these schools can be more diverse and more receptive to teachers’ input.

Louisiana Gov. Jindal sues Obama over Common Core

Louisiana Gov. Jindal sues Obama over Common Core

Jindal argues that states were illegally coerced to adopt national academic standards.

Closings for Labor Day, Sept. 1

City and county services and closures on the holiday.

Going Out Guide

Going Out Guide

Going Out Guide, Northern Virginia

Beautiful aurora lights up the sky as far south as the upper Midwest

Beautiful aurora lights up the sky as far south as the upper Midwest

The aurora dipped as far south as Michigan and Wisconsin on Tuesday night, and intense displays of northern lights were seen at higher latitudes.

Loudoun County and Fauquier County home sales

Listings of homes sold recently in Loudoun and Fauquier counties.

Loudoun County community events, Aug. 28-Sept. 4, 2014

Events include a 1940s party, a hike and campfire, pinochle and a bluegrass and Celtic music jam.

Fairfax crime report

Among incidents reported by police in Fairfax County, Fairfax City, Falls Church, Herndon and Vienna.

School transportation center could ease congestion

School transportation center could ease congestion

Meeting will allow public, school officials to discuss facility planned for northwest of Manassas battlefield.

Loudoun County Animal Watch

These were among recent reports received by the Loudoun County Department of Animal Services.

Loudoun County crime report

Reports from the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and the Leesburg, Middleburg and Purcellville police.

D.C., Maryland and Virginia health code violations

These food establishments were closed recently because of health department actions.

Epicurience Virginia is back for second serving in Loudoun

Epicurience Virginia is back for second serving in Loudoun

Event organizers are hoping to double attendance at this year’s celebration of Virginia food and wine.

Prince William County crime report

A listing of incidents reported by police in Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park.

Prince William and Stafford counties home sales

Residential real estate transactions listed for Prince William and Stafford counties.

Maryland education board president starts third term

Charlene Dukes begins her third year as the state prepares for Common Core-based assessments.

 

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.

D.C. candidate’s reform plan: Ban all campaign donations

Robert White suggests city adopt “Clean Elections” system used in Arizona, Connecticut and Maine.

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

Multiple vehicles were involved in the crash.

Mass.-based fighter jet crashes in Virginia

An Air Force fighter jet based in Massachusetts crashed in the mountains of western Virginia on Wednesday, shaking the ground and frightening residents, and officials said the pilot’s fate was unknown.

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.

Update: Delays resolved on Metro’s Orange, Silver and Blue lines

Delays on the Orange, Silver and Blue lines because of an earlier train malfunction at Smithsonian station have been cleared.

More Americans expected to hit the road this Labor Day weekend

Lower gas prices, better economy expected to spur highest travel levels since 2008.

Update: Southeast Freeway lanes reopen after accident near Third Street tunnel

Eastbound traffic on the Southeast Freeway had been redirected because of an accident just before Third Street tunnel. Police said the accident is clear and all lanes are open.

Trail advocates file lawsuit to change Purple Line route

Plaintiffs say light-rail line would harm habitat of two rare crustaceans, including endangered species.

D.C. Council tackles CSX tunnel project

Some council members support doing a comprehensive rail study before CSX is allowed to move forward with a plan to rebuild a rail tunnel in Southeast Washington.

Md. officials offer tips for Labor Day travel

Maryland transportation officials say you’ll fare better if you have some flexibility in your schedule Labor Day weekend.

VDOT said peeling lane striping fixed on I-66

A Virginia Department of Transportation spokeswoman said crews finished repairing a stretch of faulty lane striping by 4 a.m. Tuesday.

Nine-mile traffic delays on I-395 after accident near 14th Street Bridge

D.C. police said backups in the area stretch for nine miles because of an earlier accident.

Driverless cars: 15 things you need to know

When are they coming? How much will they cost? Will they be safe? And will traffic jams be a thing of the past?

Local Columns

John Kelly

John Kelly

The chance discovery of a World War II Army trunk allows a man to learn about his estranged father.

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.

Robert McCartney

Robert McCartney

Salvadoran youths’ horrific story of violence at home shows why they deserve U.S. protection.

Photo Galleries

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.

Looking for customers with the “oil man”

Justin Green, who sells fragrances on street corners, is a purveyor of one of D.C.’s most durable old-school hustles.

Our Washington

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

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