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‘Handicapped Heaven’ defies D.C.’s attempts to stamp out parking fraud

(Kate Patterson / For The Washington Post)

The city’s efforts against parking cheaters offer a long lesson in how not to fix a common urban problem; after more than a decade, the city still has no coherent plan for providing greater access for people with disabilities while weeding out cheaters.

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    St. Albans boys, McLean girls finish on top at Smokey Jacobs Regatta

    St. Albans boys, McLean girls finish on top at Smokey Jacobs Regatta

    ROWING | The Bulldogs boys’ varsity eight breaks away at the 750-meter mark and holds on for the win; The Highlanders girls are also victorious.

    Paul Almond, filmmaker of 1964 documentary ‘Seven Up!,’ dies at 83

    Paul Almond, filmmaker of 1964 documentary ‘Seven Up!,’ dies at 83

    “Seven Up!,” about 14 British children, spurred a film series that followed the group over the decades.

    Reservoir baseball walks off with an extra-inning win over Mount Hebron

    Reservoir baseball walks off with an extra-inning win over Mount Hebron

    BASEBALL | Jon Mierzwa pitches a gem and Cameron Hyder draws a bases-loaded walk in the ninth inning to help the No. 4 Gators stay on top of the Howard County standings.

    Track: D’Nia Freeman comes home again at Riverdale Baptist Invitational

    Track: D’Nia Freeman comes home again at Riverdale Baptist Invitational

    TRACK & FIELD | Fresh off competing in the CARIFTA Games in Saint Kitts and Nevis, D’Nia Freeman returned to Riverdale Baptist for Saturday’s invitational.

    Nothing is certain in the fight for Marion Barry’s D.C. Council seat

    Nothing is certain in the fight for Marion Barry’s D.C. Council seat

    Ward 8 candidates hit the streets in Southeast Washington ahead of the April 28 special election.

    “Free-range” flap in Maryland fans flames of national debate on parenting

    “Free-range” flap in Maryland fans flames of national debate on parenting

    Cases from Texas, South Carolina and Florida highlight questions of child safety and parent supervision.

    VRE kicks off major expansion plan with new Spotsylvania station

    VRE kicks off major expansion plan with new Spotsylvania station

    The station is part of a long-range plan to increase train frequency and boost capacity in Northern Virginia.

    Local Digest: April 19, 2015

    A roundup of news from around the region.

    Vigil planned for slain student activist from University of Mary Washington

    Grace Rebecca Mann, 20, who fought for women’s rights, inspired her peers at Fredericksburg college.

    With Hogan as governor, Md. GOP is looking to grow throughout the state

    With Hogan as governor, Md. GOP is looking to grow throughout the state

    At party convention in Ocean City, Hogan says: “It’s a great time to be a Maryland Republican, isn’t it?”

    McLean 6-year-old critically injured in sledding accident bounces back

    McLean 6-year-old critically injured in sledding accident bounces back

    Bensten Schone, in a coma 3 months ago, opens the Little League season with help from Nats’ Jayson Werth.

    Apartment fire in Oxon Hill; no injuries reported

    Occupants of seven apartments in the 5500 block of Livingston Terrace were displaced, officials said.

    Column

    Squirrel chilling out at National Zoo gets its moment in the sun

    Squirrel chilling out at National Zoo gets its moment in the sun

    As Squirrel Week comes to an end, we focus on a special photo contest.

    Arlington won’t call 105-year-old Wilson School historic

    Too much about it has changed and it would cost too much to restore, the board said of the Rosslyn school.

    Fatal crash in Fairfax County

    40-year-old man from Alexandria was killed in single vehicle crash early Saturday.

    Police still probing suspicious death of Arlington mother of two

    Police still probing suspicious death of Arlington mother of two

    A passerby called police after pajama-clad youngsters were found wandering in the yard.

    Police make arrest in Metrorail graffiti case

    Police make arrest in Metrorail graffiti case

    Police have arrested Jordan Reese McConeghy, 24, of Brooklyn, NY, after a yearlong investigation related to multiple graffiti incidents on Metro.

    Review

    Stanton & Greene preview: The scene is lively, the menu a snooze

    Stanton & Greene preview: The scene is lively, the menu a snooze

    FIRST BITE | New Capitol Hill restaurant could use some more originality — and better cooking.

    Sunny skies, low humidity and temperatures in the 80s today

    Sunny skies, low humidity and temperatures in the 80s today

    Today should be close to perfect when it comes to spring weather.

    NatCast: Grab the sunscreen

    NatCast: Grab the sunscreen

    Now this is baseball weather!

    UnitedCast: A perfect spring evening

    UnitedCast: A perfect spring evening

    It’s hard to find any faults with the weather for this one.

    Local Digest: April 18, 2015

    A roundup of news from around the region.

    Housemate charged in death of college student in Fredericksburg, Va.

    The victim, Grace Rebecca Mann, 20, was a University of Mary Washington junior from the Falls Church area.

    Boys’ lacrosse: Myles Romm, Justin O’Daniel help lead Wootton to a win

    Boys’ lacrosse: Myles Romm, Justin O’Daniel help lead Wootton to a win

    BOYS’ LACROSSE | Myles Romm’s passing and Justin O’Daniel’s finishing help send the Patriots to a 13-5 win at Walter Johnson.

    As police body cameras catch on, a debate surfaces: Who gets to watch?

    As police body cameras catch on, a debate surfaces: Who gets to watch?

    D.C.’s proposal to keep video out of public eye upsets advocates who say trust is essential to good relations.

    Montgomery County appeals case of fence built in Purple Line path

    Montgomery County appeals case of fence built in Purple Line path

    County asks Maryland’s highest court to clarify state law about property rights along proposed light-rail routes.

    Mother found dead in a house in Arlington; police suspect foul play

    Mother found dead in a house in Arlington; police suspect foul play

    Two small children in the home at the corner of Kent and 18th streets were not hurt, police said.

    Fight brews over proposal to add tolls for I-66’s morning, evening rush hours

    Fight brews over proposal to add tolls for I-66’s morning, evening rush hours

    Members of Congress urge Virginia to try other tactics to ease crowding, like more HOV enforcement.

    Maryland woman gets 30 years in jail for attempted murder of boy, 8

    Maryland woman gets 30 years in jail for attempted murder of boy, 8

    Prosecutors say Helen Newsome and her ex-boyfriend had recently broken up before she attacked his son.

    Fairfax budget would leave schools, county workers a little short

    Fairfax budget would leave schools, county workers a little short

    A final vote is scheduled for April 28 on the nearly $4 billion budget.

    Local Columns

    John Kelly

    John Kelly

    As Squirrel Week comes to an end, we focus on a special photo contest.

    Petula Dvorak

    Petula Dvorak

    Florida mailman is part of a wave of homegrown, daffy, sometimes troubled activists descending on D.C.

    Courtland Milloy

    Courtland Milloy

    A computer-simulated police training exercise shows that it all comes down to what is reasonable.

    Petula Dvorak

    Petula Dvorak

    Sylvia McQueen, the daughter of a D.C. inmate, now works for controversial Corizon Health.

    Photo Galleries

    Big pitch for McLean boy hurt in sledding accident

    Bensten Schone, 6, was critically injured in a sledding accident in January.

    The secret lives of bees

    The Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy’s “Native Bees” program gives nature lovers a closer look at the pollinators.

    A parade for D.C.’s Emancipation Day

    It marks the 153rd anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Washington.

    Gyrocopter lands on West Lawn of Capitol

    A pilot said to be a mailman from Florida was arrested after landing the one-person copter.

    A vigil at Ford’s Theatre, 150 years after Lincoln’s death

    Living historians recreated the scene from April 14, 1865, when the 16th president was fatally shot by John Wilkes Booth.

    ‘The government ought to give me my money back’

    A Maryland farm known for its home-delivered milk is better known on Capitol Hill as an example of IRS overreach.

    Cherry blossoms spring to life in Washington

    A sea of pink and white decorates the Tidal Basin with peak displays.

    Shooting, discovery of package lead to Capitol lockdown

    Police said an individual died after a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the West Front of the building.

    Our Washington

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

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