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D.C. police use fake robberies to lure criminals

(Obtained by The Washington Post)

Police say they’re after “bad guys,” but defense lawyers worry that suspects are talked into committing crimes.

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God-like face emerges in England sunset

God-like face emerges in England sunset

Along the east coast of England in the county of Norfolk, a middle-aged man photographed an arrangement of clouds that took on the appearance of a God-like man.

Loudoun County and Fauquier County home sales

Listings of homes sold recently in Loudoun and Fauquier counties.

Loudoun County crime report

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

Loudoun County community calendar, July 24-31, 2014

Events include the Loudoun County Fair, knitting, birding, outdoor family movies and senior line dancing.

VDOT places traffic barrels on I-395 after restriping causes commuter confusion

Jennifer McCord, a department spokeswoman, said a VDOT contractor had not finished restriping 1,000 feet of the edge of the left lane near Seminary Road on the highway.

Loudoun Country animal watch

Recent reports received by the Loudoun County Department of Animal Services.

D.C. adopt a pet

D.C. adopt a pet

Eva, a 5-year-old cat, is available for adoption.

D.C. Animal Watch

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

Review

America still eats well, but with less history on the side

America still eats well, but with less history on the side

Tom Sietsema finds some lively tastes and some puzzlements at José Andrés’s revived tavern in Tysons.

Prince George’s County Animal Watch

Cases received by the Department of Environmental Resources’ Animal Management Group.

Farm-to-Fork Loudoun set for July 24 to Aug. 3

Farm-to-Fork Loudoun set for July 24 to Aug. 3

Eleven-day culinary celebration spotlights locally produced foods and wines.

Suspect in D.C. domestic killing arrested in North Carolina

Michael C. Gayle was found in a home in Charlotte; he’s charged with killing Eboni Domally in Southeast.

Fairfax County Animal Watch

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

Alexandria and Arlington Animal Watch

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

Arlington sets plan for 10 years of capital improvements

Arlington sets plan for 10 years of capital improvements

Money to go for supporting controversial Columbia Pike streetcar, schools, other projects.

A guide for using the Metrorail guide

A guide for using the Metrorail guide

Metrorail is in the midst of dramatic changes in its operating schedule. Riders need to research them.

Going Out Guide

Going Out Guide

Half-smoke fans rejoice -- Ben’s Chili Bowl arrives at Reagan National

The restaurant’s debut is part of an ambitious effort by officials to remake the airports’ dining and retail options.

Southern Maryland volunteer opportunities

Organizations seeks short- and long-term help in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties

Southern Maryland crime report

Reports from the Maryland State Police and the Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties sheriff’s offices.

Column

Fairfax County leader adds her Silver Line sales pitch

Fairfax County leader adds her Silver Line sales pitch

As opening day nears, county wants travelers to make the most of big investment in transit.

Brown, Hogan set to appear next month in first forum

Brown, Hogan set to appear next month in first forum

The two major-party nominees for Maryland governor will address a conference of county leaders.

Plane makes emergency landing in Taiwan, did Matmo play a role?

Plane makes emergency landing in Taiwan, did Matmo play a role?

Weather could have played a role in the crash of a TransAsia passenger jet in Taiwan on Wednesday.

Granddaughter of former Redskins owner condemns name

Granddaughter of former Redskins owner condemns name

Jordan Wright, whose grandfather was George P. Marshall, still attends games but opposes the name.

Effective policing or entrapment?

D.C. police and prosecutors have found an effective, if questionable new way to get armed robbers off the streets.

Car flipped in fatal Fort Washington collision, police say

Authorities said the car flipped after it hit another vehicle stopped at a traffic light.

D.C. youth more likely to attend preschool, have insurance

Still, poverty rates remain high, and challenges steep, advocates say.

Washington’s most dangerous intersections

Check out our map to see where the most crashes occurred from 2010 to 2012.

Metro police search for father who abducted his child

Metro police search for father who abducted his child

Police said the man took his daughter from her mother Tuesday night at the Southern Avenue station.

 

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.

Effective policing or entrapment?

D.C. police and prosecutors have found an effective, if questionable new way to get armed robbers off the streets.

VDOT places traffic barrels on I-395 after restriping causes commuter confusion

Jennifer McCord, a department spokeswoman, said a VDOT contractor had not finished restriping 1,000 feet of the edge of the left lane near Seminary Road on the highway.

A guide for using the Metrorail guide

Metrorail is in the midst of dramatic changes in its operating schedule. Riders need to research them.

Half-smoke fans rejoice -- Ben’s Chili Bowl arrives at Reagan National

The restaurant’s debut is part of an ambitious effort by officials to remake the airports’ dining and retail options.

Fairfax County leader adds her Silver Line sales pitch

As opening day nears, county wants travelers to make the most of big investment in transit.

Washington’s most dangerous intersections

Check out our map to see where the most crashes occurred from 2010 to 2012.

8 facts about D.C. traffic accidents

Researchers working for DDOT analyzed just about every aspect of the District’s traffic accidents from 2010 through 2012.

Fatal accident in Fort Washington closes roads

One person died in the two-car collision.

Malaysia Air black boxes may not reveal much

Airplane-crash investigators say tiny holes in the wreckage could confirm a missile did the damage.

U.S. airlines prohibited from flying to or from Tel Aviv

The ban comes after Delta diverted a flight to Paris, citing a report of a rocket near the Israeli airport.

86 Metro stations in a single day

What did Mark Kawar do on his day off? He rode Metro -- all day and all night long.

Overturned tractor-trailer spawns delays on I-95 in Howard County

Police said crews are working to clean up the crash, but as of 7 a.m. traffic was still backed up on the highway.

Update: Delays on Metro’s Yellow Line resolved

Metro said residual delays to Mount Vernon Square station on the line because of an earlier train malfunction were resolved.

Construction starts on D.C. shipping-container apartments

The boxy three-story unit being built near Catholic U. is a test for lower-cost, faster-moving construction.

Local Columns

John Kelly

John Kelly

When it comes to feeding the birds, humans of a feather flock together.

Courtland Milloy

Courtland Milloy

Compassion and acts of kindness are flowing in Piscataway Hills.

Clinton Yates

The nonprofit L’Enfant Trust has renovated an abandoned house that was a former crack den.

Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

COLUMN | Lawmakers could have helped some of the thousands who flock annually to the Wise County Fairgrounds for health care. But instead they blocked, bickered and weaseled until the state forfeited billions in Medicaid expansion funds.

Photo Galleries

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.

Washington kids go to ‘Farm Camp’

At Woodlawn Plantation in Alexandria, Va., kids learn about where their food comes from, healthy eating, cooking and bugs.

No easy ride

Americans participated in the Brompton National Championships folding bike race for a chance to win a trip to England.

Saying goodbye to a Prince George’s leader

Mourners pay their respects to Wayne K. Curry, the first black Prince George’s County executive.

Stolen grave markers returned

Volunteers canvassed the grounds of Congressional Cemetery to match up stolen memorial items to their original monuments.

He grew up never knowing his mother

The day Tyshon Williams was born was the same day that his mother died. Now 19, he is graduating from high school.

Celebrating the Fourth of July

Washington is full of red, white and blue as Americans celebrate Independence Day.

Our Washington

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

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