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Arrest in U-Va. case provides lead in ’09 slaying of student

(Courtesy of Harrington family / courtesy of Harrington family)

Va. Tech’s Morgan Harrington vanished from a concert.

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A little leg and a lot of years

A little leg and a lot of years

Ninety-year-old pinups — boys and girls — pose for a new fundraising calendar.

Chance of rain tonight, mostly cloudy on Wednesday; Fall colors seen from space

Chance of rain tonight, mostly cloudy on Wednesday; Fall colors seen from space

If they do occur, showers should be limited, though a rumble of thunder cannot be ruled out.

Md. teen in coma after Fright Fest recovering from surgery

Doctors removed part of the boy’s skull because of increased swelling after the attack at Six Flags.

Five public and private schools in D.C. area get top honor

They have been named National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education.

Two dead in separate incidents in Potomac, may be linked

Two dead in separate incidents in Potomac, may be linked

One person died after a car hit a tree. Another was found dead at a house where a small fire was put out.

David Catania has never been to Nationals Park. Does it matter?

David Catania has never been to Nationals Park. Does it matter?

In June, the independent mayoral candidate said he avoided the ballpark ‘out of principle.’ Will Nats fans hold it against him?

Pot decriminalization takes effect in Maryland Wednesday

Other new laws include yoga tax in D.C., higher minimum wage in Montgomery and Pr. George’s.

Purple Line planners say construction costs now at $2.45 billion

Cost increase is less than 1 percent but latest for Maryland light-rail project

McDonnell, not Virginia, is a laughingstock

Worries about the commonwealth’s recovery from the gift scandal may be overblown.

Taste test: The new cheesesteaks at Taylor Gourmet

Taste test: The new cheesesteaks at Taylor Gourmet

After closing Steak + Ice, the owners introduce the classic Philly bite to their sandwich shops.

The Aral Sea was once the fourth largest lake in the world. Watch it dry up.

The Aral Sea was once the fourth largest lake in the world. Watch it dry up.

Dramatic satellite imagery illustrates the radical transformation that the Aral Sea has undergone over the past 15 years.

Attorney general candidates take stage, but inspire little regarding the position

It’s hard to get excited about an important campaign when a debate between candidates is held at a bar.

Stafford high school teacher charged with sex with student

Erica Lynne Mesa, 27, allegedly had a sexual relationship with a 16- to 17-year-old from February to September.

D.C. teachers makes no endorsement in mayor’s race

WTU president says they want to work more closely with the next administration — whoever wins.

Before Graham, another student vanished in the night

Before Graham, another student vanished in the night

Police announced a break in the Morgan Harrington case Monday, pushing it back into the spotlight.

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Joshua Bell draws huge crowd at do-over Metro concert

Joshua Bell draws huge crowd at do-over Metro concert

Acclaimed violinist Joshua Bell played an incognito concert at the L’Enfant Plaza Metro station in 2007 as part of a Washington Post experiment, and the world has not let him forget it. He returned to the Metro on Tuesday for a free concert at Union Station.

It’s unanimous: D.C. is a double-A kind of town

It’s unanimous: D.C. is a double-A kind of town

Two Wall Street bond raters improve their opinion on city’s long-term debt.

The 10 richest people in the Washington area

The 10 richest people in the Washington area

The Forbes 400 list of the wealthiest people in the country includes 10 billionaires from the Washington region.

Md. wins $650M federal grant to state foster care system

Maryland is the first state this year to win federal block grant to fund foster care programs.

Another Purple Line battle focuses on fears of ISIS

In Bevery Hills, school officials have opposed tunneling subway beneath high school.

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Timelapse: Construction of the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial

Timelapse: Construction of the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial

The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, built adjacent to the U.S. Botanic Garden and within view of the Capitol building is set to open Oct. 5, 2014.

This isn’t snow: Severe storms blanket Denver, Colorado area with hail

This isn’t snow: Severe storms blanket Denver, Colorado area with hail

Intense severe storms raked through eastern Colorado on Monday, laying down a blanket of hail that looked more like fresh snow.

Pearls for Lunch? Joshua Bell performs in Union Station

Bell, a Grammy-winning violinist, will host a 30-minute impromptu concert at 12:30 p.m.

Purple Line supporters draft “community compact” for route

Purple Line supporters draft “community compact” for route

Agreement would define goals for economic development around new transit stations.

Photos: Wonderful weather for a weekend in Williamsburg

Photos: Wonderful weather for a weekend in Williamsburg

I love the colonial activities, the tavern food, Busch Gardens, and the opportunities to shoot photos of the beautiful landscape and historic buildings.

Hillary Clinton to skip Brown fundraiser, sends Bill instead

Hillary Clinton to skip Brown fundraiser, sends Bill instead

Clinton is clearing her calendar to spend more time with her new granddaughter.

Gunman robs pizza delivery driver at U-Md.

Authorities said the robber fled toward Metzerott Road in College Park.

Arlington candidates tangle over streetcar again

John Vihstadt and Alan Howze reprised their spring election fight for an Arlington County Board seat.

‘Rapid refresh’ weather model to aid severe storm tracking

‘Rapid refresh’ weather model to aid severe storm tracking

A new weather model that helps meteorologists predict the track, timing and intensity of thunderstorms became operational today.

New ad attacks John Foust on ‘real job’ comment

The Republican ad suggests that the Democratic candidate in Virginia is hostile to working women.

 

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.

David Catania has never been to Nationals Park. Does it matter?

In June, the independent mayoral candidate said he avoided the ballpark ‘out of principle.’ Will Nats fans hold it against him?

Purple Line planners say construction costs now at $2.45 billion

Cost increase is less than 1 percent but latest for Maryland light-rail project

Another Purple Line battle focuses on fears of ISIS

In Bevery Hills, school officials have opposed tunneling subway beneath high school.

Pearls for Lunch? Joshua Bell performs in Union Station

Bell, a Grammy-winning violinist, will host a 30-minute impromptu concert at 12:30 p.m.

Purple Line supporters draft “community compact” for route

Agreement would define goals for economic development around new transit stations.

Transparency sought on airline baggage fees

Two consumer groups ask USDOT to require more up-front disclosures.

Update: Single-tracking resolved on Metro’s Red Line, delays continue

Crews repaired a cracked rail outside the Dupont Circle station, a Metro spokesman said.

Declining traffic-camera revenue threatens D.C. budget

The city’s chief financial officer warns that the trend could force District leaders to cut $70 million in spending.

AU to cover extra Metro costs if Nats playoff games run late

American University since 2012 has been an exclusive higher ed ‘partner’ of the ballclub.

Hey, I’m driving here!

That “Don't Walk” sign? City streets would move more smoothly if pedestrians actually obeyed it.

Post recession, nation on the move again

There are more cars on the road, but public transit gains in popularity too.

What would fix your commute?

Show and tell how you would make the trip better.

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx gets a sneak peek at Metro’s new railcars

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx gets a sneak peek at the new railcars, which Metro officials say will begin carrying passengers in January.

D.C. Lean no more: 10 commuter apps to get you where you need to go

We reviewed 10 traffic and transit-related apps - sit back, relax and download.

Local Columns

John Kelly

John Kelly

Ninety-year-old pinups — boys and girls — pose for a new fundraising calendar.

Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

COLUMN | They made the pact when they came back for a 50-year reunion and saw their record stood firm.

Robert McCartney

Robert McCartney

The rush to embrace natural gas and fracking is steamrolling valid worries about long-term risks to environment.

Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

The name, life and probable death of the missing 8-year-old are rarely invoked by the candidates.

Photo Galleries

Nationals Park, on its way up

With the planned opening of a Harris Teeter, the neighborhood — and its pack of new buildings — is on the rise.

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.

Our Washington

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

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