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D.C. police could face personnel shortage

(Molly Riley / AP)

The District is on the cusp of a severe shortage of police officers as a potential flood of retirements and the departures of some young officers threaten to shrink the force even as the city grows and 911 calls increase.

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    McDonnell jury begins deliberations in corruption case

    McDonnell jury begins deliberations in corruption case

    Jurors have heard five weeks of testimony in the former Virginia governor’s federal corruption trial.

    Christie coming to Maryland to help Hogan raise money

    Christie coming to Maryland to help Hogan raise money

    The visit by the New Jersey governor is the first sign of national GOP interest in the race.

    Anne Arundel County officials catch cat that closed school

    Anne Arundel County officials catch cat that closed school

    A spokesman said the cat was hiding in a supply closet at Richard Henry Lee Elementary School.

    Iceland volcano unveils dazzling lava display

    Lava from the Bardarbunga volcano in Iceland is erupting like a fountain on the Holuhraun lava field, just north of the volcano.

    Loudoun community calendar, Aug. 31-Sept. 7, 2014

    Events include a dog swim, concerts, farmers markets, family fishing and “Old MacDonald’s Farm.”

    A ‘huge milestone’ for Gabriella Miller’s family

    The foundation started by the pediatric cancer awareness advocate awards a $100,000 research grant.

    Black Civil War soldiers to be recognized after 150 years

    Black Civil War soldiers to be recognized after 150 years

    Dedication of a new marker at a cemetery in Leesburg will include a message from President Obama.

    There will be no major ethics reform in Virginia

    Even after the McDonnell trial, legislators won’t toughen the state’s laws.

    O’Malley headed to Florida for a full day of political events

    O’Malley headed to Florida for a full day of political events

    The trip later this month includes an appearance at a Democratic reception in West Palm Beach.

    Near normal August closes near normal summer for temperatures in Washington

    Near normal August closes near normal summer for temperatures in Washington

    The overall summer result was 0.4F warmer than normal, but it was slightly cooler than last summer and the coolest in five years.

    Brown attacks Hogan over Ehrlich’s ‘Dream Act’ veto

    Brown attacks Hogan over Ehrlich’s ‘Dream Act’ veto

    The Democratic gubernatorial candidate continues to highlight differences with his Republican opponent in Maryland.

    Tips on post-Labor Day commuting

    Tips on post-Labor Day commuting

    “September Shock” doesn’t strike all at once, but it’s no less dismaying for travelers.

    R&B singer Chris Brown pleads guilty to misdemeanor assault

    R&B singer Chris Brown pleads guilty to misdemeanor assault

    Prosecutors agreed not to ask for any jail time.

    Column

    Virginia’s inadequate child-care regulation costs lives

    Virginia’s inadequate child-care regulation costs lives

    Economics often leads parents to shadowy businesses that may not be what’s advertised.

    Chris Brown expected in D.C. Superior Court Tuesday

    Chris Brown expected in D.C. Superior Court Tuesday

    The Grammy Award-winning singer is scheduled to appear for a hearing on a possible plea deal.

    MARC train to Washington delayed after conductor falls

    A spokeswoman said a conductor slipped as the train was approaching the Dickerson station.

    Canstruction at the National Building Museum lets architects show off their can-building skills

    Canstruction at the National Building Museum lets architects show off their can-building skills

    Pantry staples are not the best building material. Find out how three architecture firms built structurally sound sculptures out of food cans for the Canstruction contest at the National Building Museum.

    Review

    First Bite: Lunchbox looks good, but does it taste good?

    First Bite: Lunchbox looks good, but does it taste good?

    At star chef Bryan Voltaggio’s newest casual place, the answer so far is an unfortunate no.

    Update: Farragut North Metro station’s Connecticut Avenue entrance reopens after water main break

    A water main break from overnight Monday closed the station Tuesday morning.

    At this Capitol Hill dance class, a dude teaches you to how to move in high heels

    At this Capitol Hill dance class, a dude teaches you to how to move in high heels

    How tall are those size 14 leather pumps? “Five inches, but with the platform, it’s really 6,” says JuWan Bizzell, who developed a dance class around the moves he learned backing up drag queens in nightclub shows.

    My friend is soliciting donations to pay for her international vacation.

    My friend is soliciting donations to pay for her international vacation.

    Dr. Andrea advises a reader on what to do about her friend’s plan to make other people pay for her travels. Also: How do I leave after 25 years of marriage?

    Meet Moe Alafrangy, the martial arts star who plays Spider-Man in Marvel Universe Live!

    Meet Moe Alafrangy, the martial arts star who plays Spider-Man in Marvel Universe Live!

    As a kid growing up in Falls Church, Alafrangy had to be dragged to taekwondo classes. “I didn’t see the point of it,” says Alafrangy, although he stuck with it when he realized the tricks could make him feel like a superhero. Now, he’s playing one onstage.

    September sizzle holds through Saturday before cold front arrives

    September sizzle holds through Saturday before cold front arrives

    Highs in the upper 80s and 90s through Saturday don’t feel like autumn.

    Frequently absent students score lower on NAEP

    One in five students who took the national test in 2013 reported missing three or more days in previous month.

    Stephen D. Isaacs, Post journalist and professor, dies at 76

    Stephen D. Isaacs, Post journalist and professor, dies at 76

    Mr. Isaacs was city editor of The Washington Post at 26 and a journalism professor at Columbia.

    Arrest made in beating death of Md. Popeye’s employee

    The body of a female employee was found in the fast-food restaurant’s stockroom Sunday morning.

    Policymakers say STEM education produces innovation

    Policymakers say STEM education produces innovation

    Despite report that most STEM graduates don’t go into related jobs, many think it is a solid foundation.

    In search of a new conversation about public schools

    New nonprofit Education Post seeks to take the sting out of national conversations about school reform.

    McDonnell corruption trial may hinge on marital woes

    McDonnell corruption trial may hinge on marital woes

    The McDonnells’ defense teams argue their marriage was too broken for them to conspire.

    New academic year brings changes for Virginia schools

    New academic year brings changes for Virginia schools

    As nearly 400,000 students in D.C.’s Virginia suburbs start school, Fairfax focuses on “portrait of a graduate.”

     

    Ex-Haymarket police chief James Roop arrested for drunk driving

    A month after stepping down as chief, Winchester police say they stopped him driving the wrong way down a one-way street.

    Ward 5: ‘Dumping ground’ no longer?

    Task force finds ways to reconcile residents’ wishes with city’s need for industrial land.

    Alaska Airlines launches nonstop service to Seattle via BWI

    The Seattle-based carrier will offer a daily flight to the Emerald City.

    Tips on post-Labor Day commuting

    “September Shock” doesn’t strike all at once, but it’s no less dismaying for travelers.

    MARC train to Washington delayed after conductor falls

    A spokeswoman said a conductor slipped as the train was approaching the Dickerson station.

    Update: Farragut North Metro station’s Connecticut Avenue entrance reopens after water main break

    A water main break from overnight Monday closed the station Tuesday morning.

    As ‘new’ Bethesda grows, Tastee Diner remains a constant

    Comfort food is served with a taste of the ‘old’ neighborhood at the landmark business, opened in 1935.

    More wheelchair-accessible taxis will cruise D.C. streets

    A package of initiatives also includes a text messaging system to summon D.C. cabs to where need is greatest.

    Person struck by train at Mount Vernon Square Metro

    Green and Yellow line riders should expect delays in both directions while police investigate.

    Route 1 closed in Alexandria

    Route 1 is closed in both directions from Slater’s Lane to First Street in Alexandria due to two fallen electrical poles in the road.

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

    Earlier delays because of a train malfunction are clear.

    Fence fight could affect residents along Purple Line route

    A Montgomery judge will consider who owns land along trail between Bethesda and Silver Spring.

    Labor Day weekend Metro service

    Major Metro track work will affect several rail lines over the Labor Day weekend. Trains will operate on a weekend or adjusted schedule on Labor Day.

    Search continues for missing pilot of fighter jet that crashed

    Massachusetts Air National Guard plane crashed in rugged Shenandoah Valley national forest.

    Red Line delayed in both directions after switch problem

    Trains were stopped at Fort Totten.

    Local Columns

    John Kelly

    John Kelly

    Ringo a mediocre drummer? Just try walking a mile in his Beatle boots. Also: Ringing the cathedral’s bells.

    Petula Dvorak

    Petula Dvorak

    Economics often leads parents to shadowy businesses that may not be what’s advertised.

    Robert McCartney

    Robert McCartney

    COLUMN | Purple Line transit project opponents can’t find tiny species in forest but sue to protect them anyway

    Petula Dvorak

    Petula Dvorak

    A city shouldn’t bet on building a sunny future on the backs of the elderly, poor and desperate.

    Photo Galleries

    The dog days of greyhound racing

    Once a mainstay of American gambling, dog tracks are in steep decline.

    Fun times at the fair

    Events in Maryland and Virginia counties feature hog shows, demolition derbies, Ferris wheels and plenty of food.

    Robert F. McDonnell on trial

    Former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, are battling corruption charges.

    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.

    Our Washington

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

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