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Electrical failure and Christmas tree caused mansion fire that took 6 lives

(Glenn A. Miller / AP)

The tree, which had been cut two months earlier, was still up when an inferno gutted the Maryland home.

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    6-year-old sledding in driveway in critical condition after hitting car

    6-year-old sledding in driveway in critical condition after hitting car

    The boy was with other kids playing on the site of a vacant house in McLean.

    Visitation too much for NCS

    Visitation too much for NCS

    GIRLS’ BASKETBALL | The collective strength of the No. 4 Cubs overcomes Marta Sniezek and Isabella Alarie for a 55-48 win.

    Renovation of D.C.’s Garrison Elementary delayed again

    Shifts in school renovation funding cast District projects into doubt.

    Va. panel advances bill to procure execution drug

    Critics focused on the secrecy provisions of the measure that would let pharmacies custom-mix materials.

    Montgomery schools chief made a case to stay on the job

    Montgomery schools chief made a case to stay on the job

    Contract renewal being discussed, Joshua Starr wrote a five-page memo on his accomplishments and vision.

    D.C. on pace for worst year on homelessness

    D.C. on pace for worst year on homelessness

    Surge in families seeking rooms on freezing nights is an early — and major — test for D.C.’s new mayor.

    Va. House budget writers react to revenue increase

    Va. House budget writers want to give state workers a raise and to nix fee hikes in the governor’s plan.

    Legislative Black Caucus criticizes Hogan’s education plan

    Legislative Black Caucus criticizes Hogan’s education plan

    Lawmakers say proposal would hinder efforts to address a minority achievement gap in Md. schools.

    D.C.’s Bowser stands by commitment to affordable housing

    Despite budget gap, D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser reiterated a promise to invest $100 million in affordable housing.

    Colleen McCullough, author of ‘The Thorn Birds,’ dies at 77

    Colleen McCullough, author of ‘The Thorn Birds,’ dies at 77

    Ms. McCullough wrote the epic story of illicit love in the outback that became a popular TV miniseries.

    Leggett likely to seek property tax increase in Montgomery

    Leggett likely to seek property tax increase in Montgomery

    The county executive said state cuts and sluggish revenue mean painful spending reductions or a tax hike.

    Atholton skates past Mustangs

    Atholton skates past Mustangs

    ICE HOCKEY | The No. 4 Raiders score early and shut out No. 8 Marriotts Ridge in a clash of Howard County’s top two teams.

    Your evening commute may get icy, especially north and west of Beltway

    Your evening commute may get icy, especially north and west of Beltway

    The precipitation will likely happen between 3 and 7 p.m., starting off as sleet.

    Wintry mix rapidly exits early this evening, cold and very windy Friday

    Wintry mix rapidly exits early this evening, cold and very windy Friday

    The blitz of mixed precipitation that quickly came and went was a harbinger of blast of cold, windy air to arrive Friday.

    I-66 West reopens after car fire causes major delays

    Backup of 11 miles is reported.

    You need to make $108,092 a year to comfortably live in D.C., report says

    You need to make $108,092 a year to comfortably live in D.C., report says

    The only cities with a higher cost of comfort are New York boroughs and in the San Francisco Bay area.

    Fire alarm, but no evacuation, at McPherson Square

    Metro officials looked at cameras and saw no sign of smoke.

    A neighborhood of jaywalkers

    East-West Highway feels car-oriented, even though the area is more walkable than ever.

    O’Malley headed back to New Hampshire, South Carolina

    O’Malley headed back to New Hampshire, South Carolina

    The former governor plans to appear at a breakfast in the first primary state on St. Patrick’s Day.

    The day DeMatha toppled Kareem

    The day DeMatha toppled Kareem

    Friday marks the 50th anniversary of DeMatha’s win over Lew Alcindor’s Power Memorial team — the lone high school loss as a starter for the player who became Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

    Eight things to do in the D.C. area on the weekend of Jan. 30-Feb. 1

    Eight things to do in the D.C. area on the weekend of Jan. 30-Feb. 1

    This weekend: Oscar shorts, a Zap Mama/Antibalas show and a little thing called the Super Bowl.

    Former Va. cabdriver joins ‘Most Wanted Terrorists’ list

    Former Va. cabdriver joins ‘Most Wanted Terrorists’ list

    FBI offers $50,000 reward for information about Liban Haji Mohamed.

    Local digest: D.C.-area news briefs

    A roundup of D.C.-area news briefs.

    Man robbed Hyattsville bank while holding cellphone

    Man robbed Hyattsville bank while holding cellphone

    Police won’t disclose content of call, nor will they say if phone information is being used in pursuit.

    Two week outlook: Above normal chance of snow in the next week

    Two week outlook: Above normal chance of snow in the next week

    Only the truest of cold-lovers will be pleased with the weather over the next 10 days, but snow lovers might also have reason to rejoice.

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    Annapolis mansion fire 911 call

    Annapolis mansion fire 911 call

    A neighbor of Don and Sandra Pyle in Annapolis told an emergency operator on a 911 call that she could see the $6 million waterfront mansion “engulfed” in flames.

    Purple Line opponents, country club members hold Hogan fundraiser

    Opponents raised money for the then governor-elect as he considered whether to continue light-rail project.

    Annapolis mansion fire 911 call: ‘The whole house is engulfed’

    Annapolis mansion fire 911 call: ‘The whole house is engulfed’

    Fire officials have released the 911 calls on the fire that consumed a $6 million Annapolis mansion.

     

    Fairfax SWAT team raids high stakes Great Falls poker game, seizes cash, terrifies players

    Police continue to aggressively enforce anti-gambling laws, though charges against the players are set to be dismissed.

    It pays to be close to Mayor Bowser

    Top mayoral aides continue to pull down big salaries in D.C.

    Fire alarm, but no evacuation, at McPherson Square

    Metro officials looked at cameras and saw no sign of smoke.

    Inert grenade? Two loaded guns? Just another day at the TSA checkpoint

    TSA officers seize lots of interesting items at airport checkpoints. Here are a few more entries from Atlanta.

    Purple Line opponents, country club members hold Hogan fundraiser

    Opponents raised money for the then governor-elect as he considered whether to continue light-rail project.

    Alexandria to eliminate ‘add value’ option aboard buses

    Bus riders will still be able to add value to their SmarTrip at Metro stations and other locations in Alexandria.

    Maryland’s acting transit chief says he’ll keep an ‘open mind’ on Purple Line’s future

    Pete Rahn tells state senators he hopes to make recommendation to governor in next 90 days.

    Five of six Metro lines delayed, quickly resolved problems

    The only line with no reported problems (at the moment) is the bRed Line.

    Road reopens in Dupont Circle after water main break in area

    Water main break at R Street NW caused traffic detours

    Weekend Metro rider has hard time spotting progress

    Gains from transit rebuilding program are not easy to spot when trains are few and far between.

    Super Bowl rules: guacamole yes, drones no

    The FAA offers this handy reminder: Drones and football don’t mix, especially at the Super Bowl.

    Drivers ask about getting started with express lanes

    Questions arise about E-ZPass Flex rules and the toll signs.

    Montgomery Bikeshare program exceeds expectations

    The bike-sharing program attracted about 35,000 trips in its first year.

    Local Columns

    John Kelly

    John Kelly

    These Maryland couples haven’t missed a Super Bowl together in nearly 50 years.

    Robert McCartney

    Robert McCartney

    Brace yourself: Despite convictions for corruption, the ex-governor and his wife could get off.

    Petula Dvorak

    Petula Dvorak

    Making women stay in on fraternities’ bid night is not the answer to the school’s rape problem.

    Petula Dvorak

    Petula Dvorak

    The Disneyland measles outbreak is the result of discredited research linking vaccines to autism.

    Photo Galleries

    Counting the District’s homeless population

    Volunteers and public employees combed streets, alleys and parks to tally those living rough in Washington this winter.

    Homegrown tastes available year-round

    Paella, crepes, fruits and vegetables, popcorn and cheeses beckon at the Palisades Farmers Market in Northwest Washington.

    Learning the fine art of bottling whiskey

    At Purcellville distillery, spirit lovers process Roundstone Rye from cask to bottle.

    Sinkhole swallows car in Bladensburg area

    A 12-inch water-main break caused a residential street to give way and swallow a car in the Bladensburg area.

    A prize patrol’s delivery: College acceptance

    Forget fat envelopes in the mail. For some University of Maryland applicants, getting in meant getting a knock on the front door.

    Annapolis mansion destroyed by fire

    Owners Don and Sandra Pyle and four of their grandchildren died in the blaze.

    Leesburg celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.

    Nearly 1,000 people parade through the town’s historic streets to honor the slain civil rights leader.

    Maryland’s inauguration day

    New Gov. Larry Hogan and his lieutenant, Boyd Rutherford, are sworn in after an interfaith prayer service.

    Our Washington

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

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