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McDonnell describes an unraveling marriage

(Steve Helber / AP)

In his second day on the stand, the former Virginia governor testifies that he was blindsided by gifts and loans to his wife.

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Motorcyclist dies after crash in Silver Spring

A car hit Mark Charles Ecki from behind, causing his motorcycle to hit another car.

Flood waters inundate northern Indiana after 10 inches of rain

Flood waters inundate northern Indiana after 10 inches of rain

Flash flood warnings are still in effect in Indiana on Friday morning after 10 inches of rain fell overnight, shutting down the interstate and closing local schools.

Dim sum, if you’re serious

Dim sum, if you’re serious

The $20 Diner dives into Hong Kong Pearl Seafood, where the plates cater to the hardcore.

Tropical disturbance reaches Puerto Rico, threat to U.S. cannot be ruled out

Tropical disturbance reaches Puerto Rico, threat to U.S. cannot be ruled out

While environmental conditions are favorable, the next day or so could prove to be bumpy for the disturbance as it passes near the mountainous island of Hispaniola.

In D.C., new rules for safe walking and biking around work zones

In D.C., new rules for safe walking and biking around work zones

Proposed rules will require companies to provide safe passages for pedestrians and cyclists around construction sites.

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The tastes of Peru, from a chef who knows

The tastes of Peru, from a chef who knows

Ocopa features freshly made seviche and pisco drinks in a space that’s about to double in size.

Single-tracking on Metro’s Orange and Silver lines

Trains are single-tracking between East Falls Church and Ballston stations.

Virginia’s Webb raises profile on Iowa stump

Virginia’s Webb raises profile on Iowa stump

The former senator, who has hinted at presidential aspirations, campaigns for fellow Democrats in Iowa.

Trillectro grows from project, to festival, now a movement

Trillectro grows from project, to festival, now a movement

At first, Trillectro was a fun story about three local guys who wanted to make an event that they could enjoy with their friends. Now it’s a movement.

Maryland open houses Aug. 23-24

Maryland open houses Aug. 23-24

A list of properties in Maryland that you can visit Saturday and Sunday.

Virginia open houses Aug. 23-24

Virginia open houses Aug. 23-24

A list of properties in Virginia that you can visit Saturday and Sunday.

D.C. open houses Aug. 23-24

D.C. open houses Aug. 23-24

A list of properties in the District that you can visit Saturday and Sunday.

Chris Pratt surprised patients at the L.A. Children’s Hospital in full ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ gear, plus more in our daily links!

Chris Pratt surprised patients at the L.A. Children’s Hospital in full ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ gear, plus more in our daily links!

Also, Aaron Paul is hosting a scavenger hunt, watch an insane video of a giant grouper fish swallowing a shark whole, and a Florida woman started a “pay-it-forward” chain at Starbucks.

2 D.C. firefighters in Mills case disciplined; one not guilty

2 D.C. firefighters in Mills case disciplined; one not guilty

Medric ‘Cecil’ Mills died after he collapsed outside a fire station and his pleas for help were ignored.

On Capitol Hill, historic building offers modern living

On Capitol Hill, historic building offers modern living

A learning center in the early 1900s, the Edmonds School has been repurposed with modern condos.

Where We Live | Bladensburg

Where We Live | Bladensburg

The D.C. suburb played a key role in the War of 1812, and today its affordability is a draw.

‘If I Stay’ is blessed with a moving moment with Stacy Keach

‘If I Stay’ is blessed with a moving moment with Stacy Keach

His scene, which could have easily tipped into soap opera schlock, instead elevates the film to a height rarely seen in movies marketed to young adults.

Turning 50: The Capital Beltway then and now

Turning 50: The Capital Beltway then and now

The 64-mile highway is celebrating its golden year. Here’s a look at the good, the bad and the traffic jams.

Redskins’ Alfred Morris makes receiving a priority

Redskins’ Alfred Morris makes receiving a priority

Even with everything that Morris has accomplished during his time with the Redskins, the Pro Bowl third-year back isn’t satisfied with his all-around game.

In ‘If I Stay,’ Chloe Grace Moretz gives life to a teen who isn’t sure she wants to live

In ‘If I Stay,’ Chloe Grace Moretz gives life to a teen who isn’t sure she wants to live

“Most normal girls have a semi-normal family, they have some sort of extracurricular they fall in love with, and they get a boyfriend,” Moretz says. “But this story’s not about the boyfriend.”

U.S. Park Police temporarily close eastern end of Arlington Memorial Bridge

The bridge was temporarily closed because of police activity.

Appomattox and the identity crisis

Appomattox and the identity crisis

As the town prepares to mark its historic past, it struggles with how to give itself a viable future.

A year in the life of Bao Bao

A year in the life of Bao Bao

The National Zoo’s panda cub turns one on Saturday.

Lane excuses: Buses deserve dedicated space

Lane excuses: Buses deserve dedicated space

A bus lane is an infrastructure improvement that costs practically nothing, is a fairer distribution of road resources and gives riders a real incentive to sit shoulder-to-shoulder with smelly people.

House of the Week | Massachusetts Heights Colonial for $1.795M

House of the Week | Massachusetts Heights Colonial for $1.795M

Designer Lori Graham partnered with the owners of the home, transforming the interior into a mix of classic and contemporary.

Congressional Cemetery race commemorates the 200th anniversary of the burning of Washington

Congressional Cemetery race commemorates the 200th anniversary of the burning of Washington

The British are coming! Better run for it at Sunday’s 5K, marking the 200th anniversary of the burning of D.C. But save energy after the run for a tour to learn about these War of 1812 heroes with a cemetery connection.

Another afternoon storm threat today, and turning cooler this weekend

Another afternoon storm threat today, and turning cooler this weekend

We’ve got some murky days ahead, with at least intermittent rain risks as well. It’s very muggy through tomorrow before some drier air filters back in.

NatCast: Clouds, a shower or storm possible

NatCast: Clouds, a shower or storm possible

Showers may threaten. But a delay becomes more likely if thunder and lightning develop. Activity should be focused early if at all.

McDonnell describes an unraveling marriage

McDonnell describes an unraveling marriage

In his second day on the stand, the former Virginia governor testifies that he was blindsided by gifts and loans to his wife.

Fight against dance-hall rule in Pr. George’s not over yet

Fight against dance-hall rule in Pr. George’s not over yet

Businessmen who are angry that felony convictions are blocking go-go club licenses recently lost a lawsuit.

 

Fairfax theater seeks new seats with ‘Save Our Butts’ campaign on Kickstarter

The University Mall Theatres, the last ‘dollar theater’ in the DC area, is trying to raise $100,000 to improve the moviegoing experience.

‘No more punting’ on school boundaries

Mayor Vince Gray said he did his successor a favor by setting boundary overhaul in motion.

In D.C., new rules for safe walking and biking around work zones

Proposed rules will require companies to provide safe passages for pedestrians and cyclists around construction sites.

Single-tracking on Metro’s Orange and Silver lines

Trains are single-tracking between East Falls Church and Ballston stations.

U.S. Park Police temporarily close eastern end of Arlington Memorial Bridge

The bridge was temporarily closed because of police activity.

Metro busker wins reprieve; judge rules the show can go on for now

Temporary court order says transit agency can’t bar street musicians from accepting tips near stations.

Should bike riders stop for stop signs?

They don’t have to in Idaho, and it may be safer not to.

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

Trains are no longer single-tracking outside Wheaton and Glenmont stations because of a track problem outside Wheaton station.

Metro to pay nearly $5 million for role in no-bid contract

Federal grant funds were used, and a former employee claimed he was unfairly fired for complaining about it.

‘Exact change’ lanes to dwindle on Dulles Toll Road

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is converting 19 lanes that now take “exact change” into E-ZPass-only lanes over the next year.

D.C.’s Ward 8 got its first bike lanes this summer

DDOT has installed 7.5 miles of bike lanes this year, including the first bike lanes in Ward 8.

Southeast D.C. tunnel project decision postponed

The Federal Highway Administration is postponing a decision on the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project until at least Sept. 15.

Update: Suitland Parkway reopens after five-car accident

Police said three people were transported to the hospital after a 7:39 a.m. crash on the westbound side of the highway.

Metro: Weekend work to affect Red and Orange lines

Some passengers on the Red and Orange lines will wait longer for trains this weekend.

Update: Floral Park Road in Accokeek reopens after fatal single-vehicle accident

A police spokeswoman said a privately owned ambulance crashed in the 4900 block of Floral Park Road around 2:10 a.m.

Local Columns

John Kelly

John Kelly

As Metro eases out paper Farecards, let us celebrate what may be the largest in the world.

Robert McCartney

Robert McCartney

Salvadoran youths’ horrific story of violence at home shows why they deserve U.S. protection.

Courtland Milloy

Courtland Milloy

At the Martin Luther King Memorial, quotes about ending racial injustice resonate as protests rage in Missouri.

Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

Officials and pastors in Prince George’s County want the deadly violence to end.

Photo Galleries

McDonnell’s time in office comes to a close

Gov. Robert F. McDonnell was supposed to be in the thick of the race to succeed him. Instead, the Republican found himself relegated to the role of passive observer, keeping busy with other engagements amid a gifts scandal.

Robert F. McDonnell on trial

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

A rarity today: A doctor who makes house calls

Wanting to work in the community, Ernest Brown tends to those in D.C.’s embassies, hotels and homes, as well as the poor.

Looking for customers with the “oil man”

Justin Green, who sells fragrances on street corners, is a purveyor of one of D.C.’s most durable old-school hustles.

Life at summer camp

It’s where many children enjoy a host of first experiences and have a chance to just be kids.

Robert F. McDonnell trial

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

Camp Corral gives military kids a break

Children of service members enjoy time together in the Virginia countryside.

Cameras in hand, kids encouraged to capture their dreams

A photography program supplies homeless children with cameras. The kids supply the dreams.

Our Washington

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

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