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First gay D.C. mayor? We can wait, some Democrats say.

(Jacquelyn Martin / AP)

David Catania would become the city’s first openly gay mayor, but some activists are putting party first.

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Montgomery County and Frederick County home sales

A listing of residential properties sold recently in Montgomery and Frederick counties.

Warhawks edge Westfield in wild one

Warhawks edge Westfield in wild one

GIRLS’ LACROSSE | Both offenses came to play in a morning matchup of unbeatens, but No. 8 Madison had just enough to get past the Bulldogs.

D.C. adopt a pet

D.C. adopt a pet

Dibee, a female terrier and American Staffordshire mix, is available for adoption.

Maryland Live Casino owner teaming with rival in N.Y. bid

Maryland Live Casino owner teaming with rival in N.Y. bid

Cordish and Penn want to build a $750 million Live-branded casino resort.

For vinyl lovers, Record Store Day is Christmas in April

For vinyl lovers, Record Store Day is Christmas in April

Crooked Beat and other D.C. stores prepare for the annual event celebrating old-school albums.

D.C. Council agenda

Meeting schedule for the D.C. Council and its committees for the coming week.

Prince George’s County Animal Watch

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

TKO’s boxing-themed burgers come to Brentwood

TKO’s boxing-themed burgers come to Brentwood

The owner of the Carolina Kitchen debuts his new burger concept.

Southern Maryland volunteer opportunities

Nonprofit groups and county agencies seek assistance in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties.

Southern Maryland community calendar, April 17-24, 2014

Events include a golf tournament, an archaeology talk, fish dinners and a St. Mary’s County candidates forum.

Southern Maryland home sales

A listing of residential properties sold recently 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

Herndon notches ‘special’ victory

Herndon notches ‘special’ victory

GIRLS’ SOCCER | Herndon ended a league losing streak that dated back to 2003 with a win over Oakton. Now the Hornets want more.

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-Alexandria news in brief

APS names principal, teacher, support staff of year; 5K, parade prompt street closures; more news

The eastern United States: A lonely cold pocket on a feverish planet

The eastern United States: A lonely cold pocket on a feverish planet

The wave after wave of bitter cold that has walloped the eastern U.S. since January has truly been an anomaly set against the temperature pattern around the globe.

Records for cold nearly set this morning; freeze warning tonight

Records for cold nearly set this morning; freeze warning tonight

Two of our three local airports fell below 32 this morning, coming within a degree or two of record lows for the date.

Beer Madness reaches its one shining moment

Beer Madness reaches its one shining moment

Only two competitors are left in our beer bracket, and we want you to taste them both and pick a winner.

Funding tiff settled, D.C.’s Emancipation Day parade is a go

Next year, the mayor’s office will retain control of the yearly Pennsylvania Avenue event.

A new frontier for fracking in Virginia

A new frontier for fracking in Virginia

Texas company discusses its plans for leases in areas south and east of Fredericksburg.

Clear leaders emerge in primary races in northern Virginia, finance reports show

Republican Barbara Comstock, in the 10th district, and Democrat Don Beyer, in the 8th District, were far ahead.

NoVa Synchro swimmers pair athleticism and dance

NoVa Synchro swimmers pair athleticism and dance

Arlington-based team hopes to send swimmers to national competition in Seattle.

Loudoun County crime report

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

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D.C. rider won over by ease, convenience of Bikeshare

D.C. rider won over by ease, convenience of Bikeshare

Average guy finds price is right, and you can skip the Spandex shorts.

Loudoun County community calendar, April 17-24, 2014

Events include egg hunts, bluegrass music, the “Last Ham Standing” comedy show and a steeplechase.

Loudoun County animal watch

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

D.C., Maryland and Virginia health code violations

Here is a list of food establishments that were closed because of health code violations.

Loudoun County and Fauquier County home sales

A listing of residential properties sold recently in Loudoun and Fauquier counties.

A bird’s-eye view of a changing Loudoun County

A bird’s-eye view of a changing Loudoun County

The Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy’s bird atlas project tracks effects of development on avian populations.

 

Fairfax City police chief Rick Rappoport to retire, join Amtrak police

After 13 years in the city, and 24 years in the county, will become a regional deputy chief for Amtrak.

The gay Democrat’s dilemma

David Catania’s independent bid to be D.C.’s first openly gay mayor presents hard choice to gay Democrats.

D.C. rider won over by ease, convenience of Bikeshare

Average guy finds price is right, and you can skip the Spandex shorts.

Cargo ship grounded in windy Chesapeake Bay

An evening thunderstorm with wind gusts of more than 70 mph caused a cargo ship to run aground.

Silver Line project director and Metro chief financial officer resign

Resignations come as both agencies are under fire for delays and financial practices.

A morning of troubles on Metro’s lines

Earlier delays on Metro’s Red Line follows other problems on Blue and Yellow lines. The problems are resolved (for now)

D.C. might add carpool, toll lanes to part of 14th St. bridge

A council member says the city wants to speed commutes and get financial help maintaining roads and bridges.

U-Md. pursues plan for hotel-conference center on Route 1

The 11-story hotel and conference center is part of the university’s vision to create a livelier College Park.

USDOT: Highway fund almost too low to pay bills

With gas tax revenue continuing to decline, highway trust fund will run low on cash in July.

Riding Metro while pregnant, some advice on offering -- and getting -- a seat

One basic rule: When offering a seat, don’t blurt out, “because you’re pregnant“; the person may not be.

D.C. traffic rules adjust to Wednesday holiday

Rush hour restrictions in effect, but some other regulations suspended.

Express lanes get pricier at peak times

The top toll has exceeded $11 for a full, 14-mile trip at rush hour.

As blossom crowds fade, Metro will renew track work

The four-week break is over. Service on the Red, Orange, Blue and Green lines will be affected this weekend.

Earlier power outage at Cleveland Park Metro stop; no effect on train service

Power outage at Cleveland Park Metro stop. Trains are running, but elevators and escalators are out.

Big project starting on Mass. Ave. and H Street, in heart of D.C. traffic

Travel on Massachusetts Avenue near the Third Street Tunnel will be even more challenging.

Local Columns

John Kelly

John Kelly

It was after the art auction ended that the real bidding war broke out in Bethesda.

Courtland Milloy

Courtland Milloy

Courtland Milloy: It’s oxymoronic to be dependent on government to celebrate this day of liberation

Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

It’s time to talk about such deaths and make sure youths let people know how they feel.

Robert McCartney

Robert McCartney

COLUMN | Lt. Gov. Brown’s allies protect his reputation by avoiding quick probe of Md. health site woes.

Photo Galleries

T. rex at Smithsonian

The bones come from Montana and will be displayed for 50 years.

Cherry blossoms reach peak bloom in D.C.

It’s prime viewing time for Washington’s famous trees from Japan.

Amateur gets a seat at the poker table

A new TV show gives Reisterstown, Md., man chance to play with pros.

Driving for dollars with UberX

Single mothers, translators and students are among those turning the family ride into a profit center.

Last call at D.C. lounge for black professionals

With a waterfront transformation planned, the Channel Inn is closing.

Through their eyes

The InFocus project teaches photography to people with autism and opens windows into their worlds.

On the trail of bushy tails

Nearly 400 readers entered the inaugural Washington Post Squirrel Week Photo Contest. Here are our favorites.

Pillow fight on the Mall

Hundreds gathered on the Mall on Saturday to participate in International Pillow Fight Day.

Our Washington

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

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