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Silver Line nears the end of its beginning

(Jahi Chikwendiu / The Washington Post)

Long fights over track elevation and the threat of money drying up nearly killed the project, opening Saturday.

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D.C. community calendar, July 24-31, 2014

Jazz nights in Shaw, “Passion of Edith Cavell,” Globe-to-Globe Hamlet, ghost tours, Peru Festival.

Pr. George’s Council will ask voters to approve 3-term limit

Board members say two terms isn’t enough to do their job. Also, a deal is reached with MGM casino on jobs.

Silver Line nears the end of its beginning

Silver Line nears the end of its beginning

Long fights over track elevation and the threat of money drying up nearly killed the project, opening Saturday.

Dominion gains another approval in its bid for LNG facility

Dominion gains another approval in its bid for LNG facility

Despite environmentalists’ objections, Md. Board of Public Works approved wetlands permit.

All the details of D.C. traffic data are on today’s cover

Researchers working for DDOT analyzed just about every aspect of the District’s traffic accidents from 2010 through 2012.

Ulman donates money from indicted contributor to charity

Ulman donates money from indicted contributor to charity

The Democratic lieutenant governor hopeful redirected $34,000 received from an insurance executive.

H. Minton Francis Sr., Howard U. official, dies

H. Minton Francis Sr., Howard U. official, dies

The retired Army colonel held several jobs at the university and worked in the federal government.

Fairfax to vote on spending millions to end half-day classes

On Thursday, the county school board will vote on the funding, a rocky negotiation point with supervisors.

Column

Moss Hollow campaign comes to an end

Moss Hollow campaign comes to an end

Generous readers push us toward our Moss Hollow goal. Plus: a Smart Car helps out in a tight parking spot.

Robert F. Panara, pioneer of deaf studies, dies at 94

Robert F. Panara, pioneer of deaf studies, dies at 94

Former Gallaudet professor helped found National Theatre of the Deaf and wrote poetry and nonfiction.

Column

White House gave O’Malley a bad rap on immigration

White House gave O’Malley a bad rap on immigration

Governor told religious leaders Maryland should be willing to shelter up to 1,880 young migrants.

Suspect in D.C. domestic killing arrested in North Carolina

Michael C. Gayle, charged with stabbing Eboni Domally, is the father of one of her children, police say.

Ex-D.C. judge admits to ethics violations, is fined $20,000

Mary Oates Walker faced 17 counts of wrongdoing in alleged contract steering and conflicts of interest.

Washington area obituaries of note

Obituaries of residents from the District, Maryland and Northern Virginia.

D.C. students ‘meet Washington’ to learn about careers

D.C. students ‘meet Washington’ to learn about careers

A public school program introduces students to information technology, hospitality and engineering.

Gilbert Ashwell, NIH researcher, dies at 97

Gilbert Ashwell, NIH researcher,  dies at 97

Gilbert Ashwell’s work at the National Institutes of Health helped lead to new methods of treating disease.

Montgomery County police identify officer in fatal shooting

A roundup of news from around the region.

Metro has 5 more places where we can get aboard

Metro has 5 more places where we can get aboard

The opening of the new Silver Line give us more places to go without having to get into a car

Soccer debate moves into D.C. neighborhoods

Soccer debate moves into D.C. neighborhoods

Before a hearing tonight at the Reeves Center, Muriel Bowser calls the proposed stadium site “strikingly isolated.”

Health-care group lines up backers of higher tobacco tax

Health-care group lines up backers of higher tobacco tax

A list of 111 legislative candidates who support $3 per pack was shared at a news conference.

Two men held in sexual assault of 14-year-old girl in D.C.

Police say one of the suspects met the girl on the Internet site Instagram.

Curt Gentry, co-writer of ‘Helter Skelter,’ dies at 83

Curt Gentry, co-writer of ‘Helter Skelter,’ dies at 83

Besides book on Manson family murders, historian also known for biography of J. Edgar Hoover.

Masa 14′s spicy tuna nachos are our dish of the week

Wonton chips have their work cut out for them on this dish ($13): They’re the base for a heavy load of creamy salsa picante, cotija cheese, avocado, scallions, pickled fresno chiles and hunks of raw tuna.

Prince George’s and Southern Maryland Going Out Guide

Prince George’s and Southern Maryland Going Out Guide

A listing of events in Prince George’s County and Southern Maryland for July 24-30, 2014

Prince George’s County crime report

Among incidents reported by police in Prince George’s County, Greenbelt, Hyattsville and Laurel.

Police arrest man at House office building on gun charge

Police say they found a loaded 9 mm pistol in bag of South Carolina man at the Cannon House Office Building.

How a solar storm two years ago nearly caused a catastrophe on Earth

How a solar storm two years ago nearly caused a catastrophe on Earth

On July 23, 2012, the sun unleashed two massive clouds of plasma that barely missed a catastrophic encounter with the Earth’s atmosphere.

Former Redskins player sought on assault charge

Former Redskins player sought on assault charge

Fred Davis, suspended by the NFL in February, is wanted in connection with a June 2 incident in NW D.C.

Lyman’s Tavern is hosting a pinball tournament this weekend

Lyman’s Tavern is hosting a pinball tournament this weekend

The bar added Star Trek and Judge Dredd pinball machines for the next few weeks, giving it six in total.

Man pleads guilty to Arlington hospital rape

A hospital worker in Arlington County pleaded guilty Wednesday to raping a patient in the emergency department.

 

P.Wm. prosecutors say they won’t use, seek explicit photos in Manassas City ‘sexting’ case

Photos taken of the teen last month will not be used, and a new search warrant will not be served, prosecutors said.

Soccer debate moves into D.C. neighborhoods

Before a hearing tonight at the Reeves Center, Muriel Bowser calls the proposed stadium site “strikingly isolated.”

Silver Line nears the end of its beginning

Long fights over track elevation and the threat of money drying up nearly killed the project, opening Saturday.

VDOT places traffic barrels on I-395 after restriping causes commuter confusion

Jennifer McCord, a department spokeswoman, said a VDOT contractor had not finished restriping 1,000 feet of the edge of the left lane near Seminary Road on the highway.

A guide for using the Metrorail guide

Metrorail is in the midst of dramatic changes in its operating schedule. Riders need to research them.

Half-smoke fans rejoice -- Ben’s Chili Bowl arrives at Reagan National

The restaurant’s debut is part of an ambitious effort by officials to remake the airports’ dining and retail options.

Fairfax County leader adds her Silver Line sales pitch

As opening day nears, county wants travelers to make the most of big investment in transit.

Washington’s most dangerous intersections

Check out our map to see where the most crashes occurred from 2010 to 2012.

8 facts about D.C. traffic accidents

Researchers working for DDOT analyzed just about every aspect of the District’s traffic accidents from 2010 through 2012.

Fatal accident in Fort Washington closes roads

One person died in the two-car collision.

Malaysia Air black boxes may not reveal much

Airplane-crash investigators say tiny holes in the wreckage could confirm a missile did the damage.

U.S. airlines prohibited from flying to or from Tel Aviv

The ban comes after Delta diverted a flight to Paris, citing a report of a rocket near the Israeli airport.

86 Metro stations in a single day

What did Mark Kawar do on his day off? He rode Metro -- all day and all night long.

Overturned tractor-trailer spawns delays on I-95 in Howard County

Police said crews are working to clean up the crash, but as of 7 a.m. traffic was still backed up on the highway.

Update: Delays on Metro’s Yellow Line resolved

Metro said residual delays to Mount Vernon Square station on the line because of an earlier train malfunction were resolved.

Local Columns

John Kelly

John Kelly

Generous readers push us toward our Moss Hollow goal. Plus: a Smart Car helps out in a tight parking spot.

Robert McCartney

Robert McCartney

Governor told religious leaders Maryland should be willing to shelter up to 1,880 young migrants.

Courtland Milloy

Courtland Milloy

Compassion and acts of kindness are flowing in Piscataway Hills.

Clinton Yates

The nonprofit L’Enfant Trust has renovated an abandoned house that was a former crack den.

Photo Galleries

Honors for the defiant POW

Before he was a rear admiral and senator, Jeremiah A. Denton Jr. was a prisoner who wouldn’t give up.

Robert E. Lee mansion renovation plan gets a boost

Philanthropist David M. Rubenstein is donating more than $12 million to restore the property.

Washington kids go to ‘Farm Camp’

At Woodlawn Plantation in Alexandria, Va., kids learn about where their food comes from, healthy eating, cooking and bugs.

No easy ride

Americans participated in the Brompton National Championships folding bike race for a chance to win a trip to England.

Saying goodbye to a Prince George’s leader

Mourners pay their respects to Wayne K. Curry, the first black Prince George’s County executive.

Stolen grave markers returned

Volunteers canvassed the grounds of Congressional Cemetery to match up stolen memorial items to their original monuments.

He grew up never knowing his mother

The day Tyshon Williams was born was the same day that his mother died. Now 19, he is graduating from high school.

Celebrating the Fourth of July

Washington is full of red, white and blue as Americans celebrate Independence Day.

Our Washington

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

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