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Operational apples and oranges: Comparing Boston, D.C. rail systems

(Brian Snyder / Reuters)

Swift decisions in Massachusetts on reform of Boston’s transit agency contrast with Metro’s struggle for consensus on any major issue.

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    A few Va. Senate races expected to have wide-ranging impact

    A few Va. Senate races expected to have wide-ranging impact

    Both parties working especially hard on a half-dozen contests that could sway overall control.

    Teenager shot; man who died in earlier incident identified

    A roundup of news from around the region.

    Jim Fanning, manager and executive with Montreal Expos, dies at 87

    Jim Fanning, manager and executive with Montreal Expos, dies at 87

    Mr. Fanning managed the Expos to their only playoff appearance before the franchise moved to Washington.

    Police don’t need to give unattended children to CPS if no neglect suspected

    Police don’t need to give unattended children to CPS if no neglect suspected

    County leaders in Montgomery answer a lengthy series of questions that surfaced after “free range” case.

    Maryland bill would require extra training for school counselors

    Maryland bill would require extra training for school counselors

    Counselors would receive training in mental health to have their certification renewed.

    Man charged with murder in March slaying in Southeast Washington

    Rashad Allen, 33, has been charged in connection with the shooting death of David Simmons.

    After 20 years, could it be deja vu in race to replace Marion Barry?

    After 20 years, could it be deja vu in race to replace Marion Barry?

    On Tuesday, Washington voters will choose D.C. Council successors to Bowser and to a legendary politician.

    Column

    Why one of America’s best schools eased off Advanced Placement courses

    Why one of America’s best schools eased off Advanced Placement courses

    Corbett Charter School still had more AP participation than any D.C. area school, but it did relax some rules.

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    Sybarite5 keep Barns at Wolf Trap’s audience on its toes

    The string quartet used their iPhone’s Shuffle mode to choose songs to play, charming and entertaining listeners.

    Georgetown students avoid anti-gay Westboro group

    Instead of a counter-protest, they’ll hold a solidarity event with a prayer.

    Police officers in Prince William will soon test body cameras

    County supervisors approved a plan to equip 500 officers with cameras as part of the new $2.7 billion budget.

    Pr. William school system decides to use Ferlazzo site for community school

    The superintendent backed down from an alternative plan to move Mary G. Porter Traditional School there.

    At Charles Barrett Elementary, a social worker goes the distance

    At Charles Barrett Elementary, a social worker goes the distance

    Alexandria’s Ana Bonilla-Galdamez has been named the 2014 National Social Worker of the Year.

    D.C. area forecast: Showers and clouds wane, but a bit of a chill remains

    D.C. area forecast: Showers and clouds wane, but a bit of a chill remains

    We’re still on the cool side today and tomorrow, but with increased sunshine and gradually warmer temperatures through midweek, and just a couple chances for light showers.

    After peaceful start, protest of Freddie Gray’s death in Baltimore turns violent

    After peaceful start, protest of Freddie Gray’s death in Baltimore turns violent

    Fans at an Orioles game were briefly asked to remain inside the stadium after a protest over a police-custody death left six unoccupied police cars damaged.

    Washington region flirts with the freezing mark as April nears its end

    At Baltimore’s airport early Saturday, the thermometer read 33 degrees.

    John D. Steinbruner, scholar of foreign and defense policy, dies at 73

    John D. Steinbruner, scholar of foreign and defense policy, dies at 73

    Dr. Steinbruner directed the Brookings Institution’s foreign policy studies program from 1978 to 1996.

    A basketball star, a ton of marijuana and a reputation destroyed

    A basketball star, a ton of marijuana and a reputation destroyed

    Jason Miskiri’s point guard play and his restaurant drew admiration. Then he pleaded guilty to drug dealing.

    D.C. homeless women get makeovers that prompt gasps and selfies

    D.C. homeless women get makeovers that prompt gasps and selfies

    The makeover was designed to encourage homeless women to transform themselves inside and out.

    Bruce Alger, firebrand Republican congressman from Texas, dies at 96

    Bruce Alger, firebrand Republican congressman from Texas, dies at 96

    Mr. Alger spent 10 years in the U.S. House as one of its most avowedly conservative members.

    2 delegates criticize Fairfax proposal to protect transgender students

    2 delegates criticize Fairfax proposal to protect transgender students

    Case law shows that only the General Assembly has the authority to create protected classes, they say.

    Walter Fauntroy’s long absence hasn’t
    shaken his wife’s faith that he’ll return

    Walter Fauntroy’s long absence hasn’t <br>shaken his wife’s faith that he’ll return

    The spouse of the civil rights icon has been alone, amid financial troubles, since her husband left the country in 2012.

    As Baltimore mayor, critics say, O’Malley’s police tactics sowed distrust

    As Baltimore mayor, critics say, O’Malley’s police tactics sowed distrust

    Former Baltimore mayor, who is weighing a White House bid, reduced crime with “zero-tolerance’ approach.

    Rowing: T.C. Williams, Washington-Lee win at the Charlie Butt Regatta

    Rowing: T.C. Williams, Washington-Lee win at the Charlie Butt Regatta

    ROWING | The Titans avenge their second-place finish from last week, and the Generals upset St. Albans.

    John Guevara takes Republican nomination in Fairfax supervisor race

    A political novice, Guevara edged out two experienced candidates in race to replace retiring supervisor Frey.

    Softball: Nine-run rally lifts No. 2 O’Connell past No. 3 Lake Braddock

    Softball: Nine-run rally lifts No. 2 O’Connell past No. 3 Lake Braddock

    SOFTBALL | The Knights score all their runs in the seventh inning to come back and beat the Bruins in a 9-3 road win in Burke.

    Can a tolling and transit deal fix I-66 after decades of failure?

    Can a tolling and transit deal fix I-66 after decades of failure?

    Arlington’s opposition to widening is now complicated by the state’s embrace of the county’s ideas.

    ‘Free range’ advocates urge parents to let children walk home alone on May 9

    ‘Free range’ advocates urge parents to let children walk home alone on May 9

    Children are to play at a Silver Spring park, then walk home unsupervised, to support the parenting philosophy.

    Washington-area obituaries of note

    Washington-area obituaries of note

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

    Looking for warm weather?
    This may not be your weekend.

    Looking for warm weather? <br>This may not be your weekend.

    We’ll struggle to reach 60 today. The possibility of rain increases during the afternoon.

    Local Columns

    John Kelly

    John Kelly

    Readers say old cars can get you where you want to go, even if it’s only in your imagination.

    Courtland Milloy

    Courtland Milloy

    After videos of men who died after police encounters surfaced, trust has eroded — and that hurts everyone.

    Petula Dvorak

    Petula Dvorak

    At a local barbershop, little surprise at flawed testimony from the FBI’s elite forensic workers.

    Petula Dvorak

    Petula Dvorak

    Florida mailman is part of a wave of homegrown, daffy, sometimes troubled activists descending on D.C.

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    Baltimore protests take confrontational turn

    The city became the new center of demonstrations over police actions after a man’s death.

    Flower power

    Leesburg’s 25th annual Flower and Garden Festival draws 30,000.

    One poignant funeral for eight who died together

    Hundreds on Maryland’s Eastern Shore mourn a father and his seven children, all killed in a carbon monoxide accident.

    Big pitch for McLean boy hurt in sledding accident

    Bensten Schone, 6, was critically injured in a sledding accident in January.

    The secret lives of bees

    The Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy’s “Native Bees” program gives nature lovers a closer look at the pollinators.

    A parade for D.C.’s Emancipation Day

    It marks the 153rd anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Washington.

    Gyrocopter lands on West Lawn of Capitol

    A pilot said to be a mailman from Florida was arrested after landing the one-person copter.

    A vigil at Ford’s Theatre, 150 years after Lincoln’s death

    Living historians recreated the scene from April 14, 1865, when the 16th president was fatally shot by John Wilkes Booth.

    Our Washington

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

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