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Light shines on vote lines in Maryland

(Kate Patterson / For The Washington Post)

To anti-gerrymandering activists,the 3rd Congressional District looks like “a broken-winged pterodactyl, lying prostrate across the center of the state.”

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    Security studies master’s programs prep grads to defend national security

    Security studies master’s programs prep grads to defend national security

    Master’s programs in security studies, a field that covers threats to national security like terrorism, weapons proliferation and international crime, train students for agency jobs and other employment.

    MWAA giving away free E-Z Passes to celebrate the Dulles Toll Road’s 30th year

    The free E-Z Passes will come preloaded with $15 in toll credits.

    Weather advisories are changing for some D.C. and Baltimore area counties

    Weather advisories are changing for some D.C. and Baltimore area counties

    The National Weather Service will subdivide several counties for the purpose of “long-duration” watches, warnings and advisories beginning December 3.

    Virginia pre-school teacher charged with biting student

    Virginia pre-school teacher charged with biting student

    Prince William police allege Goddard School teacher bit a student and the school’s owner failed to report it.

    Georgetown trains nurse-midwives across the country through an online program

    Georgetown trains nurse-midwives across the country through an online program

    Georgetown’s Nurse-Midwifery/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner program, the only nurse-midwife program based in the D.C. area, transitioned three years ago to online classes.

    Hard-nosed defense keys Hurricanes

    Hard-nosed defense keys Hurricanes

    Huntingtown’s defense has already posted more shutouts in 2014 than it had in the past two seasons combined.

    Steal This Job: Site plan engineer

    Steal This Job: Site plan engineer

    All the roads we bike or drive on, the paths we skate or jog on, the benches we sit on while waiting for a bus or Metro — Bridget Obikoya helps keep them working.

    Tourists say new White House security won’t stop visits

    Tourists say new White House security won’t stop visits

    Even if security tightens following the latest fence jumper incident, tourists say they’ll still go to White House

    Photos: The 2014 H Street Festival

    The festival drew thousands for live entertainment, dance classes, craft vendors, food and a visit by the Racing Presidents.

    Healthy Dove powers Churchill’s start

    Healthy Dove powers Churchill’s start

    After sitting out his junior season with an ankle injury, Blake Dove wants to make the most of his senior year for the Bulldogs.

    Are you ready? FEMA launches snowy video to help you prepare for winter

    Are you ready? FEMA launches snowy video to help you prepare for winter

    As another, hopefully less brutal winter season approaches, FEMA is encouraging you to make a plan ahead of impending winter storms.

    Enforcement campaign underway in Beltway HOT lanes

    Enforcement campaign underway in Beltway HOT lanes

    Virginia State Police will have extra patrols out during rush hours Monday and Tuesday.

    Central is turning things around

    Central is turning things around

    Two years after going winless, the Falcons are 3-0 and seeing the fruits of their offseason labor under Coach Kenneth Amaker.

    Loudoun County community calendar, Sept. 21-28, 2014

    Events include the Bluemont Fair, the Leesburg Fine Arts Festival, an apple festival and a veterans program.

    Leader of Loudoun Cares is stepping down after 11 years

    Loudoun’s “nonprofit guru” said he will remain active in local philanthropy.

    Fourth-grader is on a mission to save monarch butterflies

    Fourth-grader is on a mission to save  monarch butterflies

    Carter Steadman, 9, plays a leading role in a Loudoun County campaign to help the vulnerable species.

    Bertucci’s Dupont Circle is no more

    Bertucci’s Dupont Circle is no more

    The pizza chain offered one of the best happy hour deals in town.

    Old Mill gets in the win column

    Old Mill gets in the win column

    After suffering consecutive defeats for the first time since 2013, the Patriots righted the ship Friday against Meade.

    Secret Service messes up and we pay price? No way.

    Secret Service messes up and we pay price? No way.

    COLUMN | How about the Secret Service starts by doing what most other ordinary folks around the world do? Lock. The. Doors.

    Autumn arrives: The fall equinox explained in six images

    Autumn arrives: The fall equinox explained in six images

    Monday marks the end of astronomical summer in the northern hemisphere. At 10:29 p.m., the sun can be seen directly overhead on the equator.

    Prince George’s Council expected to vote on Wal-Mart plan

    Neighbors say the store planned at a south Bowie strip mall is not a good fit for the community

    Man charged in stabbing death of Southeast woman

    Authorities said a 35-year-old Capitol Heights man was arrested on Sunday.

    Prince George’s police officer suspended after assault charge

    Authorities said the officer has been suspended with pay after Baltimore police charged him on Saturday.

    ‘Red Band Society’: A teen show for old people

    ‘Red Band Society’: A teen show for old people

    I liked those cranky, spunky, sickly kids because they know what it took us old people a long time to learn: Life isn’t fair.

    ‘Saturday Night Live’: How well do you know the show’s famous characters?

    ‘Saturday Night Live’: How well do you know the show’s famous characters?

    Pair “SNL’s” famous cast members and guest stars with their best characters’ trademark quotes.

    Town Square | Luxury apartments coming to National Harbor

    Town Square | Luxury apartments coming to National Harbor

    Also resort estate for sale on Gibson Island.

    A fantastic, nearly flawless first week of fall

    A fantastic, nearly flawless first week of fall

    Fall kicks in at 10:29 p.m. tonight and the weather today and the rest of this week handsomely fits the newborn season.

    Virginia plane crash kills executive and his mother

    Two-seat, single-engine aircraft wrecks at an Alton raceway; witnesses reported seeing barrel roll.

    Montgomery schools differ in Algebra 1 final exam failures

    Newly released figures show some stark differences in algebra exam failure rates by school.

    Statement by U.Va. student Hannah Graham’s parents

    John and Sue Graham of Fairfax County spoke Sunday about their missing daughter.

     

    Popular Woodson High coach Derrick Pearson hired, then un-hired as baseball coach

    After the school principal overruled his athletic director, the school district reversed the decision and un-hired Pearson.

    Bowser plans to unveil platform at debate

    The Democratic mayoral nominee is ready to blunt criticism about her vision for the city.

    MWAA giving away free E-Z Passes to celebrate the Dulles Toll Road’s 30th year

    The free E-Z Passes will come preloaded with $15 in toll credits.

    Enforcement campaign underway in Beltway HOT lanes

    Virginia State Police will have extra patrols out during rush hours Monday and Tuesday.

    Put down the cellphone and look up when crossing the street

    Safety experts say pedestrians absorbed in smartphones are behind a troubling ‘distracted walking’ trend.

    Computer-driven trains returning to Metro’s Red Line

    Five years after the crash that caused nine deaths, automatic train control will resume next month.

    Passengers suffer minor injuries after Metrobuses collide

    Four people were taken to hospitals Friday after a Metrobus rear-ended another Metrobus in Northwest Washington.

    With initiatives focusing on children, veterans -- is Uber showcasing a softer side?

    The ride-sharing service is highlighting initiatives focused on charitable giving and jobs for veterans.

    Commuter program kept up by finding new directions

    Increasing congestion, more travel options and better technology encouraged car-free commuting.

    Will you go car-free on Monday?

    Taking the one-day pledge could raise awareness about the D.C. region’s many alternatives to solo driving.

    Traffic, transit tips for the weekend

    Many festivals and 5K runs are scheduled for this weekend, but there’s no event likely to cause a major traffic disruption.

    Park(ing) Day turns metered spots into temporary parks

    About 20 D.C. locations are participating in the annual worldwide event that raises awareness of the need for more parks and public spaces in cities. Expect a shortage of metered parking spots in some areas.

    Traffic jammed on George Washington Parkway after motorcycle crash

    The 8:15 a.m. accident with injuries happened south of Rt. 123 and was still blocking one lane just before 9 a.m.

    National Harbor casino construction is at ‘full speed’

    At the casino site, trucks haul dirt and workers build the foundation for a luxury casino resort to open in 2016.

    Montgomery drops Apex project for Purple Line station

    Rebuilding the Bethesda space would be too costly and time-consuming, County Executive Leggett said.

    Local Columns

    John Kelly

    John Kelly

    That 1960 Gibson Les Paul guitar? It sold for more than $140,000. Meet the rabid collector who bought it.

    Robert McCartney

    Robert McCartney

    The frustrated independent scorns Bowser’s shortage of achievements, but he still trails her.

    Petula Dvorak

    Petula Dvorak

    The choices for D.C. mayor are not inspiring voters. But maybe they don’t need to.

    Robert McCartney

    Robert McCartney

    D.C. statehood opponents cite Grave Snowplow Threat among various specious reasons to deny rights.

    Photo Galleries

    Celebrating at the H Street festival

    The event’s dramatic growth mirrors the reinvention of the D.C. neighborhood.

    D.C. mayoral candidates confront each other in first debate

    Muriel E. Bowser, David A. Catania and Carol Schwartz sparred testily over ethics and education.

    The C&O Canal over the years

    It’s been 60 years since Justice William O. Douglas led a hike that helped make the canal a national monument.

    Celebrating Constitution Day and new citizenship

    Highlights of the naturalization ceremony at the National Archives.

    Remembering the Navy Yard victims

    Mourners gather for a memorial service on the one-year anniversary of the deadly shooting.

    Celebrating the national anthem

    Reenactors mark the 200th anniversary of the writing of the

    Turning 9/11 from day of horror to day of help

    The National Day of Service trades in on lessons learned in the wake of terror, and a school gets a playground.

    An ancient giant is brought back to life

    National Geographic prepares to unveil an exhibit for Spinosaurus, possibly the largest predator to ever exist.

    Our Washington

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

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