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Faith groups pressure Bowser to act against D.C.’s surge in homelessness

(Michael S. Williamson / The Washington Post)

With shelters at capacity or filling fast, organizers warn more must be done to address the growing need.

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U-Md. recruits Ulman to transform College Park into a start-up hub

U-Md. recruits Ulman to transform College Park into a start-up hub

The former Howard county executive’s role will be to attract businesses and entrepreneurs.

Manassas council votes to delay decision on water tower

Manassas council votes to delay decision on water tower

The group agreed to give supporters six more months to find the money to save the Old Town landmark.

Faith groups pressure Bowser to act against D.C.’s surge in homelessness

Faith groups pressure Bowser to act against D.C.’s surge in homelessness

With shelters at capacity or filling fast, organizers warn more must be done to address the growing need.

As term ends, Gray reflects on successes and struggles

As term ends, Gray reflects on successes and struggles

The D.C. mayor’s reputation has been tarnished by fraud allegations, but Gray maintains his innocence.

Police bulletin: ‘Remain vigilant and constantly aware’

Officials, unions worry that officers are seen as “the enemy” after Ferguson, Staten Island deaths.

Calls flood Washington’s hotline for emergency food

Calls flood Washington’s hotline for emergency food

The number of calls seeking emergency food assistance has jumped 57 percent.

For Lorton, park standoff typifies exasperation over development

For Lorton, park standoff typifies exasperation over development

Fairfax County and the waste company building the park can’t come to terms over insurance.

Light freezing rain possible Monday morning, especially western areas

Light freezing rain possible Monday morning, especially western areas

Enough cold air will linger for the possibility of a little morning ice, especially west and southwest of I-95.

Five tips for continuing academic momentum during break

Five ways to keep children smart over winter break.

Arthur Howe Jr., former Yale admissions dean, dies at 93

Arthur Howe Jr., former Yale admissions dean, dies at 93

Mr. Howe was a transitional figure in Yale admissions policies. He later led the American Field Service.

Christmas storm is set to complicate holiday travel for many Americans

Christmas storm is set to complicate holiday travel for many Americans

WEATHER GANG | The good news is we’re looking at mainly rain and wind rather than snow or ice.

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Grandma’s obsession with straight tinsel, and other Christmas gems

Grandma’s obsession with straight tinsel, and other Christmas gems

Among the memories that come flooding back each year: My grandmother ironed her tinsel.

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HOT lanes concept evolved from early hopes and fears

Today’s network doesn’t quite match what either advocates or critics envisioned for the D.C. region.

Snowy owl spotted near airport during annual bird count

Snowy owl spotted near airport during annual bird count

The spotting, near the runways of National Airport, established the return of the white arctic bird.

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Firing a successful principal makes no sense

Peter Cahall has made great progress at D.C.’s Wilson High. Yet his contract is not being renewed.

5 questions about the winter solstice

5 questions about the winter solstice

The official start of astronomical winter will be at 6:03 p.m. Eastern.

A seasonable Sunday, but a Christmas storm waits in the wings

A seasonable Sunday, but a Christmas storm waits in the wings

WEATHER GANG | Our lump of coal could arrive Christmas Eve in the form of wind-driven and heavy rains.

Local digest: Dec. 21, 2014

A roundup of news from across the Washington metro area.

Baby, it’s cold outside because winter’s arrived

Temperatures are generally below 40 degrees, and daylight appears to be shrinking on these dark, gray days.

Dunks aside, Djonkam lifts Knights

Dunks aside, Djonkam lifts Knights

BOYS’ BASKETBALL | O’Connell’s Lewis Djonkam misses a pair of jams but has 14 points and 16 rebounds in a win over Riverdale Baptist.

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For D.C. United, ready-made neighborhood partners

The soccer team would do well to invest in the human capital that could be the people who attend the games.

D.C. nurse continued to work amid reports of sexual abuse

D.C. nurse continued to work amid reports of sexual abuse

The complaints process is considered too slow or lacking. D.C. officials say they followed the “letter of the law.”

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Give Gray credit: D.C. mayor, his taxi boss brought needed change to cabs

Give Gray credit: D.C. mayor, his taxi boss brought needed change to cabs

COLUMN | The taxi chief upgraded cabs and gave drivers a chance to compete with Uber.

Robert Simpson, co-creator of 1-to-5 hurricane scale, dies

Robert Simpson, co-creator of 1-to-5 hurricane scale, dies

Dr. Simpson, 102, helped devise the Saffir-Simpson scale used to prepare the public for oncoming storms.

The Amistad slave mutiny on an epic Smithsonian canvas

The Amistad slave mutiny on an epic Smithsonian canvas

Murals of 1839 slave ship revolt tell saga of Africans’ courage, defiance and triumph

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Tyson’s Two: Readers remember the former crossroads

Tyson’s Two: Readers remember the former crossroads

Answer Man’s readers corner the market on memories of Tysons and point out an out-of-time photo.

William Stockton, Washington psychoanalyst, dies at 85

William Stockton, Washington psychoanalyst, dies at 85

Dr. Stockton talked to thousands of men and women about traumas, fears and failures.

Is ‘parklet’ a sign of good things to come in Tysons?

Is ‘parklet’ a sign of good things to come in Tysons?

The developer hopes the pop-up park will help change people’s minds about the community and its future.

Manassas shooting victim in critical condition

Justin Platt, 25, is charged with opening fire on several people outside an apartment building.

ACLU challenges Va. high school’s transgender bathroom policy

The school board called for a separate unisex bathroom, but one student described it as “humiliating.”

 

Judge to rule on whether Fairfax must release information in John Geer killing

Judge Randy Bellows will handle the civil suit, where Fairfax is resisting making any disclosures about the shooting.

Polly Donaldson picked to lead D.C. housing department

Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser taps affordable housing developer to lead Department of Housing and Community Development.

HOT lanes concept evolved from early hopes and fears

Today’s network doesn’t quite match what either advocates or critics envisioned for the D.C. region.

Is ‘parklet’ a sign of good things to come in Tysons?

The developer hopes the pop-up park will help change people’s minds about the community and its future.

As faulty air bags cause millions of auto recalls, who pays?

Car owners won’t, but automakers may want the air-bag manufacturer to foot the bill.

Protesters briefly block northbound lanes of I-295

Lanes were closed at the 11th Street Bridge.

Traffic, transit tips for the weekend

It’s the last weekend for holiday shoppers and the start of the December getaway season.

40 percent say they’ll bail out of D.C. area for holidays

AAA forecast says it will be a record number of departures for the region.

Tricky gun owner gets nabbed by TSA

TSA says he took handgun apart and hid it in a PlayStation in hope of eluding security officers.

South Capitol Street SE reopens after fire

A fire in the basement of an apartment building led to the road closure.

Metro delays on the Orange, Blue and Silver lines

Riders should expect delays because of an earlier train malfunction

D.C. Metro stops with the highest name recognition

Remember Spring Hill? How about Naylor Road? Quiz tests how many Metro stops you can name

Drive a cab? Hollywood wants to make you a star!

Better hurry. Auditions will be held via Skype Wednesday and Thursday.

Road closed in Arlington for water main repair

The westbound lanes of Four Mile Run Drive are closed.

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John Kelly

John Kelly

Among the memories that come flooding back each year: My grandmother ironed her tinsel.

Clinton Yates

The soccer team would do well to invest in the human capital that could be the people who attend the games.

Robert McCartney

Robert McCartney

COLUMN | The taxi chief upgraded cabs and gave drivers a chance to compete with Uber.

Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

E-mails to Santa Claus are shoving aside letters scrawled on paper by hopeful children.

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District urged to step up to combat homelessness

Faith groups say their efforts can’t address the problem.

Mayor Vincent Gray’s parting words

The one-term mayor exhaustively detailed his achievements in a two-hour speech at Dunbar High School.

Candles for justice

Friday’s candlelight vigil on 16th Street NW protested grand juries not indicting white police officers who killed unarmed black men.

Rejoicing in their roles, if only for the holidays

Holiday shows give talented locals their chance to shine.

Succeeding despite setbacks

Even as her home life imploded, Sareana Kimia continued her work, going to meetings, testifying, working and networking.

D.C. mourns its ‘mayor for life’

A public farewell for Marion Barry was held Saturday at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Washington takes to the streets to mourn Barry

The community residents who knew the former mayor pay their respects during a funeral procession.

Marion Barry lies in repose

The four-term D.C. mayor died Nov. 23 at 78. The public can pay their respects all day Thursday and Friday morning.

Our Washington

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

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