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Mikulski, a role model for generations of women in politics, to retire in 2016

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Sometimes prickly bulldog was also an advocate for the working-class, immigrants and women in politics.

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    Brief, light wintry mix likely Tuesday afternoon and evening

    Brief, light wintry mix likely Tuesday afternoon and evening

    Slick sidewalks, driveways, and side roads are possible for Tuesday’s afternoon rush hour, especially in our colder suburbs.

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    Advice on how to avoid being taken in by online romance scammers

    When a scammer contacted her, one Missouri woman created an online resource to help victims.

    U.S. runs hot and cold in record-shattering February

    U.S. runs hot and cold in record-shattering February

    The crazy, bisected weather pattern continued in February, when dozens of monthly cold -- and warm -- records were broken across the Lower 48.

    Think school is tough now? Here’s what it was like at the turn of the 20th century.

    Think school is tough now? Here’s what it was like at the turn of the 20th century.

    As a school district examines the use of a historic building, it also examines life for students in the early 1900s.

    Chantilly making a name for itself in the playoffs

    Chantilly making a name for itself in the playoffs

    GIRLS’ BASKETBALL | By preaching team basketball, the Chargers have advanced to the Virginia 6A North semifinals; Fairfax pulls a big first-round upset, then falls.

    Mikulski, a role model for generations of women in politics, to retire in 2016

    Mikulski, a role model for generations of women in politics, to retire in 2016

    Sometimes prickly bulldog was also an advocate for the working-class, immigrants and women in politics.

    Police arrest man they say may be linked to rash of Va. vehicle break-ins

    Police arrest man they say may be linked to rash of Va. vehicle break-ins

    More than 50 vehicle break-ins have occurred in Rosslyn and Clarendon in the past month, police said.

    Virginia’s new GOP chairman hopes to unite a divided state party

    Virginia’s new GOP chairman hopes to unite a divided state party

    John Whitbeck says Republicans must unite to win.

    Robert Saloschin, lawyer who helped with ‘Freedom Riders,’ dies at 95

    Robert Saloschin, lawyer who helped with ‘Freedom Riders,’ dies at 95

    Mr. Saloschin, a Justice Department lawyer, got the ICC to enforce desegregation on interstate travel.

    Grueling regular season preps Freedom-Woodbridge for postseason

    Grueling regular season preps Freedom-Woodbridge for postseason

    BOYS’ BASKETBALL | The Eagles tested themselves against top private school teams. That experience helped them knock off top-seeded Wakefield.

    Decision in ‘free-range’ case does not end debate about parenting and safety

    Decision in ‘free-range’ case does not end debate about parenting and safety

    CPS investigation leads to finding that Md. parents are responsible for “unsubstantiated” child neglect.

    Silberberg joins Alexandria Democratic mayoral primary race

    Top council vote-getter in 2012 aims for top job in 2015, challenging incumbent and former mayors.

    March outlook: Colder and snowier than normal weather favored

    March outlook: Colder and snowier than normal weather favored

    With lots of wintry weather in the coming days, we can say that March 2015 is coming in like a lion indeed.

    D.C. buses weigh in on Netanyahu controversy

    D.C. buses weigh in on Netanyahu controversy

    A pro-Palestinian group is running a series of anti-Israel ads on D.C. buses to coincide with Netanyahu’s speech.

    Yes, D.C. is getting an eclair shop, and we’re cool with that

    Yes, D.C. is getting an eclair shop, and we’re cool with that

    G’eclair is bringing a modern, Asian-influenced twist on the classic dessert.

    5 things to do in D.C. this week for $5 or less

    5 things to do in D.C. this week for $5 or less

    Learn about the history of presidential drinking, celebrate the Persian New Year and edit Wikipedia stories.

    Loudoun County community calendar, March 1-8, 2015

    Events include historical programs, dancing, club meetings, theater and concerts.

    Two Loudoun wines among winners of Governor’s Cup wine competition

    Two Loudoun wines among winners of Governor’s Cup wine competition

    Two Bordeaux-style blends from North Gate Vineyards and Catoctin Creek Winery take top spots.

    Mikulski’s retirement will set off wild Democratic scramble to succeed her

    Mikulski’s retirement will set off wild Democratic scramble to succeed her

    The longest-serving female senator’s departure could open doors for former Gov. O’Malley and others.

    A clear message to Loudoun leaders: ‘Fully fund our schools’

    Dozens of speakers demand more money for education — even if that means higher taxes.

    March roars in like a lion with icy winter storm (Photos)

    March roars in like a lion with icy winter storm (Photos)

    The great thaw is upon us, and the melting remnants of Sunday’s storm are raining down on our heads.

    Monday morning Metro delays for riders

    Monday morning delays for Metro riders

    Some roads closed, authorities warn of icy side streets, sidewalks

    Icy road conditions and sidewalks make dangerous morning commute

    Frigid February closes coldest since 1979 in Washington, D.C.

    Frigid February closes coldest since 1979 in Washington, D.C.

    It was the coldest winter month in 20 years in Washington. Dulles had its second coldest February on record.

    First look: dishes from the upcoming Rose’s Luxury project

    First look: dishes from the upcoming Rose’s Luxury project

    On Friday, Aaron Silverman of Rose’s Luxury hosted 10 guests for a dinner party at his house, where he served dishes planned for his new restaurant coming next door.

    Rebuild complete, Northeast eyes a deep playoff run

    Rebuild complete, Northeast eyes a deep playoff run

    BOYS’ BASKETBALL | After years of struggles, the Eagles are a top seed in the Maryland 3A East region looking to make a deep playoff run.

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    D.C. braves an icy commute

    D.C. braves an icy commute

    Some of the region's ice and snow was beginning to melt on Monday morning, but much of D.C. was still covered in ice as residents made their way to work in the nation's capital.

    Lots of ice early before area temperatures begin to warm

    Lots of ice early before area temperatures begin to warm

    WEATHER GANG | Use extreme caution on sidewalks and roads this morning due to widespread ice.

    Murray caps Annapolis Area Christian career with MCST title

    Murray caps Annapolis Area Christian career with MCST title

    BASKETBALL | Taylor Murray goes out on top with the Eagles; Heritage Christian Academy boys win the Maryland Christian Schools tournament title.

    Two arrested in separate attempts to access White House grounds

    Authorities believe the attempts Sunday night and Monday morning were unrelated.

     

    Fairfax County considers new information policy in police shootings

    After long delay in John Geer case, Fairfax ponders proposal for release of names, monthly updates.

    Split over ‘tactics’ is to blame for DHS funding impasse, House GOP leaders say

    The defeat of a House DHS bill is not a sign of a more profound rift between conservative and moderate Republican factions, they insist.

    Monday morning Metro delays for riders

    Monday morning delays for Metro riders

    Some roads closed, authorities warn of icy side streets, sidewalks

    Icy road conditions and sidewalks make dangerous morning commute

    It’s icy out there. Here’s what area road crews are doing to clear things up.

    Here’s how area crews are working to treat those slippery roads for Monday’s commute.

    MGM officials: Casino construction is on track for anticipated 2016 opening

    While the $1.2 billion resort is being built, MGM crafts a hiring and traffic plan, and pledges a transit push.

    Fairfax County Parkway reopens after ‘numerous’ accidents

    The parkway reopened after icy conditions caused multiple accidents, police said.

    Metro riders hanker for information, while they’re still riding

    They don’t need to know how the train works. They just need to know what to do when it doesn’t.

    Metro’s fancy new railcars were supposed to be rolling by now

    But there’s no set date for the release of new cars that will replace a fleet that dates to the 1970s.

    Concerns about air traffic safety are heightened in developing College Park

    Plans for high-rise apartments, a science building and a hotel may affect a historic airport’s viability.

    Metro’s search for general manager set back by finalists’ withdrawals

    They feared their names would be known after a TV reporter learned where they work, officials said.

    Delays on Metro’s Green and Yellow lines

    Brief delays on Metro’s Yellow and Green lines. Metro’s had an especially tough time making trains run without problems lately.

    Part of Rock Creek Parkway in D.C. reopened

    Part of Rock Creek Parkway in NW DC has reopened after earlier crash

    Metro board says no fare increases or major service cuts next fiscal year

    The transit agency will try to balance its budget without raising prices or reducing the frequency of trains.

    Pedestrians killed at about the same rate last year as they were in 2013

    D.C., Virginia and Maryland see slight declines in such fatalities.

    Local Columns

    John Kelly

    John Kelly

    When a scammer contacted her, one Missouri woman created an online resource to help victims.

    Courtland Milloy

    Courtland Milloy

    A school for boys of color would ease a dialogue about the world around them, of which the playwright wrote.

    Petula Dvorak

    Petula Dvorak

    Is the nation’s capital too uptight to toke up after legalization?

    Petula Dvorak

    Petula Dvorak

    Yes, kids are getting chunkier. But school bake sales aren’t the problem. In fact, they can teach key lessons.

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    It’s all business at D.C.’s ‘Cannabis Academy’

    City hosts a two-day expo to teach attendees how to make greenbacks from pot’s legalization.

    A snowy Saturday for the Washington area

    The cold ground was allowing snow to stick faster, making it difficult for road clearing crews to keep up.

    Sentencing of Maureen McDonnell

    Former first lady has been convicted of conspiring to sell the prestige of the governor’s office in exchange for loans.

    The polar vortex makes a comeback

    Washington-area residents prepare for more cold weather, as Friday’s temperatures promise to be extreme.

    Obama chooses Joseph Clancy as new Secret Service chief

    Obama has named his acting director and trusted former detail leader as the new permanent leader of the Secret Service.

    Snowstorm Octavia hits Washington area

    The nation’s capital clears out from another round of snow.

    14 couples say ‘I do’ on Feb. 14 in D.C. court

    Superior Court opens its doors on a weekend to perform weddings for the first time in decades.

    Great Dane, or greatest?

    A Prince William County couple’s dog will compete at the famed Westminster show.

    Our Washington

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

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