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VRE kicks off major expansion plan

(Gerald Martineau / The Washington Post)

A new Spotsylvania station for Virginia Railway Express is part of a long-range plan to increase train frequency and boost capacity in Northern Virginia.

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    John Kelly

    John Kelly

    As Squirrel Week comes to an end, we focus on a special photo contest.

    Photo Galleries

    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.

    ‘The government ought to give me my money back’

    A Maryland farm known for its home-delivered milk is better known on Capitol Hill as an example of IRS overreach.

    Cherry blossoms spring to life in Washington

    A sea of pink and white decorates the Tidal Basin with peak displays.

    Our Washington

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

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