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Ward 8 vigil mourns, then celebrates Barry

(Matt McClain / The Washington Post)

At an impromptu candlelight vigil in Anacostia, speakers talked about Marion Barry’s influence and about their desire to fight gentrification and aid the empowerment of blacks.

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‘Blended-learning’ programs growing in D.C.

‘Blended-learning’ programs growing in D.C.

Some schools are having success by sharing traditional class time with computer-based learning.

‘He was the ultimate provisional politician’

‘He was the ultimate provisional politician’

Despite a mixed legacy, Marion Barry was the everyman’s champion, his staunch supporters proudly proclaim.

On Capitol Hill, Sen. Mark Warner has a spring in his step

On Capitol Hill, Sen. Mark Warner has a spring in his step

Although his party lost control of the Senate, he sees opportunities to pass legislation.

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The envelope, please: How to write a Christmas card

The envelope, please: How to write a Christmas card

A pretty holiday card is nice, but it would be even nicer if you included some actual information with it.

Marion Barry, 4-time mayor of D.C., dies at 78

Marion Barry, 4-time mayor of D.C.,  dies at 78

The most powerful local politician of his generation, he was a national symbol of self-governance and home rule for urban blacks, even as his personal and public life was fraught with the high drama of a drug arrest and jail sentence.

Prince George’s County development projects

Here is information on planned development throughout the county.

When the mourning’s over, what will we do to remember Marion Barry?

When the mourning’s over, what will we do to remember Marion Barry?

When all the tears are shed, all the flowers are picked up, and Barry is laid to rest, how will we remember him? What will actually be done?

Fierce political fight expected for Barry’s council seat

Fierce political fight expected for Barry’s council seat

The loss of the D.C. Council’s senior politician magnifies a once-in-a-generation council makeover.

Are there two Arlingtons? And will only the richer survive?

Are there two Arlingtons? And will only the richer survive?

Some blamed a north-south split for the collapse of a planned streetcar system along Columbia Pike.

Do some D.C. charter schools have too many white kids?

Do some D.C. charter schools have too many white kids?

Erich Martel, a former D.C. teacher with investigative credentials, suspects rule violations.

Teenager shot leaving party in Annapolis early Sunday

The shooting occurred while people were leaving a party at the Hodson Boathouse near College Creek.

Anger over TMZ’s ‘Crack Mayor’ headline

Anger over TMZ’s ‘Crack Mayor’ headline

Social media exploded in anger after entertainment web site focuses on Marion Barry’s drug arrest in obituary post.

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Rev. Willie Wilson: No one can fill Marion Barry's shoes

Rev. Willie Wilson: No one can fill Marion Barry's shoes

Rev. Willie Wilson of Union Temple Baptist Church said his friend, Marion Barry Jr. who died early Sunday at age 78, will be remembered by many.

Plans being finalized for citywide Marion Barry tribute

Plans being finalized for citywide Marion Barry tribute

Flags are flown at half-staff. The mayor said Marion Barry’s body is likely to lie in repose at city building.

Former mayor’s death stuns city he personified

While Marion Barry Jr. had suffered health problems, news of his death shocked the city where he reigned as its most famous and rollicking political star for a half-century.

Remembering Marion Barry

The “mayor for life” had many dimensions, not all of them good.

East Coast storm likely ahead of Thanksgiving travel

East Coast storm likely ahead of Thanksgiving travel

A chance of widespread rain and snow looms large this coming Wednesday.

Marion Barry’s legacy was built on summer jobs

Marion Barry’s legacy was built on summer jobs

Many tributes to Barry mention his famous Summer Youth Employment Program

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Barry credited God with sparing his life despite failings

Barry credited God with sparing his life despite failings

The former mayor was known for being honest about his shortcomings, even his own dishonesty.

How storm potential could affect Thanksgiving getaways

How storm potential could affect Thanksgiving getaways

If you leave early, you won’t be sneaking out of town.

Water main break closes all lanes of Georgia Avenue in Wheaton area

Police said all lanes remain closed as crews work to repair the water main break.

Charges against D.C. club owner Marc Barnes dropped

Barnes said an underage patron tried to misuse an identification to gain entry into his nightclub.

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FBI video of undercover sting on Marion Barry

FBI video of undercover sting on Marion Barry

FBI footage shows former D.C. mayor Marion Barry smoking crack cocaine in a hotel room on Jan. 18, 1990, followed by his arrest on drug possession charges.

Jet fighters to fly over D.C. area in national-level test

The North American Aerospace Defense Command will conduct an overnight flight exercise.

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5 takeaways from Marion Barry’s autobiography, ‘Mayor for Life’

5 takeaways from Marion Barry’s autobiography, ‘Mayor for Life’

There are insights to be gleaned from Marion Barry’s memoir “Mayor for Life: The Incredible Story of Marion Barry, Jr.” The four-term former D.C. mayor died early Sunday. He was 78.

#RIPMayorForLife: Condolences roll in for Marion Barry

#RIPMayorForLife: Condolences roll in for Marion Barry

Praise and condolences poured in on social media after the death of Marion Barry early Sunday.

3 dead, 5 hurt in Silver Spring crash

Eight people were in a vehicle that struck a tree about 3:20 a.m. in Silver Spring, police said.

Family’s statement on the death of Marion Barry

Family’s statement on the death of Marion Barry

The text of a statement from the family of former D.C. mayor Marion Barry, who died early Sunday.

Late-Sunday showers and a warm Monday before potential pre-Thanksgiving storm

Late-Sunday showers and a warm Monday before potential pre-Thanksgiving storm

Monday might see highs in the 70s, but most eyes are on an approaching storm.

 

Manassas City detective in teen ‘sexting’ case sues teen’s lawyer for defamation

Detective who led case against 17-year-old says attorney’s comments in The Post harmed him, forced him into counseling.

Anger over TMZ’s ‘Crack Mayor’ headline

Social media exploded in anger after entertainment web site focuses on Marion Barry’s drug arrest in obituary post.

‘He was the ultimate provisional politician’

Despite a mixed legacy, Marion Barry was the everyman’s champion, his staunch supporters proudly proclaim.

How storm potential could affect Thanksgiving getaways

If you leave early, you won’t be sneaking out of town.

Water main break closes all lanes of Georgia Avenue in Wheaton area

Police said all lanes remain closed as crews work to repair the water main break.

D.C. streetcar supporters want to see some movement

Council members want more information from transportation officials about repeated delays

Several Orange Line stations shut this weekend

Track work also will affect service on the Red and Blue lines.

Before the getaways, prepare yourself as well as your car

An AARP study on holiday travelers offers tips on planning routes and considering risk factors.

Workers still active in 95 Express Lanes zone

Weekend lane closings continue as HOT lanes’ December opening approaches.

Part of Silver Hill Road in Suitland still closed

Water main break repaired but work continues in Suitland

Safety concerns could delay debut of Metro’s new rail cars

An oversight group says the transit agency hasn’t been careful enough in evaluating the first 7000-series batch.

Senate panel grills manufacturer of defective air bags

Air bags that kill or maim may lead to a recall of 20 million vehicles. Senate wants a complete investigation.

WSSC: 60% of large water valves were found ‘unusable’

The large valves let the water utility prevent widespread outages and limit flood damage from broken pipes.

Fairfax County bond sale to pay for Silver Line parking garages

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has cleared the way for the sale of bonds that will help pay for construction of parking garages at two new Silver Line stations.

Local Columns

John Kelly

John Kelly

A pretty holiday card is nice, but it would be even nicer if you included some actual information with it.

Courtland Milloy

Courtland Milloy

The former mayor was known for being honest about his shortcomings, even his own dishonesty.

Robert McCartney

Robert McCartney

My fifth annual ‘Turkeys of the Year’ recognize foolishness and ineptitude in the Washington region.

Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

My dad waited on Bill Cosby and adored him. He’s heartbroken now.

Photo Galleries

Washington grieves over Marion Barry’s death

Mourning from the White House to city hall, in church and on the street.

Marion Barry, 4-term D.C. mayor, dies at 78

The most powerful local politician of his generation, he was a national symbol of self-governance and home rule for urban blacks, even as his personal and public life was fraught with the high drama of a drug arrest and jail sentence.

After 30 years, a farmers market pioneer retires

Eddie Rankin gets a heartfelt send-off at a Washington market.

A moving and spiritual Men’s Season at Ebenezer AME Church with nationally known recording artists.

The music flowed with the spirit of “brotherly love” as top recording artists rocked the church and 3,000 attendees Sunday.

Streetcars in Washington

Historical images from The Washington Post’s archive.

Va. home day cares anxious about laws

Compliance at the local level can be a confusing and frustrating experience.

In sickness and in health

For D.C. couple, a genetic disorder is rewriting the final chapters of a journey more than three and a half decades in the making.

Illegal immigrants rally outside the White House

They demanded executive action to extend “deferred deportations” to adults.

Our Washington

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

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