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Basketball preview: Washington Catholic Athletic Conference boys

(Katherine Frey / The Washington Post)

BOYS’ BASKETBALL | Defending champ Paul VI has reloaded once again, but DeMatha and Gonzaga are healthy and ready to challenge for the championship.

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The Washington Post boys’ basketball preseason Top 20 rankings

(Toni L. Sandys / The Washington Post)

Paul VI, DeMatha and Gonzaga give the season’s first set of rankings a distinct WCAC flavor, but a slew of public and private schools will be in the mix over the course of the season.

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Prince George’s and Southern Maryland Going Out Guide, Dec. 4-10, 2014

(Alana Cole-Faber / Alana Cole-Faber)

What’s happening in Prince George’s County and Southern Maryland.

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Southern Maryland crime report

Reports from the Maryland State Police and the Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties sheriff’s offices.

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Southern Maryland volunteer opportunities

Organizations seeks short- and long-term help in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties.

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Southern Maryland community calendar, Dec. 4-11, 2014

Events include a wreath-making workshop, a St. Maries Minstrels concert and “Babes in Toyland.”

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GMU report warns lagging property values will drive local government choices

(Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg)

Only four of 13 areas have rebuilt property tax assessments since recession.

Effort to build on St. Mary’s shore takes unexpected twist

Property owner buys adjacent structure.

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No. 12 Thomas Stone falls to defending champ Franklin in Maryland 3A semifinal

FOOTBALL | The Cougars’ best season since 1999 ends in a Maryland 3A semifinal shutout loss in Reisterstown.

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Southern Maryland deaths

Obituaries reported by funeral homes in Charles and St. Mary’s counties.