2011 Cherry Blossom Festival: March 26-April 10

2011 Cherry Blossom Festival: March 26-April 10

Test your knowledge of cherry blossom trivia, submit a haiku, and find out where to eat and when the blooms might be at their peak.

Rapist’s trail spans four states, 13 years

Rapist’s trail spans four states, 13 years

Police in Maryland, Virginia, Connecticut and Rhode Island hunted for one man they had linked -- via DNA and other evidence -- to a string of rapes and attacks that appears to have begun in Forestville, Md., in 1997. The Post presents a comprehensive look at his attacks and methods.

Disaster on the Red Line

Disaster on the Red Line

A chaplain from Walter Reed. A doctor from Walter Reed. The owner of a new hair salon. An architect. On a Metro train, in one terrifying instant and its aftermath, their lives became forever intertwined.

The Purple Line proposal

The Purple Line proposal

The Purple Line is a proposed transit link -- either light rail or bus rapid transit -- between Bethesda, Silver Spring and New Carrollton. It would provide connections to Metrorail’s Red, Green and Orange lines.

A verdict in Chandra Levy’s death

A verdict in Chandra Levy’s death

Chandra Levy disappeared after leaving her District apartment in May 2001. Her body was found in Rock Creek Park more than a year later. On November 22, 2010, a jury found Ingmar Guandique -- an illegal immigrant who had been serving time for other attacks on women in the park -- guilty of her murder. On Feb. 11, 2011, Guandique was sentenced to serve 60 years in prison.

Sniper execution

Sniper execution

John Allen Muhammad, mastermind of the terrifying 2002 Washington area shooting spree, died by lethal injection in Virginia’s death chamber Nov. 10. His attorneys had asked the U.S. Supreme Court to halt the execution, saying he was paranoid and delusional during his trial.

Path of a predator

Path of a predator

A four-month Washington Post investigation of former Manassas teacher Kevin Ricks’s career as a teacher, tutor, foreign exchange host and camp counselor has revealed a pattern of abuse that goes back to at least 1978 and has left a trail of victims that spans the globe.

At-risk students search for a second chance

Washington Post reporter Michael E. Ruane followed the local teenagers in The Freestate Challenge Academy’s Class 33 through the rigorous two-week boot camp that begins each term at the intense military-style high school in Maryland. The students who made it through boot camp earned admission to a program that offers a GED and, perhaps, discipline and teamwork that could help them throughout their lives.

Virginia Tech shootings

Virginia Tech shootings

What unfolded at Virgnia Tech University on April 16, 2007, profiles of the victims, and photos and remembrances.

Being a Black Man

Over the past 50 years, black men have been perhaps the most studied and dissected population subgroup in America. Now numbering 18 million, black men often feel caught between individual achievements and collective failures, defined more by their images in popular culture than their lived experience. This series explored what it means to be a black man in today’s society.