Relations grow more fragile after police shot dead

With police-community relations already strained by nationwide protests, New York’s mayor faces intense criticism amid concerns about more anti-police violence.

Mayor de Blasio faces crisis, resentment by city’s police

New York’s mayor and police department have had a contentious relationship since his 2013 campaign.

The FAA gave six filmmakers permission to fly drones. (Aerial MOB, LLC)

After pressure from Hollywood, safety inspectors’ drone fears are overruled

Senior FAA officials did not heed objections from some of its safety inspectors, who said after a formal review that the filmmakers’ plans were too risky. The warning turned out to be prescient.

Local News

Heavily armed police swarm
into Gaithersburg neighborhood

Police described the incident on Maryland Avenue
as a “possible domestic-related barricade.”

For Lorton, park standoff typifies exasperation over development

For Lorton, park standoff typifies exasperation over development

Fairfax County and the waste company building the park can’t come to terms over insurance.

Faith groups pressure Bowser to act against D.C.’s surge in homelessness

Faith groups pressure Bowser to act against D.C.’s surge in homelessness

With shelters at capacity or filling fast, organizers warn more must be done to address the growing need.

Despite investigation’s dark cloud, Gray’s term had many bright spots

Despite investigation’s dark cloud, Gray’s term had many bright spots

As one activist put it, the fraud allegations tarnished “what could have been a pretty amazing legacy.”

Virginia’s HOT lanes aren’t everything advocates hoped or critics feared

Virginia’s HOT lanes aren’t everything advocates hoped or critics feared

GRIDLOCK | But, 15 years after the conversation started, commuters are still trying to figure them out.

Wizards struggle offensively as Suns end their 6-game winning streak

Wizards struggle offensively as Suns end their 6-game winning streak

A victory would have cemented Washington’s best start in franchise history. Instead, a 12-point loss.

Grandma’s obsession with straight tinsel, and other Christmas gems

Grandma’s obsession with straight tinsel, and other Christmas gems<br>

COLUMN | Among the memories that come flooding back each year: My grandmother ironed her tinsel.

Spotlight | Editors’ Pick

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Gov. Chris Christie is quick to rile. (AP)

New strategy for N.J. activists:
Be yelled at by Gov. Chris Christie

The activists hope to steal attention, or undermine the Republican’s prospects in 2016. Some, though, say being berated by the governor changed their lives.

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Christmas storm is set to complicate
holiday travel for many Americans

Christmas storm is set to complicate <br>holiday travel for many Americans

WEATHER GANG | The good news is we’re looking at mainly rain and wind rather than snow or ice.

The unbelievable rise of single moms in America over the last 50 years

The unbelievable rise of single moms in America over the last 50 years

WONKBLOG | Research has begun to confirm that children of unmarried moms face more obstacles in life.

With Cuba deal, U.S. aims to influence events in island’s post-Castro future

With Cuba deal, U.S. aims to influence events in island’s post-Castro future

Obama’s new approach reflects a conclusion that instability is not in the United States’ best interests.

Why is it so hard for popular singers
to produce a new Christmas classic?

Why is it so hard for popular singers <br>to produce a new Christmas classic?

No superstar has managed to turn a seasonal hit into an evergreen classic since Mariah Carey in 1994.

Politics

Obama: North Korea hack ‘cyber vandalism,’

Obama: North Korea hack ‘cyber vandalism,’

The president also draws criticism from some Republicans over his overall response to the hack.

Sports

Win streak over as Wizards fall flat

Win streak over as Wizards fall flat

A victory would have cemented Washington’s best start in franchise history. Instead, a poor shooting night helped Phoenix pull out the win.

Real Estate

Renovation integrates 1950’s house into a contemporary design

Renovation integrates 1950’s house into a contemporary design

HOUSE OF THE WEEK | The Spring Valley home feels modern, but kept its traditional warmth and intimacy.

Federal Government

Obama gives federal workers a modest pay raise

Obama gives federal workers a modest pay raise

FEDERAL EYE | The 1% increase is small compared with those given in past presidential administrations.

National

Obama commuted less than 1% of 100,000 jailed for minor drug crimes

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WONKBLOG | WONKBLOG | The president has been unforgiving with clemency, granting it for 1 in 213 cases.

Business

Lighting the way for more Cuban cigars?

Lighting the way for more Cuban cigars?

ON LEADERSHIP | For cigar aficionados around the country, the warming of US-Cuba relations might best be celebrated beside the smoky glow of a Cohiba.

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