When soldiers bring violence home from war

Communities find themselves facing a tough choice as the effects of 12 years of war seep into the legal system: Are battle-scarred service members who do wrong at home the criminals or victims?

    Texas GOP is several shades redder than it used to be

    THE TAKE | In the two decades since the state’s Republicans embraced George W. Bush, Texas has become the epicenter of the conservative movement. Will the nation adopt those politics?

    Kelsey gets ready to go out for dinner. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

    When no gender fits

    The world keeps insisting, in a million little ways, that Kelsey Beckham has to choose: Male or female? But the place that feels most right to Kelsey is neither.

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      Police name person of interest
      in hunt for missing U-Va. student

      Police name person of interest <br> in hunt for missing U-Va. student

      Police said they believe the man was the last to see Graham before she disappeared early last Saturday.

      How did a man jump a fence, sprint
      70 yards and enter the White House?

      How did a man jump a fence, sprint <br>  70 yards and enter the White House?

      The Secret Service faces tough questions as it reviews security after the breach at the residence.

      In Week 3, Redskins brace for Eagles’ speed, tempo and screen game

      In Week 3, Redskins brace for Eagles’ speed, tempo and screen game

      Washington defenders prepare for the pace and style of Philadelphia’s league-leading offense.

      Maryland police gave heroin user
      a drug that turned her life around

      Maryland police gave heroin user <br>a drug that turned her life around

      Danielle Hall said she’s alive because Annapolis officers gave her naxolone, an antidote to heroin.

      Historic Old Town home with modern amenities is listed at $5.2 million

      Historic Old Town home with modern amenities is listed at $5.2 million

      The Holland House grew from two stories into a 6,125-square-foot dwelling on nearly half an acre.

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      Rental car company’s ‘administrative fees’ prompt class-action lawsuit

      Rental car company’s ‘administrative fees’ prompt class-action lawsuit

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      Take precautions before taking cruise

      Take precautions before taking cruise

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      ‘This Town’ or Niketown? Capital steps stridently to a new obsession.

      ‘This Town’  or Niketown? Capital steps stridently to a new obsession.

      Lately, both political parties are competing anew, this time on the number of steps they walk each day.

      ‘Idol’ made Clay Aiken a star.
      He knows he needs more in politics.

      ‘Idol’ made Clay Aiken a star.<br> He knows he needs more in politics.

      The pop-star-turned-Democratic-candidate is hoping to win over voters in a congressional race.

      Don’t blame millennials for not attaining the still-unreachable

      Don’t blame millennials for not attaining the still-unreachable

      Basic goals such as getting married, having a secure job and owning a home still are cherished.

      FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - MAY Spirit planes sit on the tarmac at Fort Lauderdale Internatational Airport May 21, 2004 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Low-cost airlines now account for about 20 percent to 25 percent of the market and in the U.S., that figure is predicted to rise to more than 40 percent within a few years.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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      Last in service, first in profit:
      Spirit a model (of sorts) for airlines

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      Politics

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      Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s awkward day with Democratic Party leaders

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      Local Columnists

      In D.C. mayoral race, Catania’s boasts of a better record aren’t helping him

      In D.C. mayoral race, Catania’s boasts of a better record aren’t helping him

      COLUMN | He heaps scorn on Muriel Bowser’s shortage of achievements, yet he still trails her.

      Sports

      Zimmerman returns as Nats win 90th

      Zimmerman returns as Nats win 90th

      Denard Span atones from an earlier outfield gaffe with an RBI hit to cap a 3-run rally in the 7th inning.

      Real Estate

      The importance of a well-designed street

      The importance of a well-designed street

      Like good architecture, a good streetscape should aspire to achieve aesthetic as well as practical goals.

      Federal Government

      ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ is over. But challenges remain for LGBT vets and service members

      ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ is over. But challenges remain for LGBT vets and service members

      FEDERAL EYE | The Department of Veterans Affairs has only been fully recognizing married same-sex couples in states that have marriage equality.

      National

      After massive horror, questions loom

      After massive horror, questions loom

      Police have few clues as to why a man opened fire on his daughter and her six children in a small Fla. town.

      Lifestyle

      From ‘Marry Me’ to ‘Selfie,’ fall TV is filled with love stories. Isn’t the rom-com genre dead?

      From ‘Marry Me’ to ‘Selfie,’ fall TV is filled with love stories. Isn’t the rom-com genre dead?

      The romantic comedy genre is supposedly dead. Looks like someone forgot to tell the 2014 fall television season.

      Arts

      The comic side of race

      The comic side of race

      COMIC RIFFS | A new academic work helps fill the void of published scholarship on the history of black comics and their creators.

      Business

      Reverse mortgages no fast ticket to retirement easy street

      Reverse mortgages no fast ticket to retirement easy street

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