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Letters from a Cuban prison: Alan Gross’s hope, humor

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Men play dominoes in Little Havana. (Charles Ommanney for The Post)

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    The Nats will announce an 11-player trade today. This is what it means.

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    From paragon to pariah: The criticism of Robert Griffin has gone too far

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    The federal government tweaks
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    ‘Oh my Lord’ it’s John Wall: Wizards deliver holiday gifts for the 18th year

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    D.C. leaders are fighting to host the Olympics — without asking the public

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    The Nats will announce an 11-player trade today. This is what it means.

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    Government tweaks its leave policy for snow days

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