Bowser holds big lead in poll, but weaknesses seen

Although the Democratic candidate for D.C. mayor has a comfortable edge, there are several vulnerabilities for her — and opportunities for her opponents.

House approves plan
to fight Islamic State

President Obama’s plan includes training and arms for moderate Syrian rebels to counter the militants. The Senate is expected to approve the plan Thursday.

Spirit Airlines boasts extra-low fares but plentiful extra fees. (Getty)

This airline ticket includes ... a seat

Spirit Airlines — which charges extra for water, carry-on bags, even boarding passes — portrays the extreme in an industry rethinking every aspect of its business and what customers should pay for.

Local News

Gun owners could soon be free
to carry concealed weapons in D.C.

Gun owners could soon be free <br>to carry concealed weapons in D.C.

City officials drafted a new law after a judge struck down D.C.’s ban on carrying firearms in public.

Police canvass Charlottesville for missing U-Va. sophomore

Police canvass Charlottesville for missing U-Va. sophomore

Hannah Graham,18, was last seen on surveillance videos walking alone in the early morning hours Saturday.

CDC confirms seven cases of rare respiratory illness in Virginia

CDC confirms seven cases of rare respiratory illness in Virginia

The illness, enterovirus 68, can cause breathing difficulty and has now sickened children in 16 states.

Police searching Va. land for evidence in case of long-missing Lyon sisters

Police searching Va. land for evidence in case of long-missing Lyon sisters<br>

They’re working to establish a connection to Del. inmate and “person of interest” Lloyd Lee Welch.

Organizers of D.C.’s 2024 Olympics
bid go public with their pitch

Organizers of D.C.’s 2024 Olympics <br>bid go public with their pitch

The group, which includes Wizards and Capitals owner Ted Leonsis, has been polling residents for support.

Spay my kitty? Not a hairball’s chance.

Spay my kitty? Not a hairball’s chance.

COLUMN | Experts say cats may not be truly content unless they’re spayed. But there are downsides.

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A Bible museum near the Capitol?
That’s the Hobby Lobby CEO’s plan.

A Bible museum near the Capitol? <br>That’s the Hobby Lobby CEO’s plan.

Steve Green has just one problem with the project: Two blocks isn’t close enough to the National Mall.

Scottish independence vote also a verdict on Britain’s establishment

Scottish independence vote also a verdict on Britain’s establishment

The drive for independence has been fueled by extraordinary anger toward Britain’s political class.

Sweeteners may trigger blood sugar spikes, study says

Sweeteners may trigger blood sugar spikes, study says

Artificial sweeteners may be contributing to the problems they were designed to combat.

Local Columnists

Relive school days at your reunion

COLUMN | Who says you can’t go home again? High school reunions attempt to prove otherwise.

Sports

Five questions facing the Redskins

Five questions facing the Redskins

REDSKINS BLOG | The Redskins look to string together back-to-back wins for the first time since Weeks 16 and 17 of the 2012 season.

Real Estate

Real Estate Matters | Should heir sell or rent Mom’s house?

Real Estate Matters | Should heir sell or rent Mom’s house?

Rent out the home and give yourself a year to decide whether to sell it.

Federal Government

Survivors recall the Navy Yard massacre one year later

Survivors recall the Navy Yard massacre one year later

FEDERAL DIARY | People who were there talked about being in the building during the Navy Yard massacre one year ago.

National

What it feels like to lift your child out of poverty

What it feels like to lift your child out of poverty

She sought a full-time job -- and a better life for her 6-year-old son

Lifestyle

Battle still raging over Eisenhower Memorial design

Battle still raging over Eisenhower Memorial design

A commission will review a revised Frank Gehry design — one that the famed architect will not endorse.

Arts

Angela Lansbury coming to National Theatre next spring

Angela Lansbury coming to National Theatre next spring

The five-time Tony winner revives her New York-London turn in the Noël Coward comedy.

Business

It’s time to bury the ‘death panel’ myth for good. Is this the way to do it?

It’s time to bury the ‘death panel’ myth for good. Is this the way to do it?

WONKBLOG | An expert panel has a new plan for navigating the tricky politics around end-of-life care.

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