Best Of is back! Vote for your favorites in the D.C. area

Vote for your favorite D.C. bars, restaurants and people, and we’ll spotlight the winners in our October 16 issue.

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Southern Maryland community calendar, Aug. 28-Sept. 4

Events include a baseball game fundraiser, a jousting tournament, and a War of 1812 commemoration.

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Southern Maryland crime report

Reports from the Maryland State Police and the Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties sheriff’s offices.

Maryland open houses Aug. 30-31

A list of properties in Maryland that you can visit Saturday and Sunday.

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Prince George’s and Southern Maryland Going Out Guide

A list of events in Prince George’s County and Southern Maryland for Aug. 28-Sept. 3, 2014

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Southern Maryland deaths

Obituaries reported by funeral homes in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties.

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Closings for Labor Day, Sept. 1

City and county services and closures on the holiday.

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SMAC preview

(Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post)

Defending Md. 2A state finalist Patuxent looks for an encore behind QB Tyler Crounse while Huntingtown, Lackey and Westlake should all factor into the race.

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The Post preseason Top 20

(John McDonnell / The Washington Post)

FOOTBALL PREVIEW | Centreville starts the 2014 campaign where it ended 2013: atop The Post’s rankings.

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Top area story lines for 2014

(John McDonnell / The Washington Post)

FOOTBALL PREVIEW | Coaches in new places, high-profile linemen, tougher schedules and added parity are among the story lines to watch this fall.

 

Michael S. Rosenwald

Buying frenzy of Russian-made AK-47s follows import ban

The surge of sales after sanctions were imposed against Russia brought a boom in demand.

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Michael S. Rosenwald

Michael S. Rosenwald

Ethan Saylor’s mom backs Frederick Co. sheriff’s opponent

Patti Saylor, whose son died in an encounter with off-duty deputies, endorses the Democratic challenger.

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Michael S. Rosenwald

5 guns that changed history

From the Philadelphia Derringer to the AK-47, these guns altered history. Is the smart gun next?

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Michael S. Rosenwald

Michael S. Rosenwald

Gun designer becomes the target of gun-rights activists

Ernst Mauch believes smart guns must replace “dumb guns,” no matter what his critics say.

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Michael S. Rosenwald

Maryland & regional photo galleries

Our Washington

Post photographers are sharing their favorite area locations.

Horseshoe Baltimore casino’s opening night

Throngs of people showed up to try their luck at the city’s first casino.

Aboard the Memphis Belle

Members of the media get a ride on the World War II B-17 bomber ahead of a weekend exhibition in Baltimore.

Marylanders go to the polls

In the Maryland primary, voters chose candidates for governor, attorney general and local offices.

Heavy rains, strong winds wallop D.C.

Anywhere from 2 to 4 inches of rain fell, beginning last night, causing flooding in the D.C. area.

Democratic candidates for Md. governor debate

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, Del. Heather Mizeur and Attorney General Doug Gansler face off.

A knitting class that isn’t just about knitting

For instructors and students, it’s more than just another activity to help prisoners pass the weeks, months and years.

Amateur gets a seat at the poker table

A new TV show gives Reisterstown, Md., man chance to play with pros.

Inside a casino’s surveillance operation

A security force and state-of-the-art surveillance operation protects Maryland Live Casino from thieves.

Worst storm of season hits D.C. area

The biggest storm of the season has closed airport runways, stretches of parkways, schools and offices across the region.

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