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• Music Center at Strathmore Opens: The new Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda is one in a growing list of suburban performing arts centers in the metro area and across the country. February 02, 2005

• First Winter Storm Hits Softly: Roads were snarled and some air travelers were stranded, but many people in the Washington area simply reveled in the weekend timing of the first winter storm of the season. January 22, 2005

• Inaugural Eve: Numerous visitors and law enforcement officers descended upon a snowy Washington Wednesday as the nation's 55th inaugural celebration continued with a fireworks display on the Ellipse and private candlelight dinners for those who underwrote the cost of what is estimated to be the country's most expensive inauguration. President George W. Bush is scheduled to take the oath of office at noon Thursday at the West Front of the Capitol. January 19, 2005

• Caring for a Lost Daughter's Son: Saundra Adams is now raising her 5-year-old grandson, Chancellor Lee Adams. Her daughter, Cherica Adams, was fatally shot when she was eight months pregnant, and the bullet missed Chancellor by an inch. He was born early with cerebral palsy and brain damage. December 20, 2004

• Filling in for Loved Ones Lost: Their killings produced only a few headlines, but across the country in the last decade, hundreds of pregnant women and new mothers have been slain. Even as Scott Peterson's trial became a public fascination, little was said about how often is happens, why, and whether it is a fluke or a social syndrome. December 19, 2004

• The Best of the Post Photography 2004: The best pictures of 2004 from the staff at The Washington Post. December 13, 2004

• Arsonists Strike Md. Subdivision: A dozen empty houses in the Hunters Brooke subdivision, near Indian Head in Charles County, were destroyed Monday in what officials said were more than 20 coordinated, methodically planned arsons. December 07, 2004

• New York Avenue Station Opens: Metrorail's newest station, named New York Avenue-Florida Avenue-Gallaudet University, will serve about 1,500 passengers a day to start, making it among the least-used in the area's transit system. November 18, 2004

• D.C.'s Troubled Schools: The run-down state of Bruce-Monroe Elementary School -- which was constructed in 1973 -- is just one of dozens of consequences of long-term neglect in the D.C. school system. November 10, 2004

• Far From Home: Twenty-one Muslim students came to the United States to see what Americans were like. What they found defied their expectations. November 05, 2004

• Finding Life After Homicide: Every Wednesday night, the Life After Homicide group meets at a church in the District, where lately, life seems immersed in death: Nearly everyone who goes there has had a cousin, a brother, a son, who died violently before reaching middle age. November 05, 2004

• Metro Crash Slows Commute: A Metro train filled with passengers was struck by an out-of-service train traveling in reverse down the same track. No serious injuries were reported but about 20 people were taken to area hospitals. November 04, 2004

• Washington Area Voters Come Out in Droves: Polling places in Maryland, Virginia and D.C. reported long lines and few problems on Election Day. November 02, 2004

• Cardinal Hickey Dies at 84: Cardinal James Aloysius Hickey, 84, head of the Washington Archdiocese for 20 years, died October 24, 2004, at a nursing home in Washington. When asked by The Washington Post in 1989 what he would like people to say about him when he's gone, he replied: "First, I'd like them to say that he was always loyal to his church. Second, that he was a friend to Catholic education. And third, if they don't want to say the first two, at least I hope they would chisel on the stone, 'He served the poor.'" October 24, 2004

• The Cost of an American Education: Koreans call families like Keeyeop Kim's "kirogi" -- wild geese that mate for life and travel great distances to bring back food for their young. As Kim lives and works in Korea to finance his children's education in America, his wife and family struggle to make the best of life without him. October 07, 2004

• Opening Day at the National Museum of the American Indian: Prominently situated on the National Mall, the National Museum of the American Indian opens to the public Sept. 21. The five-story curvilinear building displays more than 8,000 objects and examines Indian life, not as history but as a vital part of the contemporary world. September 21, 2004

• National Museum of the American Indian: Prominently situated on the National Mall, the National Museum of the American Indian opens to the public Sept. 21. The five-story curvilinear building displays more than 8,000 objects and examines Indian life, not as history but as a vital part of the contemporary world. September 21, 2004

• Assessing the Damage: Some residents of Maryland and Virginia spent Saturday combing through damage to their homes caused Friday evening by tornadoes and rain whipped up by remnants of Hurricane Ivan. September 18, 2004

• Barry's Back: Marion Barry, the former mayor of Washington, defeated the incumbent Ward 8 D.C. Council member on a primary election day that handed two other incumbents losses. September 15, 2004

• Capital Conflict: In the wake of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., Washington's streets erupted in looting, riots and flames. August 23, 2004

• Tiger Cubs Debut at the Zoo: The three Sumatran tiger cubs born May 2 at the National Zoo got their first exposure to adoring crowds when they were let loose to romp and stalk in their yard. The three male cubs -- Marah, Besar and Jalan -- will be on public view from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. daily, beginning Thursday, Aug. 12. August 11, 2004

• March on Washington: On a hot summer day in 1963, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream Speech" before thousands gathered on the National Mall, propelling the Civil Rights movement to the forefront of the American political agenda. August 09, 2004

• A Mother's Support: As Karen Flores, 15, celebrated her Quinceaρera in San Salvador, her mother, Maday Flores, waitressed thousands of miles away in Virginia. Maday left her home country and her children in 2000 to earn money in the U.S. Now the only connection the children have with their mother comes from weekly phone calls and the money she sends them. August 05, 2004

• Mission to the Moon: Americans watched 35 years ago as the Apollo 11 mission, manned by Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., became the first mission to land a man on the moon July 20, 1969. July 18, 2004

• Rainy Start, But Fireworks Go On: Heavy thunderstorms, which discouraged turnout at Fourth of July festivities throughout the D.C. area, retreated in time for the annual fireworks display on the National Mall. July 04, 2004

• WWII Memories: The opening of the National World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. Explore the monument in photos, video and panoramas, read stories and hear from veterans. June 21, 2004

• Sharing an Uncertain Future: In the months after they were born, conjoined twins Jade and Erin Buckles endured medical procedures to prepare for separation while their parents grappled with the challenges of caring for the twins. June 19, 2004

• A Year at Ballou: For 19-year-old John Thomas, Ballou's graduation ceremony meant more than just a diploma. It marked surviving high school in an area where rivalries can get a student killed, or a mistake can land a person in prison. June 11, 2004

• Rhythm and Blues: Singers in the Eastern High School choir strive to create beautiful sounds of success despite declining funds and crippling hardships. June 10, 2004

• Memorial Day in D.C.: Veterans, military bands and high schools youths swept along Independence Avenue in a tribute to America's war heroes. May 31, 2004

• Kakenya's Promise: After growing up in Enoosaen, a village in western Kenya where girls rarely make it through middle school, Kakenya Ntaiya graduated Sunday from Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, Va. May 18, 2004

• Season of Destiny: All this work would add up to something, Ben St. Ulme thought, rubbing his aching arms, having just taken 1,000 shots on an outdoor basketball court. Work hard, and you will be justly rewarded. His season of destiny was about to begin. May 07, 2004

• Chelsea Remembered: Family and friends remember Chelsea Cromartie, 8, who was killed when a stray bullet crashed through her aunt's Northeast Washington home, striking her in the head. May 05, 2004

• Abortion Rights March:  April 25, 2004

• Painting Pandas: Artists are hard at work transforming 150 bare pandas into works of art for the city's "PandaMania" project. The finished bears will be displayed across the city from May through September. April 15, 2004

• The Education of Jim Crow: In the early 20th century, African American students learned the hard way that separate was nowhere near equal. April 02, 2004

• After Closure, Seeking Shelter: After three years of service, the Gales Shelter on Massachusetts Avenue NW closed its doors permanently Thursday, displacing more than 100 homeless men and women. April 01, 2004

• Washington in Bloom: A tradition since 1912, the annual Cherry Blossom Festival is a celebration of the pink and white flowers that mark springtime and tourist season in the nation's capital. March 31, 2004

• Pump Gives Patient Life: Two years after doctors found his heart to be irregular, 43-year-old Michael King became the eighth patient in the nation to go home with a heart pump since federal regulators approved the technology last year. March 18, 2004

• Mourning a Maryland Soldier: The war in Iraq was felt on the Eastern Shore last week with the arrival of the coffin bearing Pvt. Bryan Nicholas Spry, 19. February 21, 2004

• Funerals for Two Young Victims of Violence: Funerals were held Saturday, Feb. 7, for two District teenagers who died in seperate shootings. Jahkema Princess Hansen was killed after she was believed to be witness to a murder. James Richardson was killed at Ballou High School in an apparent dispute between groups of students. February 07, 2004

• Student Slain at High School: James Richardson, a football player at Ballou Senior High School, is shown on October 22, 2003. Richardson was shot dead Monday, Feb. 2, 2004, inside the Southeast Washington school, several weeks after counselors tried to have him transferred because of his involvement in an ongoing dispute between two groups of students. February 02, 2004

• Picture of Success: For nearly a century, Addison N. Scurlock -- and later, his sons Robert and George -- recorded the lives of black Washingtonians. Working out of a studio on U Street NW, Scurlock enmeshed himself in the city's black society; a Scurlock portrait was a measure of distinction. His film captured individuals, families and groups -and lives and customs otherwise perhaps overlooked. January 30, 2004

• Snowstorm Hammers D.C. Area: A snowstorm with freezing rain, mist and bitter temperatures made for treacherous roads, Metrorail delays and inevitably closed school systems. January 26, 2004

• Kakenya's Promise: After growing up in a Masai village in Kenya where girls rarely make it through middle school, 24-year-old Kakenya Ntaiya is entering her senior year at Randolph-Macon Women's College in Lynchburg, Va. She now needs to decide whether to pursue a master's degree and then return to her village, or return to her village after she finishes at Randolph-Macon. Either way, she will return to her village as she promised. "It's not about owing," she says. "It's about the need in my heart." December 26, 2003

• Jurors Spare Malvo's Life: After about 8 1/2 hours of deliberation, a jury on Tuesday sentenced Lee Boyd Malvo to life in prison for the murder of Linda Franklin. During the final hours of the trial's penalty phase, the prosecution urged jurors to sentence the teenager to death, but jurors eventually answered the defense's plea for compassion by handing down a life sentence instead. December 23, 2003

• Portraits of Washington: Office construction is booming, from the East End to the West End. Retail means restaurants -- most of them expensive -- as well as bookstores and boutiques and an unprecedented number of expensive apartment buildings are being built. And as the structures change, so do the people who live and work in them. December 17, 2003

• Malvo Trial Week Five and Six: The trial of sniper suspect Lee Boyd Malvo begins its fifth week. At right: Defense witness Dewey G. Cornell, a clinical psychologist and professor at the University of Virginia, center, and defense attorney Craig S. Cooley, right, arrive on Dec. 8 at the Chesapeake Circuit Court. December 08, 2003

• Malvo Trial Weeks Three and Four: The trial of sniper suspect Lee Boyd Malvo began its third week. November 25, 2003

• Muhammad Sentenced to Death: A seven-woman, five-man jury handed down a sentence of death for convicted sniper John Allen Muhammad. November 24, 2003

• A Different Approach to High School Success: Starting out as poor-performing, troubled Forestville High School in Prince George's County, Md., the school is now part of an experiment to see if the renamed Forestville Military Academy, with the addition of military discipline and curriculum, could improve academics and transform itself into one of the nation’s few coeducational public military schools. November 21, 2003

• Malvo Trial Week Two: The trial of sniper suspect Lee Boyd Malvo began its second week with several rounds of testimony from survivors, police and victims' relatives. November 19, 2003

• Muhammad Found Guilty: After about 6 1/2 hours of deliberation, a jury convicted John Allen Muhammad on two counts of capital murder, conspiracy and illegal use of a firearm. November 17, 2003

• At Home in the Woods: Homelessness has rarely attracted much attention in Washington's outer suburbs. But despite the lack of visibility, the number of people without housing is rising sharply, according to shelter operators and advocates for the homeless. November 12, 2003

• Malvo Trial Week One: The trial of sniper suspect Lee Boyd Malvo began Nov. 10 with the teen calmly pleading not guilty to the murder of an FBI analyst in Fairfax County last October. With jury selection underway, defense attorneys hope to choose jurors who will decide that Malvo was temporarily insane during the shooting spree. November 11, 2003

• Muhammad Trial Week Four: The trial of John Allen Muhammad enters its fourth week in Virginia Beach. November 11, 2003

• Washington Region Goes to the Polls: Voters around the area trooped into polling places in steady streams,and sometimes waited in long lines, to cast ballots in elections that were being closely watched for trends in public sentiment on taxes and suburban growth. November 05, 2003

• Muhammad Trial Week Three: The trial of John Allen Muhammad enters its third week in Virginia Beach. November 03, 2003

• The Funeral of Former Mayor Washington: The National Cathedral was the fitting setting for a celebration of the life of Washington, D.C.'s namesake leader through the turbulent '60s and '70s. November 01, 2003

• Muhammad Trial Week Two: Tuesday's testimony in the trial of sniper suspect John Allen Muhammad focused on nearly two dozen people who found themselves drawn into the harrowing first days of terror in October 2002, including a woman who survived her bullet wound. October 28, 2003

• Walter Washington Dies at 88: Walter E. Washington, the first elected mayor of the District of Columbia in the 20th century, helped bring home rule to the city and led it through riots and turmoil. October 27, 2003

• War Protesters Return to DC: For the first time since the fall of Baghdad, a major demonstration was held Saturday in the nation's capital to oppose the Bush Administration's military operations in Iraq. October 25, 2003

• Muhammad Trial Week One: After almost a week of jury selection in the Virginia Beach Municipal Center, opening arguments in the trial of sniper suspect John Allen Muhammad began Monday with a surprise: Prince William County Circuit Court Judge LeRoy F. Millette Jr. approved Muhammad's request to represent himself. October 20, 2003

• A Swan Song for Separate Schools: Virginia's only two residential schools for the deaf and blind share a common problem: how to best serve the state's disabled children despite low enrollment and lack of funding. While the school in Staunton focuses on academics and independence, the Hampton school struggles to serve students with multiple disabilities. The possibility of merging the two has administrators, parents and state officials nervous. October 03, 2003

• Young Designer Fashions a Following: As Centennial High School students prepare for homecoming, Nick Aburn is holding a court of his own. The sophomore is turning pages of drawings and dreams into real designs for classmates to wear to the school dance. October 01, 2003

• Redevelopment Raises Hopes, Fears: Plans for new housing, shops, offices and other attractions near the Capitol have some residents excited about the future and others worried about how the poor will be displaced. September 30, 2003

• A Turf War: With gangs such as Mara Salvatrucha and the Hells Angels increasingly active in the area, law enforcement officials and others are aggressively attempting to curb the problem. September 17, 2003

• Mosby Remembered: Killing of a dog infuriates Va. town. August 30, 2003

• A Long March Through Time: A retrospective glance at faces and events that defined the civil rights movement. August 21, 2003

• The End of East Capitol: Emotions run bittersweet as Washington's East Capitol Dwellings are demolished. The complex's destruction and rebirth is fostering talk of renewal in a neighborhood that has long struggled with crime, unemployment, and addiction. July 25, 2003

• A Hero's Homecoming: Thousands of people greeted Jessica Lynch as she made her first public appearance in her hometown of Palestine, W.Va. July 22, 2003

• A Community Diversified: In the core of the city, community residents share unique bonds. July 09, 2003

• Independence day In Washington: A dazzling fireworks show sprayed light across the Washington sky, viewed by throngs of visitors on the Mall who celebrated Independence Day against a backdrop of American troops under fire abroad and vigilance against terrorism at home. July 07, 2003

• Mothers Behind Bars: Through a special, selective program at Fluvanna Correctional Center, women at the maximum-security prison may see their children more than regular visiting hours allow. July 06, 2003

• A Feather in National Zoo's Cap: The National Zoo in Washington unveiled its Bald Eagle Refuge Exhibit on Wednesday, allowing visitors to see the national bird up close. July 02, 2003

• Music That Speaks to Their Seoul: About 10,000 people attended the Korean American Centennial Peace Festival at RFK stadium in Washington, D.C, to commemorate 100 years of immigration and 50 years of the Korean War armistice. June 29, 2003

• A Golf Mecca in Need of Green: The Langston course has a rich history, but lack of cash is limiting its future. June 25, 2003

• Chief Moose Resigns: Montgomery County Police Chief Charles A. Moose, who became a national hero as the sturdy face of the sniper task force, has quit to free himself from ethical concerns about his plans to write a personal memoir of last fall's sniper manhunt. June 18, 2003

• Charter Learning: Area parents and students are discovering that charter schools in Washington have both perks and drawbacks. June 18, 2003

• Here Comes the Bride: With the start of the hectic wedding season, couples are looking for ways to make their big day special. Loudoun County sites offer a variety of ways to customize a wedding, including fairy-tale transportation and scenic ceremony sites. June 13, 2003

• Spreading Message Through Song: The Watoto Children's Choir, composed of orphans from Uganda, performed across the Washington area sharing stories and songs to raise funds to help other orphans of AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. June 13, 2003

• USS Truman Returns Home: Poignant goodbyes and homecomings are part of life at the world's largest naval station in Norfolk, Va., but on May 23 the return of the thousands of sailors and Marines aboard USS Harry S. Truman was remarkable even for this port. May 23, 2003

• The Melodies of Easter: On Easter, bells will ring from Washington National Cathedral throughout the day. The bell ringing will begin with the harmonies of the 53-bell carillon followed by three and a half hours of rope-pulled peal bell ringing, called change ringing. April 17, 2003

• Coming Together Against War: Thousands of people converged in Washington and Boston on March 15 to protest possible military action in Iraq. March 15, 2003

• Before Shipping Out, Military Couples Rush to Wed: They had a plan. The date would be September. They would exchange their vows before extended family and friends. It would be a day to remember. That was before the call to war, when the date and details of weddings mattered to them. Now facing deployment overseas and the real prospect that they may never see their sweethearts again, making a lifetime commitment to each is all that's important for many military couples, like Monica Jacobs and Patrick DiPaolo. March 07, 2003

• Smothered in Snow: A thick layer of dry, grainy snow engulfed Washington today, snarling traffic, closing airports, shutting churches and museums, sending homeowners out repeatedly to shovel and delighting children heading for the sledding hills. February 16, 2003

• High Turnout, Low Temperatures: Thousands of demonstrators marched through downtown Washington to rally against the White House’s plans for a possible war against Iraq. The imminent threat of war drew an eclectic crowd of celebrities and grass-roots activists, who braved frigid temperatures to voice their opposition to U.S military intervention. January 18, 2003

• The Inauguration of a Governor: A gallery of photos taken during the inauguration ceremony of Maryland Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.. Upon taking the oath of office, Ehrlich becomes the 60th governor of Maryland and the first republican in that office since 1966. January 15, 2003

• Taking Comfort and Care to the Troops: Families bid farewell to their loved ones at Bethesda Naval Hospital and at the Canton Marine Terminal in Baltimore as the USS Comfort prepared for deployment. The 1,000-bed hospital ship set sail bound for the Persian Gulf region to provide care for troops wounded in a possible war with Iraq. January 06, 2003

• Time Frames: Snapped under a federal program established in the Depression, these seldom-seen photos caught the essence of D.C.-area life in those times. December 14, 2002

• Early Snowstorm Closes Area Roads and Schools: Early snowstorm engulfed Washington today, snarling traffic, closing airports, shutting churches and museums, sending homeowners out repeatedly to shovel and delighting children heading for the sledding hills December 05, 2002

• A Sniper's Reign of Terror: Gas stations, strip mall parking lots and elementary schools became crime scenes. And as the manhunt for the Washington area sniper stretched into the second and third week, police dragnets snarled area roadways after each shooting. The cat and mouse chase ended in the early morning hours on Thurs., Oct. 24 when police arrested John Allen Muhammad and Lee Malvo at a rest area near Frederick, Md. But before life in the Washington area could return to normal, 10 innocent people would die and three would be seriously wounded. October 25, 2002

• Protesters, Police Clash: Hundreds of activists descended on Washington, D.C., Friday to protest the policies of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, which are holding their annual meetings this weekend. The protesters had vowed to block traffic and disrupt business; the D.C. police were determined to keep the situation under control. September 27, 2002

• Opening a Heart: Without surgery, 6-year-old Mantaine Minis faced little chance of survival past age 15 in her tiny Kenyan village. In a place where medical care is in short supply and money is even scarcer, her family could not afford the simple surgical procedure needed to save her life. When students from the Langley School in Northern Virginia met Mantaine’s father, Stephen Minis, on a safari last year and learned about his village’s sacrifices to donate money to Sept. 11 victims, they knew they had to help. September 19, 2002

• Voters Head to the Polls: Residents in Maryland and the District joined citizens across the nation as they headed to the polls to choose the candidates who will appear on the November ballots. September 10, 2002

• Hitting the Campaign Trail Hard: Five days before the primaries, D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams got a boost from former mayor Walter E. Washington as he hit the campaign trail around the District. September 05, 2002

• Wilson Hits the Campaign Trail: With a week to go until the Democratic primary, the Rev. Willie F. Wilson is hitting the streets of Washington in his campaign to unseat Mayor Anthony A. Williams. September 03, 2002

• Blacks Still Flock to Haven by the Bay: Established in 1893 by a son of Frederick Douglass as an option for blacks who were excluded from white vacation spots, the resort town of Highland Beach still draws hundreds of African Americans with its rich history. August 19, 2002

• Amtrak Train Derails in Kensington: An Amtrak passenger train derailed near Kensington Monday, injuring 97 people, six of whom were reported in serious condition. July 29, 2002

• Convention Center Nears Completion: After years of construction, the Washington Convention Center is nearing completion. July 19, 2002

• Convention Center Nears Completion: After years of construction, the Washington Convention Center is nearing completion. July 19, 2002

• On Base: The Washington area is home to more than 62,000 active members of the military, the third-highest concentration of officers and enlistees in the country. The region has 20 military installations, which often serve as self-contained environments where military personnel and their families work and live but also have access to fitness centers, medical clinics, schools, grocery stores and churches. July 13, 2002

• Shuffling Through School: When Grace McCray’s family left a violent home, she was relieved, but she’s had to endure challenges to stay committed to school without a permanent address. June 14, 2002

• Independence Day 2001 in Washington: With town parades, brass bands and booming fireworks, Washington celebrated the 225th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. The day’s early sun gave way to heavy evening showers, causing several local festivities to postpone their fireworks displays. Whether sun-drenched or from under umbrellas, revelers from Annapolis to Vienna honored the red, white and blue. June 11, 2002

• Phoenix Rising, Job 306: Stonecutters say they are proud of limestone pieces they cut for the Pentagon reconstruction project. Known to them as Job 306, the effort has special meaning for the 100 or so workers at Bybee Stone Co. in Ellettsville, Ind. June 09, 2002

• Washington - The Real and the Ideal: Four photographers with four visions create one cumulative portrait of Washington-- the mythic metropolis and the real bricks-and-mortar-and-the people city-- at the beginning of the 21st century. May 31, 2002

• Chandra Levy's Body Found: A person walking a dog through Rock Creek Park found a human skull and other skeletal remains shortly after 9:30 a.m. By the end of the day, after examining dental records, D.C. medical examiner Jonathan Arden identified the remains as those of missing intern Chandra Levy . Levy has been missing since May 2001. May 22, 2002

• High Standards, High Expectations: The Maryland Red Dogs are a hand-picked collection of 11 under-10 baseball players who are among the best at their positions. May 08, 2002

• Tornado Damage in La Plata: Sunday, a twister, classified as a F5, cut a 24-mile swath east after crossing the Potomac River, reaching into Calvert County with winds that may have exceeded 250 miles per hour. April 29, 2002

• Learning to Cope: The Pentagon Kids: Some suffer in silence. Others are more expressive and outwardly emotional. For some, dreams are the only solace. One defining constant the 108 children share: each lost a parent at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, and each faces the daily challenge of coping with memories and reminders of their loss. April 25, 2002

• Rallies Focus on Middle East: The conflict in the Middle East took center stage in Washington, when tens of thousands of people converged for a day of demonstrations. April 20, 2002

• A Road to Success: In Washington, 14th Street NW attracts an increasing number of Latino residents and businesses, who are expanding east toward the Petworth and Shaw neighborhoods from Adams Morgan. March 27, 2002

• Finding a Way to Fit In: Alex Mont enjoys playing games, avoids peer pressure and loves his parents. The 14-year-old has an IQ of 155, but his autism has created a series of challenges for both him and his family. March 20, 2002

• Standing the Heat: With firefighters bravely battling flames away from the station, a different struggle occurs at the firehouse: feeding a hungry crew. March 20, 2002

• Cherry Blossoms 2002: For 90 years, residents and tourists alike have delighted in the blooming of the cherry trees ringing the Tidal Basin. March 19, 2002

• Smooth Manners and Moves: For 42 years, Betty Huckenpoehler has run the Annapolis Cotillion with the unflagging energy of a drill sergeant, teaching her young students not only how to do the waltz and the foxtrot but also how to treat others with respect and grace. March 13, 2002

• The Williams Years: Anthony A. Williams began his foray into D.C. politics in 1995 during a heralded stint as the city's chief financial officer, during which he took the city from fiscal collapse to financial recovery. As mayor, he has delivered on many of his promises, but his detractors criticize his leadership style. February 27, 2002