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Diamond Whitaker, left, and Mary L. Pope are first in a line of hundreds of locals queued up in front of Hubbard Place apartment building in Columbia Heights to put their names on a waiting list for affordable apartments. (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)

Metro may increase fares in 2012. The transit authority is facing a drop in revenue and increase in expenses that may leave a $124 million shortfall.

Crash stemming from possible street race kills 72-year-old man. Police are seeking the driver of a Mercedes involved in a hit-and-run on the BW Parkway.

When Congress nixed an entire agency. It happened about 15 years ago — and two commentators blame Newt Gingrich for the bad idea.

Craft beer, rubber chickens and bacon-flavored gum. As historic Hyattsville undergoes a retail rebirth, one store embodies the area’s quirky feel.

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