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View Photo Gallery: Hundreds gathered at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on Wednesday for a ceremony in remembrance of the day King was assassinated 44 years ago.

Candlelight vigil for Martin Luther King Jr. Hundreds gathered at King’s memorial to honor him on the anniversary of his killing. Forty-four years after his death, his dream is still a work in progress.

Possible NCAA violations at Howard University. A number of athletes have been declared ineligible, but officials say “most teams will compete as scheduled.”

GSA’s spending controversy. The revelations of misspending that prompted Congressional hearings this week are not the the agency’s first scandal.

Coming up today on PostLocal:

— Bond hearing at 9 a.m. for a suspect in the Baltimore carjacking that ended with a woman diving from her vehicle on the Beltway, holding her 20-month-old child.

— Competency hearing scheduled for the woman charged with stabbing a shopper in a Target parking lot in Prince George’s County.

— The Nationals play their first game of the 2012 season, in Chicago.

View Photo Gallery: For those Washingtonians who remember the Howard Theatre’s heyday, the theater’s rebirth stirs a mix of curiosity and excitement for what is new, and nostalgia and melancholy for what has been lost. Read related story.