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In D.C., low-cost apartments disappearing as rent soars. Low-income buildings are forced to undergo quick makeovers to meet the demand for upscale housing.

View Photo Gallery: It was the best of times for some residents of two D.C. apartment buildings — granite countertops and shiny appliances in upscale apartments. But it was the worst of times for those in the rent-controlled rooms, which residents say were plagued with dilapidated conditions.

Ratings drop for Va. governor. Robert F. McDonnell sees approval slide in new Washington Post poll. Meanwhile, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli experiences a legal loss just as he kicks off his gubernatorial campaign.

Little ones in a big world. D.C. children’s festival emphasizes human connections at home and abroad.

A beer drinker’s paradise. Put down that light beer! Smart beer stores, excellent breweries and tasty brewpubs abound in northern Virginia.

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Prince Harry is in Washington today to receive the Atlantic Council’s “Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Leadership.”

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