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D.C. Councilman Marion Barry. (Linda Davidson/THE WASHINGTON POST)

An H Street without roll-down security gates. Neighborhood business leader is pushing to ditch the ugly bars and give stores a look that’s not so grating.

D.C.’s two Occupy camps consider merger. Members of the movement's two protest camps have tentatively agreed to join forces.

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— President Obama and the first lady will mark the beginning of Passover with a Seder at the White House Friday evening. Check out the On Faith blog for more Passover and Easter holiday coverage.

— Will Friday’s gusting winds and cooler temps lead to a warmer, sunnier weekend? Capital Weather Gang has the latest forecast.