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Police search woods behind an business park adjacent to I-270 for William McQuain, 11, missing since October 1. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

Messy dispute avoided. Thousands of cleaning employees in Washington, Maryland and Virginia have secured a new four-year contract that guarantees pay raises and averts a possible strike.

“No one would call him smart.” The first witness called Monday by Maryland Sen. Ulysses S. Currie’s defense team tangled with a federal prosecutor in court over the intelligence level of the 74-year lawmaker.

More money to ease commuting troubles. Maryland can buy new commuter buses, Metro can pay for a new system to keep track of its buses and trains and other assets, and Alexandria can study transit options in the busy Van Dorn street corridor with federal grant money doled out Monday.

Ad wars. As President Obama travels to Virginia Tuesday, his opponents are airing TV ads in the state to counter his efforts to sell what they are calling a second stimulus plan.

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