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Mayor Gray outlines winter prep. With highs near 60 today, wintry weather seems far off. But after consecutive winters with crippling snowstorms, D.C. unveils new plows and improved plans.

IRS files new lien on Marion Barry’s house.It’s the latest in a decade-long string of tax issues for the D.C. Council member and former mayor.

Here we go again: Government shutdown talks begin as funding talks stall.

Most-read local stories of 2011. From the earthquake to yet another tragic shooting at Virginia Tech, 2011 had no shortage of surprises.

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