Latest from Theresa Vargas

A 5-year-old was killed while riding her bike. A video taken the next day has, rightfully, left people furious.

A roadside memorial for Allison Hart was still forming when a car drove recklessly through the D.C. intersection.
  • Sep 18, 2021

Not only lives are lost to gun violence. So, too, are ‘teenage dreams.’

A D.C. college student and other school shooting survivors appear in a new video that turns Katy Perry’s song into a mournful anthem.
  • Sep 15, 2021

For the nation, 9/11 brought devastation. For the D.C. area, it was the start of 13 months of terror.

First the Pentagon was hit. Then came anthrax-filled letters and the sniper attacks.
  • Sep 11, 2021

A cop punched a restrained man a dozen times. Should a jury that will decide the fate of another man he arrested know that?

Recent court documents that mention the D.C. police officer show the messy spillover of police brutality cases.
  • Sep 8, 2021

After a university falls in Afghanistan, a D.C. organization scrambles to keep students safe and still learning

Fear of the Taliban has students, staff and others sending direct pleas for help. One from a student: “There is no one to hear us or to help us now … day by day we lose hope.”
  • Sep 4, 2021

Maybe the best thing to come of the pandemic: Free lunch for all in schools

The country has come a long way since a Virginia student was arrested for grabbing a 65-cent carton of milk.
  • Sep 1, 2021

She hopes to change what people think an astronaut looks like

Lisa Alcindor comes from ordinary means and is trying to reach the most extraordinary heights.
  • Aug 28, 2021

A former cop created a program to help Baltimore kids. Now, she’s hoping to give them more: a permanent safe haven.

The nonprofit Debbie Ramsey founded is based in the neighborhood that saw a CVS torched in the uprising that followed Freddie Gray’s police-custody death.
  • Aug 25, 2021

Kids normally fear the first day of school. This year, the delta variant has their parents scared, too.

Moms and dads of young children were so ready to let go of those hands. Now, they aren’t so sure.
  • Aug 14, 2021

For a little bird, her loss felt huge — and offered a new understanding

Those crowdfunding pages don’t just reflect the medical needs of animals; they also reveal the desperation of humans.
  • Aug 7, 2021