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Monday, Mar 5, 2018 at 12:12 PM
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By Michael Rodio

Photos: Marion Barry Through the Years

A larger-than-life statue now honors D.C. "Mayor for Life" Marion Barry. The eight-foot-high statue on Pennsylvania Avenue was unveiled in a ceremony Saturday.View gallery »

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Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 4:55 PM
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By Adam Vingan

Why Va. Sens. Didn't Sign Redskins Letter

Why Va. Sens. Didn't Sign Redskins Letter

The two Virginia senators were among the five Democrats who didn't sign. Read »

Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 10:42 AM
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By Chuck Thies

Thies: The Olympics in Washington? Yes!

Thies: The Olympics in Washington? Yes!

Hosting the Olympics in 2024 would be great for the Washington metropolitan area. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013 at 6:36 AM
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By Erica Jones

Notebook: Lambs When You Need Lions

Notebook: Lambs When You Need Lions

During Saturday's rally for statehood, Park Police blocked a direct path to the National Mall. Mayoral press secretary Pedro Ribeiro would say only that the Park Service wasn’t being “helpful.” Your Notebook... Read »

Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 at 10:56 AM
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By Adam Vingan

Flu-Stricken Harper Vomits, Collects Four Hits

Flu-Stricken Harper Vomits, Collects Four Hits

The legend continues. Read »

Sunday, Apr 14, 2013 at 10:25 AM
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By Chuck Thies

Thies: Post Columnist Plays Race Card

Thies: Post Columnist Plays Race Card

In the closing days of a heated campaign, Colby King twisted Patrick Mara's words. King got caught and apologized. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 6, 2013 at 7:59 AM
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By Tom Sherwood

Sherwood's Notebook: Snow Before Cherry Blossoms

Sherwood's Notebook: Snow Before Cherry Blossoms

On Monday, we had our first taste of spring. And we liked it. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013 at 10:10 AM
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By Chuck Thies

Thies: Cheap Shot From WaPo Columnist

Thies: Cheap Shot From WaPo Columnist

Washington Post columnist Colby King blames tainted politicians for social ills. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012 at 11:58 AM
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By Tom Sherwood

Sherwood: Play Ball!

Sherwood: Play Ball!

D.C. is filled with baseball excitement, but the Nationals almost didn't locate to D.C. So what about other sports teams playing in the city? Read »

Tuesday, Sep 25, 2012 at 10:26 PM
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By Tom Sherwood

Opinion: Whither and Whether UDC?

Opinion: Whither and Whether UDC?

An advisory board to the D.C. Council and Mayor Vincent Gray says UDC is in a "challenging financial situation." Read »

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