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before the wrecking ball claimed rossdhu castle, explorers breached its walls

answer man has a fondness for old, decrepit things, headed, as he is, for old age and decrepitude. he’s twice visited tintagel, the castle in cornwall that may or may not have been (but probably wasn’t) associated with king arthur. it’s just a bunch of weathered stone now, but more is left of tintagel on that rocky coast than remains of rossdhu castle in suburban maryland.rossdhu is the mansion answer man wrote about last week. it was built in 1927 by daisy calhoun and her husband, clarence crittenden calhoun. financial woes forced them to lease out the massive pile and repair to the gatehouse. the castle sat empty for a while and was demolished in 1957, but many readers remember it — or the bits that remained before houses were built atop it in the 1960s.donald titus of chevy chas...





virginia’s house republicans finally put their weight behind medicaid expansion

richmond — virginia’s republican-controlled house of delegates has created a draft state budget that expands medicaid, dropping years of partisan resistance in the face of pressure from newly empowered democrats.but the plan sets up a confrontation with the state senate, which is also controlled by republicans and did not include medicaid expansion in the plan passed unanimously out of the senate finance committee on sunday evening.the house plan, approved early sunday by the appropriations committee on a 20-to-2 vote, would impose requirements that medicaid recipients seek work training and contribute to their coverage through private insurers as a condition of receiving health coverage through the program aimed at aiding low-income individuals. house speaker m. kirkland cox (r-coloni...





max desfor, pulitzer prize-winning journalist who captured wartime desperation, dies at 104

by staff reports and news servicesby staff reports and news servicesfebruary 19 at 12:03 pmmax desfor, a photojournalist whose image of hundreds of korean war refugees braving a bombed-out bridge as they seek safety from advancing chinese troops helped win him the pulitzer prize, died feb. 19 at his home in silver spring, md. he was 104.the cause was complications from strokes, said his son, barry desfor.mr. desfor spent the majority of his career with the associated press, starting in 1933 as a messenger and darkroom assistant. after serving as a combat photographer in world war ii, he volunteered to cover the korean war for the news service when the north invaded the south in june 1950. he parachuted into north korea with u.s troops and retreated with them after forces from the north, jo...





maryland gubernatorial candidate alec ross names craft brewery owner julie verratti as running mate

maryland gubernatorial candidate alec ross has chosen julie verratti, owner of a craft brewery in montgomery county, as his running mate.verratti co-founded denizens brewing co. four years ago in silver spring and previously served as a senior policy adviser at the u.s. small business administration.ross said he met verratti on the campaign trail last year and was impressed by her executive experience, her values of entrepreneurship and activism, and her innovative ideas. “we’re both passionate about ensuring that people from every zip code exceed in tomorrow’s economy,” said ross, 46, a tech entrepreneur who served as the senior adviser for innovation to the u.s. secretary of state during the obama administration.neither has run for political office. and verratti, 38, who has camp...





d.c.-area forecast: a few showers today give way to remarkable warmth tuesday and wednesday

today’s daily digita somewhat subjective rating of the day’s weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.5/10: patchy dampness this morning but a salvageable afternoon.express forecasttoday: a few morning showers. drier in the afternoon. highs: 50-55.tonight: mostly cloudy. lows: 45-50.tomorrow: partly sunny, warm. highs: 70-75.view the current weather conditions at the washington post headquarters.forecast in detailthis week resembles april a whole lot more than it does february. although today is a bit murky, springlike warmth bursts out tuesday and wednesday with temperatures into the 70s, perhaps challenging records. a front sinking south through the region thursday brings us our next chance of rain and cools us down. this front hangs around through the weekend, offering on and off shower chan...





detectives investigating “social media threat” against two middle schools in stafford and in spotsylvania

detectives are investigating a “social media threat” against t. benton gayle middle school in stafford county and thornburg middle school in spotsylvania county, police say. the social media post contained a photo of a gun and a threat to the schools, police say, but they are providing extra security at the schools.“at this point, we are confirming yes, there was a social media post threatening gayle middle school in stafford,” said amanda vicinanzo, a public information officer for stafford county sheriff’s department. “detectives are investigating.” vicinanzo said police are not releasing further details about the threat. vicinanzo also confirmed the post was circulated on facebook and contained “a threatening message.”“detectives are confirming there was a handgun pi...





maryland gubernatorial candidate alec ross names craft brewery owner julie verratti as running mate

maryland gubernatorial candidate alec ross has chosen julie verratti, owner of a craft brewery in montgomery county, as his running mate.verratti co-founded denizens brewing co. four years ago in silver spring and previously served as a senior policy adviser at the u.s. small business administration.ross said he met verratti on the campaign trail last year and was impressed by her executive experience, her values of entrepreneurship and activism, and her innovative ideas. “we’re both passionate about ensuring that people from every zip code exceed in tomorrow’s economy,” said ross, 46, a tech entrepreneur who served as the senior adviser for innovation to the u.s. secretary of state during the obama administration.neither has run for political office. and verratti, 38, who has camp...





madaleno’s running mate: luwanda jenkins, business executive and former o’malley appointee

maryland gubernatorial candidate and state sen. richard s. madaleno (d-montgomery) has tapped as his running mate luwanda w. jenkins, a baltimore native who served in the administrations of the last three democratic governors.jenkins directed the office of minority affairs for three years during former governor parris glendening’s term and was special secretary of minority affairs for five years for then-gov. martin o’malley (d). she played a similar role in the administration of then-gov. donald schaefer (d).madaleno, who has served in the general assembly for 16 years, said he and jenkins offer voters in the june 26 democratic primary a gubernatorial ticket that has an unparalleled amount of legislative and executive experience.“she’s got everything it takes to step right into t...





‘the great society’ is set in the turbulent 1960s. ‘black panther’ envisions a futuristic present. both offer lessons for today.

the arena stage production of “the great society” is a powerful exploration of president lyndon b. johnson’s political battles over civil rights and the war in vietnam. it immerses you in the historical milieu of the turbulent 1960s and offers stirring portrayals of the rev. martin luther king jr. and stokely carmichael, two civil rights icons. it is the same era that gave birth to the comic book hero black panther, who just made his debut as a big-screen protagonist.both the play and the movie offer viewers portrayals of men with strong ideological differences. how they handle the disputes could not be more different.actors bowman wright and jaben early show king and carmichael disagreeing without being disagreeable. while king believed in nonviolent protest and racial integration, ...





p.m. update: clouds on the increase tonight. mild with afternoon showers monday.

fog and ducks by jim havard. (flickr)did it snow yesterday? if you somehow slept through saturday, you would be hard-pressed to find any evidence of wintry weather left over today. high pressure and ample sunshine pushed temperatures up to about 50 degrees for most of us, quickly melting away the snow-sleet mix on most surfaces. we will continue the warming trend this week, with a string of 70-degree days waiting for us on the other side of monday.listen to the latest forecast:get our daily forecasts on your amazon alexa device. click here to find out how.through tonight: it will be mostly clear through the evening hours, with temperatures falling into the 40s. clouds will slowly increase overnight, becoming mostly cloudy before daybreak. low temperatures should stay above freezing, rangin...





how two gmu professors teamed up to create high-tech music

as a kid, daniel lofaro built instruments — a few guitars, some mandolins, other little things. now, as a grown-up, lofaro works with robots as an assistant professor at george mason university, teaching in the engineering school. but he still carries a love for music. when he came to mason, lofaro concentrated on his robotics work. but after a while, he grew hungry for another challenge. so a friend introduced him to another professor: edgar endress, an artist who also teaches at the university.and that is how lofaro, a robot guy, and endress, an art guy, came together for a project: to make music.lofaro and endress are creating a high-tech ensemble at mason, pieced together with secondhand instruments that could no longer be used for their intended purpose. the small collection of auto...





virginia’s house republicans finally put their weight behind medicaid expansion

richmond — virginia’s republican-controlled house of delegates has created a draft state budget that expands medicaid, dropping years of partisan resistance in the face of pressure from newly empowered democrats.but the plan sets up a confrontation with the state senate, which is also controlled by republicans and did not include medicaid expansion in the plan passed unanimously out of the senate finance committee on sunday evening.the house plan, approved early sunday by the appropriations committee on a 20-to-2 vote, would impose requirements that medicaid recipients seek work training and contribute to their coverage through private insurers as a condition of receiving health coverage through the program aimed at aiding low-income individuals. house speaker m. kirkland cox (r-coloni...





since childhood, gordon thomas has been looking for dead presidents

a lot of people throw money around in american politics, and gordon thomas’s grandfather was no exception.“for some reason, he thought i would be interested in history and the presidents,” gordon said. the grandfather, isaac martin gordon, had been a county official and state legislator in pilot mountain, n.c. “he told me on a friday night if i could memorize all the presidents in order by monday, he would give me a silver dollar.”that was 61 years ago. gordon was 5.when monday rolled around, gordon rattled off the names and got his dollar.“we were only up to eisenhower then,” he said. “there were only 34 — and that’s if you count grover cleveland twice.”taft, the 27th president (and a chief justice of the united states), is buried with wife helen. i asked gordon: did...





police: va. man arrested in pg county road-rage incident

a virginia man was arrested friday after maryland state police said he had pointed a gun at a woman in prince george’s county during a road-rage incident.the woman reported to police that a man driving a black chevrolet traverse pointed a handgun at her just after 2 p.m. on i-95 north, close to the border of prince george’s and howard counties, police said.within the hour, troopers searching for the car stopped a sport-utility vehicle driven by uliyahu ben’arie hayah on i-95 and route 216 and found hayah sitting on a handgun, according to police.he also had two rifles, including an assault rifle, a shotgun and ammunition in his vehicle, police said. hayah, 41, of north chesterfield, was arrested and charged with the use of a firearm in a felony, possession of an assault weapon, illeg...





before the wrecking ball claimed rossdhu castle, explorers breached its walls

answer man has a fondness for old, decrepit things, headed, as he is, for old age and decrepitude. he’s twice visited tintagel, the castle in cornwall that may or may not have been (but probably wasn’t) associated with king arthur. it’s just a bunch of weathered stone now, but more is left of tintagel on that rocky coast than remains of rossdhu castle in suburban maryland.rossdhu is the mansion answer man wrote about last week. it was built in 1927 by daisy calhoun and her husband, clarence crittenden calhoun. financial woes forced them to lease out the massive pile and repair to the gatehouse. the castle sat empty for a while and was demolished in 1957, but many readers remember it — or the bits that remained before houses were built atop it in the 1960s.[in 1927, a scottish castl...





d.c.-area forecast: winter quickly yields to another spring fling, with 70s by midweek

a snowy stone house saturday, at manassas national battlefield park. (john ernst photo via twitter)today’s daily digita somewhat subjective rating of the day’s weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.7/10: wish the snow would stick around longer, but it’s gotta go eventually, so might as well enjoy the increasing sun and milder afternoon.express forecasttoday: turning mostly sunny, milder. highs: upper 40s to low 50s.tonight: partly to mostly cloudy. lows: mid- to upper 30s.tomorrow: mostly cloudy, isolated showers. highs: low 50s.view the current weather at the washington post headquarters.forecast in detailwe’ve got opposite ends of the spectrum in just few days’ time. enjoy the leftover snow quickly today if you can — it’s not long for this world. we start a warming trend tod...





shooting near brookland-cua metro station, police say

a man was shot near the brookland-cua metro station sunday morning, d.c. police said.police said the man was shot just after 11 a.m. on the 900 block of monroe street ne, and he was taken to a hospital “conscious and breathing.”officers are looking for a suspect and no motive has been established yet for the shooting, according to police.





waldorf man fatally shot near apartment complex

a charles county man was shot and killed near an apartment complex in waldorf on saturday night, the county sheriff’s office said. authorities said officers were called at 8:54 p.m. to the 12100 block of ell lane and found brandon andrew briscoe, 24, of waldorf, shot multiple times in his upper body. he later died at a hospital.the sheriff’s office said briscoe was standing outside an apartment building when an unknown suspect approached and shot him several times before fleeing on foot. the investigation is ongoing.





pm update: clouds on the increase tonight. mild with afternoon showers monday.

fog and ducks by jim havard. via flickrdid it snow yesterday? if you somehow slept through saturday, you would be hard-pressed to find any evidence of wintry weather left over today. high pressure and ample sunshine pushed temperatures up to about 50 degrees for most of us, quickly melting away the snow-sleet mix on most surfaces. we will continue the warming trend this week, with a string of 70-degree days waiting for us on the other side of monday.listen to the latest forecast:get our daily forecasts on your amazon alexa device. click here to find out how.through tonight: it will be mostly clear through the evening hours, with temperatures falling into the 40s. clouds will slowly increase overnight, becoming mostly cloudy before daybreak. low temperatures should stay above freezing, rang...





peggy cooper cafritz, grande dame of the washington arts and education scene, dies at 70

peggy cooper cafritz, a doyenne of washington arts and education, who tried to mend many of the city’s social and racial wounds, created one of the nation’s leading arts-intensive high schools, and capped her civic involvement with a divisive six-year tenure as d.c. school board president, died feb. 18 at a hospital in washington. she was 70.the cause was complications from pneumonia, said her son zach cafritz. she had severe health problems in recent years, including back surgeries and a gallbladder operation that left her in a coma for more than a week.ms. cooper cafritz came from a prosperous black business family in mobile, ala., but the family’s standing in the community did not insulate them from indignities of the jim crow south. galvanized by the civil rights movement, ms. c...