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Weather Gang: March and the first quarter of 2015 were Earth’s warmest on record

Earth, after experiencing its warmest year on record in 2014, has picked up right where it left off in 2015.

The Weekly Feed: Git Along Little Doggie Edition

Things to eat this week include spring favorites hot dogs and sausages, as well as free gelato and food truck fare. [ more › ]

Weather Gang: Cherry blossom petals blanket D.C. in pink (Photos)

The petals are falling from the cherry and magnolia trees, painting the D.C. parks in a blanket of pink.

Paul Almond, filmmaker of 1964 documentary “Seven Up!,” dies at 83

Paul Almond, a Canadian-born filmmaker whose landmark 1964 documentary “Seven Up!” inspired an extended look at British children’s unfolding lives, died April 9 at a Los Angeles area hospital. He was 83 and lived in Malibu, Calif.Read full article >>

Police Lift Lockdown On Silver Spring High School After Nearby Robbery

A gas station employee suffered a non-threatening head wound. [ more › ]

Arlington to boost school budget, spend more on economic development

Arlington County Board members will add $6.18 million to the school budget, put $900,000 into new economic development efforts, and spend $200,000 to hire their own auditor, they agreed Thursday in advance of next week’s budget vote.Read full article >>

Weather Gang: Video: Cone tornado churns across Texas landscape

Eleven tornadoes were reported to the National Weather Service on Thursday afternoon and evening.

April Theater Guide: Chekhov Showers Bring May Flowers

Yes, it will be raining off and on all month. You could drink your rainy day sorrow away, see a play or, ahem, do both. [ more › ]

Volunteer tutors can’t solve D.C.’s reading crisis

Some observers are pinning their hopes on volunteer tutors as a low-cost way of narrowing the achievement gap between low-income students and their more affluent peers. But there are limits to what volunteer tutors can do.Read full article >>

Morning Roundup: City Lights Edition

In the news: Marijuana lease clauses, firefighter-less stations, and more. [ more › ]

Dr. Gridlock: Congress members raise concerns about I-66 plan

Four members of Congress from Northern Virginia have written to Virginia’s transportation secretary to say they find aspects of the state’s plan for Interstate 66 “deeply troubling.”In the letter dated Thursday, Gerald E. Connolly (D), Robert J. Show More Summary

Virginia open houses April 18-19

Here’s a list of open houses taking place April 18-19 in Virginia. We’ve divided the list by counties. To learn more about the properties for sale, click on the link underneath the address, which will take you to the listing. As always, feel free to search a listing of properties for sale in the Washington region.Read full article >>

D.C. open houses April 18-19

Here’s a list of open houses taking place April 18-19 in the District. We’ve divided the list by quadrants. To learn more about the properties for sale, click on the link underneath the address, which will take you to the listing. As always, feel free to search a listing of properties for sale in the Washington region.Read full article >>

Read it and weep: Lee Ann Womack is coming to Wolf Trap

There’s a twangy little flutter in Lee Ann Womack’s voice that makes the country music vet sound as if she’s lived her entire life on the verge of waterworks. Sounds exhausting, right? It isn’t. Because Womack’s vocal phrasing is as sturdy as it is emotive, her most tearful tunes never sound soggy, hysterical, choked-up or washed-out.Read full article >>

On Capitol Hill, new homes come with history

The Georgian-style Maples manor house on Capitol Hill has had an eventful history.Designed by William Lovering in 1795, the Maples was visited often by George Washington and purchased by Francis Scott Key in 1815, one year after he wrote “The Star Spangled Banner.”Read full article >>

Fatal crash in Frederick County

A 28-year-old man died early Friday after hitting a guardrail on a Frederick County roadway.Maryland State Police said in a statement that investigators are looking into the cause of the crash involving Corey Eugene Hall of Fort Washington.Read full article >>

Director Alex Garland’s ‘Ex Machina’ tests a curvy robot’s humanity

Don’t call her a robot. Or, if you do, feel bad about it.That’s what Alex Garland, the writer-director of “Ex Machina,” says about Ava (Alicia Vikander). Technically Ava is a robot, the creation of Nathan (Oscar Isaac), a genius computer scientist. Show More Summary

Summer Movie Preview: Six big-screen adventures we’re excited for

There is a time and a place for indie films, and that time is December and that place is the E Street Cinema or the AFI Silver or the Angelika. Summer is for big. Summer is for loud. Summer is for retreating from the heat and into the impossible — and here are the six big-screen adventures I’m most excited about.Read full article >>

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