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Kemper Valentine Toast Kicks Off Holiday Season

Institute for Education founders Kathy Kemper and Jim Valentine welcomed neighbors and friends of IFE to their home for their fifth annual Champagne Holiday Kick-Off on Thanksgiving Day.

Capitol Buzz: Finger Food, Pelosi Vote, Her Grandkids

This week's column explains the "toothpick rule," Nancy Pelosi's apparent two-vote margin to be elected speaker of the House and the nonpartisan affection for congressional grandchildren.

Yuletide in Full Swing With Santas in Town

Alive with people and traffic and illuminated by the light-art installations of "Glow," Georgetown is easily one of the most charming places during Christmastime for walking, shopping and dining.

Tech Tip: Should My Computer Be Encrypted?

With the drive encrypted, a thief can’t just pull it out, hook it up and suddenly have access to all your files. At least you’ve made it pretty hard to get to your data.

Downtowner DC

D.C. to Enforce Straw Ban Next Year The District will be banning plastic straws starting in 2019. Effective Jan. 1, businesses and organizations that serve...

A State Funeral Illuminates the Life of George H.W. Bush and America         

State funerals are high and mighty, sometimes surreal occasions, solemn and full of formality, and, contrarily, stretched to the limits of theatrical and historical high...

Family Follows Tree from Oregon to Washington

Following the Dec. 6 lighting ceremony, the Capitol Christmas Tree, an 80-foot-tall, 8,300-pound noble fir, will be lit from dusk until 11 p.m. nightly during the holiday season.

Mayor Names Indianapolis Schools Head D.C. Chancellor 

Lewis D. Ferebee has been serving as Indianapolis superintendent since September of 2013. Following confirmation by the District Council, he is expected to begin work as DCPS chancellor on Jan. 31.

Capitol Buzz: Lots of Goodbyes

Our columnist reports on the loss of George H.W. Bush and the departure (and arrival) of representatives and senators, also recommending some novels and memoirs.

Tech Tip: New Quarter, New Password

Maintaining separate passwords, and changing them at least every three months, is a lot of work, but the cybersociety we live in demands it.