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Haley Whitt, 12, of Olney, and Maureen McCarrick, 16, of Myersville, Md., are making a difference, and for doing so they were honored Sunday by former first lady Laura Bush with the 2009 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Published May 5, 2009

Capitals 4, Penguins 2 (live)

The Washington Capitals play the Pittsburgh Penguin at 7 p.m. Monday at the Verizon Center. Published May 4, 2009

Caps down Penguins, 3-2

The Washington Capitals held on Saturday to defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins, 3-2, in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs. Published May 2, 2009

Capitals 3, Penguins 2 (Final)

The Washington Capitals host the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1 of their second-round series in the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs Saturday. Published May 2, 2009

Notre Dame won't award Laetare Medal

The University of Notre Dame said Thursday it will not award its Laetare Medal for the first time in 120 years, after having the first recipient reject the award over the university's honoring President Obama and its subsequent defenses of its actions. Published April 30, 2009

EDITORIAL: The shifting sands

Al Qaeda is not an existential threat to the kingdom, Prince Turki al-Faisal, the former head of Saudi Arabia's intelligence service, told us yesterday. "It is a threat," he said, one of many nightmares. Published April 28, 2009

EDITORIAL: Janus-faced flashback

A political firestorm is brewing over what members of Congress knew about the CIA's use of enhanced interrogation methods on terrorist detainees, and when they knew it. As various members try to duck, cover, or flee from the issue, we are reminded of a shameful episode from the Vietnam War. Published April 28, 2009