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Nuclear Summit In D.C. Could Affect Locals In A Big Way

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Mayor Adrian Fenty is warning local residents that an international summit at the Washington Convention Center could cause major disruptions in downtown D.C. next week.
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Mayor Adrian Fenty is warning local residents that an international summit at the Washington Convention Center could cause major disruptions in downtown D.C. next week.

By David Schultz

Next week's summit is drawing nearly two dozen heads of state to the Washington Convention Center, including President Obama.

Consequently, security in D.C. will be at a level not seen since last year's inauguration.

Parking around the Convention Center will be severely restricted. A fence will be erected around 12 square blocks. And students who attend a nearby school will be subject to backpack searches.

D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty says these sort of inconveniences just come with the territory.

"The District's civic pride, and a lot of the thriving of businesses is connected to people coming to this city from all over the world," says Fenty, "So the pluses far outweigh the minuses. And I just thank people in advance for their patience and understanding."

The Mount Vernon Square Metro Station will be closed Monday and Tuesday, along with all roads between 6th and 10th Streets, and between O Street and New York Avenue in Northwest.

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