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Watch: Workers On Washington Monument Enjoy Best View Of D.C.

Ever wonder what the view from the top of the Washington Monument is like?
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Ever wonder what the view from the top of the Washington Monument is like?

If you've got vertigo, this video isn't for you. But if not, it's worth watching to see just how good the view from the top of the Washington Monument is.

The last of the scaffolding that's enclosing the 555-foot-tall Washington Monument is in place, part of the repairs being done to the structure in the wake of the August 2011 earthquake. And on May 13, the workers putting that scaffolding in place donned helmet cams, producing a video that was posted today on the National Park Service's Facebook page. Needless to say, the views are stunning.

Workers will next wrap the scaffolding in fabric and affix lights to it, which will be switched on in June. The resulting effect will be similar to the last time the monument was covered in scaffolding in 1999-2000.

Work on repairing cracks and fissures caused by the earthquake should wrap up by next year.

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Crepes For Cinco De Mayo? Chef Pati Jinich Explains Por Qué

The holiday commemorates a Mexican victory against French invaders, whose culinary imprint lingers. In her new cookbook, Jinich explores Mexico's evolving cuisine and its many immigrant influences.
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The Environmental Cost Of Growing Food

Economists are working on ways to put a price on the environmental damage of growing food. Take sugar: Half of what we eat comes from beets, half from cane. Each has an impact, in very different ways.
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The Politics Hour - May 6, 2016

Metro announces its maintenance plan--and the service disruptions it will cause. Election watchdogs question Baltimore primary results. And Republicans in our region are put on the spot about supporting GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.

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'Captain America' Is Trending In Nigeria But You Might Be Surprised Why

Nigerian netizens are using the hashtag #CaptainAmericaInNigeria as a vehicle for cheeky social and political commentary.

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