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Sewage Overflow Closes Capital Crescent Trail In Georgetown... Again

Part of the Capital Crescent Trail in D.C. is closed to the public after a suspected sewer overflow.

D.C. Water officials say the section of the trail between Fletcher's Cove and Water Street in Georgetown will be closed as they investigate a potential sanitary sewer overflow. This is the second such closure this month.

The utility is warning residents that venturing into cordoned-off areas of the trail could expose them to untreated sewage, which can carry pathogens that cause illnesses such as hepatitis. But it also says the affected area will be decontaminated and that this overflow does not impact the city's drinking water system, which is separate from its wastewater system.

This latest overflow comes in the midst of a $2.6 billion construction project designed to reduce these sorts of combined sewer overflows, which typically occur during heavy rainfalls.

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Writer James Alan McPherson, Winner Of Pulitzer, MacArthur And Guggenheim, Dies At 72

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Oyster Archaeology: Ancient Trash Holds Clues To Sustainable Harvesting

Modern-day oyster populations in the Chesapeake are dwindling, but a multi-millennia archaeological survey shows that wasn't always the case. Native Americans harvested the shellfish sustainably.

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A Look Back At Obama's Past Convention Speeches

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Writing Data Onto Single Atoms, Scientists Store The Longest Text Yet

With atomic memory technology, little patterns of atoms can be arranged to represent English characters, fitting the content of more than a billion books onto the surface of a stamp.

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