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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Earthquake Damage To National Cathedral Will Cost Millions

Officials at the National Cathedral say it will cost millions of dollars to repair the damage from Tuesday's earthquake.

Montgomery County Company Tracking Hurricane Irene With New Technology

As Hurricane Irene approaches the D.C. area, a Montgomery County company is using lightning to track the storm in a new way.

Va. Governor Urges Residents To Prep Early For Hurricane Irene

With relatively minor damage and no loss of life as a result of Tuesday's earthquake, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) is putting that disaster on the back burner to focus on the hurricane expected to hit the commonwealth this weekend.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Some Prince George's County Schools Will Remain Closed

In Prince George's County, a school spokesperson says some schools will remain closed Thursday as crews assess the damage from Tuesday's earthquake.

Most D.C. Public Schools Will Be Open Thursday

Most D.C. public schools will be opened Thursday morning, after being closed Wednesday to inspect for damage following Tuesday afternoon's earthquake. Schools Without Walls in Ward 2 will be closed.

Zoo Animals Knew About Earthquake Ahead of Time

The National Zoo says some of its animals knew about yesterday's quake well before any humans did.

Despite Best Efforts, Quake Snarls D.C. Traffic

Once again, traffic in D.C. was no match for nature. The city ground to a halt for hours after the earthquake Tuesday as tens of thousands of people all tried to leave at the same time.

National Cathedral Significantly Damaged In Earthquake

Officials at the National Cathedral say early damage estimates from the earthquake could be "millions" of dollars.

Some Of Culpeper's Historic Buildings May Not Survive Earthquake

While much of the D.C. area is back to business as usual today after the earthquake, it's not so easy for those closer to the epicenter. The town of Culpeper, Va., located less than 40 miles north of the quake's epicenter, is facing a pretty hefty cleanup.

DCPS Flags 13 Schools For Further Analysis After Earthquake

Literally overnight, D.C. Public Schools' leaders changed their minds and went from all schools being open today to a district-wide shutdown in the wake of yesterday's earthquake. School officials say they were dealing with information that kept coming in throughout the night.

Washington Monument Closed After Earthquake Causes Cracks

The Washington Monument is a fixture in the nation's capital, but after yesterday's 5.8-magnitude earthquake, it's closed due to cracks.

Colonial Williamsburg Embraces Technology To Lure New Generations

In Virginia, Colonial Williamsburg is turning to some very un-Colonial technology in hopes of engaging a new generation of visitors without diminishing its historic appearance and feel.

What's Closed And What's Open After Yesterday's Earthquake

Things are mostly back to normal in the D.C. area today, after yesterday's 5.8-magnitude earthquake, although some agencies are still seeing the effects. D.C. Public Schools are closed, as are Prince George's County Schools in Maryland and Fauquier County Schools and Spotsylvania County Schools in Virginia.

D.C. Public Schools Closed Today For Inspections After Earthquake

D.C.'s public schools will be closed today as school personnel assess the damage in each of the 126 buildings.

MLK Comic Book Helped Inspire Arab Spring

A 50-year old comic book is receiving renewed interest in the D.C. area, thanks to the upcoming dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial, and recent events in the Middle East.

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