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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

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.

Primaries Shake Up Virginia Politics

Yesterday's 5.8-magnitude earthquake rattled voters in Virginia as they were headed to the polls Tuesday, and election results may shake things up in Richmond.

Post-Earthquake Gridlock Raises Questions About Emergency Evacuations

The earthquake triggered some of the worst traffic jams since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and the massive traffic problems have prompted questions about the way District officials handled the situation.

Earthquake Hits Union Station Cafe Hard

Many local businesses are still trying to determine the extent of the damage they incurred during yesterday's earthquake. Due to its location above most of the main level of Union Station, the Center Cafe there got hit harder than most.

D.C. Council Report On Hiring: 'Clear Evidence' of Nepotism and Cronyism

A D.C. Council report into the hiring scandals of D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's administration finds clear evidence that top staffers engaged in cronyism and nepotism and likely broke the law.

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.

Discovery Launches Nationwide Jobs Program At Montgomery College

In Maryland, Discovery Communications, which owns the Discovery Channel, is launching a jobs skills program for students in community colleges. Discovery didn't have to go far to find a school where they could start the program.

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.

D.C. Churches Suffer Minor Earthquake Damage

Churches in the D.C. area felt the force of the 5.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Tuesday, with many reporting falling debris and superficial damage. Most managed to escape without serious problems.

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.

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