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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

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.

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.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

D.C. Mayor Hosts 'Virtual March' For Voting Rights

As the District welcomes tens of thousands of visitors this week for the upcoming Martin Luther King Memorial dedication, city officials are hoping to use Dr. King's legacy to highlight D.C.'s own struggle for autonomy.

Voting In Virginia Primaries Today

They may not be at the top of everyone's to-do list for summer activities, but Virginia primaries for a number of General Assembly and local offices are taking place today. This year's primaries were scheduled later than normal due to redistricting, an many voters may find they need to familiarize themselves with their new district boundaries.

For Many Students In DCPS, Day Two Will Be Day One

Yesterday was officially the first day of school for D.C. public schools, both traditional and charter. But for some DCPS students today will be the first day of school.

Congress Ready To Back Down U.S. Involvement In Libya

With the recent gains made by Libyan rebels, lawmakers in the region say the international mission has been justified, but it’s now time to draw down U.S. military involvement in the country.

Police In Montgomery County Give Warning To Residents As Daylight Wanes

Summer is drawing to an end, and that means less daylight. Police in Montgomery County say that could lead to an increase in crime if residents aren't careful.

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