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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

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.

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.

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.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Hill's Alex Bolton: The Earthquake Reaction On Capitol Hill

With Congress in recess and President Barack Obama on vacation, most elected officials were not on hand for Tuesday's 5.8 magnitude earthquake. Alex Bolton, senior staff writer for The Hill newspaper reports that the effects were felt nonetheless.

Quake Shook Nuclear Power Plants As Far Away as Michigan

The North Anna Nuclear Plant located near the epicenter of Virginia's 5.9 magnitude earthquake was taken offline and several other plants were being inspected.

VA Governor: No Statewide State Of Emergency

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell says there appears to be no major damage or injuries from a 5.8 magnitude earthquake that hit near Mineral, Va.

5.8 Magnitude Earthquake Hits D.C. Region

The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting a 5.8 magnitude earthquake that hit about 100 miles south of Washington D.C. at 1:51 p.m. and was felt as far north as Boston, according to the Associated Press.

Man Equipped Car With Fireworks, Planned To Set Them Off On National Mall

Update 9:07 a.m.Authorities in Maryland have charged a man they found with a large quantity of fireworks in Bethesda's Cabin John Park, after he told them he was headed to the National Mall to set them off.

Visitors Show Raw Emotion On MLK Memorial's Opening Day

Thousands of people are lining up to view the new memorial to the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, and the display and sculpture of the civil rights leader is evoking many memories.

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