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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.

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.

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