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The Family Research Council is urging New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg to allow clergy to participate in the solemn observance of 9/11 at ground zero Sunday.
The nonprofit Trust for the National Mall is launching a design competition Thursday to seek proposals from architects and designers to overhaul three sites along the mall that have been overused and neglected because of limited funding.
The Washington Monument will likely need additional repairs following the recent earthquake because crews have found water inside the structure, the National Park Service said Wednesday.
An impending storm threatening to be the worst to hit the region in nearly a decade has prompted evacuations and declarations of emergency and forced the postponement of the Sunday dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial on the Mall.
Cracks at the top of the Washington Monument caused by Tuesday's earthquake will keep the structure closed to the public indefinitely while engineers complete inspections and recommend repairs.
The Washington area spent much of Wednesday cautiously evaluating the structural integrity of its homes, schools, office buildings, bridges, rail lines and tunnels. By the end of the day, it appeared that Tuesday's earthquake shook nerves more severely than anything else.
The largest Virginia earthquake in more than a century jolted the Washington, D.C., area on Tuesday, prompting widespread building evacuations, snarling traffic and sending emergency crews scrambling after reports of superficial damage and minor injuries.
Hundreds of D.C. residents, employees and tourists took advantage of August's "soft opening" of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial, the last of its kind to be built on the National Mall and the only dedicated to someone who was not a former president.
Authorities said thunderstorms that swept through the D.C. region Sunday killed a man and left thousands without power.