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Hundreds Light Up as Marijuana Becomes Legal in Washington State

Posted December 6th, 2012 at 4:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Pot smokers in Washington state celebrated Thursday by lighting up under the appropriately-named Space Needle in Seattle as a voter-approved referendum legalizing recreational marijuana took effect. Hundreds of smokers puffed joints and gleefully blew the smoke into the air as police stood by. Under the new state law, people over 21 years old can not […]

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US Billionaire Gives $7.5 Million to Fix Washington Monument

Posted January 19th, 2012 at 11:35 am (UTC-5)
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An American billionaire is donating $7.5 million needed for repairs to the Washington Monument, which was damaged in an earthquake last year. The gift from businessman David Rubenstein matches federal funds Congress approved in December. A statement from the U.S. Department of the Interior quotes Rubenstein as saying reopening the 169-meter-tall monument will help ensure […]

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Engineers Inspect Washington Monument for Earthquake Damage

Posted September 27th, 2011 at 11:35 am (UTC-5)
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Engineers have begun examining the exterior of one of Washington’s most well-known landmarks: the Washington Monument, which was damaged in an earthquake last month. An engineer strapped into a harness and secured by ropes began the inspection at the peak of the nearly 170-meter obelisk on Tuesday. Workers are expected later to rappel down the […]

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Washington Monument to get Close-Up Inspection

Posted September 27th, 2011 at 9:49 am (UTC-5)
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One of the most recognizable monuments in Washington is to get some visitors, but they will not be tourists. Engineers plan to rappel down the exterior sides of the Washington Monument later Tuesday. Their mission is look for cracks and assess other damage from last month’s 5.8 magnitude earthquake. The quake was the largest to […]

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Engineers to Rappel Down Cracked Washington Monument

Posted September 26th, 2011 at 8:43 pm (UTC-5)
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Engineers plan to rappel down the sides of the Washington Monument Tuesday to assess cracks and other damage from last month’s 5.8 magnitude earthquake, which shook the U.S. capital region and other areas along the East Coast. On Monday, the National Park Service released surveillance videos which showed the August 23 temblor shaking the monument’s […]

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Earthquake Damage Keeps Washington Monument Closed

Posted September 26th, 2011 at 6:58 am (UTC-5)
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Engineers in Washington will speak to the media Monday about when it might be possible to re-open the iconic Washington Monument, which was damaged by an earthquake last month. The National Park Service says the damage evaluation continues on the nearly 170-meter obelisk, erected to honor the country’s first president, George Washington. Initial inspections revealed […]

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