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Posted at 09:28 AM ET, 08/24/2011

DeMorning Links: School’s out


It was a nice day to evacuate. (Charles Dharapak - AP)
D.C. Public Schools parents got an unpleasant surprise this morning: Despite pre-bedtime assurances that most city schools would be open today, word went out after 4 a.m. that all schools would in fact be closed.

“We felt it would be best to have qualified structural engineers thoroughly inspect all 126 school buildings,” Chancellor Kaya Henderson said in a statement. But rec centers and libraries remain open, and the Post has a full list of closures for you. In other quake news: Experts are warning that “the full effect of the quake might not be known for days.”

No, the Washington Monument is not leaning, but it does have some cracks near its tip, leading to an indefinite closure. It was Virginia’s largest quake in 114 years, though the reasons for earthquakes in the area are “not entirely understood,” according to one seismologist. Yes, many of us thought it was a bomb, reminding people of another tragic late-summer day; “Same clear blue sky, same blessed break from the humidity.” Bob McCartney points out that the best-laid evacuation plans were thrown astray, and a Style piece puts things into perspective: “A 5.8-magnitude earthquake, and no lives were lost. People had gotten away with something.”

In still other news:

Welcome to Mineral, Va., birthplace of your earthquake (Post, NYT)

Mount Rona Baptist Church lost its steeple (Prince of Petworth)

More on the Gray hiring report (Post, Examiner, Loose Lips, WAMU-FM, WaTimes)

Famed chef Roberto Donna’s big comeback isn’t going so well (Post)

City lawyers fight detained photographer’s First Amendment claim (Patch)

Could Ward 5 use an extra ANC or two? (GGW)

Jonetta Rose Barras questions school facility study (Examiner)

The city writes a lot of parking tickets, but they’re not impossible to get out of (Post, WaTimes)

Jon Huntsman helps raise funds for city Republicans tonight (DCGOP)

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