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Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 08/29/2011

Break out the ‘I survived’ T-shirts, again

In many cultures, rain on your wedding day is a sign of good luck. I’m not sure what that means if a tropical storm sweeps through on the day of one’s nuptials, but my best friend Reg and his wife Jaimie made it to the altar unscathed and got hitched. By the way, being the best man is not as
Shari Compton looks at the devastation on Bay Drive in Kill Devil Hills on Sunday. (Shawn Rocco - SHAWN ROCCO)
easy as it sounds!

Hurricane Irene might not have been storm of the century, but she certainly did her fair share of damage. Beyond widespread power outages in the area -- to the tune of nearly 1 million houses and businesses -- 20 people have lost their lives, including a 15-year-old Manassas Park high school student who was traveling home from North Carolina with her family Saturday. The Post’s Nikita Stewart, Theresa Vargas and Michael E. Ruane report on the Irene cleanup effort in the region. Also, some towns in Vermont are underwater and locally certain school systems are opening late.

Humans have been building and modifying their own vehicles since the invention of the wheel. Some people came up with the unicycle, others
Nick Turner, 21, a mechanical engineer major at Old Dominion University, takes his Tuhart B-2 velo-mobile car for a drive. (Ricky Carioti - WASHINGTON POST)
the Model-T. But Nick Turner of Leesburg has come up with something sort of in between. The Loudoun County inventor, who just transferred to Old Dominion University to study mechanical engineering, has created his own pedal-mobile, and it’s a huge hit in his neighborhood. The Post’s Susan Svrluga reports on the car enthusiast’s fun toy, which unfortunately he still has to push up hills.

Norman Rockwell might be my favorite American artist of all time. His works iconic works in print journalism and art in general are well-regarded, but now one of his pieces will be on display in the W
The Norman Rockwell painting of Ruby Bridges. (CBS News)
hite House. “The Problem We All Live With” depicts Ruby Bridges, who was one of a select group of children that integrated schools in New Orleans in 1960. The Post’s DeNeen L. Brown reports on the painting and its history.

Beyoncé stole the show at the VMAs last night without saying a word. After Lady Gaga did her best to ruin Britney Spears’ video vanguard moment (and the rest of the show for that matter) with her weird, rambling drag act, Bey announced to the world that she was
pregnant by simply rubbing her belly after performing Sunday. Also, Adele made her VMA debut, and Katy Perry won Video Of The Year for “Firework.” I love that song. Here are the photos.

Remember back when Gilbert Arenas brought guns into the Wizards’ locker room as an apparent joke? Well, at the time, Javaris Crittendon, the man with whom Arenas was apparently “joking” with, was another unremarkable NBA bench guy. He was suspended just like Arenas, and found himself out of the league soon thereafter. It seems his life has taken an unfortunate turn since then; the FBI is now searching for him; because he’s wanted in the killing of a woman in Atlanta.

Extra Bites

• I’d like to introduce you all to a new site our company has launched called The Root DC. If you familiar with The Root, this site is of similar ilk and specifically tailored to the D.C. metro area. My good buddy Robert Pierre explains more specifically what to expect from TheRootDC.

• There are still earthquakes resonating across Virginia. The U.S. Geological Survey says as many as five aftershocks were recorded overnight Sunday, bringing the total to 16.

• Music recommendation for this week: Oddisee’s “Rock Creek Park.” Fantastic stuff.

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