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Posted at 07:35 AM ET, 04/19/2012

Va. priest accused of child abuse; Md. megachurch pastor fired; Discovery arrives at Smithsonian (A.M. Buzz)

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Washington suffered damaged during last summer’s 5.8-magnitude earthquake. (Brendan Hoffman - GETTY IMAGES)
Earthquake still reverberates. A geophysicist studying last summer’s Virginia earthquake warns of a continued hazard to East Coast.

Va. priest accused of child abuse. The Rev. Terry W. Specht, who led the diocese’s child protection office, is accused of alleged sexual misconduct with a male minor in the late 1990s.

Md. megachurch pastor fired. Rev. Joel R. Peebles and his congregation learned of his dismissal when they arrived at the locked church for Bible study Wednesday.

Adult recess: Pie fights? Conga lines? In this pressure-filled city, a group in D.C. is pushing adults to let loose.

Coming up today on PostLocal:

— The space shuttle Discovery will be towed to its new home at the Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Center.

— Jury selection in the Roger Clemens retrial will continue.

— The Nationals will attempt to complete a sweep of the Houston Astros and the Capitals try for their second win against the Boston Bruins in the first round of the NHL playoffs.

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