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

Shari Compton looks at the devastation on Bay Drive in Kill Devil Hills on Sunday. (Shawn Rocco/SHAWN ROCCO)

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.

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 Norman Rockwell painting of Ruby Bridges. (CBS News)

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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Clinton Yates is a D.C. native and an online columnist. When he's not covering the city, pop culture or listening to music, he watches sports. A lot of them.


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