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Good morning, Washington. Yesterday, it was drizzly and in the 50s. Today it’s expected to be sunny and back in the 70s. All these wild weather swings. And there’s more shuttle action today. After Tuesday’s amazing flyover, the Space Shuttle Discovery will be towed from a Dulles International Airport tarmac to its permanent home at the National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center.
School Daze: In addition to closing several more schools, Mayor Vince Gray and D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced yesterday they are seeking to extend the length of the school day for Washington students, WAMU reports. The proposal is part of a five-year plan to increase the graduation rate from 53 percent to 75 percent, and to improve test scores.
Tremors 4: The Legend Begins: Seismologists and other members of the scientific community are still a bit confused over why the magnitude 5.8 earthquake in Virginia last August was felt so widely. “No one was shocked when a moderate quake hit the Central Virginia Seismic Zone-that’s precisely where you might expect an earthquake,” the Post reports. The real mystery is why it was powerful enough to have such tremulous effects in Washington. One geologist’s explanation: “The scientific evidence suggests that much of the earth’s crust is in a condition where the rock is close to failure everywhere.” Oh, good.
Lost Highway: Interstate 95 in Virginia is, in many places, a busted up hellscape of potholes, faded lane dividers and uneven rumble strips. As much as 72 percent of the 180-mile stretch of the East Coast’s main artery that runs through the commonwealth needs to be repaved, and to pay for that, the Virginia Department of Transportation plans on installing toll booths south of the ones already planned for the high-occupancy lanes in the northern suburbs, WTOP reports.
Briefly Noted: Priest in charge of Catholic Diocese of Arlington’s child-protection office suspended while being investigated for alleged sexual misconduct with a boy … Pastor fired from Maryland megachurch … Montgomery County police looking for missing 20-year-old … Man found beaten to death in Northeast D.C. … Dan Snyder (sigh) releases statement on death of Dick Clark … Oral history of “Da Butt.”
This Day in DCist: Last year, former District Department of Transportation head Gabe Klein joined Rahm Emanuel in Chicago. In 2010, sanity prevailed when an Eagles concert scheduled at Nationals Park was cancelled.