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This Time Lapse of the Washington Monument Restoration Is a Thing of Beauty (fusion.net)
The 555-foot stone structure suffered major damage during an August 2011 earthquake that struck the nation’s capital and other East Coast cities. The 5.8 magnitude quake caused cracks to open throughout the monument and damaged the elevator. The $15 million repair and restoration project will officially end today with a ceremony on the National Mall. Courtesy of EarthCam, watch this 80-second time lapse video that captured repair work between March 2013 and April 2014.  more... 5/12/2014

3 years after damage from earthquake, Washington Monument reopens (thestarpress.com)
Today is the day that visitors set foot inside the Washington Monument, nearly three years after a 5.8-magnitude earthquake closed it for repairs. About 1,800 members of public, including veterans wounded in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and their families, were allowed inside starting at 1 p.m. ET. Beforehand, the National Park Service had an hourlong reopening ceremony with schoolchildren, bands, singers and speeches.  more... 5/12/2014

Washington Monument To Reopen Today After Being Closed Nearly Three Years (nationalparkstraveler.com/)
If you can't visit the monument today, or anytime soon, check out this this hand-edited time-lapse movie, documenting the Washington Monument restoration. The video was produced by EarthCam, which documented crews working to restore this national treasure. Thousands of images were captured from March 2013 to April 2014 and were expertly edited into this 80-second time-lapse movie.  more... 5/12/2014

The Washington Monument Is Finally Reopening (huffingtonpost.com)
ore than 150 cracks have been repaired, rainwater leaks have been sealed, and the 130-year-old Washington Monument will reopen Monday for the first time in nearly three years since an earthquake caused widespread damage. The memorial honoring George Washington has been closed for about 33 months for engineers to conduct an extensive analysis and restoration of the 555-foot stone obelisk that was once the tallest structure in the world.  more... 5/12/2014

This 80 Second Video Shows a Year of Washington Monument Repairs (gizmodo.com)
A few months ago, we got a glimpse of the amazing restoration work going on at the Washington Monument, which sustained more than 150 structural cracks during a 2011 earthquake. But a new time lapse from EarthCam illustrates the entire project in 80 seconds - and it's awesome  more... 5/12/2014

WATCH: Time Lapse Video of the Washington Monument Restoration (washington.cbslocal.com)
A company called EarthCam used a special camera to capture months worth of repair work on the Washington Monument, and now you can watch the time-lapse footage of the landmark’s reconstruction. The 555-foot marble obelisk was forced to close after a 5.8-magnitude earthquake shook the area in August 2011, but it is scheduled to re-open Monday. Work crews repaired more than 150 cracks in the structure.  more... 5/9/2014

American seniors help Brazilian kids learn English via webcam (cbc.ca)
Sometimes, the simplest ideas are truly the most brilliant. A group of Brazilian students were eager to practice their English skills with native speakers of the language. Meanwhile in Chicago, retirement home residents were simply looking for someone to talk to. Two problems, one solution: pair them up and everyone benefits. That's the idea behind FCB Brazil's recent "Speaking Exchange" project.  more... 5/9/2014

Atlanta Pandas begin long journey to China (myfoxatlanta.com)
Giant pandas Xi Lan, age 5, and Po, 3, are on their way to one of the most anticipated milestones in the life of an Atlanta-born panda: a new start in their parents’ homeland. Lun Lun’s and Yang Yang’s second son and firstborn daughter are scheduled to depart Atlanta on May 7, 2014, en route to China’s Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.  more... 5/1/2014

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