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Skepticism, like chastity, should not be relinquished too readily – George Santayana

February 21, 2009

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1885 – The newly completed Washington Monument is dedicated.

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The Washington Monument is a large, tall, sand-colored obelisk near the west end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. It is a United States Presidential Memorial constructed to commemorate the first U.S. president, George Washington. The monument, made of marble, granite, and sandstone, is both the world’s tallest stone structure and the world’s tallest obelisk, standing 555 feet 5⅛ inches (169.294 m) in height. It is also the tallest structure in Washington D.C. It was designed by Robert Mills, an architect of the 1840s. The actual construction of the monument began in 1848 but was not completed until 1884, almost 30 years after the architect’s death. This hiatus in construction happened because of co-option by the Know-Nothing party, a lack of funds, and the intervention of the American Civil War. A difference in shading of the marble, visible approximately 150 feet (46 m) up, shows where construction was halted for a number of years. Its cornerstone was laid on July 4, 1848; the capstone was set on December 6, 1884, and the completed monument was dedicated on February 21, 1885. It officially opened October 9, 1888. Upon completion, it became the world’s tallest structure, a title it inherited from the Cologne Cathedral and held until 1889, when the Eiffel Tower was finished in Paris, France.

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The Washington Monument reflection can be seen in the aptly named Reflecting Pool, a rectangular pool extending to the west toward the Lincoln Memorial.

Ashley Michele Greene (born February 21, 1987) is an American television and film actress and model. She is best known for playing Alice Cullen in the 2008 film Twilight.

Personal life

Greene was born in Jacksonville, Florida to Joe and Michele Greene. She grew up in Middleburg and Jacksonville, and went to University Christian School before transferring to Wolfson High School when she was in tenth grade. She moved to Los Angeles, California at the age of 17 to pursue an acting career. Greene has one sibling, an older brother named Joe, who still resides in Jacksonville with her parents.

Greene is good friends with her Twilight co-stars Kellan Lutz and Jackson Rathbone, who she knew before filming the movie.

Career

Greene initially planned to become a model, but was told that she wasn’t tall enough to be a runway model and should instead focus on commercials. After taking commercial and acting classes, she fell in love with acting and realized that she preferred it over modeling. Greene thus graduated high school early at the age of 17 and moved to L.A. to pursue an acting career. Though her career is still evolving, Greene has appeared as a guest on many popular television programs, such as Punk’d and Crossing Jordan, as well as in an iPod commercial. Greene’s big break came in 2008 when she was cast as Alice Cullen in Twilight, a film based on the novel of the same name by Stephenie Meyer. Greene will be reuniting with her Twilight co-star Kellan Lutz in the upcoming movie Warrior.

Teen thieves leave sweet-wrapper trail

Five American teenagers were arrested after they helpfully left a trail of sweet wrappers for police to follow from the scene of a burglary.

Officers responded to a break-in on Tuesday in Palm Bay, on Florida’s central Atlantic coast (it’s always Florida).

An officer then followed a trail of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups packages in the backyard. The officer noticed another wrapper on the front porch of a house near the victim’s house.

Officers found several juveniles in the house the wrapper-trail led to. Police say the teens confessed to the burglary, and told officers that the stolen property was in the attic.

Three of the teens face armed burglary charges and two others face charges of resisting arrest without violence and tampering with evidence.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. March 28, 2009 2:18 am

    I’m looking forward to Jennifer’s Body. Megan had no real meaty scenes in How to lose friends and alienate people. And in Transformers she was pretty much mute.

    Shes also up for the role of Leila in Jonah Hex with Josh Brolin.
    She would be a perfect Wonder Woman thought! 🙂

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