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The Washington Monument served as the backdrop as thousands rallied on the National Mall Sunday afternoon to urge President Obama and Congress to pass climate change legislation.
Thousands of people, many holding signs with names of gun violence victims and messages such as Ban Assault Weapons Now, joined a rally for gun control on Saturday, marching from the Capitol to the Washington Monument.
The Secretary of the Interior has issued an order requiring preservation efforts for the National Mall aimed at protecting recent improvements.
Those monitoring the throngs of people heading to the National Mall Monday ask parents to take a some precautions before heading out for the day's events.
There may be fewer people on the Mall for the president's second inauguration, but this year's crowd may be better able to make calls from their cellphones.
Extra cellphone towers are being installed on the National Mall to handle the heavy use expected from smartphones during the presidential inauguration.
New research has found that the red sandstone for one of the oldest buildings on the National Mall, the Smithsonian Castle, was quarried by slaves.
Here is a list of the area's ice skating options plus hours and skate rental prices.
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