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September 24, 2011 | By Brian Bennett, Washington Bureau
Five miles southeast of the gleaming Capitol dome, on a scenic bluff overlooking the confluence of the Potomac and Anacostia rivers, the future office of the secretary of Homeland Security sits boarded up and abandoned. Four years ago, U.S. officials announced plans to renovate the dilapidated, castle-like structure —opened in 1855 as the Government Hospital for the Insane — to anchor Washington's largest construction project since the Pentagon was built 70 years ago. The goal was to unite on a single campus the 22 agencies that were stitched together to form the Department of Homeland Security after the Sept.
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September 6, 1992 | DAVID ST. JOHN, St. John's most recent collection of poems is "Terraces of Rain." He teaches at The University of Southern California
In October of 1951, at the end of an audience with T. S. Eliot, budding young poet Donald Hall receives this memorable wisdom: "Let me see," Eliot tells him, "forty years ago I went from Harvard to Oxford. Now you are going from Harvard to Oxford. What advice may I give you?" After what Hall calls "the comedian's exact milliseconds of pause," Eliot asks, "Have you any long underwear?" Hall confesses, "I suppose it was six months before I started laughing."
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