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September 19, 1993 | From Associated Press
Members of Congress, architects, historians and Freemasons gathered Saturday in the rain to re-enact the ritualistic laying of the cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol 200 years ago. Masons in top hats and morning coats carried the Bible, trowel and gavel used by George Washington in the first cornerstone ceremony on Sept. 18, 1793. The search for the original cornerstone continues.
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July 24, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan and 45 fellow protesters were arrested at the Capitol for disorderly conduct in demanding the impeachment of President Bush. Sheehan was taken into custody in Rep. John Conyers Jr.'s office, where she had spent an hour imploring him to launch impeachment proceedings against Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. Conyers (D-Mich.) is chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, where any impeachment effort would have to begin.
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July 19, 1993 | ELIZABETH SHOGREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the most part, the U.S. government has proved a trustworthy custodian of national treasures. The Declaration of Independence is safe in the National Archives. The Liberty Bell is securely mounted, if cracked, in Philadelphia. And George Washington's portrait still hangs in the White House. Perhaps that record explains the current frenzy surrounding the search for the cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol. Historians have combed all possible archives for clues to its whereabouts.
NATIONAL
September 24, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Capitol police officers warned their superiors during the summer that the U.S. Capitol needed tighter security because of construction work, but a door was left unguarded last week, allowing the worst breach in eight years, officials said. A drug-addled man easily drove a Chevrolet TrailBlazer through a partly blocked construction entrance to the Capitol grounds, according to officials and court testimony.
BUSINESS
December 13, 2001 | Bloomberg News
Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., which provides engineering and construction services, said its facilities unit will help boost security at the U.S. Capitol complex. Terms weren't disclosed. Under the agreement, the Pasadena-based company will provide architecture and engineering design, inspection and technical oversight on the project. The contract was issued by the Capitol architect, a federal employee appointed by the president.
NATIONAL
June 30, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Police briefly ordered the evacuation of the Capitol and the White House, and President Bush was moved from the executive mansion to a safer location, when a private plane inadvertently ventured into restricted airspace. The plane was intercepted by military jets and escorted to a landing. The all-clear came within minutes -- well before the White House was fully evacuated. The White House briefly went to red alert -- its highest level, presidential spokesman Scott McClellan said.
NATIONAL
July 24, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan and 45 fellow protesters were arrested at the Capitol for disorderly conduct in demanding the impeachment of President Bush. Sheehan was taken into custody in Rep. John Conyers Jr.'s office, where she had spent an hour imploring him to launch impeachment proceedings against Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. Conyers (D-Mich.) is chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, where any impeachment effort would have to begin.
NEWS
July 4, 1998 | Associated Press
People who want a flag that has flown over the Capitol can direct their requests to one of their senators or House members. Prices range from $6.94 to $18.75 depending on the flag size and fabric. There is a $3.30 fee for flying plus various shipping costs. Each flag is sent with a certificate giving the date it flew over the Capitol and for whom it was flown. People also can ask that the flag be flown on a specific date to mark a special occasion.
NATIONAL
September 24, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Capitol police officers warned their superiors during the summer that the U.S. Capitol needed tighter security because of construction work, but a door was left unguarded last week, allowing the worst breach in eight years, officials said. A drug-addled man easily drove a Chevrolet TrailBlazer through a partly blocked construction entrance to the Capitol grounds, according to officials and court testimony.
NATIONAL
September 20, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A Maryland man accused of running through the U.S. Capitol with a loaded handgun will undergo psychiatric treatment before his arraignment Friday, authorities said. Federal prosecutors said Carlos Greene, 20, should be considered a flight risk because he was on parole for assaulting a police officer. Magistrate Judge John M. Facciola ordered Greene held.
NATIONAL
September 20, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A Maryland man accused of running through the U.S. Capitol with a loaded handgun will undergo psychiatric treatment before his arraignment Friday, authorities said. Federal prosecutors said Carlos Greene, 20, should be considered a flight risk because he was on parole for assaulting a police officer. Magistrate Judge John M. Facciola ordered Greene held.
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June 30, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Police briefly ordered the evacuation of the Capitol and the White House, and President Bush was moved from the executive mansion to a safer location, when a private plane inadvertently ventured into restricted airspace. The plane was intercepted by military jets and escorted to a landing. The all-clear came within minutes -- well before the White House was fully evacuated. The White House briefly went to red alert -- its highest level, presidential spokesman Scott McClellan said.
NATIONAL
May 15, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Capitol Police Chief Terrance W. Gainer is meeting with security experts to determine whether evacuating 35,000 people from Capitol buildings when a small plane violates Washington's restricted airspace is the safest policy amid criticism from experts that it might create even more danger.
NATIONAL
January 4, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Police evacuated the U.S. Capitol after sensors detected unidentified fumes in the basement of the Senate, but authorities later said it was a false alarm. "No hazardous materials were found," said an official with the U.S. Capitol Police. He said people were being allowed to reenter the building only hours after the evacuation.
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November 4, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Capitol Police arrested a man who they say threw a brick that broke a window at a House office building, less than a week after a gun scare at the same building briefly closed the House of Representatives. Jasper Crown, 46, will be charged with destruction of government property, police said.
NATIONAL
June 5, 2003 | From Times Wire Services
It took four years to bring a statue of President Eisenhower to the Capitol. Dwight D. Eisenhower assumed a place in the Capitol during a dedication ceremony as congressional leaders accepted the sculpture into the National Statuary Hall Collection. "He would be in awe," said granddaughter Mary Eisenhower. Kansas exchanged the statue for a marble sculpture of a now-obscure former governor, George Washington Glick.
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January 4, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Police evacuated the U.S. Capitol after sensors detected unidentified fumes in the basement of the Senate, but authorities later said it was a false alarm. "No hazardous materials were found," said an official with the U.S. Capitol Police. He said people were being allowed to reenter the building only hours after the evacuation.
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January 24, 1992 | ALAN C. MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-Redlands) suggested Thursday that House members concerned about potential election-year downers have to look no farther than the floor beneath their feet. Old carpet-covered floors in three congressional "members only" elevators have been replaced with elegant black-and-white marble. The cost: $6,000 apiece. Lewis, whose district includes part of Palmdale, said the new floors could prompt an outcry over congressional profligacy during hard times.
BUSINESS
December 13, 2001 | Bloomberg News
Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., which provides engineering and construction services, said its facilities unit will help boost security at the U.S. Capitol complex. Terms weren't disclosed. Under the agreement, the Pasadena-based company will provide architecture and engineering design, inspection and technical oversight on the project. The contract was issued by the Capitol architect, a federal employee appointed by the president.
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October 30, 2001 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A legislative committee Monday proposed spending $1.1 million on metal detectors and X-ray equipment as a down payment on a long-range project to make the Capitol and its occupants safer from potential terrorists. But the action immediately ran into the opposition of Senate Leader John L. Burton (D-San Francisco), who criticized metal detectors to screen visitors as a step the Senate was unwilling to take without further study. In the nation's post-Sept.
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