Cathedral needs $15M for repairs
Officials at the Washington National Cathedral announced Tuesday that they need to raise at least $15 million for initial repairs to the earthquake-damaged edifice, and the chief stonemason there believes overall repairs could take a decade to complete. The English Gothic-style cathedral remains closed as crews work to stabilize large stone pinnacles and other decorative elements shaken from their foundations during the Aug. 23 quake. Plans are for a reopening on Nov. 12. Officials also hope to raise $10 million to fund operations through the end of 2012.
Culprit sought in whale shooting
U.S. wildlife officials are looking for whoever shot a whale at sea, leaving the animal to wander the ocean in agony for a month or more before it beached itself in New Jersey and died. The culprit could get a year in prison and a hefty fine. Scott Doyle, an agent in charge of the National Marine Fisheries Service's New Jersey shore office, said his agency is hoping someone comes forward to report the shooter. The bullet lodged in the jaw of the nearly 11-foot-long short-finned pilot whale, causing an infection that left it unable to eat.
White House usher is a first
The White House is about to get its first female chief usher. First lady Michelle Obama announced on Tuesday that longtime hotel executive Angella Reid will take over the job next month. The chief usher's job is to oversee most aspects of White House operations, from tours and state dinners to the mansion's historic preservation. Reid is general manager at the Ritz-Carlton in Alexandria, Va. She is replacing Rear Adm. Stephen Rochon, the first black to hold the usher's post. He took a post at the Department of Homeland Security.