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Michael Springate <[log in to unmask]>
Sun, 25 Jan 2009 12:15:28 -0800
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The federal government has gained approval to build a new headquarters for
the Department of Homeland Security in the nation's capital.

The "Washington Post" reports the three-point-four-billion dollar facility
would be one of the largest construction projects in the DC area since the
building of the Pentagon back in the 1940s.

Supporters say it will bring economic activity to one of the poorer sections
of the city, while providing a safe workplace for 14-thousand Homeland
Security workers. 

Those against it, including historical preservationists, have long argued
the project to be built on the grounds of Saint Elizabeth's Hospital, would
destroy a landmark site with scenic views of the Nation's Capital.