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Today is Sunday, Aug. 24, the 237th day of 2008. There are 129 days left in the year.

Highlight in History: In 1814, during the War of 1812, British forces invaded Washington, setting fire to the Capitol (which was still under construction) and the White House, as well as other public buildings.

The Valley Then: In 1937, the Public Works Administration, a New Deal government agency, granted $168,000 to Nanticoke for the construction of a high school addition.

On this date: In A.D. 79, long-dormant Mount Vesuvius erupted, burying the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum in volcanic ash; an estimated 20,000 people died.

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