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   Pieces Fall From Supreme Court Facade

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11/28/2005 1:20 pm

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Entered 11/28/2005, Updated 11/28/2005

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A basketball-sized piece of marble molding fell from the facade over the entrance to the Supreme Court Monday, landing on the steps near visitors waiting to enter the building. No one was injured when the stone fell. The chunk of Vermont marble was part of the dentil molding that serves as a frame for nine sculptural figures completed in 1935. The piece that fell was over the figure of Authority, near the peak of the building's pediment, and to the right of the figure of Liberty, who has the scales of justice on her lap. A group of visitors had just entered the building and had passed under the pediment when the stone fell at 9:30 a.m. EST.


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