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The Hill Goes 'Back to School' as August Recess Officially Ends -- PICTURES

photo of Chris Heller
September 6, 2011

The weather certainly isn't improving anyone's mood on Congress's first day back on the Hill after August recess. Tourists and staffers alike are seeking shelter from the rain. Follow along as we seek out dry ground and visit the busiest place in the Longworth building.

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The Dog Days are Over: Staffers and tourists sprinkled into the Capitol on Tuesday morning as August recess officially ended. Got any tips about cheering yourself up in this overcast, end-of-summer weather? Let me know at @c_heller. —PHOTO: CHRIS HELLER(PHOTO: CHRIS HELLER)

Chow Time: The cafeteria in the Longworth Building reopened just in time, as staffers packed in during lunch to avoid the rain. The go-to meal provider had been closed through recess. —PHOTO: CHRIS HELLER(PHOTO: CHRIS HELLER)

Dry Clean on a Wet Day: Beatrice Faulkins, who works at the dry-cleaning shop in the basement of the Longworth Building, had a busy morning—she already saw "50 or 60 customers" by noon -- and all of them in dark-colored suits. "Recess was really slow and boring," she joked. "I expect a lot of people will drop off whites this week, before they put them away for the year." —PHOTO: CHRIS HELLER(PHOTO: CHRIS HELLER)


Rain, Rain, Go Away: As an afternoon storm soaks the Capitol, few tourists are in sight—most fled to the underground Visitor Center. More than a dozen visitors huddled outside the security check until the rain subsided. —PHOTO: CHRIS HELLER(PHOTO: CHRIS HELLER)

New Session, New Look: It was also a busy morning at the Cannon House Office Building Salon & Spa, which saw five walk-in appointments before an afternoon lull. "At least one of them was here because of the new session," says stylist Kay Inthavong, who added that the most patrons ask for haircuts and manicures. —PHOTO: CHRIS HELLER(PHOTO: CHRIS HELLER)

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