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Posted at 3:16 PM ET, 12/30/2010

Planetarium group gets $100K donation

By Washington Post Editors

The Friends of Arlington's David M. Brown Planetarium said it has received a $100,000 donation from Preston Caruthers in its grass-roots bid to save the facility.

Arlington Superintendent Patrick Murphy proposed shuttering the facility and turning it into a classroom because of fiscal constraints on the school system last year.

The friends group says the latest donation puts it over $240,000, the amount Murphy said it had to reach by Dec. 31, according to group spokesman James Gartner. By June, the group must raise a total of $402,000, the estimated cost of replacing the dome, star projector and other aging parts of the facility.

Caruthers is a former chairman of the Arlington County School Board and former president of the state Board of Education, and a past supporter of educational programs.

By Washington Post Editors  | December 30, 2010; 3:16 PM ET
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