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Girls have ear-piercing adventure in Virginia during earthquake

Friends School fourth-grader Mary Charlotte Mortimer is getting her ears pierced, and naturally, she wanted her American Girl doll to have its ears pierced, too.

Her cousins, twins Tessa and Cara Collins, also wanted their dolls' ears pierced.

On Tuesday, three girls, three dolls and two mothers, Amy Mortimer, of Roland Park, and her sister, Diane Collins, of Homeland, drove to the American Girl Place store in the Tysons Corner mall in northern Virginia for the piercings. For Mary Charlotte, it was a birthday celebration, too.

"We were just about wrapping it up, but not quite," Amy Mortimer said, when a rare, 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck the region, with its...