House to end page program after nearly 200 years

FILE -In this Jan. 25, 2011 file photo, President Barack Obama is greeted by House pages, and others, on Capitol Hill in Washington prior to delivering his State of the Union speech. After nearly 200 years, the House is ending its page program. The program allowed high school students to serve as messengers for lawmakers while getting a front-row seat to learn about Congress. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

August 8, 2011 5:07:20 PM PDT
After nearly 200 years, the House page program that allowed high school students to serve as messengers and learn about Congress is ending, rendered obsolete by the Internet and email in cost-cutting times.

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