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When after 24 hours the power finally came back on in the 1700 block of Q Street NW, around 11:30 p.m. Sunday night, men and women stepped out of their front doors and shouted into the newly illuminated night: “Thank you, PEPCO!” Others whooped it up from the windows of a large apartment building on the corner of Q and New Hampshire Avenue, bellowing “Whoo-hoo!” repeatedly. Where moments before, a solitary gas lamp had flickered in silence, the buzz and glow of hundreds of reactivated bulbs and appliances suddenly filled the street, revealing an unusually large number of earthworms on the damp sidewalks. Life resumed its normal character within minutes, however: “Quiet!” called out one neighbor to the newly empowered revelers. Garance Franke-Ruta