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      Roads closed for tree lighting ceremony Thursday

      Roads around the White House are closed Thursday during the evening rush hour for the national tree lighting ceremony. The ceremony is scheduled to take place from 4:15 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the Ellipse.

      15th Street, NW, between E Street/ Pennsylvania Avenue and Constitution Avenue, NW, will be closed starting at 4:15 p.m., police said, as will be 17th Street, NW, between Constitution Avenue and New York Avenue, NW.

      Motorists should consider alternative routes. Many people are expected to walk to the event, so police reminded motorists to be alert.