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Mother Nature, the uniter, briefly eclipses the nation’s divisions

Nathan Mauger and Connie Young toast the eclipse after their wedding ceremony with family and friends at the Rose Garden in Manito Park in Spokane, Wash., on Aug. 21

THERE’S NO TELLING EXACTLY HOW many people were in the 536,000 cars that entered the state of Wyoming in the few days leading up to the eclipse, but they did a curious thing when they arrived: nothing—or more specifically, nothing bad. They jammed the roads and camped on the land and overran the streets of usually quiet cities like Casper, and yet at the end of each day, when most event organizers and security officials conducted their incident

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