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ANNAPOLIS, Md. -

The partial government shutdown is having a substantial impact on the U.S. Naval Academy.

Cmdr. John Schofield, an academy spokesman, said Thursday that military faculty members are picking up classes to substitute for furloughed civilians, who comprise about 60 percent of the faculty.

Schofield says foreign language courses have been heavily affected. Some chemistry, physics and engineering labs cannot be run, because civilian technicians are absent.

Schofield says roughly 20 percent of the academy's classes have been canceled. The academy prepared advanced lessons and assignments to address the furloughs in the short-term.

Schofield says more classes will have to be canceled if the shutdown goes into a second week. He says the academy anticipates being able to accommodate between one-half to two-thirds of the normal class load under those circumstances.

By BRIAN WITTE, Associated Press


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