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August 16, 2013 | By Alexei Koseff
WASHINGTON -- Cleaning and preservation crews have finished removing green paint that was splashed on the iconic statue inside the Lincoln Memorial three weeks ago, the National Park Service announced. The vandalism was discovered on July 26 after someone threw grew paint onto the giant gleaming seated sculpture of Abraham Lincoln, staining parts of the chest down to the base. Most of the paint was removed with a power wash that same day, but traces remained on the porous marble through several further cleaning attempts.
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October 16, 2013 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON - Even as a deal was in the works to end the federal government shutdown, bickering continued Wednesday morning -- over the closing of national parks. House Republicans accused the National Park Service of barricading open-air monuments such as the World War II memorial in Washington to make the shutdown "as painful and visible as possible. " But Democrats ridiculed the hearing, coming as congressional leaders scrambled to avert a potentially economically calamitous default on the national debt and end the 16-day government shutdown.
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July 26, 2013 | By Alexei Koseff, This post has been updated. See below for details.
WASHINGTON -- The Lincoln Memorial, one of Washington's most popular and iconic attractions, was temporarily closed Friday morning after a vandal threw green paint on the statue of Abraham Lincoln. Authorities from the National Park Service discovered the paint at 1:30 a.m., according to park rangers, but did not know who had defaced the statue or why. The green paint was splashed across the base of the statue, as well as Lincoln's legs and jacket. [ Updated, 7:10 p.m., PST July 26: The memorial was reopened Friday evening.
OPINION
August 28, 2013
One hundred years separate Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech at the 1963 March on Washington. They are linked by the history of America's defining struggle, and they are inseparable in imagery, as King delivered his historic address at the foot of the monument honoring Lincoln. Neither speech immediately appeared destined to be historic. Lincoln wasn't even the featured speaker at the dedication of the National Cemetery of Gettysburg.
NATIONAL
January 19, 2009 | Robin Abcarian and Jill Zuckman
It was a day that combined inspiring political rhetoric with the very best of pop culture. Tens of thousands of citizens, a throng more than a mile long on the National Mall, braved frigid weather and long security lines to attend a historic concert celebrating the country's first black president -- held at the feet of the monument honoring the country's great emancipator, Abraham Lincoln.
NATIONAL
November 28, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Authorities briefly closed the Lincoln Memorial after finding suspicious containers and a note reading, "Do you know what anthrax is?" and "Do you know what a bomb is?" After evacuating the area, U.S. Park Police investigated a travelers' coffee mug near the note on the steps and a Gatorade bottle in a women's restroom, said Wayne Benson, a battalion chief with the District of Columbia fire department. Neither of the objects was found to be a threat, Benson said.
NATIONAL
January 18, 2009 | TINA DAUNT
Don Mischer is Hollywood's go-to-guy for high-energy, classical spectacles -- four Super Bowl halftime extravaganzas, the opening and closing ceremonies for the Winter and Summer Olympic Games, enough televised award shows to fill a freight train with swag bags. But even he is a bit awed by the setting of his latest project: the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Mischer is orchestrating today's concert and opening ceremony for this week's inauguration of the first African American president.
NEWS
November 30, 1991 | From The Washington Post
Beginning Monday and for the next three to five years, parts of the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials will be shadowed by scaffolding and fencing while the National Park Service undertakes a massive project to inspect, document and repair the two structures.
NEWS
July 16, 1993 | KENT JENKINS JR., THE WASHINGTON POST
The House of Representatives, touched by the plight of a federal worker who died caring for the Lincoln Memorial but had no job benefits, Thursday voted to give the family of James Hudson almost $40,000. Hudson, 43, spent eight years maintaining the memorial but was classified as a temporary employee ineligible for benefits granted permanent workers, including life insurance.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 22, 2000 | CHRISTOPHER KNIGHT, TIMES ART CRITIC
In Washington these days, conventional wisdom has it that the ill-conceived plan to build a $100-million World War II Memorial on the grounds of the existing Lincoln Memorial is a done deal. Groundbreaking will take place on Veteran's Day (Nov. 11), the Lincoln Memorial's Rainbow Pool will be demolished, and architect Friedrich St. Florian's Imperial Kitsch design will rise on the National Mall. Conventional wisdom may--or may not--be right on this matter.
NATIONAL
August 24, 2013 | By Alexei Koseff
WASHINGTON - Deborah Miles was just 16 when her father brought her to the Lincoln Memorial 50 years ago to see the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. speak at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. "My father said it was like the arms of Lincoln's statue were embracing" King, Miles said. "You knew this was history in the making. " Half a century later, Miles was among tens of thousands of people who came to the National Mall once again to hear leaders and activists speak from the steps of the memorial.
NEWS
August 16, 2013 | By Alexei Koseff
WASHINGTON -- Cleaning and preservation crews have finished removing green paint that was splashed on the iconic statue inside the Lincoln Memorial three weeks ago, the National Park Service announced. The vandalism was discovered on July 26 after someone threw grew paint onto the giant gleaming seated sculpture of Abraham Lincoln, staining parts of the chest down to the base. Most of the paint was removed with a power wash that same day, but traces remained on the porous marble through several further cleaning attempts.
NATIONAL
August 3, 2013 | By Marina Villeneuve, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
WASHINGTON - Cleaning crews have nearly finished removing green paint splashed on several national landmarks, and a 58-year-old woman arrested in one incident is also suspected in the others, police said. The landmarks included the Lincoln Memorial, the architectural wooden framework behind the altar of the Washington National Cathedral Children's Chapel and an organ in the cathedral's historic Bethlehem Chapel. Green paint was also found Monday on a statue of Martin Luther King Jr. in northwest Washington's Thomas Circle and on a statue of Joseph Henry, first secretary of the Smithsonian, on the National Mall.
NATIONAL
July 29, 2013 | By Marina Villeneuve
WASHINGTON - A woman was taken into custody Monday after someone splashed paint on two chapels inside the Washington National Cathedral, the third such incident in the nation's capital in four days. The Lincoln Memorial was defaced with paint Friday, as was a statue at one of the Smithsonian museums on the National Mall on Monday. The woman, whose identity was not immediately released, is expected to be charged with defacing public property in the cathedral incident, said District of Columbia Metropolitan Police spokesman Paul Metcalf.
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July 26, 2013 | By Alexei Koseff, This post has been updated. See below for details.
WASHINGTON -- The Lincoln Memorial, one of Washington's most popular and iconic attractions, was temporarily closed Friday morning after a vandal threw green paint on the statue of Abraham Lincoln. Authorities from the National Park Service discovered the paint at 1:30 a.m., according to park rangers, but did not know who had defaced the statue or why. The green paint was splashed across the base of the statue, as well as Lincoln's legs and jacket. [ Updated, 7:10 p.m., PST July 26: The memorial was reopened Friday evening.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 24, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
Fifty years ago, on Aug. 28, 1963, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial during the momentous civil right's event known as the March on Washington. Between 200,000 and 300,000 people are estimated to have participated in the march, making it one of the largest political rallies for human rights in U.S. history. U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) was there, and is that day's last surviving speaker. Journalist Bill Moyers was also there.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 19, 1993 | KAREN TUMULTY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Last week, the Clinton inaugural committee was promising "the most open, accessible and free inaugural in history." But many angry Americans hoping to tune into Sunday's splashy concert at the Lincoln Memorial found themselves shut out, unless they were subscribers to pay cable. That is because the inaugural committee sold the rights to its much-touted "Call for Reunion" concert to Home Box Office for a reported $1.
NATIONAL
January 21, 2009 | Robin Abcarian and Faye Fiore
They gathered at the feet of Abraham Lincoln on Tuesday morning, the people who didn't feel the need to be up close. The Lincoln Memorial, two miles west of where the new president took his oath, was as far as you could get from the swearing-in and still feel part of things. For many, the location was more meaningful than almost anywhere else: It was Lincoln who signed the Emancipation Proclamation, and it was here 45 years ago that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
OPINION
October 19, 2011 | By Joseph J. Ellis
During Bill Clinton's presidency, he frequently mentioned that he could look out the window of the Oval Office and enjoy a straight-line view of the Jefferson Memorial on the Tidal Basin. But where, I wondered as a biographer of that man from Monticello, was Jefferson looking? I recently toured the National Mall, which allowed me to answer that question. Jefferson, in his ring of white marble columns, is looking across the waters of the Tidal Basin at the newly installed Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, which was dedicated Sunday.
NATIONAL
August 22, 2011 | By Faye Fiore, Los Angeles Times
After years of public squabbling over how many memorials is too many, a 7-acre homage to World War II was plunked in the middle of the National Mall in 2004. Congress then declared the cherished space known as America's Front Yard an "essentially finished work of art. " In other words, no more building. Even so, a memorial to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. will open this month on 4 acres near the Tidal Basin where the cherry blossoms bloom. As well as a tribute to the slain civil rights leader, it is evidence that the mall, like America's story, is a work in progress that might never be "finished.
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