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February 22, 2012 | By Ian Duncan, Washington Bureau
Construction has begun on a landmark African American history museum on a National Mall site, a mile from where Martin Luther King Jr. spoke and even closer to where the nation's largest slave market once stood. That contradiction reflects the complicated story the National Museum of African American History and Culture will try to tell its visitors when it opens in 2015. President Obama joined former First Lady Laura Bush, Washington Mayor Vincent Gray and Smithsonian Institution Secretary Wayne Clough for a ceremonial groundbreaking Wednesday that was punctuated by jazz and a cappella music.
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NEWS
January 13, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says he's ordered park officials to fix a paraphrased quote chiseled into the new Martin Luther King Memorial on the National Mall. Salazar told the Washington Post on Friday that National Park officials have 30 days to replace the quote, which drew quick complaints from black leaders, a King family member and others when the memorial was first unveiled last summer. The quote sits on the side of a large stone sculpture of King, the centerpiece of the monument.
NEWS
November 16, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
The U.S. Secret Service is working to determine whether damage to an exterior window of the White House is linked to a Friday night shooting near the Washington Monument, after bullets were discovered at the presidential mansion Tuesday. The Secret Service's Uniformed Division, Washington's Metropolitan Police Department, the U.S. Park Police and other law enforcement agencies continue a joint effort to locate 21-year-old Oscar Ortega-Hernandez, based on evidence recovered from a vehicle found in the 2300 block of Constitution Avenue near the National Mall on Friday night after reports of shots fired near the Washington Monument.
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October 17, 2011 | Alexa Vaughn
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. wasn't a big guy -- but he cast a long shadow. The nation's first black president, along with King's children and friends, dedicated the civil rights leader's granite memorial Sunday on the National Mall. They spoke of King's vision, his courage and his fight for racial and economic justice. And one of those friends, colleague Andrew Young, also spoke of King's stature. "He was only about 5 feet 7," Young said. "He was always upset about all the tall people looking down on him. Well, now he's 30 feet tall!"
NEWS
October 16, 2011 | By Alexa Vaughn, Washington Bureau
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. wasn't a big guy. "He was only about 5 feet 7," said civil rights leader Andrew Young at Sunday morning's formal dedication of the granite memorial to his friend. "He was always upset about all the tall people looking down on him. Well now he's 30 feet tall!" Laughter erupted from the crowd of at least 30,000 who attended the dedication in a sunny West Potomac Park. It was a much smaller turnout than the 250,000 people that event organizers had expected on the monument's original dedication date, Aug. 28, the 48th anniversary of the March on Washington and King's "I Have a Dream" speech.
NEWS
October 14, 2011 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The 103-room Hotel Bel-Air reopens its doors Friday after a two-year redesign .  The inn blends its former Spanish Colonial architecture with elegant new themes. Its signature oval swimming pool and swans remain . . . .    Prime polar bear viewing season is beginning in Churchill, Canada, where the animals gather to cross Hudson Bay in their fall search for food . . . . As of this weekend, three Colorado ski resorts will be open : Arapahoe Basin, Loveland and Wolf Creek.
OPINION
August 25, 2011
Unless it's postponed by Hurricane Irene, which is bearing down on Chesapeake Bay, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial is scheduled for dedication Sunday on the National Mall in Washington. Symbolism is everything when it comes to such memorials, and perhaps the stormy opening is appropriate for a monument that has undergone a quarter-century of battles over design, location and funding. But King's history suggests that ferocious winds and driving rain are no match for a man of granite.
NEWS
May 27, 2011 | By Benoit Lebourgeois, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Already the repository of several monuments of national significance, the National Mall in Washington, D.C., is set to become home to the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial -- the first monument at the Mall to honor “a man of hope, a man of peace, and a man of color,” according to the foundation that built it. The official dedication takes place Aug. 28 on the 48 th anniversary of the historic “I Have a Dream” speech delivered...
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May 6, 2011 | By Julie Mianecki, Washington Bureau
A federal commission has recommended construction of a museum on the National Mall honoring the history of American Latinos. The commission submitted a report to Congress and the White House on Thursday outlining the details of the proposed $600-million National Museum of the American Latino, which has been endorsed by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. It would be part of the Smithsonian Institution, which already has a museum dedicated to American Indians and is planning another focusing on African Americans.
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