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May 10, 1998
The Washington Monument will reopen May 22 after the longest closure in its 113-year history, the National Park Service said. The 555-foot-tall obelisk, which offers a sweeping bird's-eye view of the nation's capital from its observation level, was closed Jan. 12 to modernize the visitors' elevator and install new heating, air-conditioning and ventilation. It will remain obscured by scaffolding during restoration work on its marble exterior, expected to take about two years.
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NATIONAL
June 18, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
America's frontyard may get its first face lift in more than three decades. Today, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee is scheduled to consider approving as much as $100 million in matching funds for repairs, maintenance and new staff for the National Mall, an area that attracts 25 million visitors a year. "The problem is, the Mall is just loved to death," said Chip Akridge, 61, chairman of the Trust for the National Mall, a nonprofit group that raises money for the park. The 700-acre National Mall extends from the U.S. Capitol to the Potomac River and is home to the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and more than a dozen other memorials and museums.
NATIONAL
October 22, 2013 | By Becca Clemons
WASHINGTON - Visitors to Washington have seen the iconic Washington Monument don a blanket of scaffolding while it undergoes repairs from an earthquake. Soon they will see a similar look at the opposite end of the National Mall. For about two years the Capitol dome will be covered with scaffolding while it gets its first complete restoration in more than five decades, starting next month. The project, budgeted at nearly $60 million, is handled by the office of the architect of the Capitol, while the National Park Service oversees the Washington Monument's repairs just more than a mile away.
NATIONAL
November 23, 2012 | By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times
Moeller doesn't expect the height limits to be repealed "because people around the world would protest, just as they would if someone came up and said, 'I want to build a skyscraper along the Champs-Elysees.'" WASHINGTON - It blocked views. It shut out sunlight. The "great size" of the 12-story Cairo apartment building so angered the people of Washington, D.C., back in the 1890s that Congress eventually enacted a law that dramatically shaped the landscape of the nation's capital.
NEWS
July 2, 2000 | From the Washington Post
A counter-terrorism study commissioned by the National Park Service concludes that Washington's monuments, particularly those on the Mall, are vulnerable to terrorist attacks and that the federal police force charged with protecting them is understaffed and poorly funded.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 12, 2005 | From the Washington Post
Two very different musical events are planned for the nation's capital next month. On Sept. 11, country singer Clint Black will headline the America Supports You concert in support of the military and the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The concert on the Washington Mall will follow a Freedom Walk, sponsored by the Department of Defense, which will begin at the Pentagon and conclude by the Mall's Reflecting Pool.
NEWS
April 5, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, This post has been corrected. See note below for details.
  Americans love big national parks in the West, seven of which made the 10 most visited parks in the country for 2012. More than 282 million people visited U.S. national parks in 2012, up 3 million from the year before, according to National Park Service statistics. And the least visited national park? Aniakchak National Monument & Preserve in remote southern Alaska, which claimed just 19 visitors last year. "No Lines No Waiting!" reads the park's website. Two California sites made the least visited list too, but more on that later.
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