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July 4, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
The nation's capital offered a preview of the $10-million restoration of the Washington Monument. Along with panoramic views of the capital, a few privileged visitors inside the 555-foot monument saw a new floor and glass protection from graffiti at the 500-foot level, the highest reachable point for the public. The level just below includes a new set of interpretive exhibits. The restoration consists largely of repairing the massive outside stones and repointing the mortar between them.
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.
June 18, 2000 | WASHINGTON POST
The Washington Monument will not open during the Fourth of July weekend, spoiling what was expected to be the centerpiece of this year's observance of the holiday, and may be closed until the end of the summer, according to the National Park Service. A celebration of the restoration had been in the works for more than two years for the Fourth of July weekend, Mall Superintendent Arnold Goldstein said, but he added that the holiday observance won't include a public viewing of the $9.
December 5, 1999 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
The Washington Monument, which is undergoing a $9-million-plus renovation, will be closed to visitors beginning Monday, officials said. It is expected to reopen in the spring or later. The capital's tallest structure at more than 555 feet, the monument has been swathed in scaffolding and closed twice for four-month periods since work started in 1998. During the latest and final closure, two observation platforms will be refurbished, new exhibits installed and the elevator system improved.
August 19, 1999 | From Associated Press
The Washington Monument is a bit taller than previously thought. A team of government geodesists on Wednesday used satellites to take the monument's most accurate measure ever. Their preliminary finding was that it's 555 feet, 5.9 inches tall. Geodesy is the science of measuring the Earth. Previously, the height of the monument has been reported as 555 feet, 5.5 inches. It was last measured 65 years ago by government surveyors.
March 28, 1999
While the Washington Monument remains swathed in scaffolding, visitors there can visit a temporary exhibit that reviews George Washington's life and the monument's history and re-creates the view of D.C. from atop the tower.
January 11, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
A $2-million interactive center will open on the grounds of the Washington Monument next month and remain in place until Labor Day 2000, adding a temporary attraction to the Mall and completing the National Park Service's ambitious plans for the renovation of the historic obelisk. The center, a state-of-the-art facility donated by Discovery Communications Inc., will focus on Washington the man, the city and the monument.
Most of the celebrated sights of Washington, D.C., have to do with men, such as the beautiful monuments to presidents Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln, and the White House itself--never yet the home of a woman president. Even the giant panda enclosure at the National Zoo is a male domain, occupied by Hsing-Hsing, alone since the demise of his mate, Ling-Ling, in 1992. I've seen all the great monuments and given Hsing-Hsing my condolences.
The Washington Post of June 5 carried a Shirley Povich column in which the great man gently chided a colleague who suggested Mark McGwire is a better home run hitter than Babe Ruth. "Whoa there," Povich wrote. He then quoted Walter Johnson's reply when asked to compare the Babe's shots with those of Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx and Hank Greenberg: "Lemme say this, those balls Ruth hit got smaller quicker than anybody else's."
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