Since 1916, the American people have entrusted the National Park Service with the care of their national parks. With the help of volunteers and park partners, nearly 400 places are safeguarded in an effort to share their stories with more than 275 million visitors every year.
National Park Service by the Numbers
$48,000,000,000 incentivized in private historic preservation investment
$5,409,252,508 in preservation and outdoor recreation grants awarded
World leaders, many reeling from a year marked by global economic freefall and a growing threat from global warming and nuclear proliferation, exhorted one another Wednesday to work together to meet those challenges.
But it was Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, both with his entrance and his 96-minute address, who stole the show completely.
Gadhafi called for world unity in confronting crises -- such as climate change and food shortages -- but he expressed ire at the world body and the United States.
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There is no doubt that a downtown in any community is the raison d'être - the heart of that community - and the need to keep that heart healthy lies with a keen emphasis on continuous downtown focus and revitalization.
The phrase "downtown revitalization" is a buzz phrase that has been circulating now since the mid-1990s when box stores, strip malls and online shopping became the preferred method of shopping.
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It is hard to imagine stepping into bigger shoes than those Georgia quarterback Joe Cox has had to fill.
Cox, a fifth year senior, rode the pine for the Bulldogs while phenom Matthew Stafford honed his skills in Athens and eventually became the number one pick in the NFL draft and a very wealthy young man.
Joe Cox likely won’t see similar millions as a pro signal caller. When his college career is over he wants to be a coach and the bet here is he will get that opportunity. [Full Story »]
I am an admitted advocate of the environment. I cherish our planet and I work my hardest to preserve its beauty and legacy. I am not in favor of abusing any of our animals or vegetation. But I am completely opposed to the abandonment of humanity. Such a case of loss may be taking place in a profound way in the Central Valley of California.
It has long been known that the Central Valley, when properly irrigated, farmed and cultivated, is considered the bread basket of America. But now farms all over that region have been allowed to dry up. Why?
It's a new school year, but an old fight is fast becoming the title bout in American classrooms. Teachers and administrators around the country are perplexed once again over the Pledge of Allegiance.
The courts have consistently ruled that students have the right not to recite the pledge in public schools. But now some First Amendment advocates are taking it one step further, arguing that the law compels educators to inform kids at the beginning of school that the decision is entirely up to them.
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