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Every day is Earth Day at national parks
April 21, 2017 - Tomorrow is Earth Day, a day founded in 1970 as a "Teach-In on the environment." Alarmed by an oil spill off the coast of California, U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin proposed Earth Day in 1970 to raise awareness of the need to protect the environment, according to information from the Earth Day Network. Now with more than 87 million acres protected as national parks, every day has been Earth Day for the National Park Service (NPS) for 100 years.
 
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National Park Week spotlight: Oklahoma City National MemorialNational Park Week spotlight: Oklahoma City National Memorial
April 19, 2017 - On this day in 1995, the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City took place.
 
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Week of April 17

consolidates: verb; to bring or organize together; to reduce;
NASA announces new search tool

installed: verb; put in, assembled to working order, constructed;
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's the Space Station!

interred: verb; buried;
Sen. John Glenn interred at Arlington National Cemetery

nominated: verb; to be formally put into contention for an office or an award;
Hidden Figures tells riveting story of NASA's human computers

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1813: Library of Congress: U.S. congressman, senator, and presidential candidate Stephen A. Douglas was born in Brandon, Vermont. Short in stature but influential in Congress, Douglas was nicknamed the "Little Giant." In the Senate campaign of 1858, Republican hopeful Abraham Lincoln challenged Douglas to a series of seven debates, known today as the Lincoln-Douglas debates. Although Douglas won the election of 1858, he lost the presidential election of 1860 to Lincoln in a four-way race that included John Breckinridge and John Bell.

1791: James Buchanan, the 15th president of the United States, was born in Cove Gap, Pennsylvania.

1635: The Boston Latin School opened in Boston, Massachusetts with a focus on teaching humanities such as Greek and Latin. It is the oldest school in America opening one year before Harvard, also located in Boston.

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Top of the morning, noon and night on St. Patrick's Day! Top of the morning, noon and night on St. Patrick's Day!
March 17, 2017 - Ed Beczynski visited more than 35 pubs in Ireland before opening one in Ohio. Pub culture centers on family and friends.

 

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2. What types of products are exported from Ireland to the United States? 

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I Approve This Message: Decoding Political Ads: Since 1952, political ads have aired on television during presidential elections. Seismic changes have occurred in the nation since that time but the power and punch of political ads remain the same.

Major flooding impacts Iowa: Thousands of residents in eastern and central Iowa spent the Sept. 24-25 weekend filling and placing sandbags around buildings to protect against rising water predicted to reach flood stage in many locations.
Scrumptious Salsa Science: Salsa is scrumptious, a fun food that is super nutritious, super easy to make, and super science. Learn how hydroponic vegetables are grown with Bryan Ellis from the Toledo Natural Science Technology Center. 
One Hot and Cool Topic: The Art - and Science - of Glass: Watch a master instructor of glassblowing sculpt a bowl from a gob of molten glass. 
What are the Iowa Caucuses?: Learn the history of the Iowa Caucuses through "First in the Nation," an exhibit at the Iowa Historical Museum in Des Moines. 
 
 
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Every day is Earth Day at national parksEvery day is Earth Day at national parks
April 21, 2017 - Tomorrow is Earth Day, a day founded in 1970 as a "Teach-In on the environment." Alarmed by an oil spill off the coast of California, U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin proposed Earth Day in 1970 to raise awareness of the need to protect the environment, according to information from the Earth Day Network. Now with more than 87 million acres protected as national parks, every day has been Earth Day for the National Park Service (NPS) for 100 years.
National Park Week spotlight: International Peace MemorialNational Park Week spotlight: International Peace Memorial
April 20, 2017 -Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial is the only international peace memorial that is a national park.
National Park Week spotlight: Oklahoma City National MemorialNational Park Week spotlight: Oklahoma City National Memorial
April 19, 2017 - On this day in 1995, the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City took place.
National Park Week spotlight: tea, Minute Men and a midnight rideNational Park Week spotlight: tea, Minute Men and a midnight ride
April 18, 2017 - The nation's founding documents had their origins in Boston in 1773 when colonists threw a shipment of tea overboard.
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