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Statue Of Liberty Officially Reopens For July 4th   Leave a comment

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The Statue of Liberty finally reopened on the Fourth of July months after Superstorm Sandy swamped its little island in New York Harbor.

A large crowd gathered for the holiday and ribbon-cutting ceremony at Liberty Island with federal officials and Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

PHOTOS: Statue Of Liberty Officially Reopens

“It was no small feat to really restore this,” National Parks Service Director Jonathan Jarvis said. “It is one of the most enduring icons of America, and we pulled it off — it’s open today.”

The tiny island was decorated with star-spangled bunting Thursday, but some parts remain blocked off, and the main ferry dock was boarded up. Nevertheless, visitors were impressed.

“It’s stunning, it’s beautiful,” said Elizabeth Bertero from California. “They did a great job rebuilding. You don’t really notice that anything happened.”

“This is an amazing experience to be here on the…

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Statue of Liberty reopens for Independence Day   Leave a comment

(CNN) — Lady Liberty reopened her doors to the huddled masses Thursday, a sign of recovery from Superstorm Sandy’s devastation.

The Statue of Liberty’s reopening was a big bright spot for an Independence Day dampened by soaking rains in much of the country and limited by the across-the-board federal budget cuts known as the sequester, which left numerous military bases without annual fireworks displays.

“It is hard to imagine a more appropriate or powerful way to commemorate our nation’s founding than to reopen the Statue of Liberty, which is a symbol throughout the world of the freedom America cherishes,” Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell said during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Liberty Island, which was hard hit by Superstorm Sandy in October just days after the site was closed for a year of renovations.

Thursday, crowds lined up to board ferries for one of the world’s most iconic attractions.


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Should Microsoft Drop Gold Requirement for Free-to-Play?   Leave a comment

PlayStation Beat

Earlier this week GamesIndustry International interviewed Wargaming CEO Victor Kislyi regarding World of Tanks coming to the Xbox 360. The CEO remarked he was unhappy that a Xbox Live Gold subscription will be required to play the game, despite it being marketed as a free-to-play.

It should be interesting to note that while Sony has confirmed that their PlayStation Plus service will be required to play online multiplayer on the PlayStation 4, two free-to-play MMOs are exempted from the requirement. I assume this will be the case for all free-to-play games in the PS4’s future, but that remains to be seen.

“With Microsoft, unfortunately it’s not 100 percent free-to-play because it requires the Gold subscription to Xbox Live membership. But that’s a Microsoft requirement which is valid for us and for Activision and for EA and all other partners. They cannot drop it for us because they would have to…

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Despite The Bruin’s Loss, Title Town Still Remains   Leave a comment

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By: Rich McCall

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Boston is a city where sports are another religion. Boston fans care more about their sports than mostly anything in their world. Without sports, Bostonian ‘s wouldn’t know what to due to fill the time. They’d be like chickens with their heads cut off – if it wasn’t for sports. Some people say: “If people cared about World problems like they did sports, the world would be a better place.”  In my opinion, sports in Boston seem to be what makes the world go round. Throughout the years, Boston has had many successful teams. During the success of the Celtics in the 60’s, no other Boston team was among the top team in their respective league. Larry Bird and the Celtics in the 80’s had a great run of their own, and even then, the Patriots played in the Superbowl, despite losing to the Chicago Bears…

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Girls is no documentary says showrunner   Leave a comment

At 41-year-old Girls showrunner Jenni Konner claims she’s ‘post-shock’

“I’m too old to be shocked,” Konner laughs during a recent phone call. “I’ve been around too long.”

As the executive producer and writer of the controversial HBO series about modern twenty-something life in New York City, Konner’s mature mentality has been put to the test numerous times throughout the past two seasons — occasionally for the good, but, as happens with any show which tries to reflect youth culture back onto itself, far too often she’s found herself defending what she refers to as ‘a truthful little show.’

“People are connecting with it, it’s sparking lots of debate and that’s what you want,” she says reflectively. “I take it all with a grain of salt.”

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Though she lacks the visibility of the series’ star Lena Dunham and producer Judd Apatow, Konner’s role on Girls can be best described as den…

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July 4, 1826   Leave a comment

The Victorianachronists

On the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, while the people of the young United States were celebrating with cannons, hymns, and fireworks, two of the nation’s greatest patriots lay on their deathbeds.  John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, two of the only three living signers of the Declaration, died only hours apart from one another on that significant day.  The poignancy of this coincidence has always struck me.  What are the odds?  It is generally known that both of these venerable Patriots knew their end was approaching and purposefully “held on” (as much as a mortal can) until the fourth.  But still! Jefferson was eight years younger, and Adams lived to an unusual 91 years old.  It just seems so beautifully fortuitous.  The significance was not lost on the people of the time, either.  John Quincy Adams called it a “visible and palpable” manifestation of “Divine…

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Happy Birthday America   Leave a comment

Walking with the Alligators


Lady Liberty Saying, “Welcome to America”


Here we are after yesterday’s trip to the VA Hospital, for his first defib check up following  his surgery last week, just being lazy and enjoying some down time.

As we wait for the beautiful skyline here in Tampa to be lit up in celebration tonight, it would be easy to take this day for granted.

The Fourth of July is celebrated across this country in so many ways, by all manner of citizens, with one thing in common, we are all Americans.

With so much on this particular day to be thankful for personally, I am so grateful that we are able to live in a country where we are all free to make so many simple, everyday choices, that others around the world still cannot.

There are so many who are dying, even on this day, to have the freedoms that we enjoy.

So, as we eat…

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