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Reopening Ceremony For Washington Monument To Feature Celebrities, Bands

The Washington Monument will soon reopen to visitors.
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The Washington Monument will soon reopen to visitors.

The Washington Monument is opening to the public with an all-star event.

"American Idol'' winner Candice Glover will help reopen the Washington Monument, joining with the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, the U.S. Navy Band and the boy and girl choristers of the Washington National Cathedral Choir. The "Today'' show's Al Roker will host the re-opening ceremony on May 12.

The 130-year-old memorial has been closed since it was damaged by a 5.8-magnitude earthquake in August 2011. Workers have repaired more than 150 cracks in the structure. Philanthropist David Rubenstein donated $7.5 million to cover half the restoration cost.

Normally the monument draws about 700,000 visitors a year.

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How New Jersey Tamed The Wild Blueberry For Global Production

In the past 10 years, the global blueberry crop has tripled. Yet the big, round commercial blueberry is a fairly recent innovation. It was created by breeders exactly 100 years ago, in New Jersey.
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Fannie Lou Hamer and the Fight for Voting Rights

Kojo explores the life and legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer, a poor Mississippi sharecropper who became an outspoken voice in the civil rights movement and the fight for voting rights.

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