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Before the 1960s almost everything about living openly as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) person was illegal. New York City laws against homosexual activities were particularly harsh. The Stonewall Uprising on June 28, 1969 is a milestone in the quest for LGBT civil rights and provided momentum for a movement.
Vine Creek Ranch at Death Valley National Park. Steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley.
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Secretary Salazar, Director Jarvis to Discuss Economic Impacts of National Parks
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WASHINGTON – On Monday, February 25, 2013, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis will hold a news media teleconference to unveil the annual report on the significant economic contributions of national parks to local, regional and state economies; their importance to the tourism industry, community businesses and park vendors; and the expected impact of budget cuts under a March 1 sequestration.
The National Park Service operates 398 national parks, historic sites, monuments and memorials, parkways, trails, preserves and reserves, seashores and lakeshores, recreation areas and national battlefields across the country.
Media can join the 2:00 pm EST teleconference by dialing 1-800-857-9719 and providing the access code NATIONAL PARKS.
WHO: Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar
National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis
WHEN: Monday, February 25, 2013 @ 2pm EST
MEDIA: Media can join the press teleconference by dialing 1-800-857-9719 and providing the