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    AM New York
    May 18, 2006

    Weiner fights for visitors to Statue of Liberty, wins money vote

    Associated Press Writer

    WASHINGTON -- A Queens congressman won a legislative skirmish Thursday in his long-running battle with the government to reopen the top of the Statue of Liberty to the public.

    The House voted 266-152 for a funding amendment offered by Rep. Anthony Weiner, who has urged the National Park Service, which oversees Lady Liberty, to let tourists return to the statue's crown.

    The statue, which sits on 12-acre Liberty Island in New York Harbor, was shut down in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks because of terrorism concerns. When the National Park Service reopened it in 2004, the public was allowed only as far up as the pedestal on which the statue stands to peer up into the structure.

    Weiner's amendment doesn't force the parks service to reopen the statue. Instead it redirects $1 million in funding from the Department of the Interior to the parks service, which could use the money for safety improvements at the statue or for other purposes.

    But the Democrat called it a vote on reopening the top of the statue, a move other lawmakers said was simply too dangerous after Sept. 11, 2001.

    "Certainly we can figure out a way," protested Weiner. "The symbolism is so important, I can't imagine we are technically unable to secure this site."

    Another lawmaker, Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., said he visited the site last year and agreed with critics there was no good way to protect tourists in the cramped spiral staircase that rises from the base of the statue to the crown.

    "The time to evacuate the statue is very high," said Pearce. "No amount of money can change the size or the scope of the stairways."

    Lawmakers opposed to reopening the staircase inside the statue also argued intelligence reports regularly show the statue is one of the most high-profile targets of would-be terrorists. The government has already spent nearly $20 million in security and safety improvements at the site.

    Weiner suggested the stairway could be made safe by barring bags and letting only a certain number of people up at a time.

    "To simply say you can go visit the island and pat Lady Liberty's toes is not enough," said Weiner.

    Tightened security measures at the national monument include a bomb detection device that blows air into clothing and then checks for particles of explosives residue. Bomb-sniffing dogs also have been seen at the site.

    The Statue of Liberty was dedicated in October 1886 and was designated a national monument in October 1924. It was restored for its centennial on July 4, 1986. Its torch has been closed since July 1916.

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    AM New York
    May 22, 2006

    Schumer: Fully reopen Lady Liberty by July 4

    By Chuck Bennett

    Public access to the crown of the Statue of Liberty, perhaps the greatest symbol of America's immigrant history, is now tied to the controversial Senate immigration bill, federal lawmakers said Sunday.

    Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) said they will attach an amendment to the immigration bill being debated in the Senate that would force the National Parks Service to fully reopen Lady Liberty by this Fourth of July.

    "The Statue of Liberty has become a symbol of fear rather than a symbol of freedom," Schumer said Monday at a Battery Park news conference, just a short walk from the ferries that take tourists to Lady Liberty and Ellis Island.

    The national monument was closed after 9/11 and only partially reopened to the public in August 2004.

    Visitors who book in advance can ascend to the pedestal and look up at the statue's framework, but are forbidden to climb the steps to the crown because of security concerns. Access to the statue's torch ended in 1916.

    "To simply say that you can go visit the island and pat Lady Liberty's toes is not enough," said Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Brooklyn/Queens).

    Brian Feeney, a National Parks Service spokesman, said the agency does not comment on pending legislation.

    "When we reopened the monument in 2004 we did so in a way that we believe best ensures visitor safety. The safety of our visitors is always our first concern."

    He added that the agency has received few visitor complaints about the restricted access.

    The agency said last week that its Lady Liberty security protocols were under review, but concerns about safety in the narrow steps to the crown were raised even before 9/11.

    Last week, the House passed Weiner's amendment calling for the statue to be reopened to the crown, and provided an additional $1 million in security funds for the monument.

    Schumer and Menedez also promised to grill Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne, President George Bush's nominee for secretary of the interior, on his plans for the statue.

    "It is going to be a consideration when his nomination comes before the Senate," Schumer said.

    The amendment would have to survive negotiations and become law as part of the immigration overhaul. A final vote in the Senate on the immigration bill is expected this week.

    Tourists visiting Lady Liberty Monday thought the plan was a great idea.

    "If you are going to open it up, you should go all the way," said Sandy Metzler, 53, of Pittsburgh.

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    I'm unsure about this one. While I would like to see them open up the statue for people to go up in and see, the security concerns seems pretty compelling. If something does happen, it can be disasterous for people trying to get out in those narrow, old staircases.

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    AM New York
    May 25, 2006

    Senate votes to reopen Statue of Liberty's crown

    Associated Press Writer

    WASHINGTON -- The Senate voted Thursday to reopen the Statue of Liberty's crown, which has been off limits to the public since Sept. 11, 2001, because of terrorism fears.

    The reopening provision was tucked into a larger immigration bill whose prospects are still uncertain.

    Sens. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Robert Menendez, D-N.J., added an amendment to the bill requiring the Department of the Interior, the nation's main conservation agency, to reopen the stairs leading up to the crown within 60 days of the bill's passage.

    "For too long, it has cast a long shadow over New York Harbor as those who wanted to climb up the stairs and see the spectacular view through her crown were turned away," Schumer said.

    The famous spiral stairway, however, may remain off limits; the House has not approved such a measure, and many lawmakers doubt the two chambers can reconcile opposing immigration bills.

    Just last week, a number of House Republicans argued on the floor against a proposal by Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., to reopen the crown, saying security experts have determined it is too dangerous.

    Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., said he visited the site last year and agreed with critics there was no good way to protect tourists in the cramped staircase that rises from the base of the statue to the crown.

    "The time to evacuate the statue is very high," said Pearce. "No amount of money can change the size or the scope of the stairways."

    He said intelligence reports regularly show the statue is one of the most high-profile targets of would-be terrorists. The government has already spent nearly $20 million in security and safety improvements at the site.

    The statue sits on 12-acre Liberty Island in New York Harbor. When the National Park Service reopened it in 2004, the public was allowed only as far up as the pedestal on which the statue stands to peer up into the structure.

    After that debate, Weiner earned a symbolic victory when the House approved his measure redirecting some $1 million in Department of the Interior spending to the parks service. Weiner called it a tacit vote of support for reopening the statue's crown.

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    proceed at your own risk
    Sunday, 02 July 2006

    While Congress was busy worrying about hippies and rock stars who turn our flag into ponchos, Christian Jihadists kidnapped the image of America's most treasured icon, The Statue of Liberty and turned her into Christ's bitch.

    A Memphis church has erected a 72-foot-tall replica of the Statue of Liberty, tall and green like the original, with the right arm extended upward in the familiar pose. But instead of a torch, this statue holds a cross. And the famous inscription on her base -- "Give me your tired, your poor..." -- as been replaced by Roman numerals representing the Ten Commandments. A tear is running down her face. (No doubt much in the way any rape victim cries.)

    This abomination carries a $260,000 price tag. (NOTE: THIS article states the price to be $2.5 MILLION.) It's interesting to consider the reaction of those Senators who wasted the nation's time last week debating a constitutional amendment intended to protect our flag from desecration I called Santorum for his take on this, but the call quickly turned into phone sex and then we hung up.

    World Overcomers Outreach Ministries Church is calling it the "Statue of Liberation." Their bold response to the "war on Christianity."

    Adding insult to injury, this tasteless nightmare will be unveiled at an Independence Day ceremony. The pastor, Apostle Alton Williams, says people cannot drive by the statue "without thinking about their relationship with God."

    I'd rather think that people will not be able to see this without thinking about everything that is wrong with America and the extent to which we have strayed from the intent of the founding fathers.

    Fortunately my grandmother is no longer with us. Otherwise, she would have been heartbroken and frightened by this desecration of what was for her the most important symbol of the American Dream: a nation of hope, freedom and justice, a nation where Jews, Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, Atheist, Agnostics and Wiccans could live in harmony and peace.

    By the way, when these bottom-feeding morons aren't flushing $260,000 down the toilet corrupting symbols of liberty, freedom and the American Dream, they're busy campaigning against queers.

    So the next time you're asked for a contribution in church, do you know where your money's going?

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    Lady Liberty Trades In Some Trappings

    Rollin Riggs for The New York Times

    At a megachurch in Memphis,
    the Statue of Liberation Through Christ
    was consecrated Tuesday.
    The statue, says the church's pastor,
    is a way of "letting people know that
    God is the foundation of our nation."

    Memphis Journal
    July 5, 2006

    MEMPHIS, July 4 — On Independence Day, Lady Liberty was born again.

    As the congregation of the World Overcomers Outreach Ministries Church looked on and its pastor, Apostle Alton R. Williams, presided, a brown shroud much like a burqa was pulled away to reveal a giant statue of the Lady, but with the Ten Commandments under one arm and "Jehovah" inscribed on her crown.

    And in place of a torch, she held aloft a large gold cross, as if to ward off the pawnshops, the car dealerships and the discount furniture outlets at the busy corner of Kirby Parkway and Winchester that is her home. A single tear graced her cheek.

    It was not clear if she was crying because of her new home, her new identity as a symbol of religion or, as the pastor said, America's increasing godlessness. But although big cheers went up from the few hundred onlookers at the unveiling, and some people even wore foam Lady Liberty crowns bearing Christian slogans, she was not universally welcomed.

    Most of the customers at the Dixie Queen food counter near the church viewed the statue as a cheap attention grab, said Guardia Nelson, 27, who works there.

    "It's a big issue," Ms. Nelson said. "Liberty's supposed to have a fire, not a cross."

    Elena Martinez, a loan officer visiting Memphis from Houston, said her family was speechless at the sight.

    "The Statue of Liberty has a different meaning for the country," Ms. Martinez said. "It doesn't need to be used in a religious sense."

    At the pizza place next door, Amanda Houston pronounced the combination of the Statue of Liberty and Christianity "ridiculous," though her co-worker Landon Condit was far less critical: "I can't see anything wrong with it. This is the Bible Belt."

    The Statue of Liberation Through Christ, as she is called, stands 72 feet tall from the base of her pedestal to the tip of her cross. She was the idea of Mr. Williams, a very successful pastor whose church, World Overcomers, qualifies as mega: it has a school, a bowling alley, a roller rink, a bookstore and, he said, 12,000 members.

    The pastor is not shy. His church has bought full-page advertisements in The Commercial Appeal, the Memphis daily, condemning homosexuality. At the World Overcomers' previous location, neighbors complained that trees were felled unnecessarily; Mr. Williams said it had to be done so that people could see the church from the road.

    The statue, inspired by a Memphis church that has three giant crosses, strikes him as "a creative means of just really letting people know that God is the foundation of our nation," he said.

    Mr. Williams has written several books and pamphlets analyzing a variety of matters, among them patriotism and the original intent of the founding fathers.

    In "The Meaning of the Statue of Liberation Through Christ: Reconnecting Patriotism With Christianity," he explains that the teardrop on his Lady is God's response to what he calls the nation's ills, including legalized abortion, a lack of prayer in schools and the country's "promotion of expressions of New Age, Wicca, secularism and humanism." In another book, he said Hurricane Katrina was retribution for New Orleans's embrace of sin.

    Mr. Williams said his statue's essential point was that Christianity should be the guiding ethos of the nation. But because the church he leads is predominantly black, as is he, there is an added dimension to the message.

    In "From Slavery to Lady Liberty: Lady Liberty's African Connection: The Key to Black America's Liberation," he pointed out that the real Statue of Liberty wears a broken shackle around one ankle, and revisited evidence that the statue, a gift from France, was originally intended not to welcome immigrants but to celebrate the emancipation of slaves.

    "Many blacks are not patriotic, and they are not patriotic because of the history of our nation," Mr. Williams said in an interview at the church, in the richly appointed sitting room he uses to receive visitors. "It's good for our people to know that the nation has something for them as well."

    To critics who say there are better ways to spend $260,000, Mr. Williams responds that his church gives millions to the needy and says he views the statue as outreach: "I personally feel that the answer for the poor is Jesus Christ."

    To celebrate the Fourth of July, a good crowd gathered on the church grounds for free hamburgers and grape soda, carnival rides, a barbecue cook-off and entertainment. Children ate sno-cones, and a small army of volunteers and members of the staff darted around on bicycles and golf carts, dressed in white polo shirts. But the main event was the unveiling, preceded by speeches, prayers and consecrations.

    "I decree the spirit of conviction on this intersection," Mr. Williams boomed from a podium decorated with red, white and blue bunting. "This statue proves that Jesus Christ is Lord over America, he is Lord over Tennessee, he is Lord over Memphis."

    Copyright 2006 The New York Times Company

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    What a bunch of freaks.

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    Another step from "The Age of Enlightenment" to "The Age of Fundamentalism" ...

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    AM New York
    August 10, 2006

    Park Service: Lady Liberty's crown to stay closed


    Photos: Statue of Liberty

    Despite pleas and tongue-lashings from elected officials, the crown of the Statue of Liberty will remain off-limits to visitors for safety reasons, the National Park Service said Wednesday.

    The narrow stairway to the top of Lady Liberty would endanger visitors if a fire or smoke condition occurred, park officials said.

    Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Brooklyn-Queens), who along with other elected officials publicly called for the crown's reopening and introduced legislation to do so, criticized the park service decision Wednesday after he received its written response last week.

    "Almost five years after Lady Liberty closed following the 9/11 attacks, the parks service is announcing that it either lacks the courage or the creativity to solve the same security concerns that were overcome at every other national facility, including the White House and U.S. Capitol," Weiner said.

    David Barna, spokesman at the park service, said the decision was less about terrorism concerns and more about following city and national safety codes regarding the spiral staircase that leads to the crown.

    He said officials began to examine the issue before Sept. 11, 2001, and experts concluded it wasn't safe.

    "We can't imagine allowing in visitors in there violating those codes at least in the way the statue is built," Barna said. "The health and safety of our visitors is of primary importance to us."

    The island was closed after the Sept. 11 terror attacks and was partly reopened in December 2001.

    After spending $20 million in improvements, the government reopened the statue in August 2004 up to the top of the pedestal.

    In his letter to elected officials dated Aug. 4, Fran Mainella, director of the National Parks Service, said the stair's width and height are "well out of compliance" with current standards. And based on New York City's building codes, national fire codes and international building code, it would be unsafe.

    The letter said anti-terrorism measures are in place.

    In pushing for the reopening by July 4, Weiner and Sen. Charles Schumer said young people should not be denied the joy of climbing to the top.

    "The park service announcement shows that, at least in this case, freedom has given way to fear," Schumer said. "The park service should be ashamed of their cowardice."

    Copyright 2006 AM New York

  10. #70


    it´s too bad!

    As child I envisaged that I once will be in the crown of Lady Liberty and enjoy the wonderfull view over Manhattan. And now I´m sure that that will (maybe) never come true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LadyLiberty View Post
    it´s too bad!

    As child I envisaged that I once will be in the crown of Lady Liberty and enjoy the wonderfull view over Manhattan. And now I´m sure that that will (maybe) never come true.

    Same here... How awful!!!

  12. #72


    New York Times
    October 29, 2006

    Fighting Over Miss Liberty


    Students from Utah tried on Statue of Liberty crowns recently, part of an expanded line of products since the Hill family set up shop on Liberty Island in the 1930s.

    Bradford A. Hill’s family business on Liberty Island takes in $15 million a year but began as a table selling trinkets on the pier where ferries docked.

    Bradford A. Hill’s father, James I. Hill, shown in a postcard, was born on the island and lived there his first eight years.

    The Hills in a family photograph with Max Blasser, a relative, left: Evelyn, Jim, Aaron and Charlotte.

    For many people, riding a boat out to the Statue of Liberty is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Bradford A. Hill does it five days a week.

    Mr. Hill is not some freedom fanatic. He, like his father and his father’s parents before him, is a fixture on Liberty Island, selling sandwiches, postcards and T-shirts. Each year, tourists buy more than 100,000 statuettes of all sizes from his family business.

    Over the past 75 years, three generations of Hills have turned a dockside table full of trinkets into a mini-monopoly that takes in more than $15 million a year, according to the National Park Service. They have been the only shopkeepers on the island since the park service took control of the statue in 1933.

    But now Mr. Hill is bracing to fight off a storm of well-financed competitors for his stronghold in New York Harbor. For the first time in more than a decade, the park service, which strikes exclusive deals with concessionaires and keeps a share of their sales, is preparing to seek new bids to run the shops on Liberty Island.

    Mr. Hill said he expected several much larger companies, like the food-service giant Aramark, which runs the concessions on Ellis Island, to try to break his family’s long tenure. But he hopes his insider’s knowledge of the island and how park service officials think will give him an advantage.

    “This is my family heritage,” said Mr. Hill, sitting in a cluttered office that he said previously was a men’s room about 100 yards from the base of the statue. “This is home.”

    Indeed, the Hills have been on the island since the 1920s. Mr. Hill’s father was born in the family home, which stood practically next door to the statue before being torn down.

    They have weathered wartimes, a two-year refurbishment in the mid-1980s and the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks, when the statue was closed for three months. Since then, new security measures have reduced the flow of visitors, whose numbers are nearly a third below their 2000 peak.

    Still, their business — Evelyn Hill Inc., named for Mr. Hill’s grandmother — on Liberty Island ranks among the 10 biggest commercial operations in the entire national park system, according to the park service. And neither Mr. Hill, 50, nor his father, James I. Hill, is ready to part with it.

    Mr. Hill, 80, who is known as Jim, spent the first eight years of his life on the 12.7-acre island. Back then, it was still known as Bedloe’s Island and the statue shared the land with Fort Wood, a United States Army post for military police.

    Some of the residents of the barracks on Bedloe’s Island commuted across the harbor to work on Governors Island. If they needed medical care, they rode boats to Brooklyn, Jim Hill recalled in a recent interview near his home on the Upper East Side.

    But, as Jim Hill tells the story, he was born on a December day in 1925 when there was too much ice in the harbor for a boat to take his mother to a hospital. So, he was delivered at home by an Army doctor and is a member of the very small club of natives of Liberty Island. As an adult, he commuted to the island for 46 years until he retired in 1992.

    He remembers sneaking into the statue as a child, only to be chased off by a guard. “The statue was off limits,” he said.

    Once, he recalled, he and some young buddies tossed a baseball out of the crown to see how high it would bounce. The children traveled by boat to a three-room public school on Governors Island, he said.

    “We thought everybody lived on an island,” Jim Hill said.

    Of course, their island also happened to hold a beacon of freedom known around the globe. Since the early years of Jim Hill’s life, when tourists wanted a snack or a memento of their visit, a member of his family has been there to satisfy the craving, starting with his father, Aaron.

    Aaron Hill, who had been based on the island as a soldier, bought the snack stand from a military officer who had run it. That was in 1931, and it was merely a table with an umbrella set up on the pier where the ferry docked.

    He later moved the snack counter indoors; a copy of a five-item menu from those days shows that customers could pay a nickel for coffee or a cigar and a dime for tomato juice, a hamburger or a “frank on a roll.”

    Aaron Hill and his family continued living on the island until the park service arrived in 1933 and started displacing the residents, Jim Hill said. The Hills moved to the Bronx; from there, Aaron Hill rode the subway to Lower Manhattan and a ferry to his shop. He died in 1943.

    His widow, Evelyn, who had been working behind the sales counter on weekends, took over, with some help from their children. Business was slow during World War II, Jim Hill recalled, because with the government rationing resources, “it was extremely difficult to get any kind of souvenir item made of metals.”

    After the war, Jim Hill joined his mother full time, he said. Evelyn Hill gradually yielded the reins to him but kept pitching in well into her eighties. She died in 1990 at the age of 88.

    Jim Hill’s son Brad worked at the statue on weekends as a boy, then for department store chains for a few years before returning to the fold. Now he makes the long trek, by car and boat, from his home in northern New Jersey.

    “I’ve always loved this place,” Mr. Hill said.

    To keep up with modern times, he has upgraded the food service to include offerings like fresh tuna salads, and sets up an outdoor grill in the summer.

    To conserve resources and reduce costs, he has set up an elaborate trash-recycling system and installed waterless urinals in the bathrooms. In one of his two gift shops, he recently unveiled an animatronic likeness of Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi, the Frenchman who created the statue.

    These improvements were aimed at enticing tourists to spend more time on the island because the number of visitors has dropped to 2.5 million from a high of 3.6 million since new security measures were carried out, Mr. Hill said.

    He obviously hopes the new food and services will count in his favor next year when the park service weighs bids under a new selection process.

    Before 1998, incumbents like the Hills received preferential treatment and were nearly impossible to unseat. But now much of that advantage is gone, and big food-service companies are aggressively bidding for national park contracts, according to industry executives and consultants.

    Just as chain stores have gradually displaced mom-and-pop shops in American cities and towns, national corporations have made steady inroads into the national parks. Three of them — Aramark, Xanterra and Delaware North — dominate the list of the park service’s biggest commercial operations.

    A spokesman for Aramark declined to discuss the Statue of Liberty contract.

    But Kevin Kelly, the president of Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts in Buffalo, said he and a team of fellow executives recently toured Liberty Island in anticipation of making a bid. Mr. Kelly praised much of Mr. Hill’s operation but criticized the overall experience of visiting the statue, starting with the security screening required before boarding a ferry in Battery Park.

    “They stripped me down and really searched me,” Mr. Kelly said. “It wasn’t a really warm and welcoming experience.” He added that the park service needed to make visiting the statue more compelling to a modern audience.

    “The longer people stay,” he said, “the more hot dogs they’ll buy, the more sodas they’ll buy, the more pictures they’ll take.”

    Despite the size and financial strength of companies like Delaware North and Aramark, Mr. Kelly thinks it is not improbable that visitors will be buying their hot dogs from the Hills for years to come. After all, he said, “They know the business better than anyone.”

    Copyright 2006 The New York Times Company

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    November 14, 2006

    Is Lady Liberty worthy of new world wonder?


    GENEVA, Switzerland -- A global competition to name the new seven wonders of the world is attracting widespread interest, with more than 20 million people voting so far, organizers say.

    The Egyptian pyramids are the only surviving structures from the original list of seven architectural marvels. Long gone are the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, the Colossus of Rhodes and the Pharos lighthouse off Alexandria. Those seven were deemed wonders in ancient times by observers of the Mediterranean and Middle East.

    Candidates for the new list have been narrowed down to 21, including the Eiffel Tower, Statue of Liberty, Taj Mahal and Peru's Machu Picchu. The public can vote until July 6, 2007, by Internet or phone. The seven winners will be announced July 7 in Lisbon, Portugal.

    Choosing world wonders has been a continuing fascination over the centuries. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO, keeps updating its list of World Heritage Sites, which now totals 830 places.

    The "New 7 Wonders of the World" campaign was begun in 1999 by Swiss adventurer Bernard Weber, with almost 200 nominations coming in from around the world.

    Weber "felt it is time for something new to bring the world together" and to "symbolize a common pride in the global cultural heritage," said Tia B. Viering, spokeswoman for the campaign.

    Weber's Switzerland-based foundation aims to promote cultural diversity by supporting, preserving and restoring monuments. It relies on private donations and revenue from selling broadcasting rights.

    Nominations were whittled down by public votes to 77 last year. Then a panel of architectural experts, chaired by former UNESCO chief Federico Mayor, shortened the list to 21. Interest has grown as Weber and his 10-member team visit the 21 sites. Their final visit will be March 6 to New York's Statue of Liberty.

    In addition to the Statue of Liberty, Pyramids, Eiffel Tower, Taj Mahal and Machu Picchu, the finalists are the Acropolis; Turkey's Haghia Sophia; the Kremlin and St. Basil's Cathedral; the Colosseum; Germany's Neuschwanstein Castle; Stonehenge; Spain's Alhambra; the Great Wall; Japan's Kiyomizu Temple; the Sydney Opera House; Cambodia's Angkor; Timbuktu; Petra, Jordan; Brazil's Statue of Christ Redeemer; Easter Island; and Chichen Itza, Mexico.

    To vote, go to or call (011) 372-541-11738 or (011) 423-663-900299. (International phone rates apply.)

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    Where's Mt. Rushmore?

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    Considering how many sites are in existence, the absence of Mt. Rushmore is understandable (you've got to draw the line somewhere).

    Rushmore did make the Top 77 (pdf) -- as did the ESB and the Golden Gate Bridge.

    The full list of the final 21:

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