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It’s been 15 years since United Airlines Flight 93 crashed in Shanksville, Pa. on Sept. 11. And the site which now houses the crash’s memorial has changed considerably.

PHOTOS: At 100 Years Old, National Parks Need $12 Billion In TLC

Aug 25, 2016
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The National Park Service is celebrating its centennial this week. On August 26, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the act putting 35 parks and monuments nationwide —including Yellowstone and Yosemite — under the new federal agency.

Colorful acrylic paintings on red and gray rock formations and profiles of people smoking cigarettes, signed with a repetitive "Creepytings," caused an uproar on Reddit more than a year ago. Now, the uproar is calming.

After spending a month drawing and painting on the rocks in seven national parks, Casey Nocket, 23, of San Diego, was banned this month from national parks and other federally administered lands, according to the National Park Service.

Matthew Dieterich

A foggy purple lake.  A kaleidoscope of star trails.  A shadowy, tree-lined horizon.  After vigilantly waiting two hours by Reflections Lake at Mt. Rainier National Park in Washington state, photographer and Pittsburgh native Matthew Dieterich was able to capture one of the most stunning time-lapses of the year.

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This year marks the centennial of the National Park Service. Five of the nation’s national parks are located in Western PA. We’ll discover the plans they have in store for the celebration with Centennial Coordinator for the National Parks of Western PA, Brendan Wilson.

The National Park Service celebrates its centennial Aug. 25 and more people are making a point to visit. 

A new report shows that 9.9 million people who stopped at Pennsylvania’s 19 national parks and historic sites spent $453 million dollars last year. That’s an increase of 14.7 percent from a year earlier, but still five percent lower than 2013.

Keith Newlin, deputy superintendent for the National Park Service in Western Pennsylvania, said 31 percent of the revenues came from lodging.

Flight 93 Memorial Unveils Junior Ranger Program

Jun 27, 2014

The story of what happened in the terrorist attacks of 9/11 is difficult to fathom for most adults. So how do you explain it to children?

That’s the question the new Flight 93 National Memorial Junior Rangers Program hopes to address, using two years of research into how children deal with traumatic events.

On Saturday, the program and a specially-designed children’s activity booklet for visitors ages six to twelve will be unveiled during “Junior Ranger Day.” The day will also feature a Children’s Discovery Table where kids can make their own tributes.

The woodland areas of Emerald View Park in Mt. Washington have been transformed from a mined-out dump site to a functional network of trails over the eight years since the park was created through a unanimous City Council vote.

Now, the park is getting another facelift, with the help of the National Park Service, or NPS.