Statue of Liberty, Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore to reopen
The Statue of Liberty, the Grand Canyon and Mount Rushmore will re-open with help from state funding rather than the government.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Friday that the state struck a deal with the National Park Service to fund Lady Liberty’s operations for the time being.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer also negotiated an agreement with the federal government to reopen Grand Canyon National Park as well, also using state and local funds amid the ongoing federal government shutdown.
A similar deal was struck in South Dakota in order to reopen the mountain bearing the faces of some of America’s greatest statesmen. The state government is paying $152,000 in order to keep Mount Rushmore open for 10 days, from Oct. 14 through Oct. 23.
United Airlines launches 100th aircraft with satellite Wi-Fi
United Airlines has equipped its 100th aircraft with satellite Wi-Fi, which enables more passengers to connect to the Internet.
United is outfitting approximately 30 aircraft each month with satellite Wi-Fi technology and expects to have nearly 200 aircraft equipped with the service by the end of 2013. The airline currently offers satellite Wi-Fi on 13 Boeing 747 aircraft, which fly international routes to and from San Francisco – the country’s premier trans-Pacific hub – as well as routes to and from Los Angeles.
Residents fear new O’Hare runway to increase noise
Residents living near O’Hare are afraid that a new runway for the airport, set to open this week, will increase aircraft noise.
But those living around the airport say they’re worried about more noise. The Chicago Sun-Times (http://bit.ly/1hJTnI6 ) reported Sunday that the new runway is expected to increase arrivals at a nearby terminal more than 50 percent, according to an analysis of city data predictions. Also, about 70 percent of the year’s night arrivals will arrive at that same nearby terminal.
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