National Parks Week 2012 is April 21 to 29, and the National Park Service is celebrating by granting free admission to all 397 national parks.
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I met Frank Woodruff Buckles on a chilly March afternoon in 2007 at his farmhouse in Charles Town, W.Va. He was a mere 106 years old back then.
It's not that the super rich aren't making large contributions to a great deal of causes. They are, but what isn't happening is the grand scale investment risk that existed in the era of John D. Rockefeller, Jr.
Anything Goes capitalism workers' lives, but it sure does work for the private equity firms. They made around $750 million in profits from the now-indebted and bankrupt Simmons.
The demise in succession of three African American figures of colossal stature on the eve of the new decade caused me to wonder anew about this designation, "black royalty."
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